Grandfather's Love

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

Though he'd been dead for three years, a grandfather's love knows no bounds.

 He watched the young woman as she climbed up the valley's walls, a melancholy feeling in his chest.

 

He knew she was hurting, that she wanted answers. Answers he couldn't give her. Answers she needed to find out for herself.

 

It hurt, watching her struggle through the climb. It hurt being unable to help her as he used to when she was small. Back during simpler times.

 

As he watched her sit on the same rock, year after year, he wished he could hold her close once more. To wipe away her tears as they fell and tell her everything was going to be alright.

 

He couldn't, though. Not anymore. He was dead, had been for three years. He could no longer hold his granddaughter close or help her climb the valley as he used to.

 

That wouldn't stop him from looking out for her, his little girl. Even if he had to do so from afar and indirectly. Even if she never knew it was him watching over her.

 

He hoped she knew it was him when the wind ruffled her hair. That it was him who brought the scent of wildflowers and earth. He hoped she could feel his love wrap around her as she cried into her arms.

 

Maybe she did, maybe she didn't.

 

Either way, he felt proud of her, of the young woman she was becoming as she straightened up. As she wiped away her tears, eyes bright with newfound determination.

 

He was proud when she made her silent promise to keep going. To return to this place of memories and not hide behind the whys anymore.

 

The grandfather smiled, proud and full of love as he watched his granddaughter. He always knew she would find her way.


Submitted: July 22, 2021

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