It is one of

the mysteries

of our nature that a man, all unprepared,can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live.

Mark Twain




When People Disappear

By Tr33hugg3r206

The Moon


In an average galaxy, around an average star, there was an average sized planet. Unlike most of its kind, this planet had 2 small moons. Circling the planet in finely balanced orbits, they provided light in the darkness of night for the inhabitants of the world, and their pull on the oceans provided just the right amount of tide for life to flourish.


One day, a moon vanished. To the inhabitants actively looking at the moon at the moment, the effect was felt instantly, as the light was removed from their eyes. Those on the sea were next to notice, as the oceans began to sway back and forth to a new dissonant tempo. The loss was incalculable.


The other moons’ orbit wobbled, as the mass of, and connection to, its partner disappeared.

The planet itself began to tremble as its own motion through space was disturbed. Other planets in the system reacted, their paths shifting in sympathy to their companions’ loss.

Far away, the sun sensed the loss of a piece of its immense family and began to move to correct it. It sent out waves of stability and overpowering serenity to its charges.

Time means little to a star.


Slowly, the inhabitants of the world began to see by the light of the remaining moon. The oceans began to find a new rhythm, and life returned to the seas, different, but truly alive. The orbits of the remaining moon, the planet, and its many celestial companions, slowly began to settle into new paths.


Running Downhill


There are very few things to do in West Virginia when you’re a kid. Looking back, I seem to have a lot of very good memories involving the hills we grew up in. I could tell a hundred stories about those woods.


I remember running downhill vividly. As an adult, I understand the physics involved now and have a healthy respect for them. I don’t seem to remember needing any knowledge of physics at all when I was 12. I wanted to go down the hill, so I went. Fast. I would start jogging and, as the ground began to slope down,  my speed would start to increase. I say hills but not “gentle” hills. Steep, baby,  steep. Soon I would start leaping, a bit further each time, my knees taking the shock, further and further until I was, by definition, more falling than running. I remember reaching out and grabbing the trees as they flashed by and slowing myself just enough. I can remember the feel of those trees. The touch I laid on them was so gentle, just a tap really. As I would get towards the bottom, I would abandon the trees and just …let it go. Faster and faster and faster, until the threat of losing my control was, like,




But my legs would do it, they made it every time. I never bit it. I would cut an angle, and start racing up the other side, unaware that, at that moment, I was an animal, alive and free, and purer than I would ever be again.



  • Deborah says:

    Dear Tr33 hug, I really enjoyed reading your analogy of grief, the words rhythm and new path,s especially stood out for me..sending hugs from Dublin💕

  • Jenny Scanlon says:

    What a story, so different, thanking you.

  • vera says:

    Sending you and family hugs from Dublin. A marvelous story. Look forward to seeing with in the support group again next time

  • Annette says:

    Loss to suicide is incalculable and not really understood until it affects you and causes that shift in your life. Such an interesting depiction with the comparison of the relationships to the universe.
    Since my own bereavement to suicide eighteen months ago running has become one of my strongest coping strategies giving me the headspace to try and process the emotions. The pain and punishment of running uphill followed by the release and freedom of running downhill. I can relate and connect to the running aspect of your story too. Thank you for sharing.

  • CLEOPATRA says:

    Replying to
    What a story. As they in Ireland, its the way you tell them.
    Well done!!!!

  • Mary Jane says:

    ”Amazing work” . Amazing story too

  • Claire says:

    Very interesting,consoling and encouraging insight, to a journey through grief for Suicide Loss Survivors.
    Much Love from Co. Cork Ireland.

  • Maureen Slough says:

    Congratulations on your beautifully written story…. about the disappearance of a moon and how it is sensed in space…. But how balance is restored. Running downhill as a child the innocence & freedom……got me thinking of my own childhood. Thanks for sharing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️Hugs Maureen Slough

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    I just read your two stories above about When People Disappear and Running Downhill. The first is the best analogy I have yet found on what it is like to lose the one most precious and our light and moons. Funny, I always look to the moon at night to say hello and I love and miss you to him. They were our stars, our moons, our lights.
    I am going to show this story to my counselor. I cannot wait for her to read it. Insight is for everyone and she is a grief counselor who has experienced the pain of this loss also. She will use this analogy to help others somehow because she wants us to find our light again.

    ps: I also hail from the West Virginia hills. Born in Clarksburg

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