The Night Silhouette

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  • I'm gonna get it this time!
  • OH NO!! Gross! Is that some on my mouth?
  • Where did I go wrong?
  • It was a late night in the month of October, when the clouds were the foggiest and the mist was the thickest and the school was covered in leaves colored the same pigment as the sun when it set. But there Alicia still was, sitting in the science lab numbered room 826, constantly jotting down notes of her latest science experiment. Obviously, it was nothing new. She often collaborated with her teacher on projects all the time, even if he was slightly churlish and strict.
  • Sigh.
  • Alicia had just been in the lab, mixing together chemicals that even she didn't know the name of, determined to find something, anything at all. “I’m gonna get it this time,” she thought, “I just know I am.” She threw in all types of colors. Bright greens, dark purples, and neutral blues in attempt to make her craziest chemical reaction yet. The solution bubbled, and continue to bubble. But nothing happened. Until it completely exploded on her, and shattered glass. Rubble everywhere.
  • I can't believe...
  • Seeing that a little bit of the disgusting solution had entered her mouth, she spit out what she could, and proceeded to clean the lab. She wasn’t good at anything. She was a laggard when it came to sports, she sucked at socializing, and clearly her science skills were not up to par either. Even reminding herself of the old adage "There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs," wasn't effective either. Only a walk back home in the dark night, where she needed to remain vigil, would clear her mind.
  • AHHHHHHH! Am I a shadow? I wonder if it's that solution I made!
  • After a walk back home, which consisted of groping for the keys in the dark, she proceeded to wallow in self-pity. Why couldn’t she be good at anything? Why was it that the one thing Alicia loved to do, she wasn’t good at? Sure, she was smart. And sure, she loved reading and writing, but why couldn’t she be a scientist? This was all that she could think of. Seriously upset by her failure to take her ideas and have them evolve into theories, she ran for her bedroom, precluding anyone who dared to come. But while she was thinking, a change was occurring within her.
  • Alicia hadn't even noticed the weird tingly sensation that was happening. She was so indulged in her self-pity, that even the mere thought of anything else was pushed away quickly. She wanted the plaudits, she wanted the fame, she wanted to actually make a decent discovery that could potentially change the world. But at this rate, it wouldn't happen. She'd been in love with Science and testing theories since she was 6. She was 17 now. It's been a decade, and she's found nothing. Or so she thought...
  • Slowly, Alicia walked up the stairs and got ready for the night's end. Nearing her mirror, her heart stopped at what she saw. Continuing to hover over the mirror, she couldn't believe it. There was no way....was she a shadow?!
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