Udo

Francisco Martínez
2 min readDec 8, 2023

The strange silhouette was drawing itself on the orange background of neon lights. The newcomer was surprised by that appearance and did not want to continue contemplating it. So he closed his eyelids tightly and began to pray.

Someone spoke very slowly in his ear:

“Don’t you know Udo? Udo is burdened with the weight of the souls of the people of this town and of those who visit it, and his figure is transformed depending on the soul that he burdens in each moment. He’s carrying your soul right now. He can barely walk and looks grotesque and disgusting.

That’s who you are. Think about how you’re going to ease their suffering. What are you going to do?”

The newcomer knelt, and as he gazed at the grief of the strange creature, his eyes filled with tears. So much so that he could barely see how the strange creature was transformed into a being of wonderful light, reflecting the feelings of compassion that filled the newcomer’s soul in that instant.

Udo

La extraña silueta se dibujaba sobre el fondo anaranjado de las luces de neón. El recién llegado se sorprendió de aquella aparición y no quiso seguir contemplándola. Así que cerró con fuerza los párpados y se puso a rezar.

Alguien le habló muy despacito al oído:

-¿No conoces a Udo? Udo carga con el peso de las almas de este pueblo y de las que lo visitan, y su figura se transforma dependiendo del alma que soporta en cada momento. Ahora mismo está llevando tu alma. Apenas puede andar y su aspecto es grotesco y repugnante.

Ese eres tú. Piensa en qué forma vas a aliviar su sufrimiento. ¿Qué vas a hacer?

El recién llegado se arrodilló, y al contemplar el pesar de la extraña criatura sus ojos se llenaron de lágrimas. Tanto que apenas pudo ver como la extraña criatura se transformaba en un ser de luz maravilloso, reflejo de los sentimientos de compasión que llenaban su alma.

Originally published at https://minutorelatos.blogspot.com.

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Francisco Martínez

Telecom engineer. International Relations, Translations.