2019-04-27 | Goggles | Eye Love
Once upon a time a baby was born named Gear. He was born in a hospital, as all babies were at the time. Many nurses cared for Gear, and put him in a small room in his parent's apartment in the city, after he was fully tested for disease and defects and prepared for life outside of his mother's womb. When Gear was born, all babies had a small window to look through that was the width of their head and two inches high. The delivery nurse wrapped Gear up tightly in his blanket and laid him down in his new bed, leaving Gear looking through the small window.
On the other side of the window was another baby that was born the same day named Wing. Wing had been placed on the bed moments before. Gear and Wing looked at each other through the glass. Gear would blink and Wing's eyes would shut slightly, creating a small crease in the corner of her eyes. Can you do that? Try it. Wing would blink back and Gear would smile. Wing couldn't see the smile, as the window was too small, but she could see the small movement of Gear's eye.
The years went on, and Gear and Wing slept together every night, separated by the wall and the glass window. Before they went to sleep, they would stare at each other and make different expressions with their eyes. Over time they could communicate with their eyes much like we do with speech, but as you can well imagine, the pace and content was much different. Their time together moved like waves with the sun glimmering on the ripples.
Gear and Wing never spoke to each other and never saw each other. One of the rules at this time in history, was that the families lived completely separate lives from the time the babies were first assigned their eye partner until they were adults and left home. The apartments faced different sides of a building with hundreds of stories, so Gear and Wing couldn't guess what rooms they had that shared the small window.
When they reached their eighteenth birthday they applied to university, and, as it turns out, both applied to the same university and had the same science class. This wasn't supposed to happen. The government recorder and organizer service was supposed to make sure that Gear and Wing lived separate lives, but something got missed or switched, and they ended up sitting next to each other in class.
The class was quite strict. Students were expected to keep their eyes looking forward at the professor, but one day Gear needed a pencil, as his had broken, and asked Wing if she had an extra one. As soon as their eyes met, they communicated in the way they had for eighteen years, and a torrent of emotion and longing flew between them. Gear and Wing knew enough to understand that this needed to be secret, or they would be separated, so with tears in their eyes they forced their heads to look forward.
They would meet outside campus secretly at different coffee shops every week. They wouldn't talk; they would just stare at each other for a few minutes. They both knew how risky it was, so they varied their routine. Since they could communicate with their eyes alone, they were able to arrange the next meeting without talking.
After graduation from university, they moved to the same city on the far side of the country next to the big ocean. When a new government came into power that did not restrict the eye partner interaction, Wing and Gear were the first to unite. They lived happily ever after in a small cottage overlooking the rocks and surf.goggles