Image and text courtesy of Yukari Chikura from the series ‘Fluorite Fantasia (Looking for my Father…)’.
“Fluorite is a beautiful mineral that catches the light of our star and radiates it back in the darkness of night. My stone was a memento from my father, glowing and enigmatic. His death was too sudden before we realized the cancer attacked from all directions and took him. All I wanted was to sit down with him and talk about his experiences, ask him about the secrets he carried with him, but before I could gather my will to do so he was stricken mute and then disappeared into mystery.
After his death I walked with tears behind my eyes and bitterness under my heart. In the cold beautiful blue stone innumerable stars glittered and drifted. In a dream I wandered among them searching. When I awoke unexpectedly I found myself in the house where he was a child. It was full of smells and sounds and familiar but cryptic and mystical objects. His presence felt so strong that I thought his voice might come from the next room. I believed deep inside myself that I could meet father there, day after day, wandering around in the mystical scenery”.
“We all have our time machines don’t we
Those that take us back are memories
And those that carry us forward are dreams”
– HG Wells