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To Kelly (standard:Flash, 276 words)
Author: timsterAdded: Sep 27 2004Views/Reads: 1960/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
For a friend of mine...

“Come along children, don't linger behind.” 

“Yes Mother”, my brother and I answered in unison. 

“Take a deep breath and follow me”, she told us firmly. 

The sky above was white and cold. There were no holes to breath, yet we
followed mother with a child's trust.  As the minutes past, my lungs 
felt as if they were going to burst.  I needed fresh air. 

“Just a little further children.”  I think she knew the fear of drowning
was in our thoughts.  As I grew up, I learned that she actually read 
our minds. 

“There it is, just up ahead.” 

I didn't know if my breath would hold a little longer.  Then a strange
thing happened to me.  I felt as if my mother was inside me, adding an 
extra breath of air.  The opening seemed well within reach then. Gazing 
over at my brother, he had a look of astonishment on his face.  As I 
found out later, the same thing happened to him. 

We arrived at the hole in the sky and took a deep refreshing breath.  I
looked up at the midnight blue sky and felt safe in her sanctuary. 

That was the first and last time I was there with my Mother and Brother.
 The floating things killed her the next season and my brother and I 
drifted apart. 

Years later I brought my children to this place.  As we were under the
white sky, I could read their thoughts and put myself within them.  
Feeling the fear they held was hard for me, but once they saw the blue 
midnight sky, I felt the same exhilaration my Mother must have felt. 


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