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I am the physical embodiment of a story. Every time I move my arm or open my mouth or words stumble off of my tongue and I make a fool of myself, it's another page, another sentence, another scene in a story I'll tell later, at some later date, as if all of that is in the past, behind me now. But that's a big lie, like most of the stories I tell, and I'll just continue writing it all with the swaying motion of my tongue and arms and lungs.
I tell stories sometimes to relate, escape, entertain, and connect with others. But mostly I tell stories because, as a child, I realized that nothing would properly convey the way that I felt, what I wanted, or where I needed to be the way that a story could. A specific example would be every time that I've lied about seeing a movie when someone asks a group "Has anyone seen [insert movie here]?" I'd say "yes, of course! Of course I have, I thought we were the only ones!" And instantly I'd created a story, a story about a time I'd gone to the movies with a family member or by myself or with friends. And it had a theatre name (Finchley Vue cinema), a time (1:20 PM Saturday, August 12th), and an opinion (Eh, it was alright). I do all of this because the truth of the matter, deep down underneath the folds of the details and lies, was that I didn't want anyone to know what I was really doing, or what I really thought. Instead, I tell them what other people, good people, did, what they thought.

This is the reason I lie. This is the reason I tell stories. This is the reason I am alive, to tell the story of the things that never came to pass, of the people who aren't around to speak it for themselves.
Inspired by 'Telling stories' by Tracy Chapman.

There is fiction in the space between
The lines on your page of memories
Write it down but it doesn't mean
You're not just telling stories

There is fiction in the space between
You and reality
You will do and say anything
To make your everyday life
Seem less mundane
There is fiction in the space between
You and me

There's a science fiction in the space between
You and me
A fabrication of a grand scheme
Where I am the scary monster
I eat the city and as I leave the scene
In my spaceship I am laughing
In your remembrance of your bad dream
There's no one but you standing

Leave the pity and the blame
For the ones who do not speak
You write the words to get respect and compassion
And for posterity
You write the words and make believe
There is truth in the space between

There is fiction in the space between
You and everybody
Give us all what we need
Give us one more sad sordid story
But in the fiction of the space between
Sometimes a lie is the best thing
Sometimes a lie is the best thing
OrenAsher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
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