And the Words: “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows.” – E.M Forster, A Room with a View.
This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, click on the link below to take part:
He had been warned not to touch the Maori Guardian Statue but he had an irreverent attitude to rules. Stepping close to admire the finesse of the carving, he was impressed. So much native ritual carving was rather crude if not vulgar. This was different, it seemed to call to him. Ignoring the rules, paying no respect for Maori ritual and culture and not believing in the power of the old Tohunga, the Maori magic priests, he touched the statue.
We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows.
He became the shadow as the dark, extraneous spirit trapped inside the guardian statue found a new host to occupy. As Temahakauiri stepped out into an unfamiliar world, the tourist’s screams could not be heard trapped inside the ancient statue. Rules were important.
It is not too late to take part in this challenge. I will be collating and publishing all the entries about 9pm tonight GMT, and Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith will be posting a new challenge in the morning.
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