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It was a conspiracy.  I turned around and looked at the three other candles; each with flames dancing above a miniature face.

 

I was beyond feeling awkward about talking to candles.  I was getting miffed.

 

“You are candles and your job is to light dark places!”

 

“Well, that may be what you think” said the candle on the far left--a long, thin fellow with a goatee and a British accent.  “You may think we have to go, but I’m busy.”

 

“Busy?”

 

“Yes, I’m meditating.”

 

“What?  A candle that meditates?”

 

“Yes.  I’m meditating on the importance of light.  It’s really enlightening.”

 

I decided to reason with them.  “Listen, I appreciate what you guys are doing.  I’m all for meditation time.  And everyone needs to study and research; but for goodness sake, you guys have been in here for weeks!  Haven’t you had enough time to get your wick on straight?”

 

“And you other two,” I asked, “are you going to stay in here as well?”

 

A short, fat, purple candle with plump cheeks that reminded me of Santa Claus spoke up.  “I’m waiting to get my life together.  I’m not stable enough.  I lose my temper easily.  I guess you could say that I’m a hothead.”

 

The last candle had a female voice, very pleasant to the ear.  “I’d like to help,” she explained, “but lighting the darkness is not my gift.”

 

All this was sounding too familiar.  “Not your gift?  What do you mean?”

 

“Well, I’m a singer.  I sing to other candles to encourage them to burn more brightly.”  Without asking my permission she began a rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.”  (I have to admit, she had a good voice.)

 

The other three joined in, filling the storage room with singing.

 

“Hey,” I shouted above the music, “I don’t mind if you sing while you work!  In fact, we could use a little music out there!”

 

They didn’t hear me.  They were singing too loudly.  I yelled louder.

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