Light My Fire

“Trust in me and I’ll set you on fire.”
“That’s absurd! Why would I trust you then?”
He looked at me like he was dealing with someone incredibly slow-witted. “Because I’d set you on fire.”
“And that’s appealing to me, why?”
“It’d be a lie if I told you that you couldn’t get much, much higher. All you have to do is let yourself catch on fire.”
The breeze picked up, animating his long, brown hair into frenzy, while carrying with it the subtle smell of apple blossoms.
“Well nothing, man. Look, the time for hesitation is through, over. No more wallowing in your mire. If you want this love, your love, my love, our love, all love to become the one and only funeral pyre, if you want to set the fucking night in all its terror on fire, then all you gotta do is light yourself…on fire.”
There was a haunting, hypnotic melody in his voice that raised the hair on the back of my neck while simultaneously mesmerizing me with the passion in his eyes. I’d never seen eyes like his before. They were fire. I vaguely concluded if he were a Nazi orator we’d all be blonde haired and blue eyed.
I felt like I was witnessing a moment in history that would pass before anyone realized it had occurred. All I had to do was let myself go. All I had to do was set the night on fire. And for maybe a stitch in mankind’s open sore, people would remember there was light in the darkness. They’d remember that fate was in our own hands, whether it was to live or die.
“Fuck it,” I said, grabbing the can of gasoline out of his hands.
The smell of apple blossoms was strongest right before the night burst into flames.

Light My Fire

Dave Legere

Joined January 2008

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