Sanity in the 21st Century

Entry to Cracked Flash Fiction on the 15th of July 2017.
(262 words)



“When we’re done with this whole… ah… ritual, I want my sanity back. Then, I can go back to my normal life.”

Erlinda cackled. “You are truly crazy.”

“What’s so funny? And why do you say I’m crazy?”

“You are the funny one, my dear Jane.” Erlinda said, giggling. “My silly little sister believes in fairytale.”

“What fairytale? My falling in love?” Jane was not sure what fairytale Erlinda was talking about. She was also curious to know what her sister thought of her relationship with John.

“No, not at all. There is nothing wrong with you loving John. It isn’t even strange. Love is not fairytale; sanity is. People think they are sane just because they live their lives according to society’s expectations. They are merely puppets. Now, that is insane! And, I am certain that if there were such a thing as sanity, you would not want to be sane.”

“Otherwise I can’t be with John,” murmured Jane as she pondered. She knew she was insane to love him.

“He is insane, too, you know.” Erlinda said with a smile.

“I know… A wonderful handsome man from a prominent wealthy family falls for average plebeian me can only be insanity.” She paused to think. “I’m glad we’re both insane.” She grinned.

Erlinda laughed. “Average plebeian you? I don’t think so. John is crazy but smart to have fallen for an amazing kind witch.”

“Shush! He cannot know. I’ll be burned to death.”

“It is the 21st century, Jane. Regular people do not burn us to death anymore.”

The sisters chuckled.

© Anna Jailene Aguilar


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