Finding Home

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Reaching a clearing in the middle of the forest, she spotted a small gathering of people of nearly all ages. They were all gathered around what could be thought of as a bonfire.
But what made her heart stop and tears well up and spill over wasn’t the fire or the people gathered, but the person they gathered around to hear.

Kelly had stopped to rest her aching feet, sitting down on a ragged stump she tossed her pack to the side and propped her feet up on an ajasant root. Sighing at the instant relief she leaned back on her hands and closed her eyes. 

Out here all by herself in the quiet early evening, she let her thoughts roam free. Feeling all the pent up emotions bubbling up her throat and into her eyes, she let her tears quietly stream down her cheeks. 

 

After the collapse of civilization, Kelly had found herself in a self given mission. A mission to find her last living family member. She had overcome many obstacles and hardships on her trek 

across the country, gaining and losing many friends along the way. 

She had split off from a group she joined not long ago when she caught wind of a possible lead. She had walked nothing but circles for the past several hours, scavenging what she could from the ruins of what was the last known city her sister lived in prior to The Collapse.

 

After having hit the end of her already frayed rope, she had found a section of a wooded area to hide and rest for a while. There were many indications of life in sections of the city, but she couldn’t find anyone, and that discouraged what little hope she had left in finding her sister. 

 

So there she sat, letting her frustration out in what little tears her dehydrated form could muster. 

Kelly sat there for a while mourning the thoughts she kept at bay for so long, thinking where to go from there, and as the sun started to set; started pitching camp.

Then, once she was done and had started the fire, she heard it. 

It was easy to miss at first with the gentle breeze dancing through the leaves, but she strained her ears to listen closely. 

 

Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu

 

There! Voices in the distance and, were they singing? 

 

Kelly stood, wincing at the sudden head rush from crouching by the firepit for so long, but pushed through and quietly crept through the thicket in the direction of the voices. 

The closer she got, the clearer it was that it wasn’t multiple voices, but one. 

 

Qui tollis peccata mundi

Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem

 

Reaching a clearing in the middle of the forest, she spotted a small gathering of people of nearly all ages. They were all gathered around what could be thought of as a bonfire. 

But what made her heart stop and tears well up and spill over wasn’t the fire or the people gathered, but the person they gathered around to hear. 

 

Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei

 

 

There, perched up on a makeshift stage of a few flat boulders in a tattered white robe, singing loud enough for the gathered crowd to hear, was her sister. 

Overcome by the sheer amount of emotions flooding through her all at once, she stepped out of the clearing and sang out to her.

 

Qui tollis peccata mundi

Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem

 

All heads turned to Kelly, some shocked, some terrified. But she didn’t stop. Her sister looked on in shock and disbelief, taking a moment to comprehend that it really was Kelly standing right before her before letting out a sob and jumped off the rock, running right for Kelly.

Kelly opened her arms, letting out a sob of her own before her sister wrapped her up in the biggest and tightest hug she could muster. 

Kelly welcomed it, not caring that she could hardly breath. She had found her sister alive, she could breathe easy again knowing she wasn’t alone in this world anymore. She found her family, and her home.


Submitted: April 21, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Ferreira K.. All rights reserved.

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Paul Jagar

That was a fun little read. I would personally recommend however to rewrite it once or twice as some sentences don’t flow as well as they could.

What I also recommend is adding a bit more to the story. Perhaps a bit about her previous hardships for a bit of world-building, and maybe adding more about her relationship with her sister as to strengthen her motivation to find her. Most importantly is the fact that the ending of the story really screams for a follow-up. You could really add a twist or two where it is revealed that her sister is running a cult with macabre religious practices like human sacrifices or whatnot. Putting the sisters at odds at each other and writing a climactic conclusion from that. Just some things I thought as I was reading. :)

Fri, May 1st, 2020 2:37pm

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