The Dark Shines
The Dark Shines explores the importance of living life with purpose, and
how the meaning of fulfilment varies from person to person. No matter
how close we are to death, nor how much we try to rationalise our lives, there
really is no way to comprehend that which follows.
Jacob, the story’s narrator, is shaken by the death of somebody of an
age so close to his own. Jacob’s experience of loss and grief is limited and he
cannot help but to take the parting of his friend as a sign that he has a duty
to not waste a second of the life that has been gifted to him. Jacob
inadvertently becomes fond of a young man, but when the man goes missing, the
meaning that Jacob had been searching for comes to him, but not in the form he
Penelope and Dominic have been married for many years, and up until the
death of Tony, Penelope’s psychiatric patient, their marriage had been
uneventful. Penelope and Dominic are both high-flyers; Dominic is a big player
in one of London’s top technology companies, who takes it upon himself to
develop innovative, but morally questionable ways to drive his industry
forward. Penelope meanwhile, frustrated that she married the only person whose
mind she cannot figure out, battles between doing what she knows is right, or
for once following her own advice.
Martin and David are hit the hardest by Tony’s death. Tony had been
their close friend for years, and they had never anticipated that his life
would be so tragically cut short. Rumours that he took his own life place a
huge amount of guilt on the couple which they don't feel resilient enough to
cope with. It’s a disadvantage from which they, as a couple, may not recover.
Their love allows them to put their own grief to one side to offer each other
support, and as their wedding day approaches, it is their own personal journeys
of grief-stricken self-discovery that reveals more about each other than they
Tony’s parents, Derek and Joan have had a troubled marriage. We follow
snapshots of their young lives leading up to the day that is fated to rip
Derek’s life apart.
The Dark Shines is a collection of interwoven
stories, exploring the light and shade that resides within us all.