This post does not sprout from barren ground: Daily Prompt: Doppelgänger Alert
You step into an acquaintance’s house for the first time, and discover that everything — from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall — is identical to your home. What happens next?
Well, this is pretty disturbing.
It either means that this acquaintance of mine has exactly the same tastes as I (which is sort of weird already), or else something is seriously wrong… I mean, there is this possibility that I could return to my own home and find everything missing, right?
Let’s hope that the address isn’t the same too, if not I could go crazy, and maybe file some lawsuit or something. Somehow, I don’t think this acquaintance of mine would be staying as an ‘aquaintance’ any longer…
Just to be sure that I wouldn’t be pointing fingers at the wrong person, I would question this person very, very closely. Like where did you get your sofa from? Or where did you buy that painting? And when did you buy those books?
If the answers are dodgy, I might have a full- blown panic attack and rush back to my home to make sure everything is still there. Or worse still, I could freak out right there and then and lose my head completely.
It is times like these when I’m thankful that people don’t have super powers. I mean, like mind- reading powers (but honestly, why would this ‘aquaintance’ choose to buy the same things as I?) or like those freaky dual personality things where this ‘aquaintance’ is just another me with a different face. Or like a shape- shifter come to take over my life. Yikes!
This daily post actually reminds me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The main character, an inquisitive girl named Coraline, crawls through a doorway that is blocked by bricks in the day, yet opens into a tunnel at night. When she emerges from the tunnel, she finds herself in a room that looks like the one she has just left, with the same mantelpiece, same sofa, and the same painting. Creepy, huh?
The point is, I hope I never, ever walk into a house that looks exactly like mine, unless it’s my own house!
Are you of the same opinion too? 🙂