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This is a story about change.

There is a Boy who longs after his boyhood companion.

His confidant…

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…the Monster who lives under his bed.

The object of his uncertainty.

His distrust of the world.

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He has grown up.

He has lost sight of his fear.

Things that matter now do not really matter at all.

He feels it deep in his belly.

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The Boy searches for his Monster. 

His naive fears.

His boyhood terrors.

The stuffed animal of his past.

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He chases down his childhood.

They play as they once played.

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They wrestle.

They tumble.

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They fight in earnest.

They become angry and confused.

It is not as it once was.

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The Boy kills his Monster.

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He has killed his protector.

He has thrown away his shield.

He has become naked.

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It is more than he can bear.

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He cries beside the body of his rejected imagination.

He must resurrect his beast.

He must fear the Monster.

The Monster must be feared.

He cannot die.

He cannot die.

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He drags it through the forest.

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He drags it through the marshes.

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He drags it through the ghost towns.

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He drags it along the paths that have not been trodden for hundreds of years.

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He bears the weight of his longing.

He makes the pilgrimage to save his boyhood.

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He sees it in the flames.

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He sees it in the night sky.

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He feels its pain in nothingness.

He feels incomplete.

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He reaches the house of Seer.

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Seer lays hands on the beast.

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The Boy sees the Monster’s life, his own life and still he cannot let go.

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But the Boy knows something else…

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…the Monster will not ever come back.

Not really.

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He stamps.

He cries.

He dances like a child.

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He rages like his Monster would.

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The Boy loses his Monster.

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But his Monster lives on.

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His Monster will live to haunt another Boy, until he too becomes afraid of other things…

…and loses his past.

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