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Just Another Shade of Grey

Updated on April 13, 2017

The Shadow Who Fell In Love With a Broken Heart

She was just a shadow. He was the man with a broken heart.
They tried to rewrite their story. Only to be torn apart.
Such a happy beginning… but with a sad ending.

Once there was a shadow who fell in love with a broken heart. You could say it was fate that made them find each other.

The shadow was lonely, living in a black and white world. The broken heart became the smiles and laughter that colours her dark world. Although the heart was broken, the shadow still finds him as a perfect fit for her lonely heart. And with the shadow’s love and care, the broken heart slowly heals.

The love they have for each other became their silent language through the ups and downs of their lives. The broken heart learned to trust and smile again and the shadow became happier. You could say that their love was made in heaven, their half-hearts are a perfect fit and that they are destined to be together.

Then one fateful day, the shadow noticed that their relationship changed. The once broken heart seems to be hiding something. The broken heart kept the shadow away from his life, making the shadow’s world dimmed with doubt and sadness. But she loved the broken heart so much that she will do anything just to make the heart happy.

The truth is, the heart was already taken by someone else – someone who isn’t a shadow but someone who just loves to see the heart being broken apart. The heart is not yet ready to create chaos on his life so he decided not to choose between the shadow and the heartbreaker. So instead of making things right, he chose the easy path.

Whenever there’s light, the broken heart would hide the shadow. It will only come up when the dark already blanketed the world. It was so heart-breaking to see how the shadow holds on while the heart manages to enjoy the outside world without her.

From then on, the shadow retreated to her dark world, bringing only the memories of the heart and their love. It seems that the shadow was fine but she was hurting inside. Sometimes the hurt was so much that tears fall down endlessly… and she was always alone with no one to comfort her.

It was their life for years.

Because of her love for the heart, she sacrificed everything for him. She gave up her dreams, forgets about her life and waits for him to come back. And mostly, she waited for him to make his choice.

Then one ordinary day, the broken heart forgot about the shadow in the dark. He enjoyed the light outside together with his friends and his other loved one. He was constantly surrounded by laughter and smiles.

But then he realized that something was missing from his laughs – the genuine feeling of happiness. The heart feels incomplete yet he doesn’t know what’s missing. It was like he needed one piece of a puzzle to complete the picture.

The moment came that darkness pours on his life. One by one, his friends left him, not wanting to hear any stories he has to pour out. They just don’t care about him when he’s down. He went to someone he unconsciously chose, but instead of listening, she argued about his mistakes in life.

The scars on his heart started to bleed once more. He has no one – or so he thought.

He then remembered the shadow he had left on the dark. He misses her caring and loving ways when they were together. So with a prayer on his lips, he searched for her. He went back to the place where he had left her but she was nowhere to be found.

Just as he was about to lose hope, he heard her laugh in a distance. The laugh that makes his heart smile – how could he forget? And the best part, the shadow was no longer hiding in the dark.

As he was about to call for the shadow, he saw someone holds her hand. And that’s when the shadow saw him too.

Their eyes locked silently echoing all the stories of their past.

And as she turned around, her tears fell down. She silently cries not because she still misses him nor she wanted him back but because she finally realized that she’s going to be alright without him. The broken heart used to be the only color in her black and white world. But now, she knows that he was just another shade of grey.

She deserved to be someone else’s choice, not just an option. She deserved someone who will love her and not to make her cry. She deserved to spend her life on the light.

The heart then saw the life that could have been – him and the shadow, holding hands under the open sky.

But it was already too late. His heart got broken again.

I was that shadow… but I am not anymore.

He was the perfect man with a broken heart… and still got a broken heart.

© 2015 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.


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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is good to hear from you again, and I can certainly identify with this tale.

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      3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      A very profound true story my dear Myles..Have been there and thus its is very much obvious to be related with the shadow of yours. It happens every now and then which is totally out of our control. It hurts but then we cry, when even we know that we gonna be okay, we actually cry as you said when we know that we will be good without the broken heart. After all memory prevails deep down and they some times surface. Never the less, I hope your walk hand in hand with a stronger heart is blessed with much happiness and true smiles ahead. Take care my friend, many warm hugs your way...stay blessed.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Powerful prose! I loved the way you told it! Up+ Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Such a meaningful story of loving the wrong person. No one should be a shadow, nor should they settle for less than what is true. It's better to be alone than to be lonely.


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