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Are You Willing to Take Off Your Mask? | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
I read this story in a book titled “Only Fear Dies” by Barry Long and loved it. Long ago, when people were less focused on their appearance than they are today, there was a man (maybe it was a woman, who knows?). He made himself an amazing mask that could make many faces and expressions. He would wear the mask and amuse himself by suddenly jumping in front of people just to see their reactions. The mask made different faces – crying, laughing, grimacing and scowling. Obviously, his victims were shocked when they encountered the face, no matter what the expression. The man didn’t care how they reacted. His excitement came purely from their reactions. Of course, he knew he was himself behind the mask. To him, he was the joker and the joke was on them. Initially, he would step out wearing the mask a couple of times every day. But the people’s reactions excited him so much that gradually, he just kept the mask on all day. Why take it off, he thought and he even started sleeping with it on. Life went on. Years passed. The man enjoyed being behind the mask. Then, one fine day, he …