This is the latest entry in the 100-Word-Challenge for Adults. This week’s challenge was to use the words “… I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you..”
“What’s the meaning of life?” the boy asked the old man.
Rearranging noisy bones he replied, “Life has no meaning, boy.”
The boy stared, thunderstruck.
“But why are we here?”
“Look, to know what life is you first have to learn what life isn’t. And believe me, son, there are almost as many things that life isn’t as there are stars in the sky. When you’ve exhausted them all you’ll have your answer.”
“But I’ll never figure it out!” the boy whined.
“Some don’t,” the old man agreed. “Now, I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you so I can rest.”
He smiled as the door clicked closed.