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Dario: I See Things In Blue, #1

Dario: I See Things In Blue, #1

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Dario: I See Things In Blue, #1

48 pages
37 minutes
Feb 23, 2020


Dario suffers from anxiety and depression mixed with a toxic desire to please his parents. Although an overachiever in all things, he can't get the approval he craves; never believing he could be good enough for them. His friends try to help him realise he's okay as is, but nothing they do works. Eventually, something beyond his control forces Dario to the conclusion that all he'd worked for no longer mattered. Will the damage of Dario's past stop him from full acceptance or will he push through to find the man he buried.

Feb 23, 2020

About the author

Samuel Alexander is just your regular guy trying to write the stories he enjoys to read. He lives on the Island of Bermuda, sharing space with the voices in his head. Cheesecake is his one true love, and fries. He firmly believes that chocolate makes everything better, coffee is the elixir of life and a good book is the source of pure happiness.

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Dario - Samuel Alexander

I See Things In Blue

I See Things In Blue



Samuel Alexander

Copyright 2020 by Samuel Alexander

All rights reserved.  This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal

Publisher Samuel Alexander

Cover design by Robin Ludwig Design Inc.


Table of Contents


Food Siblings and Tears

Church, Friendship and Ties Undone

Lasagna and Self-Revelations

Music Happens When You Remember to Breathe

I Want To Be A Normal Boy

System Check: Human Drone Program… No Errors Found

Showtunes, Unplanned Visits, Truths, and Hugs

When Alone Becomes More Than Alone

When A Good Hit Realigns Broken Shit

Sexy Hands Are Everything


Dario was anxious as he stood off-stage waiting to perform. He had just finished his piano solo for the recital but still had a song to sing. The thought of the crowd watching him, the fitting of the mic to his height and the guitarist getting ready to play was too much for him. Hiding off stage seemed the most logical solution. Now, however, he was nervous about the wait to be called back on stage. His anxiety attack was not averted.

Dario got anxious when things didn't go smoothly. He probably should’ve stayed on stage since standing off stage yielded the same results. Although only five years old, the signs of anxiety issues were very prevalent. As he stood, waiting in the shadows, it seemed as if the moment dragged on forever. He could hear his mother in his head, blaming his anxiety on weakness.

Nothing prayer and God couldn’t fix, she would say.

After what felt like an eternity of waiting, Dario was signalled back onstage. He did as instructed and walked towards the mic, trembling; he was a nervous hot-mess hearing the sound of encouragement from the crowd. Instead of helping, this made him think more of his impending failure.

Barely aware of his own self on stage, Dario tried to block them out. The bright lights shining on his face giving him something to focus on other than the audience.

It didn’t work.

When the cue came for him to sing, nothing happened.

This was his first public solo, but If he didn’t sing it might not be. The guitarist kept extending the intro because Dario couldn't get a note out. The audience fell into deathly silence as the suspense of whether he would sing, walk off stage, or start crying filled the hall. The atmosphere tensed with only the sound of the guitar filling the void.

There came a point when the guitarist started to hum. The tone escaping him was smooth and calming. It caught Dario by surprise, influencing him to turn and look.  The guitarist had his eyes closed, lost in what looked like a magical space to Dario as he watched fingers dance to improvised sounds waiting for him

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