This painting needs to be carefully handled. It’s been damaged a lot. Ah, I am so tired of recreating this painting. It’s so dark and cold outside. It would be nice to walk alone in the streets with no worries. In the end, I always end up watching outside the window in the evening.
“Oh, you came early today”.
“Jim, it’s not safe to leave your door unlocked.”
“Don’t worry. Nobody is going to come and see me.”
“Why do you always stare outside the window at this time? Let’s have dinner. As always, I know that you will never pay for the food that I purchase,”, said Sam.
“Who told you to buy food for me?”, I asked. Even though I know the reason. Because this is the usual conversation that we always have.
“Oh, seriously, this boy! As your apartment owner and your only guardian, I have to take care of you.”
“I know that I only have you to take care of me.” Sam was serving the food.
“Did you hear about the 16th-century painting that was discovered recently?”
“Yes, I heard about it.” I switched on the TV and sat down to eat.
“Breaking news: The National Museum of Scotland is going to reveal an old painting from the 16th century by an unknown painter tomorrow, at the Main Hall of the Museum, by the Chief Secretary.”
“Hey, I heard that the painting is very rare. It will cost a huge amount if we sell it,”, said Sam while eating.
“So, you want me to bring the painting?”
“Oh, you understand me well. But I think you were already thinking of bringing it here”.
“Even you know very well about me.” I also have another job tomorrow. The usual work that I have been doing for the past seven years.
“I am always curious to know why you always go behind these old paintings.”
“Those old paintings have deep meaning in themselves. They depict the emotions of a painter. And those emotions are sometimes related to the past life of the painter.”
“Oh, seriously. It’s been seven years, and I still cannot figure out about you.”
Even I am not able to find myself. I am still on an expedition to find out about my past. And that’s how I found out that I have a special ability that no one else in this world has.
“Hey boy, what are you thinking? You are always in your own world.”
“No, it’s nothing.”
“By the way, are you going to steal that painting as you always do?”
“Of course. What else do you think I am going to do?”
“Don’t you think that you are using your ability for your own sake?”
“Am I doing it only for me? Don’t forget that you are also benefiting from what I am doing.”
“Oh, my boy, don’t get frustrated. I was just kidding.”
“It’s been a long time. Now go and sleep, you old man!”
“Look at the way this boy is treating me! You don’t have any respect for me. Ok, then, I am going to sleep. Don’t stay awake too late”.
“Yeah, sure. Good night.”
“And don’t forget to lock the door.”
My past is the same as this dark sky. Why do I not remember anything from my past? Why am I like this? Every day passes like this. When will I find my true identity?
I remember the day when I found my special ability. After Sam brought me to this apartment for the first time from the hospital. I could not talk properly and was always silent. And I didn’t make any friends. For me, Sam was the only person who could understand me and played with me. On that day, while playing with Sam, I accidentally fell down the stairs and hurt my head. At that time, everything around me froze. It was as if someone had stopped time. I was fascinated by what happened. When I thought about everything being normal, everything came back to normal. Sam came running towards me. From that day on, I got curious about my ability and got used to stopping time.
The only person who knows this is Sam. But until now, I didn’t know the true value of time. But I have been haunted by a dream for the past few years. Which is making me desperate to find out about my past. And it became the reason for me to go behind old paintings because they all have a story behind them. Tomorrow I am again going to find out about my past. No matter what, I will find out what happened to me seven years ago.