The Chase | Flash Post 421
Button, I woke up one bright and sunny Sunday morning to find an obstacle in a corner of my left eye. It was around 9.30 and the first thing that came in my line of vision and much as I tried to remove it from my eyelashes where I felt it was stuck, it clung on even more desperately. I then went to the washroom and splashed a lot of cold water on my face thinking it would get dislodged but that too failed. Rubbing that eye made it worse. At this point I gave up and went to the kitchen to make some tea and decided to leave the imp alone for the time being.
What happened next?
I busied myself with other things but my gaze kept going back to it and I found it staring back at me as if to say—Hey, who are you? Why are you in my space?
As you know by now that I too can be stubborn and always ready for a fight—so I glared back and pointed out that it was in my eye.
What does it look like?
It’s black and calligraphic.
Are you doing something about dislodging the little brat?
Well, I accosted it again and again but nothing has worked yet. When I look to my right, it moves in that direction. When I look up, it scrambles up. When I look down, it slips down. When I move my eyes round and round, it apes me perfectly. I have even swung it around while doing my eye exercises with the intent of flinging it right out of my eye but even that hasn’t worked. The whole thing seems like a chase where I am not sure any longer about who is chasing who! I seems straight out of a James Bond thriller and, to be honest, I don’t mind it. It’s actually become a sort of game I play once on a while when I am at a loose end.
Does it sleep or move around or go for walks?
I have no idea what it does after I go to bed. When I am awake, I feel it’s spying on me.
Are you sure Dost hasn’t inserted a chip to keep a track on you! He’s the jealous kind.
Are you serious?
Just kidding but it’s invasion of privacy. How can you allow the imp to have its way and that too in your eye?
What would you do, Button, had you been in my place?
I’d take your help obviously. You have pulled me out of trickier situations. Is it still around?
So you are going to sit back and let it be part of your life? I wouldn’t have taken it so lightly.
Well, let’s say I ignored it for a while but I’ve got used to it now. It doesn’t hassle me and follows me around like an obedient puppy. My ophthalmologist has certified that it’s harmless so I’ve left it alone for the time being till I have a more foolproof plan in place. Maybe you can help me with that.
Let me see.