"come on Athena!" called mama, opening the door.
"Coming~!" i called, running over. "where are we going, mama?"
"we're going to the park!" she said, smiling.
when we got to the park, mama told me to go play, and that she would call me over when we are going home, so I went and played with everyone else.
after they all left, I went back to the bench where mama was sitting. but she wasn’t there.
i looked for her, but I couldn’t find her, so i sat on the swings, waiting...
* * *
Its warm... There's voices... women's voices...
"poor child... its a good thing Laine found her..."
"yeah. who knows what would have become of her..."
i opened my eyes and saw that i was in a room, it was dark because it's night.
"Mama?" i called, "mama??"
"ah, you're awake..." a woman walked into the room, closing the door behind her.
"where's mama?" i asked.
"she's not here..." said the woman.
The door opened again and a man walked in this time.
"Ah, Sir. Laine, you're back.." said the woman. " I'll make you some tea..."
the man nodded as she left the room.
"now," he said, sitting down. "how are you?"
"what's your name?"
i shook my head.
"would you like me to give you a name?"
i just nodded for the sake of it this time.
"really?" he said, "then how about 'Roda'?"