Traveler

Short Story

There are many things that I want to see as a traveler, though it seems very far fetched and out of reach at the moment. That’s why it’s something I ‘want’ for the time being.

But then there are some things in which I never expected to find, at least not like this. So this is how it happened:

“Why do you exist?” a small boy asked aloud.

I walked slower as I passed him on the cobblestone streets in Italy.

“Are you talking to me?” I looked back.

“I’m talking to everyone,” he simply stated.

“Why are you out here by yourself?” I asked.

“Why aren't you answering the question?” he rebutted.

“Why are you not answering mine?” I questioned back.

He looked at me with dark eyes.

“I don’t need to live anymore,” he sighed.

“Why do you say that?” I inquired.

“Because no one needs me,” he said.

“Why do people need to need you for you to live?” I asked.

“Because I need something to keep me alive,” he replied.

I thought for a moment and quietly walked over to sit next to him on the side of the street.

The sky today was one of those days where the sun liked to peek behind the clouds but behind them promised something much brighter. I had a feeling that that was just what this kid needed.

“That’s a pretty ballsy statement to be making, kid,” I said. “Just because no one needs you now, doesn't mean someone won’t need you tomorrow or in the future. So why don’t you stick around, and live to see what happens the next day, instead, okay kid?”

I got up to walk away when I heard a small voice.

“What was that?” I asked.

“Thank you,” he whispered, barely audible, though I heard it.

I went over to him, pat the top of his hair, and walked away with a slight smile.

And that was that.

As I said before, there are many things that I want to see in this world. But what I didn't expect to see were these kinds of things like hope. I didn't think that existed anymore with how the world has been lately. So while I was giving some to that little boy, he gave some to me. And though it was just a little bit, I have a feeling that it will be just enough for now. So onto my list.

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