My whole life I have been colored blind. My parents never told me this either. I know, crazy, right? Well, not until second grade. I was with a group of kids at recess and they were asking each other what their favorite color was. And of course, then I thought what I saw was how everyone else saw the world. I could only see colors in shades of grey. Then they asked me what mine was. I said I didn’t have one. I told them that the world was only filled with grey. After that, they started calling me dumb and stupid. That night I went home crying and asking my parents why they were making fun of me. And that’s when they finally told me. Now that I’m older, I try to avoid situations like that. I’m 16 and I’m what you would consider the “loner.” Today was another boring day of school. Since I didn’t live too far from my school, I walked. I liked not having to feel like I was being judged for a half hour. As I was walking my normal route, I swore I saw something strange, something I never saw before. I had to look twice and that’s when I bumped into someone.
“Hey, watch where you’re going!” a businessman said. “You could have spilled my coffee over this expensive suit. Do you know how much I paid for this?” he asked angrily.
“I’m really sorry, sir. I’ll make sure to look where I’m going. I’m sorry.” I said. I hated when I made others mad at me. All he did was sigh and continued to walk wherever he was going. I looked back where I saw the strange object and nothing was there. I turned my head back and there it was. Right in front of me. It was a she. And she looked different. She wasn’t in shades of grey.
“You have to come with me, quickly.” the mystery woman said. She grabbed my hand and we walked away from the direction of my school and into a coffee shop. “Alright, just stay and sit here. What do you want to drink?” I wanted to say I don’t know, but no words were coming out of my mouth. “Never mind. I already know.” I watched her as she walked up to order the drinks. I had to stop looking and staring at her. This was getting to be a little too much for me. This was so crazy. I turned my head the other direction and looked out the window. I watched all of the people walking fast to get wherever it was they were going to. All of them looked the same, in shades of grey. But why didn’t she? And why am I here with her? “Hey,” she said softly sitting across from me.
“Hi,” I said quietly. She had two cups in her hand and pushed one of them over to me. I didn’t really like coffee, but I wasn’t going to be rude and say that.
“Do you know who I am?” she asked.
“No… Do you know who I am?”
“Yes.” she hesitated to say what she asked next. “Can you see me other than in shades of grey?”
“How did you know that?” I asked very curious now.
“Sam, your whole life you’ve never seen anything in color.”
“Have you ever wondered why that is?”
“Well, my parents said that I’m colored blind.”
“But you can see me in color right now.” And I could could. Color was amazing. I wish I could see everyone in color all of the time. After realizing it, it felt strange that I could see her in color and no one else.
“How?” I asked.
“You’re not going to believe me.”
“I want to know.”
“I know, I did too.”
“What do you mean?” Once again, she hesitated for a moment.
“I’m you.” Okay either this woman was really weird and it was a miracle that I could see in solar or she was right.
“I don’t understand.”
“Your parents aren’t really your own. They kidnapped you when you were just a baby.” Okay, she’s definitely crazy. “I know, you think I’m crazy right now, but you need to believe me. This world isn’t the one you were meant to live in.”
“Look, you have to believe everything I say, because right now bad people are after you. This world you live in is controlled completely by the government. Every decision they make controlls all of you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Like how no one goes out of their house after 9 o’clock.”
“That’s just a regular thing.”
“And that’s what they want you to think. You’ve heard weird noises on ocassion outside when you go to sleep, right?”
“When they do that, they’re searching outside of house and scanning them to make sure nothing strange is going on.” It was crazy to hear her talk, but it did make sense.
“Why is relevant to that fact that I can see you in color?”
“Because I’m you from the future so make sure you stay alive.” I looked at down at the cup in total disbelief. “You were bullied in second grade.”
“What did you say?”
“In second grade you were with a group of kids that bullied you because you couldn’t see in color. You never knew this until then. You thought you were normal until then.” I looked back up at her. “Sam, you have to trust me, please.” I didn’t want to, but no one else knew about that and the fact that I can only see her in color. I had to trust her. I didn’t know why. I guess it was just instincts.
“Come on then. I’ll take you to a safe place and you can begin your journey.”