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That Guiding Hand
March 1, 2023|Short Story

That Guiding Hand

That Guiding Hand

As Franc opened his eyes, he was immediately hit with a jarring sensation. The environment had changed, the lights were dimmer, and darkness surrounded everything. He tried to take in his surroundings, but his attention was quickly drawn to the creature a few steps away from him, poised to attack.

At first, Franc couldn’t identify the creature, but as it approached, he could see its appearance more clearly. Its body flowed like liquid as if it were made of mud that had come to life. Drops of some unknown substance dripped from its face, and its open mouth revealed sharp teeth.

Despite his attempts to run away, the creature seemed to follow him wherever he went, almost as if it were inescapable. The darkness pursued Franc relentlessly, and he knew that he was bound to it.

Eventually, Franc gave up running and turned to face his fate. Surprisingly, the creature also stopped, and they looked at each other for a moment. It was then that Franc understood that his body was bound to the darkness that emanated from the black mud creature, and he felt his body grow weaker.

As the creature approached, Franc felt an intense pain that forced him to fall to his knees. He pleaded with the creature, asking who it was, but he received no response. Instead, the creature’s message was communicated through its large, red eyes, and Franc realized that the pain would be inevitable.

The darkness closed in on Franc, and he felt as though he was losing control of his body. He tried to fight against it, but it was useless. His body was rapidly moving toward the unknown, and Franc felt like a passenger on a ship without a destination.

Despite his lack of proper training, Franc’s body moved with ease through the streets, as if it had always known where to go. It was like traveling with a stranger who leads you to the place you so badly desired. Though fear still held onto him, Franc eventually understood the futility of fighting and went along for the ride.

As his body arrived at its destination, a bar in the middle of nowhere, Franc felt a sense of familiarity. He walked past everyone without a second thought, and his attention was immediately drawn to Salome, a beautiful woman sitting at the opposite end of the bar.

Despite his fears, his body approached Salome calmly, trying not to be too obvious. She lifted her chin and smiled, tilting her face to the side, and Franc felt like he knew her. He tried to run and hide, but his body put a hand on the table, determined to break the ice.

Despite his expectations, Salome agreed to let him buy her a drink, and they ended up having an amazing time together. Franc couldn’t believe how much fun they had, and he realized that his body had known all along that she was the one.

As Franc left the bar that night, he felt a sense of clarity. It was time to start listening to his body and trusting its instincts. Despite the terrors of the unknown, he knew that he was ready to embrace the journey that lay ahead.


Sebastian Iturralde

I am a fiction blogger and lover of literature, art, and all things creative. As a citizen of this beautiful planet, I am constantly inspired by the natural world around me.


  • March 2, 2023 at 12:02 am

    This is true on so many levels. Fear can grip you back from being able to explore possibilities this life can offer.

  • March 2, 2023 at 3:47 am

    “despite the terrors…he knew he was ready” the courage to recognize when to fight and when to courageously move into the unknown…nice!

  • Rochelle
    March 2, 2023 at 4:21 am

    ,💝 beautiful 🥰 it’s so true you can’t control your destiny, the heart, body and soul leads you , you compelled to follow

  • March 2, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Great writing! I look forward to these.

  • March 2, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    great story! loved it as usual ♥️

  • March 2, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    I love this story and it really made me think. Perhaps we really need to listen to our inner selves more often? Well done Sebastian.

  • March 3, 2023 at 1:33 am


    The things that comes out of your imagination. I am envious of your writing ability. Looking forward to your next posting.

  • March 3, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Relatable! Love it!

  • rishab tibon
    March 3, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Our mind is like our shadow, sometimes scary, sometimes pleasant. It is said that the mind is our worst enemy or can be our best friend. It is just a matter of how to train it. Understanding and realizing we are not our body or mind but eternal, undying spirit soul, our fears of existential realities greatly diminished. The fact is, we are distinct from our body and mind including feelings and emotions. We just need to learn to walk toward the sun so our shadows fall back and do not obscure our paths.

  • March 3, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Characterizes the feeling of fear we all have when facing emotional challenges in a new and inventive manner

  • Emarose
    March 3, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Loved it. <3

  • March 4, 2023 at 1:30 am

    One of life’s consistent challenges is to learn to listen inwardly to that which is not mind’s near ceaseless chatter. our wisdom lies othrwhete within us.

  • March 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    This is a very interesting and insightful story about falling in love. Thank you.

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    Author's Note
    The Andes' highlands served as a source of inspiration for this short story. I hope you'll find the same beauty and wonder in its words that I did while crafting it.
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