Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Summary: sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Written for the challenge over on NerdFitness boards based on this post from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
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He’s seen them ever since he can remember, translucent flimsy echoes hovering on the edge of being real. Always chattering away in the static where silences should be… but when he tries to answer they walk through him, oblivious.
Sister used to say she saw them too, before growing up was more important than imaginary friends. Her betrayal stings– when it’s his turn he refuses to make the same mistake.
Even if it means he’ll be alone.
It’s only later, when he’s perfected ways to translate, transmit across the static, he finds out the truth.
They’ve all grown up too.