Short Story: Solitude

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The setting sun gave an eerie glow to the desert countryside, leaving behind half-formed shadows of the landscape, like the light of glow-worms in a limestone cave

The enchanted figure rose from its hiding in the cave to the sound of the car, and then slowly recoiled into its home trying to avoid the memories of the modern world. This strange being was once a successful engineer, but after the stress associated with his job, and new found lifestyle, left society and escaped to the isolation of the desert world He longed to return, and vowed that one day he would, but knew that he would have to overcome his fears and lifestyle, but most importantly the cranes.

He knew the desert intimately, every cave, mountain and valley, like a lover knows their partner, and he too felt a love for this life. He spent his days in the desert, searching for a link to the world, and slept for many hours in the dark cave, with the bats and insects.

A monster a beast is what he had become, eating grubs and plants to stay alive, longing to be able to return, to be able to shave, shower and be clean, but until the hooded figure returned there was no point trying to get back.

The beast wore the same clothes he had arrived in, long white robes now stained and covered with filth. He had no shoes or protection from the desert sun, so his feet were strong and tough from wear, while his skin deteriorated from many blisters and bums. The one item he had, his one link to a home, was the identification card he had been issued when sent to the place he feared most. According to the doctors and specialists, he...