Door to Everywhere




1: a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
2: doorway
3: a means of access or participation : opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success>



Benjamin Blueberry was no fool.  Looking at the tiny entryway, he knew it was better that he stepped away and went back to his ordinary life. There he would fill out ordinary paperwork at his ordinary job, ride the ordinary train back home to his ordinary apartment on 13th street.  He would eat an ordinary dinner and go to sleep in his ordinary bed and have ordinary dreams.  He was satisfied with this life; he expected little of it because little was expected from him.  It was all gray, not even black and white, just a smear of yesterday’s clouds. 

Now, standing so close to this door to everywhere, he was afraid.  Benjamin was not accustomed to change.  It balled up in his belly and sat there, sick.  Taking this leap could mean all sorts of new adventures.  Benjamin was not an adventurer.  Benjamin liked ordinary; Benjamin liked gray.  But something within him begged him to crawl forth, to enter the unknown.  Something within whispered try and he didn't know if he had the strength to deny it.  

Benjamin fell to his knees.  Jarring his inhibition, he crawled through the door fit for a dog.  He felt too big and too small all at the same time.  It took a moment once he was on the other side for him to gather his wits.  Then standing as if for the first time; Benjamin Blueberry saw the world in color.  Benjamin Blueberry saw.

13 comments:

  1. Go for it, Benny! What a great feeling it must be!

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  2. I love that phrase "smear of yesterday's clouds" - such a great way to describe his grayness. I hope he likes the world in color :)

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  3. What a wonderful story! I have goosebumps!

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  4. Love this sentence: It balled up in his
    belly and sat there, sick. Nicely done.

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  5. This is really cool. Very visual. Thanks so much for linking up. Don't forget to come back and vote at the end.

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  6. I'm glad he went through the door! Wonderful story!

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  7. Pretty flipping awesome, gotta say. I love it.

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  8. Go Ben Go, sweet story.

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  9. Good for Benjamin.. Finally he knew the meaning of his last name.

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  10. Great phrase, a smear of yesterday’s clouds
    Cute ending, too.

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  11. I really enjoyed the writing here, the style and the wording. Really nice!

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  12. The words you used are fabulous. It balled up in his belly and sat there, sick. So relatable but said in a fresh way. Intriguing story.

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  13. Atreyee MukherjeeMay 3, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Loved this story with an open end-its left to the reader's imagination as to what he saw-hope one day you will tell us:-)I was also reminded of John in "The Pendulum" by O Henry & that door where he felt small & big had a lovely "Alice in wonderland" fairy tale feeling:-)

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