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|Aloof (standard:drama, 1406 words)|
|Author: kathyg||Added: Aug 22 2005||Views/Reads: 2106/1364||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A little girl is lost somewhere in the shuffle between what her father thinks is important and what really matters. This story ALOOF shows what might happen when parents and children grow apart.|
It is 4:00 pm in the afternoon. A work-weary father opens the front door to greet a six year old little girl. Her enthusiasm is infectious and he scoops her up and gives her a kiss. “I missed you, Daddy! Come in your office and see the sunrays! Come, hurry!” “Oh, must we do this now?” he grumbles as he puts his coat away. “Can't Daddy relax?” Jonathan follows Dana into his office but soon he tunes her out. He has other things on his mind. A sudden mood change; his eyes turn cold as they cross over the pile of important papers he must attend to today. “See the sunrays darting all over the wall in yellows, reds and blues, Daddy?” Dana says as she points to the traveling prisms of light flowing through the window. “I don't have time for games, Dana. Go, now and let me be.” “Come on, Daddy, just take a peek. It's fun. Don't you like the colors?” Jonathan stands up, impatient, takes Dana by the hand and leads her to the door. He pats her on the head and bends down, whispering, “Daddy is busy now, child. Later. Later, I'll look.” “That's what you said yesterday. It is never later. You keep forgetting me.” Jonathan walks over to his desk. A pile of papers whooshes off the desk like a flurry of snow. He chases each piece like gold. Why don't you care about me as much as you care about those dumb papers? Dana thinks to herself, bending down to tie her shoe. Just a little bit of time, is that too much to ask? Look at me, Daddy. Don't turn away! She runs ahead of him, quickly storming into the pile of papers, kicking them here and there, and watching them get tossed up into the air. The papers make a sound almost like fingers snapping. But when she turns around to see her father's face, bright red and angry, her smile fades. Fear rises up into her throat and she backs up to the wall. “I want you to pick up every single one of these papers, and I want them in the correct order, young lady!” “How am I going to know that?” she whispers fearfully. “You just have to figure it out. Daddy needs those papers for work, and you just kick them around like trash. Life isn't a game, girl. I need you to learn that now. Pick them up!” She runs over to the window and opens it wide. The papers fly out the window, swirl around in the wind like little flags. The very sight of this makes her happy and she laughs. No more papers! “See, see the papers fly. Let's go chase them.” “Get out. Get out of my sight!” He takes her hand and he drags her out of the room. The door is slammed and locked shut. Things would never be the same again, now that he closed the door on her. Dana flies up the stairs to her room and buries her face in her pillow as rejection fills her heart. Suddenly, a thought pops into her mind. Dana sits up and wipes her face. The tear-stained pillow tells the story of heartbreak. Just a moment it would take to dry her tears; could there be rescue from sorrow? Getting off her bed, she shuffles to her dresser. With trembling hands, she picks up a picture of her Daddy. Click here to read the rest of this story (123 more lines)
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