Lost In The Moment

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 1 (v.1) - 1

Submitted: April 25, 2018

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Submitted: April 25, 2018

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Adley

It’s rainy outside. But only a little bit… It’s sprinkling, and I like these kinds of mornings-- when the sky is licked with grey, and the sweet, fresh, smell of rain still floats in the air.

Ah… Now, look at me… Bickering away. I’m sure you don’t want to hear my wonderful collage of “um”s and “oh”s and “uh”s. I coiled the mouse’s wire around my finger and crooked my neck to look at Mum.

“Adley,” Mum faltered. “get off of the computer. You’ve been on for ages.” I wanted to argue. I normally would’ve, but something about Mum’s eyes, rimmed with red, made her look like she had other things to worry about. So instead, without saying a word, I shut off my computer and avoided her glance.

“Sorry, Mum.”

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I opened my eyelids and blinked some dry sleep out of my eyes. The air was different this morning. It was heavy, and everything sounded muffled. Like what it sounds like when you’re underwater. (Not that there was any sound for me to hear.) Just my own footsteps, batting against the cold tile floors.

“Mum,” I muttered. There wasn’t an answer.

“Mum, wake up. It’s morning, now.” I looked at her eyelids. Still red, still blotchy, still sad… Mum never told me why Pa left. I imagine it was because of me. When I say that, though, it makes Mum’s face droop and her eyes pool with tears. I don’t like seeing Mum cry. She’s usually very strong, so at days when she’s not, I make it my pride to take care of her. After a moment of looking at Mum’s eyes, my heart stopped beating for a moment. Tears welled up in my eyes and I let them stream down my cheeks. I grabbed her shirt and sobbed into it.

“I’m sorry…” my voice broke, “I’m sorry I couldn’t help you.” I breathed in a shaky breath and wiped my nose with my sleeve. Then, I ran over to the phone and dialed ‘911’.

“Come on,” I said impatiently. It was difficult to not cry, but I knew it wouldn’t do any good.

Ring Ring Ring

It was still ringing. When finally, the ringing stopped, I felt my heart pounding against my ribcage.

“Excuse me, I.. Um… My.. My Mum she’s…” I couldn’t form words.

“Your message has been forwarded to an automated-” I hung up.

Damn.” I massaged my forehead and ran downstairs, swinging the door open and darting outside to the neighbor's doorstep. I knocked.
“Excuse me!” I yelled, “please! Please, my mother is dying! Somebody help!” I screamed at the top of my lungs, for anyone. Just anyone to hear me. But there was no one. Not even birds. No one was outside. No one was awake.

 

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