Candle afterglow

When the candle wicks start to burn, it’s easy to see the world in a different light. There’s a subtle sheen that influences vision as soon as she lights the candles, making colors brighter and surfaces shinier.

It creeps into the children’s room and makes the ponies and dinosaurs on the glossy covers rear and dance. It smoothes over photographs and makes the subjects younger, happier than they were even in the glow of the camera flash. It’s a light that brings twinkles to eyes and illumines the darkest corners—at least for a few moments.

It does sputter and fade before true dark sets in, of course. It’s not for keeping—just for enjoying.

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