Characters: Mister Smith and othersRating: G
revised story: January 2016
He was sitting in the old, worn, plush armchair and felt ill at ease. Too many people. Too much cheerfulness. He preferred to be alone and was here only because of Erin. The woman hadn't been willing to let go, so he had finally given in. But he wished the evening would be over rather sooner than later.
A movie event. Erin's idea, of course. She had convinced Marcus to revive the small cinema in Thunder Mountain.
"It's a waste of resources", Marcus had protested first.
"But everyone needs something to look forward to," Erin had answered. “Life can’t always be fear and pain! People need to learn how to laugh again."
She could be very convincing and finally, Markus had given in. Now almost everyone from the mountain was here, even Jeremiah and Kurdy, Lee and Gina ... even Marcus had promised to come. The air felt energized, but in a good way. They would get to watch a movie - a real movie in a real cinema. Some of them were so young that they had never been in a cinema before. For some hours, they would forget the hard life, the daily fight for surviving. Lively conversations, laughter and cheerfulness filled the room.
Only Smith felt alone. The urge to grab his backpack and sneak away almost got overwhelming. But it was too late, the lights went out ...