The dull, grey concrete buildings rose upwards blocking out the natural light of the sun.
Each day I walked in the shadows of these monstrosities, shielded from the blue sky above. I had never been out to the open: born within the walls of the city, I had grown in age while learning the tasks I had been determined for. I had never given thought to leaving these walls as this was all that I had known: concrete, glass and steel.
Today was like any other day. My routine was set in stone and I was expected to not deviate from it. Like a worker bee, I rose from my sleep and set off for my place of work after downing my liquid nourishment. Eyes facing forward, I arrived at my destination at the usual time. Entering the enclosed space of my workday, I was drawn to an unusual commotion around Sarabi’s desk. She had not come in for the last few weeks and I had given no thought at all to her absence.
Drawing closer to her desk, I became entranced by the object on her desk. “It’s a plant,” she tells us. “I saw fields and fields of these on the far outside. The green and colour sways under the full brightness of the sun. They took me outside to conduct experiments and I do not think they wanted me to see this. But they couldn’t hide it from me. These plants were everywhere. I had to bring it to show you all.”
I gaze at the green and red lying on her desk. A plant? I had read of these things and heard of them. But never seen one. What a thing of beauty! I reached out my hand to touch the silken petals, and feel the rough texture of the leaves. How different was this thing of life from the inanimate colours I saw everyday.
“What is the meaning of this?” The voice and words of our supervisor scattered us. Sarabi was left standing alone, the bright plant exposing her defiance of the subtle laws of our society.
What do you think the reaction of the supervisor will be when he sees the red plant?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Beautiful)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013