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Consultations of the Mind

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Consultations of the Mind

Journeys Into Mental States of of Abstract Personalities

 

By Brooke Hoefling

 

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Title

Copyright Page

My Brother

Hawk Titan

The Picture

About the Author

Contact the Author

 

Copyright

Published 2016 by Brooke Hoefling

 

Text Copyright © Brooke Hoefling, 2016

All Rights Reserved

 

First Shakespir Edition

 

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

My Brother

“Run!” the older boy said. He grabbed my hand and dragged me into a dark alley. This is it, I’m going to die.

“We should be safe here,” he said.

“I shouldn’t talk to strangers.”

“You don’t remember me, do you Lily?”

“No, my mommy told me to never talk to strangers.”

“Lily, I’m not a stranger, trust me. We need to be very quiet so he doesn’t hear us, so let’s use our inside voices.”

“Who are you?” I looked at him with curiosity. I recognized him, but I couldn’t remember where. He had the same eyes as me, and he looked like he could be in college.

“Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything later. The ice cream man’s chasing us”

“But why are we hiding from the ice cream man?” I could already see all the fun flavors on the truck as it would stop down the street from my house. I wished at that moment I could have had one of those fun bubble gum ice creams. Those were always my favorite.

“He’s trying to kill us.”

“I thin-” he then covered my mouth in a swift motion with his hand before I could finish my thought.

The smell and taste of sweat on my face from his rough and weathered hand –Yuck- I pushed it away and stayed quiet so I wouldn’t have to feel that wetness again.

“Shh,” he said.

“Why do I have to hide too?”

He looked at me, and for a second, I thought he was sorry for me. “Well, if I don’t save you now, then he’ll kill you.”

“But, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“I know you didn’t. Neither of us did, Lily, but he’s still coming for us.”

I looked down at my bare feet, wishing I grabbed my shoes. It was cold and raining outside. I just wanted to go home. Why did he bring me here?

“Lily?”

“Yeah?”

“Don’t be upset, everything’s going to be okay.”

“But, I want my Mommy.” I felt myself starting to cry because, more than anything, I wished I was in my bed being read a bedtime story. I thought of my shelf filled with all my fairy tale books that I could have chosen from.

“I know. We just need to hide a little longer.”

“Okay.” I stayed with this strange boy knowing that I’d have to escape from him eventually. I remembered my mom always telling me not to talk to strangers. This older boy was talking crazy and started to scare me. I didn’t do anything wrong and I loved ice cream. I looked into the bright sky realizing that we sat there all night. I knew this was my chance, so I took off running into the cold and crisp darkness . I sprinted away from the guy that was now asleep on the ground. I took off as fast as my legs could carry me, praying that he wouldn’t be able to catch me.

“Lily, get back here.”

“No!” I shouted.

The boy took off after me. I weaved through the crowd of people walking down the street and found myself running into the arms of someone. I looked up hoping it was someone I knew, but it was the boy.

“What do you want from me?”

“Shh…everyone is looking at us. Calm down, Lily. I want to protect you.”

“But, you don’t even know who I am.”

“I’ve known you for a long time.”

I tried to push him away. “I don’t even know you, so how do you know me”

“My name is, Fuller. Aiden Fuller. Ring a bell?”

“That’s my last name too. What’s going on? Who are you really?” I looked at him thinking I saw him on Christmas Eve.

“Lily…how do you not remember your own brother?”

I looked at him realizing that he looked a little like my dad. “Your lying. If you are my brother. Then why don’t you live with us?”

“Because I’ve become too old to.”

“Oh. Then why don’t you come to visit at all?”

“Because I’ve been away for a long time. I’m sorry I haven’t been there for you.”

“Aiden?” I looked at him standing in front of me.

“Yes?”

“Why is the ice cream man chasing after you?”

“Because I owe him my life.”

“What did he do for you?”

“He let me become who I am right now.”

“What do you mean? What does he want?” That was when I heard it.

“Lily! What were you thinking?”

I turned around and standing there was my mommy. “Mommy!” I ran up to her.

“You are in big trouble. I was worried sick about you Where were you?”

“Aiden took me.”

“Who?”

“He said he’s my brother.” I watched as her face turn into concern.

“What?”

“He was with me the whole time.”

“What are you talking about, Lily?”

“Aiden. Didn’t you see him?”

My mother crouched down to my level. “Lily, your brother passed along years ago. He had a severe allergic reaction that constricted his breathing. Are you sure you’re alright?”

“I’m fine, mommy. What kind of allergy did he have?”

“A dairy allergy.”

My heart sank.

 

Hawk Titan

A piercing screech reverberated through the air. I heard the racecar drift around the corner. This was going to be my chance. I leaped to the other rooftop, stumbling, but pulling myself up so I wouldn’t fall. Whew that was close. If it wasn’t for my superhuman strength, I would be in trouble.

I heard two car doors shutting. Looking down to the street below with my enhanced eyesight, I saw three men with fuzzy animal masks standing in the alleyway. I knew I had caught them in the act. The one had a laser gun aimed at a victim’s head. The men looked uneasy. The two villains made sure to keep their distance so that the victim didn’t escape. This was my chance to be something greater than I had ever imagined. I jumped high into the sky from the edge of the roof and came rocketing down like a supersonic missile and turned the one villain along with the ground into a crater of red blood and bone dust.

“I gotcha!” I hit the gun right out of the man’s hands, blowing his whole torso off with the blast from my fist. The laser gun tossed and turned in the air before hitting the street close to the cars racing by. When I landed on top of the bad guy, I completely obliterated him. I was stronger. I looked at the third bad guy who was now running for his life. “Where do you think you’re going?” I said in a smart tone.

