Drabble: A Hidden Image

The three of us sat in the library, each working on individual projects. Gobelen had found himself a book in one of the more remote cases on the library’s second floor. The superficial human form he wore for our benefit was that of an Arabian male a little younger than myself, and based on how he acted, there were times when we could almost make ourselves believe that was what he really was.

The book he’d found was an encyclopedia of ancient myths. I looked over his shoulder and saw he was reading the entry on “The Caliph of all Jinn.” The image depicted a being with the torso of a very tall man—up till the head, anyway; I don’t know what that was—with the lower body of some kind of donkey/dragon hybrid.

Gobelen was looking at the book like it had him entranced. I would almost have said there was regret on his lips if it hadn’t been for the unmistakable pride in his eyes. In that moment I could almost convince myself that he was the genie in the picture. It occurred to me that maybe I hadn’t really seen his true form, or a real demonstration of his power, but something told me not to ask.

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David Wesley Woolverton

I recently completed the masters program at the University of South Alabama with a concentration in creative writing. I completed my undergraduate work at Spring Hill College in 2017 with a double major in creative writing and theology. My primary interests include trains, books, and daydreaming. I grew up in the Fowl River area of Alabama surrounded by family members telling stories, which is where my love of my craft began.

3 thoughts on “Drabble: A Hidden Image”

  1. Wow! What an ending, David! ” It occurred to me that maybe I hadn’t really seen his true form, or a real demonstration of his power.” For a few seconds I imagined my name was Gobelen, and all of the sudden I was discovering how I looked. Outstanding write! Bravo!

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