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I looked around once more to see if the voice could be coming from another source.  “There’s no one here but you, me, and the rest of us candles, “ the voice informed.

 

I lifted up the candle to take a closer look.  You won’t believe what I saw.  There was a tiny face in the wax.  (I told you that you wouldn’t believe me.)

 

Not just a wax face that someone had carved, but a moving, functioning, flesh-like face full of expression and life.

 

“Don’t take me out of here!”

 

“What?”

 

“I said, don’t take me out of this room.”

 

“What do you mean?  I have to take you out.  You’re a candle.  Your job is to give light.  It’s dark out there.  People are stubbing their toes and walking into walls.  You have to come out and light up the place!”

 

“But you can’t take me out.  I’m not ready,” the candle explained with pleading eyes.  “I need more preparation.”

 

I couldn’t believe my ears.  “More preparation?”

 

“Yeah, I’ve decided I need to research this job of light-giving so I won’t go out and make a bunch of mistakes.  You’d be surprised how distorted the glow of an untrained candle can be.  So I’m doing some studying.  I just finished a book on wind resistance.  I’m in the middle of a great series of tapes on wick build-up and conservation--and I’m reading the new bestseller on flame display.  Have you heard of it?”

 

“No,” I answered.

 

“You might like it.  It’s called Waxing Eloquently.”

 

“That really sounds inter--”  I caught myself.  What am I doing?  I’m in here conversing with a candle while my wife and daughters are out there in the darkness!

 

“All right then,” I said.  “You’re not the only candle on the shelf.  I’ll blow you out and take the others!”

 

But just as I got my cheeks full of air, I heard other voices.

 

“We aren’t going either!”

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