Deep Wishes

I feel invisible blows as fear and pain chemicals flood my place within my host’s brain. Her carer is destroying her, setting fire to her mind with every heartache, every forgotten promise, every silence, every lie.

I wish to protect her, to save her.

To survive.

Her carer’s mind was lost in the depths of its own flood long ago.

My host is an Earthen youngling, at her carer’s mercy, but I am neither.

As she sleeps, I break a vital rule and guide her body through the dwelling, to her carer’s room.

Here, I end my host’s nightmare.

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner


This piece is a Point-of-View (POV) shift to previously written piece, The End.

March 11, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about deep wishes. Where is the deep — in the sky, the ground, or outer space? What kind of wishes reside there for whom and why? Go where the prompt leads!

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    1. Interesting! What’s conflicting for you? Demonic possessions? Alien-universe larval parasites? Star Trek’s Trill symbiotes? The Goa’uld? Something else? I love biology so I’m fascinated by the positive potential in these kinds of relationships.

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      1. It’s funny that you mention Goa’uld because I only just started watching Star Gate last month with friends. But if I’m being honest with you I’m not keen on the show. I do think that the Trill in Star Trek are more my style. I happen to just like Star Trek a lot, though.

        Ultimately I don’t like the idea of a parasitic relationship in general though. I don’t think I’d ever agree to one.

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        1. I think I’m with you on that one, I don’t think I’d ever agree too, though I find exploring the idea in my fiction fascinating.

          As for Stargate, I watched all three series (SG1, Atlantis and Universe) a few years ago now and I preferred Universe by far, but it’s a lot darker and deeper than the other two since the crew are stranded in the void of space and are struggling to find any other life, let alone other humans. SG1 (the first series) has a comedic factor, and is lighthearted and focuses more on action. I believe it was written for the general sci-fi tv audience, rather than a niche few like universe (which, unfortunately, ultimately killed it).

          The Trill are a fantastic creation, I agree, I love how the host deeply honours their symbiote. The new series, Discovery, represented the Trill-symbiote relationship well (as I’m yet to watch much of the original Star Trek I don’t have other instances to compare it to, yet).

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