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"Do you want to know the secret to life?"
he taps his finger on his cigarette to drop the ash. He looks into your eyes as thick smoke escapes his parted mouth.

"I guess…"
you glance down at the table. His stare is piercing.

"Embrace the possibility that you're not even here, that this is all a dream."

––"...Ok"
You keep your eye on him as he leans in closer…

"Now release the presumption that it is your dream."

He gets up and walks away. You stay seated watching the smoke rise from the still lit cigarette in the ashtray.


© Rocio Belinda Mendez
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VexVaudlain Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*blink blink* Wow.
I think I sat here for 10 minutes trying to do exactly that. Absolutely fantastic!
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
oh my, thank you so much. I appreciate you reading me x
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VexVaudlain Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm just glad that this was one of the first works I read here since joining. Brilliantly written!
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
mm awesome. I'm glad also :) x
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BellaRomatica Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
This is so deep man...
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
:) thanks 
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Bbburn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Damn
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
thanks for reading x
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GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Writer
I swear, I'm finding so many philosophical, powerful pieces on DA today! I just admire how people can so much with so few words/phrases. It seems so much better than my pages upon pages of prose...
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
hehe, I write long ass ones myself too :) this one just came to me quite quickly so I decided to keep it succinct :) thanks for reading me! xx
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GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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desert-druid Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it... it kind of touches on doubts I think we all have from time to time.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
:) yesssir x
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DarkX1122 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Interesting little piece, I like it.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
:) thanks
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Ackryllis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like telling someone that they're a npc. It's a really powerfull piece
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
thank you :) npc? x
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Ackryllis Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NPC = Non Player Character. In videogames many npcs are just programmed to go around their daily lifes and to help out the player. I used npc because npc's are living in the gameworld but they excists only for the player
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
oh nice, interesting :) x
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Gosaku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He tells you that this world is yours, that it's your life, yet he smokes. It's a bit off-putting, but I believe it would be quite the nice little incite into this man, if this were a film or a play or a novel, etc.. But, unless you can explain my mistaken look on it, then I'm to think it's contradictory to the liberation of the little story.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I think you misunderstood this completely…:\ I don't understand your comment–– the man is smoking, because his character smokes..that's it, it's the way I saw it in my head, like a scene, also something of an incite into him since the story is so short, and also the smoke adds an evanescence to the moment, which is what the man in essence is saying about life. 

it's a very short snippet of two lives coinciding, and you're meant to be on the receiving end of it, as the reader...
Thanks for reading x
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Gosaku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What I took the short little story to be was that this world isn't a dream, it is very, very real and that one shouldn't waste it away, considering it's your only. So, I thought it was ironic that he'd smoke, considering that it would lessen his life-time. Although, if he simply does it for enjoyment and finds it to be more of use than length of life, I could understand the view.
But, I thank you for the clarification on your wants of what the story should say to any reader of it. And also, if the other comments I made today are somewhat troublesome to you, I'm okay with that, as long as you think on them.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
What you took this story to mean is pretty much the exact opposite of the message and philosophy I was conveying. Having him smoking, apart from all that's mentioned, was also exactly that…he has this secret to life, so he must believe in it's truth…and he has succumb to the fact that he's not in control, if he's a figment of another persons dream, then why not smoke? why not do every possible thing...

Rocio
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Gosaku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I must say that I am slightly embarrassed after re-reading your story, because I thought when he said "your" in his last piece of dialogue, that he was saying "a". I apologize for that. But, to live as if there's no tomorrow is something that bugs me, because, from what I believe, there's been a tomorrow for everyday in the last 14 billion years of this universe's life.
I think that I would interpret this story now, though, as people being considerate of others. The world isn't yours, you don't know whose world it is, so be kind to everyone. But, that would seem as if it's a way of manipulation, like some new religion. God's among us, so be nice to everyone, because you don't know who He is. Those are more so just my thoughts on it, and less a response to you.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
stop fucckin spamming
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msimoneaux20 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's some scary thinking there darling. I've mentioned to you before that I have trouble sleeping sometimes, right? This is the kind of shit that comes to mind when I can't sleep at night.
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
haha why is it scary? it could be liberating :) we don't have to take ourselves so seriously, it's all an illusion love :) xx
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I honestly don't see the idea of it being liberating at all. I find it quite the opposite actually. Let me explain why. Dreams are part someone's mind. Part of ideas that they come up with. If we are all just a part of someone else's dreams, then that means all of us are based on someone else's ideas. Everything we are; our own ideas, our personalities, the people we love. It's all just a part of something someone else thought of, not us. My point is, I don't like the idea of not being in control of my own thoughts, that someone else is controlling them for me. I'm a very unique person and I'd like to think that I'm responsible for my own thoughts, not someone else thinking them up for me. I don't know if any of this is making sense to you, but that's how I feel.

With that point made, I have to ask; how do find that being a part of someone else's dreams liberating?
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
ha believe me I understand and I feel the same, although what we're feeling is mainly because of our ego's and although it may seem scary at first, letting go of our ego, and attachment to these things you've mentioned, would be incredibly liberating. Would the fact that someone else thought you up, make anything around you less real? would it change that you yourself are your own universe, would it change that you may b dreaming up those around you? It's just food for thought I guess, another possibility that could be taken literally or figuratively, it could just be taken in the sense that we're anthers creation…which brings me to the question, we obviously didn't make ourselves, what if the entity or energy that created us, created everything we think and see? isn't that similar to someone dreaming us up? Doesn't change us at all, all it does is remove one more layer off ––making self-awareness more attainable. We're not our bodies, or our egos or our emotions…>< I hope I didn't ramble on about something that doesn't make sense xD 
Do you knw what I mean overall though?
Rocio
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msimoneaux20 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I understand exactly what you mean. It makes perfect sense the way you put it. I get what you mean now about it being liberating. To not have to worry about things like that, that it doesn't really change who we are. But if I'm going to be honest, it's just not something I can bring myself to do. Like I said, I don't like the idea that I may not be thinking for myself. And it is definitely my ego telling me that. And I can see from your point that it doesn't matter to you, you feel that it doesn't really change who you are. I wish I could think like that, I just don't. I'm glad you can, but I can't do it myself. Our minds just think differently.

This is probably the deepest conversation I've had in a long time. Thanks for the chat, I quite enjoyed that. Even though we ended up with different views, it was still really cool to get someone else's perspective. :)
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
hehe no worries, and I get were you're coming from 100% I often feel like that, then I have some days like today ^^ when it all makes sense better another way. I'm sure we'd get along :) lots of thoughts hey 
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