Thanks as always to Rochelle for Friday Fictioneers. Sorry I’m late; this time I have a real excuse 😉 .


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“What happened?”

I shake my head, shrug, wince.

Truthfully, she did that thing we never believe anyone is capable of: she changed. Not overnight, during a year, seemingly unnoticeable. Like days after the summer solstice, her light gradually dwindled.

“Snap out of it,” I’d said. I got impatient. This moping wasn’t her. “Snap out of it.”

Annoyed, I ignored the way she crawled into herself, as if she’d lost her footing. I ignored how she seemed invisible at home. I had work. I was busy. If she couldn’t make the effort, why should I?

So I left her alone.



Sascha Darlington 7/9/2018


  1. Slipping slowly into depression is an invisible process, at first, when the signs appear people don’t recognise them. Even the afflicted can’t tell until they lose control – look in the mirror, do you trust the person you see, after all they are all you’ve got. Self esteem grows with self respect.
    Well! that’s what I got from your story, perhaps I am being too involved and over thinking, still it was an enlightening read, provoking thoughtful reflection.

  2. The last line is heart breaking. Depression is a stealthy danger. Great take on losing the footing. I admit that my reaction to depression, many, many years ago, was similar. Snap out of it. It’s good that there is a lot more information now (although not yet enough) and it’s recognized as a disease, not a mood. Help is needed, not looking away.

    1. Yes, I agree totally with you. Thanks to research and modern medicine we now know a lot more about what the body and mind are doing. And, yes, it is stealthy. A shift in body chemistry and a normally cheerful person can change.
      Thanks for reading and providing such a wonderful comment!

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