Chapter 2: Harmony Deshay.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

Reads: 291
Comments: 20

 

January 12, 2052

 

 Suppose I could introduce myself, my name is Harmony Faith Deshay, I am 18 years young, I see the world as a cold disturbing place. But living in poverty will do that to you. I fend for my younger siblings, I have 5 other siblings, Max is 13, Katherine is 9, Prue is 6, Derek is 4, and Thomas is 2. My dad he ran off after mom found out they were having another baby, so I was there for mom, I was there for her when Derek was born as well, Dad was gone, he was working or some lame excuse. Probably sleeping with the woman down the street. The seven of us live in a small poor town in Ontario, after all Canada is now among the poorer countries.

 

I got up this morning at 4:30am, I get up that early to go out and gather some food for breakfast, I wish I could get more for my family, but it’s hard to feed six mouths, I’m not including myself because I normally go without during breakfast because I won’t the kids to get the most of the food, and to let my mom have some. We leave at 7a.m, to begin walking to school which is quite some ways away, I don’t go to school anymore, I just walk Max, Katherine, Prue, and Derek to school, it’s about an hour walk on a good day. A good day is a day when no one is sick, I didn’t wake up late, it’s not raining or storming out. But don’t get me wrong we have quite a few bad days while walking to the school, but we get through it.

 

I just arrived back at home, it’s 9am. It was a good day for the walk to the school, it’s going to be a warm day today, I just know it. I remember when people used to tell me that at one point years ago in 2010 it used to snow and be below zero, now we’d be lucky if it got as low as zero.

 

 Now to go check on mom. Mom, she’s sick, we don’t know with what, she’s been like this for months, I don’t think she’s going to pull through. I won’t tell the kids that though, I always tell them that she’ll be okay, because I don’t want them to do any worrying, that’s my job. She doesn’t look too good today, she’s pale, and she says she’s in pain. I wish I could help her with the pain, but we can’t afford that.

 

Next on the list? To go outside with Thomas and take him for a walk down to the main part of this small town. We run into a few people that are a little strange, I sighed and picked up Thomas and told him to not go anywhere when he’s on the ground by himself. After that we walk into a small shop. The lady greets us, I nod and walk up to her and ask her if there was anything I could give to her in return for some food, she just looks at me and shakes her head slowly as if not wanting to, then told me to come back tomorrow because the shop owner would be in. I smiled in return and carried Thomas out and we walked back home. The whole way home he kept pointing at things, and telling me some of the things he knew, what they were called.

 

Without these kids, my brothers and sisters, I don’t know what my life would be like. But I like it, don’t get me wrong, it’s hard, with no father around, and my mother dying, sometimes I’m not able to put any food on the table for the kids, and I feel bad. They go to sleep hungry, with a rumble in their tummy. I take them for walks if I can’t feed them in hope that we will find something, anything. Just to feed them. At times we do find something, but a majority of the time we don’t.

 

When Thomas and I are back at home, I hear mom coughing, I put Thom down and went running into her room. I asked her if she was alright, and she smiled at me weakly and shook her no, she told me that she might not make it through the night. I dropped to the side of her bed and looked at her in the eyes and told her she will, she has to, we love her. She nodded trying to show me that she believed me, but I knew she didn’t believe that she would make it through the night.

 

I stayed with her for a while until Thomas came in and sat in my lap and looked up at me, then up at our mom. “Momma.” He said in that cute child voice, I smiled at him and told him yep, that was our momma. He had reached out his hand and put it on her hand, smiling and giggling. If only Thomas knew what was really going on. But then again, he might. I got up and picked him up, he looked at me with so much innocence in his eyes, and I smiled at him. I took him out of the bedroom and put him on my bed to put him down for his nap. I stayed with him until he was sleeping soundly.

 

That’s when I went out again, wandering to our garden to see if the plants that had managed to grow had ripened at all. I was shocked, some of the vegetables did. I picked them, and put them in my dad’s old jacket pockets that I was wearing. Soon after I was going back down to the little town square to see if I could get some meat for some of the vegetables. I didn’t really care what type of meat, I just wanted enough to feed the kids and mom. I thought I was going to be unsuccessful, but at the last minute, a man, came running after me and offered a few pieces of meat for the cost of nothing. I was shocked, because we all needed something, but he didn’t want anything in return. I took the meat and said thank you and was on my way back home.

