It's dark now. Nicholson finds himself in a very familiar, yet utterly deceiving setting. The streets, the scenes, and the alleys all feel so cold. We see Nicholson walking through the shadows. Tonight's darkness is heavy: it's thick with guilt, wrapped with regret. Nicholson finds himself in an abandoned city park. As he walks, there are memories of his childhood. His father brought him to this park everyday and they often talked while strolling by the lake. They haven't been here together in years.

Tonight's darkness is heavy; it's the anniversary of his dad's death. Nicholson traveled for hours with the pit in his stomach that this moment would come. The moment that he's reminded that he's alone. He's stuck. He's tired. Distant reflections of past walks in the park flood Nicholson's eyes with tears that have been dammed for years. The sorrow comes in waves as Nicholson remembers the last words he muttered to his dad, "I hate you." He was only 18 when his dad died. The pain of his loss brings an anger that feels powerful. It feels real. It feels good. Nicholson walks home. He needs to forget.

When he walks in he sees the sheets covering the old furniture and it looks like nothing has been moved since his dad passed. His mom moved shortly after and hasn’t been back. The house is a stark reminder of how empty their lives have been.

He sees a painting on the wall that requires a double-take. It’s a painting Nicholson had given to his father for his last birthday. The painting is of a mountain-filled landscape and Nicholson remembers what an escape painting has been over the course of his life. Painting has been his outlet and has given Nicholson a place to leave his intangible emotion.

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