The darkness engulfs us. It is periodically broken by a fading fluorescent light that dimlyilluminates the tunnel. It is as if the light itself is moving, and we are standing still. But we are the onesin transition. Here, we are the guests. You can feel the speed increasing and it feels like the ground ismoving faster and faster underneath you, but inside your head you know it is the train. Forget the world.
Why can’t the ground mov
e the lights past us? We are the ones that are still, while the world itself moves us this way and that. For a minute, the world is pushing by you while you sit. But the worldslows to a stop and the train doors open, leaving you to make the next move. You move up the stairs,exit the turnstiles and walk into the dark night.It is late at night, but there are workers taking a break from cleaning the station and arechatting amicably in a closed restaurant's table. You walk past them. Looking up at the sky, you noticethat the stars are absent; stars are being outshone by the city lights. You walk down three empty blocksand besides the wind the only thing you hear is your breathing and your footsteps. As you prepare toturn the final corner into your house, there is a construction site in front of you.It is empty. Inside, lights are shining. A sign says KEEP OUT, and another says DON'T CLIMBSTAIRS. You jump the fence and climb the stairs. The cold cement foundations of the building are done,and yo
u explore the middle of the second floor. It’s empty, incomplete, and abandoned until morning.It’s perfect. You have this vast empty building to yourself for the time being. In a few more months it will
be full with people sleeping, eating, and heading to work. You appreciate the silence, but break it withyour noise. You make your way to the third floor with no ceiling, lean against the unfinished woodenwalls and sigh, falling to the floor.As you lay face up to the sky, your sweatshirt as your pillow
, you shiver. It’s chilly. Time stops as
nothing moves. The streets are empty, everyone's asleep. There's nothing to disturb you except thewind. You stare at the night sky and let your mind leave this place. For a brief moment, your eyes seethrough everything: through the sky, through the stars, the solar systems, then the galaxies. You seemany things in the black empty space.A steady light coming from the east slowly breaks into part of the darkness. Your mind runsaway from it. As the sun rises with your body lying on the floor, your eyes staring at the sky, your mindruns fast through the universe, trying to escape.