I used my x-ray vision to see where he was at through the broken down building. I whipped my trusty blue and red striped boomerang at the villain. “Not today, kid!” the villain said as the boomerang completely missed him. Moments later he was split in two at the waist as the boomerang sliced through the wind on its rebound trip. His top half struggled to get crawl back up, clinging on to what life he had left, but with his time dwindling, he finally let go.

“Thank you. Thank you. Hawk Titan,” said the victim, still in shock.

“No problem, mam’” I wished I had a cowboy hat so I could have tipped it.

I stayed there and waited until the cops came.

“Jesus Christ,” said the cop. Aiming his head to me, with his body shaking obviously because of how amazing I was. He was standing in front of the red and blue flashing lights on their car, ready to pull his gun out for some reason.

“No need for that, officer. I’ve already apprehended the criminals.”

I knew I did another good job. I then rocketed into the sky. I felt the wind hit my face, and my hair flow back. My cape waving behind me, I was ready to head to my secret hideout. I mean, I still had to get ready to go to hero school after all. I needed a place to hone my super powers, even though I’ve already mastered them to subdue crime around the city.

At that moment, I was pulled out of my trance by my mom. I noticed my blue rug I was sitting on. My superhero covers, and posters that covered the walls. I looked at the town that I just left. “I’ll be back. There is more business to be done. Another person will be in trouble, and we have to save them before time runs out.” I said this to my broken, destroyed toys. I did not want them to be lonely for too long while I’m away refueling for another day of crime fighting

“Josh.”

“Yes, Mom?”

“Your dinosaur chicken nuggets are ready.”

I ran down those stairs faster than Hawk Titan could fly. My cape flapping behind me down every step I took.

 

The Picture

This place is home for me. This abandoned museum full of hidden rooms, an elegant staircase, and a place where history once lived. It’s filled with holes and cracked spaces. With the smell of mold everywhere, I find myself falling in love with this building even more each day. The walls that once held millions of dollars’ worth of artwork is only filled with one picture. It has a boy looking at you, with an alluring park behind him. I always look at this picture and think why is it still here? It’s magnificent. This charming portrait should have at least been taken with the rest.

Today I look at the picture on the wall saying my final goodbye before this place gets torn into pieces. Except the boy in the picture moved. I thought my imagination was toying with me. I took a second glance at it, and I realized the boys face has changed. He’s smiling at me. I thought to run, but I heard his voice echo throughout the room.

“Wait. I want to show you something.”

I hesitate at first, then walk slowly toward the alluring picture on the wall. I felt like I was mesmerized by the enchantment of the image. I see him staring at me through the other side like looking through a window.

“Please get me out of here.”

I stare at the portrait for a second knowing that it was all in my head. “I’m sorry?” I say.

“I’m a human, just like you. Except, I’m stuck in this dreadful portrait.”

“How did you get trapped in there?” I asked. I knew at this point the mold must have been getting to my head.

“That’s a long story. I should just show you.”

“What do you mean show me- “

I feel his hand come out of the portrait, and caress my face. I feel the barrier still between us. I expected something magical to happen, but I realized I was in the same position I started with.

“What are you- “

The scenery started to change before me. The museum became more stunning than ever. All the portraits were back on the walls. My curiosity got the best of me. I started walking the long hallways while looking at the admirable art. Around the corner stood a soldier taking the portraits off the walls. “Hey! That’s private property!” I yelled.

The soldier kept doing as he pleased. I went up to him, trying to stop him when I saw the boy in the picture run passed us both.

“Alrik, there’s someone heading your way. He must have been hiding in the corridors.” A commanding man at the end of the room stated.

I started to run after both of them. I had a lot of questions and I wanted them answered. They came to an abrupt stop. Causing me to stumble. I grabbed one of their shoulders. Then started contemplating why he didn’t turn around. I looked around them to see what had caught their attention. Then I realized the boy became the portrait.

“Alrik, where did he go?”

“I’m not sure, but we have to find him along with the rest.”

They walked right into me like I was a ghost. I noticed the uniforms they were wearing, and the gaping patches on their sleeves that shot daggers right into my eyes. I felt every hair stand up on my arms as I walked toward the portrait.

“Why could they not see you?” I asked.

“We’re protected by this picture. It looks like a brick wall to many, but it protects us from them.”

“What do you mean?”

The museum started to transform back out of the illusion, and into the deteriorating building I was used to.

“You see. They were after me, and others. They could not get to us because the picture protects us from them. They will abduct us like they did to the rest of our families.”

“I’m still confused.”

“It’s a lot to take in, but you will soon.” He grinned.

I felt my surroundings change. This place would be lost forever. I didn’t ever want to figure out how ghastly it will become. I opened my eyes and stood frozen in disbelief. I realized I was in the picture and the boy was peering in on me.

 

About the Author

Brooke Hoefling is a current student at Full Sail University. She is a collector of masquerade masks and loves eating ice cream. When not writing she can be found watching anime, or spending to much time in a bookstore.

 

Contact the Author

Email: [email protected]


Consultations of the Mind

Consultations of the Mind is filled with three different stories that explore different elements of abstraction through the eyes of conflicted characters. A hero, an observer, and a child confronting different situations to challenge themselves mentally in order to overcome their internal obstacles.

  • Author: Brooke Hoefling
  • Published: 2016-05-23 05:20:07
  • Words: 2429
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