Creative Diversion: A Halloween Tale

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Lovely readers, as some of you know, I’ve been blogging for some time now (since 2000! time flies when you’re having fun 😉 ). I’ve transitioned from one blogging platform to another: Livejournal, Xanga, Typepad, and WordPress. Each blog had a different theme: my emotional 20s (self-discovery and love found and lost), poetry, creative writing, young-adult fashion (cute, rather than classic), my dating adventures.. which serendipitously evolved into the love story of how I met my husband!), and now, lifestyle and philosophy/mindset thoughts. With each blog, my writing style evolves to reflect the subject matter.

With this blog, I speak as I would if we’re having a comfortable, cosy face-to-face conversation (hi!).

Previously, I’ve enjoyed creative, abstract, sensory-based writing that captures the essence – the minute details, feel, and emotions – of the snapshot of a moment.

So in celebration of Halloween, here’s a short piece I wrote in October 2004.

She is soundless. Ceaselessly bombarded with discordant voices, grating instructions, dismissible details, and the frenzy of life around her, her liquid eyes scream for the faucet of drenching water to be turned off.

You see it as a flinch, nothing more.

‘Do not come near me’, her eyes warn you impassively, sharply. You see her through a rain-splashed window capturing shadows of thunderstorm clouds. Water runs in rivulets down the window pane, blurring the tears falling off the cliff of her cheekbones. Her eyes are glass marbles tinged with pink, bounded by heavy paint strokes of blackest matte kohl that emphasize their unnatural shine. Her mouth is parted. You see the frosty condensation of her breath beading on the glass, but what you can’t see are the torn wisps of her soul being exiled into the brittle air. She keeps breathing out. But is she breathing in?

Her eyes stare at you, unblinking, daring you to intercede. You can’t move. Your feet are mired in soggy pools of mud, and you don’t want to come closer because her chalky skin and round, doll eyes have chilled your muscles into frigidity.

She and you stay like that for an unendurable moment. Silence from the world that has ceased to exist.

And then she droops forward, her long, dark hair covering the pale planes of her face and neck. You blink, and blink again, shaking water off of your eyelashes. Re-focus. It’s hard to see where her hair ends and the darkness begins. You think you can still see her silhouette.

You blink again, squinting. The window is dark.

And the condensation halo has vanished.

Happy Halloween!


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  1. petra lorietta says:

    amazing story!♥ you’re so talented!

    1. Thanks Petra! xox~~

  2. libys11 says:

    great talent in writing!!! 😀 awesome blog, dear!

    Animated Confessions

    1. Thanks! <3 And thanks for browsing my blog~ 🙂 I just followed you on bloglovin, and would love to keep in touch!

  3. you sure have a way with words and congrats on your 13 (!) years of blogging! it must be fun to go back to your old blogs and relive those memories.

    thanks for your sweet message! i actually really miss posting. unfortunately my laptop is kaput so i have no way of posting. i’m currently on my work compute but there’s only so much you can do on there and work has been busy =( … hopefully i can get a new one soon!


    1. Maggie, thank you so much for coming by, glad to know you’re still there~ 😀 Thanks! Yes, you’re absolutely right.. I’m so glad that I have an incredible assortment of personal memories.. it makes me all the more convinced that writing all of my stories may be the most important thing (besides photos) that I can pass down to future generations. 🙂

      Aw, I hope you get back up and running with a personal computer… and that work gets less chaotic so you have more time to do personal stuff. But I hear you.. it’s a hard balance!

      Hope to hear from you when you have time! 😀

      ~ lauriel

  4. Hanna says:

    Very much enjoyed reading the short writing, so detailed & spooky 😉 Wow it’s amazing to hear that u’ve been blogging since 2000! Happy Halloween!

    1. Hanna, thanks so much for coming by and for your comment! 🙂 Yeah, it’s been a while – the most fun is going back and seeing how different I was back then. Mostly, I was… a lot more hyper. And it came out in my writing. 🙂

      Happy belated Halloween and hope to ‘see’ you around! 🙂


  5. Ebony J says:

    This is so amazing (: and quite Halloweenish (in a good way!) (: great post!

    1. Thanks, girl! 🙂 I certainly let my creative juices run wild for a while then. I have a few more jewels that I’ll share along the way~ 😀

  6. Stephanie Dong says:

    That is…creepy? I don’t know what to say! I like it but I can’t describe it how it is in a complementing way, but it’s super awesome!

    Stephanie Dong Fashion +

    1. Stephanie, thanks for coming by and commenting! It’s a perfect compliment, I appreciate it. 😀 (I was wondering what people would think of it, as it’s totally different from my other posts). 😉

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