The Boy and the Reflection began with the opening image of a boy in blue dancing around a well. This was a writing prompt given in a writing class I took a while ago, where we were asked to recall an image or detail from the first ever story we ever encountered.
Of course, mine was a ‘boy in blue dancing around well’ from the fairy tale, Tikki Tikki Tembo, which my mother used to read to me when I was young and which I remember quite vividly.
I didn’t really have any idea of how I wanted the story to develop, but once I had the concept of the boy’s reflection in place I decided to focus the story around that relationship while also introducing elements of adventure.
I’m happy with the way the story turned out and I like the interplay between the boy and the reflection, and the themes of belonging, identity, ownership and the ‘other’ that run through the piece.
The acceptance and harmony of boy/identity/other/reflection was what I was aiming for with the ending, and I hope the ironic interplay of dialogue in the last few lines came to embody this.