She turned around and walked a ‘few steps and turned again and returned to her original position. “Seven steps and a half” she murmured.
The shopkeeper who was watching her confusingly asked ” Lady, are you looking for something you lost here?”
Lisa Said ” Yeah! I am looking for a loop-hole. Nothing can be so perfect right? so there’s gotta be a loop-hole here” and she started walking to her destination.
What are you talking about? he asked.
“Ok I will tell you in a nutshell. “Loop hole to the Labyrinth, Sir!” and she walked away.
The shopkeeper whole evening thought about the incident but couldn’t guess the story of that girl. At dinner, he narrated everything to his wife “She did not look like unstable but she was talking crazy. I have seen her crossing my shop often on same timings.”
“That must be her usual route back from office I guess, George” she said while cleaning up the table after dinner. Why don’t you ask her tomorrow if it bothers you that much. Huh!
The next day he worked impatiently and waited for her to cross his shop. Just like any other day there she was, walking in her own world with loose steps.
“Hey Lady! will you not look for the loop-hole today?” curiously he asked.
“What’s your name Sir? I am Lisa.”
“Lisa, I am George and this is my shop right here.”
“George, I have already mapped it yesterday and I did not find any loop-hole here. May be someone has already used it, if it was here.” Lisa said and kept her bag on the bench outside his shop.
George scratched his head and said “Look Lisa, I am already stuck with what you said yesterday. If you don’t mind please explain coz its driving me crazy now. Please sit down here on the bench. Lisa smiled at him and they both sat down on that wooden bench.
“George, have you seen or been to a maze anytime?” Lisa stared at him expecting an answer.
“Oh Yes! Recently I took my five years old son to a play maze.” George answered “Have never been to a real one though”.
Lisa giggled ” Ok so you understand the concept at least. George, you know that there is an entry and an exit to a maze. Everything in between the entry and exit is a Labyrinth.” and she continued while George listened to her very deeply and with curiosity “One big maze has many small mazes inside. Circular, triangular or perhaps square in shapes. Life is just like a maze and we are stuck in Labyrinth of this maze.”
“We enter the maze happily and start playing around without any hint of it. It’s invisible. We walk and run with full energy and grace with our eyes open so that we don’t miss anything, it’s so new. Then we enter different small mazes of this big maze. We come out of every maze with different experience and emotion. We meet few people in those mazes who themselves are the travelers. We talk, we love. Without a hint of what they have been through on their journey we perceive or judge many.”
“By the time we really understand what is happening with us, we had already crossed multiple mazes. Never realize or think to find a way to get out of this maze without breaking any rules of nature or the gamer. When we realize, we start mapping our own steps and time so that we won’t waste more.”
“Consciously while finding a way out again we meet other people who have gone through same experiences, may be in a different sequence. With them we find our comfort. Even together, we still do not know how many mazes more to go or this is the last one but certainly we find our way out this time, coz we are looking for it, together.”
“By this time, we found our own path therefore nothing else matters. We move on. Someday, we will come out of this maze but we will see those paths and those people never again. We will be out of this Labyrinth but that will also be the end of our stories.”
“Lisa, what’s the connection between all this and your statement yesterday?” George said.
“George, due to bad experiences on their journey, many people choose to find a loop-hole in the Labyrinth. It’s against the rule. I was looking for that loop-hole”. Lisa said softly.
George ” Like who?”
Lisa “You met Dina on your journey. She found her comfort with you but you troubled her and pushed her to find a loop-hole. She opted out of this Labyrinth way before she had to.”
“It’s been …..almost eight years” and He heard his own voice shattering. He couldn’t control his tears this time. May be he understood that he took somebody’s right of travelling this maze. “Are you Dina’s sister?” he asked.
“NO! I AM LABYRINTH! I AM HERE TO CLOSE THE LOOP HOLES! and she walked away.
George never saw her on that path again.