Splotches of Love
His passion. That’s what had brought him here. The paint coursed through his veins, his heart beat with the inextricable
love for his passion. Whatever might his dreams of becoming an artist might be, no matter how much he had grown
fond of his little hobby, his parents would always relegate him. If they ever found out that he was here, they would be
aggravated beyond compare. The bulbs dangling from the ceiling flickered on and off. The faint drone of the announcer
could be heard accompanied by the applause of dozens of people, bringing him back to reality, severing the tie between
him and his clashing thoughts. Leo’s heart hammered against his chest, his stomach had turned to jelly and although he
looked real calm from the outside, he was hyperventilating within. You can do it; he reassured himself; You can do it.
But could he actually do it? With the guilt of leaving his parents weighing him down, Leo was starting to consider backing
out. However his second thoughts would have to wait. The door of the room flung open and the assistant emerged.
Staring at the clipboard in his hand, he said, “Leo Casanova? You’re up in five minutes. Let’s hope you win.”
He took heavy steps towards the stage, as if his feet were made of
lead. For Leo this was his final chance. Not to only prove to the audience, but himself as well. This was who he was and
that he could do it. He walked and walked till only a flimsy sheet of silk separated him from his moment. He had to soar
high like Icarus, but he had to watch out for the sun. For if he forgot his roots, his family during the display he was about
to put on, then the final tie between him and his family would be cut. He stirred to reality with the boom of the
“Please welcome our final contestant for the Graffiti Galore Competition, Leo Casanova!” she announced followed by a
jubilant uproar from the audience.
Do something for them; he thought to himself, no matter how much his parents were cross at him. He had to do
something for them. And with that thought igniting a fire in his heart, he stepped onto the stage.