The Shadow of the Great Nebula of Orion by Boris Glikman

Orion NebulaOne day, the nebula in the constellation of Orion, already the brightest nebula in the night sky, started to shine even more intensely, emitting a piercing blue-green light. Its luminosity was now so brilliant that it cast shadows during the daylight hours too, something that had always been the sole prerogative of the Sun.

This caused great excitement, for never before had such a bright celestial body been observed in the day sky. Everybody rushed outside to see this new heavenly wonder and to gawk at their double shadows, the old familiar one and the new one created by the Orion nebula.

It was then that the world was hit by a very unpleasant surprise, for there was something quite peculiar about the shadows cast by the nebula. Instead of being mute, inert outlines of a person’s physical form, they revealed the shadow of a person’s character. Everyone’s inner anxieties, delusions and insecurities were now exposed for all to see.

No one could be found who did not possess a nebula shadow. Even newborns had a shadow accompanying them, thus, coincidentally, vindicating some psychological theories and theological dogmas, while demolishing others.

Naturally, the consequences of this new phenomenon were immense in their scope. Many lives were wrecked, relationships destroyed and careers ruined, as a person’s innermost complexes were revealed to their spouses, family, friends, work colleagues and complete strangers. The very structure of society was threatened, for its smooth running depended so much upon one’s true feelings and nature being suppressed and hidden, even from oneself.

The world was in a dilemma on how to cope with this situation. It certainly couldn’t dim or extinguish the nebula’s brightness. It could try to adapt to a nocturnal existence, when the shadows would be less distinct, but surely that was too radical a solution. Yet who could risk the shame and the burden of walking around with all their flaws showing?

Inevitably, cults arose that chose to embrace this new state of affairs. For them the Orion nebula was The Bearer of Truth, The Great Enlightener of Mankind. Just as the Sun brought outer illumination, so the Orion nebula was deemed to bring inner illumination to the world. The adherents of these sects took pride in letting others see their most intimate neuroses, and experienced catharsis in coming face to face with their fears and insecurities for the very first time. Having accepted their shadows, they felt more fulfilled and whole than they ever did before.

And then, just as suddenly as it flared up, the Orion nebula dimmed to its usual luminosity. It didn’t take long for people to re-adjust to having only one shadow again. Relationships and careers wrecked by the Orion nebula were quickly rebuilt and almost everyone resumed living their old lives, maintaining total silence about that awkward period when their failings were exposed, the way a faux pas is ignored in polite company.

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7 comments

  1. Boris · January 8, 2015

    thank you Christine, much appreciate you sharing my story on your site!

  2. Teresa McDonell · January 12, 2015

    This sounds like a great book with a lot of imagination used to write it. Thanks for the review.

    • scullylovepromo · January 22, 2015

      This is a short story, not a book, but Boris Glikman, the writer has an amazing imagination with which he crafts all sorts of creative, quirky, kooky and thought-provoking stories. Hopefully some day he will compile them all together in a book!

      Thanks Terry, as always, for stopping by.

      Love Christine

      • Boris · January 23, 2015

        Thank you Christine again for your support and interest in my work. I am indeed working on such a book right now.

      • irinadim · September 13, 2015

        I remember reading this story before. Yes, I hope Boris puts all his stories in a book. Thanks for sharing, Christine.

    • Boris · January 23, 2015

      Thank you Teresa for reading my story and for your feedback on it. Christine has kindly published a number of my stories on her website. I can give you links to them if you wanted to read them.

  3. Boris · September 13, 2015

    this story, in fact, is a kind of a companion piece to “The Substitute Sun” story which can be found here:

    https://scullylovepromo.com/2013/09/08/the-substitute-sun-by-boris-glikman/

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