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Ever have an experience that felt surreal, as though you’d been suddenly transported into the twilight zone, where time seemed to warp, perhaps slowing down or speeding up? Tell us all about it. If you haven’t had an experience in real life that you can draw from, write a fictional account of a surreal experience.

The only surreal experience I ever have had is the delirium coming out from anaesthesia. I already wrote about this in a post last year. I was twelve. I was deeply impressed by my visit to the El Prado Museum where I had seen the masterpieces of the great Spanish painters Goya and Velazquez. I remembered the Goya’s exhibit rooms with his colourful magistral portraits his cheerful scenes but then we walked into the rooms dedicated time when he evolved to a dark period with his series about the “disasters of war” and finally his “Black paintings”, which scared me a lot, above all the famous “Saturn devouring his son”. Terrifying.

In my delirium I was inside the paintings of Goya as another character. Posing happily along with kings and queens, dancing and playing with merry peasants. But the merry peasants faces began to change and transform into the horrible, ugly, deformed faces of the “Black Paintings”. And suddenly I got trapped by monsters that were dragging me towards the ominous scene of Saturn devouring his son. The monstrous Saturn was waiting for me. And I could’t wake up like from a nightmare. Only wait for my turn to be devoured and wait, and wait…

They told me that I began to cry aloud “I don’t like Goya, I like Velázquez, I don’t like Goya, I like Velázquez!”…

My father told me later he was proud of me, because I had a cultural delirium.

Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone.
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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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  1. Wonderful. To have an insight like this as a youngster is amazing. You turned me on to some art too! Saturn does have some nasty mythological creation stories lurking around him, but he isn’t all the bad…


    • I know, I know, but have you seen the Goya painting? I was going to show a picture in my post but I decided not to because it still scares me


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