COARSE – FALSE FRIEND ’16 (REIGNITED MONOCHROME)
The tale of noop and paw!
High up in the elastomer, paw! gazes out at the yawning caverns, the rocky outcrops, the semifluid deltas, the pristine silence coating it all.
If the world has always been so beautiful, then why did he always feel so alone? All those years, all that time: searching, wishing, waiting.
He had spent so many seasons hunting for his own likeness, for another paw!, because in the elastomer, of course, trust is a tricky thing. He had come across locks, nisms, and even noop: those harvested creatures born of fleshy fruits, yet all the while he kept to himself.
But now he has a friend. His best friend. paw! rests his head on his friend’s furry shoulder, breathes in the elastomer’s quiet air, and smiles for the first time in a long time.
paw! knows better than to ask questions. Silence with his best friend is better than silence alone. He has learned that much. But lately he has been wondering…
Why are his ears so floppy? Why are his arms so long? And what is that hanging from his neck?
Silence, yes. paw! won’t ask a question, but…
He tugs on the ears. He lifts the sleeves. He pulls down the zipper…
It was a noop all along.
paw! howls into the elastomer.
Noop’s smirk falls, and he bows his head. “Do you forgive me?” he asks.
paw! takes a step toward noop, fists tight, jaw clenched, chest puffed.
“You’re my best friend,” noop sings. “Won’t you please forgive me?”‘
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