One Word: Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Dawn

Roses were in full-bloom, littering the streets with red, white, pink, and yellow petals. There was gaiety in the air and the chatter of voices could be heard through all streets of the city. One voice in particular, stood out. “Are you happy?”, it asked. It does not matter whose voice it was; it could have been a mother who bought a toy for her pleading child, it could have been a vendor who sold a young man a beautiful ring, it could be even have been a dog asking a sheep. It wasn’t the question that mattered, but the answer.

You could ask all the questions in the world, but if you do not have an answer, then what is the point? But, The Lady in Red, she had her answers. She had been preparing the answers since her childhood. Every day she would be asked a new question, “What is your name?”, “How old are you?”, “What is 2+2?” She always knew the answers, she knew how to respond, what to say, and what to do. But when she was asked “Are you happy?”, she was stumped. She did not know how to respond, what to say, and what to do. She just stared.

Some worried she had gone mad. Little did they realize, she had always been mad. Mad at herself, mad at the world, for she wanted all the answers but could not have them. She just thought and thought and thought. If she could not answer this question, why would she move on. What would it matter that she could answer other questions if there was one question which she never answered? She was tempted to seal her lips shut, but instead chose to remain forever silent. No one heard her speak again.


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