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Demise of the Pen: A Dialogue

Updated on May 29, 2018
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It’s a dimly lit room. A beautifully decorated table stands on one corner. A state-of-the-art laptop with a word document open on the screen eagerly awaits the return of the owner, who probably just went out to grab a bite. A wooden, classy pen stand sits at the farthest corner of the table, and a pen rests in his kingdom.

The laptop keyboard gets bored, and decides to strike a conversation with the pen.

Keyboard (with a haughty air)

Hey there little fellow, doesn’t it bother you that no one wants you any more ever since I arrived?

Pen (with a start)

Hi friend. Yes it bothers me, but you know what, I have a lot of special memories to live by. So it doesn’t really matter. I live in the past.

Keyboard (in a mocking tone)

Memories, you say? Well, care to share some?

Pen (recognizing the tone in the voice of the keyboard)

Why do you care so much anyway?

Keyboard (still haughty)

Well, let’s see. My mistress is a successful writer. All thanks to me. She gets up in the morning, and runs her swift fingers through my keys even before she gets her morning coffee. She returns home from work in the evening, and shares the rest of her evening with me. She is hooked on to me until she goes to bed. She jots down her daily chores, her expeditions, her fictional stories, and her journal, all through me. She doesn’t even so much acknowledge your presence. So I just thought, how could you live with yourself knowing she doesn’t care?

Pen (in a melancholy tone)

Brother, I was there once. I have lived through our mistress’s life until you showed up. I still remember the first day I was brought into this house. Mistress was 9, and needed me for school work. I saw her struggle through her homework, and I saw her brilliantly mastering the questions in her exams. I saw her paint a mustache on the handsome face of her favorite doll, and I saw her write her first greeting card to her best friend.

Pen (drifting away to the past, and continuing)

One day she came home crying. She was 15, and I saw her write for the first time in her journal. The ink that flowed from me blended with her tears, and I knew she was in pain from her first heart break. Silently I helped her overcome the pain by being the one she held on to in despair. Several years passed, and she continued to pour her heart out to me through her journal, oblivious to the fact that I smiled when she smiled, I laughed when she laughed, and I cried when she cried.

Keyboard sniffs a bit. Pen continues with renewed enthusiasm

One day she was going off to college, I was scared that she would forget me, but was relieved when she decided to take me with her. I guess it was just not the time for me to experience the pangs of separation. Her college life was much more interesting to me. One day I saw her sit on a lonesome bench near a maple tree. The beautiful fall breeze caressed her fingers, and my steel body began to ache to write. She picked up a fallen maple leaf, and wrote her first love poem. I do not know what happened next, as I didn’t see her for a year and a half. I guess that must have been when you entered her life. I remained on her desk, never touched, forgotten.

Keyboard looks on with guilt. Pen looks crestfallen, but continues anyway

About a year ago when she moved into this house, and placed me in the darkest corner of this table, while giving you a much brighter spot, I knew she had found new friends, and that life must move on for her. I know you will probably be a proud part of her life for another few years, but sooner or later, someone else might come to replace you my friend, and take my word, do not feel awful, because life goes on. The years that I have spent with her will remain in my memories till the day comes when the last drop of my ink dries up, and I’m sure, in some corner of her heart, she holds those memories dearly, too.

With the sound of arriving footsteps, both the keyboard and the pen fall silent. The keyboard, now demure, eagerly waits for the owner to create some more memories.

**THE END**

© 2011 Rinita Sen

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    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 weeks ago

      Glad you enjoyed the dialog and the characters. Thanks for visiting today, Mona.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 weeks ago from Philippines

      This was such a pleasant dialogue, giving objects feelings and desires and memories and sharing advice looking forward. I also like how you chose the laptop and pen as characters.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      You're very welcome, Robert.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for posting.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you, Robert. Glad to have achieved the effect.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 months ago

      A clever tale of a girl growing into a woman and the advance of technology. Well done.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Ann for sharing your story. I am so glad there are still people out there who write greeting cards! These personal touches are getting lost these days, and it is upto the few who still do it to keep them going. Thank you again for your visit and for following me.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      This is a clever and charming story, Rinita.

      I love fountain pens and I have a few of my own. I use a special one still, to write in birthday and Christmas cards in italic script. I love how the ink flows over the paper. Pens are much more romantic than laptops; they have character, beautiful designs and are collectors' pieces. I'm sure some will be collecting old computers in the future but they don't quite have that sense of being part of someone, you can't hold them in your fingers and create your own style.

      This is a great read and I'm surprised I haven't come across your writing before. I'm off to follow you.

      Ann

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you, Peggy. I am glad to know you still use the pen. I do too, whenever it gets tiring to look at the screen.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Very clever interplay between the keyboard and pen as if they were conversing. Although I do most of my typing these days on a keyboard a pen is also at the ready to make notes, etc. So in this household they are still both vitally important.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you manatita, and yes, I wrote this 7 years ago, and while updating it I was thinking to myself, in many spheres the keyboard has been replaced already - by smartphones!

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Great story! I like the way you shared between the pen and the keyboard. Well done!

      Yes, it is an ever-transcending world and nothing here is permanent. Om Shanti!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Jan for your visit and appreciation, and I am glad you feel the same way about the writer's world.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 months ago from Washington, DC

      This is so special, Rinita. It really shows your depth of awareness and sensitivity to the world of the writer. I hate that the pen has become somewhat extinct but remains alive if ever used. Your creative mind has no bounds. I enjoyed this piece very much, glad I stopped by.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your beautiful comment Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Very creative dialogue--I love where this lives--

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks my HP friend. Glad you liked it.

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      eliserenee 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      "Silently I helped her overcome the pain by being the one she held on to in despair." What a beautiful line! I'm glad I read this :)

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Free2seethemoon. Means a lot to me that you enjoyed reading it.

    • Free2seethemoon profile image

      Free2seethemoon 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean

      Nicely done. I didn't expect to be drawn in and read through a dialogue between a pen and a keyboard, but it kept pulling me to the end.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Eddy. So nice of you to visit and comment.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Very unique and clever, I loved this one so here's an up up and away.

      I look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care and enjoy yor day

      Eddy.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks again. Yes you are right, memories are the food for the soul.

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      Nikki Wicked 

      6 years ago from Louisiana

      this was very creative! People and things come and go out of our lives, but the memories are forever!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks. Glad you liked it Prashant.

    • prashantpujan profile image

      Prashant 

      6 years ago from Mumbai, India

      interesting conversation between pen & keyboard...nice one!!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      I know right. I couldn't think of any other use for my pen other than writing checks once in a while. Anyway, thanks for your comment.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Very creative.. I thought about ways to help the pen out.. like when the power goes out.. but then who can write in the dark anyways.. anyways.. very creative :)

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