 

By that time it was around 1pm, Thomas was awake, and I give him a bit of a green pepper to nibble on until dinner time. Around 2pm, I took Thomas for another walk, but to go and get the other kids. I mostly carried him because I wanted him to have energy to walk a bit on his during the walk home. When I signed all the kids out of school, they all had exciting tales to tell of their school days. At first they all tried speaking at once, that didn’t go over to well, so instead we developed a little list as to who goes first, then who goes after.

 

Dinner was good, we had a bit of the meat the man had given to me today, I stored most of it to save for a later day, and also stored the vegetables, cause who knows how long everything will last. We all went outside to play and horse around to burn off the rest of their energy, everyone except mom. She was still in bed, sicker than sick.

 

I told Max I would be right back, and to keep an eye on the kids. I ran inside to go check on mom, she was sleeping, she had pain creases on her forehead, and I walked over to her and starting rubbing her back and kissed her forehead before I left. “I love you mom, we all do. Pull through this.”

 

9pm is bed time for everybody, even me. I got everyone tucked into their beds, and read to the ones who wanted to be read and kissed them good night. I walked into Max’s room, well, we share the room together. He looked up at me, and asked how mom was, and I told him how she really was and he sighed. He knew she wasn’t going to be around much longer. He asked me to tell him some memories I have when mom and dad were still together and I tell as much as I remember. I was laying down beside him when I was telling them to him. Sleep both stole us away.


Submitted: April 01, 2012

© Copyright 2022 desjane1. All rights reserved.

Chapters

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

Silver May

This reminds me of the 'Color Purple' or 'Diary of Anne Frank'. I can't tell much of the plot right know but it's good so far, keep it up! >,

Sun, April 1st, 2012 6:16am

Author
Reply

Thanks (:

Sun, April 1st, 2012 6:03am

SGBanks

I like the way how its starting off as a diary Still reading it but its good so far I bet it will get even better the more i go into the plot

Sun, April 1st, 2012 3:58pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (: I'll be uploading more at some point today.

Sun, April 1st, 2012 9:00am

Err

Interesting idea. There are some grammatical errors, but that could easily be attributed to her lack of education. They're also very minor. Over all I find it to be an interesting idea. So far I have only read the first chapter. I'll try to read more later.

Sun, April 1st, 2012 7:40pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (:

Sun, April 1st, 2012 12:43pm

buttercream

Really good!

Sun, April 1st, 2012 8:47pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (:

Sun, April 1st, 2012 1:51pm

Pharaoh888

That was really good, an interesting idea and the words were really promising, I'm curious of knowing what happens next, reading on.

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 7:49am

Author
Reply

Thank you (:

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 3:22am

yue thao

I can so relate to this. All of them. So many siblings and parents busy.

This started off good ! I can see one grammar errors on paragraph 2. This hasn't quite got my interest in this but I'll continue reading since I can relate to this. :)

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 1:36pm

Author
Reply

Ok, thanks (:

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 6:55am

VelvetAssassin

Good Job Kaitlynn :)
seriously, it's intriguing because I feel for Harmony & her siblings, more so for her having to look after them - keep the good work up :) xx

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 3:13pm

Author
Reply

Thank you! (:

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 9:46am

VictoriaKateBroshes

super good! KMU

Tue, April 3rd, 2012 11:49am

Author
Reply

Thank you :D and I will (:

Tue, April 3rd, 2012 4:52am

safarilove12

Great story !!!

Tue, April 3rd, 2012 8:13pm

Author
Reply

Thanks (:

Tue, April 3rd, 2012 1:54pm

C T Herron

It's good, definitely, interesting writing style, POV/diary kind of approach. You've captured the emotion, the desperate hopelessness, quite well. Strong main character. I can relate to the poverty and you seem to have that down. Nice, keep it up. Do you have a goal in mind for the protagonist? Remember to throw some crazy twists in...

Mon, April 9th, 2012 4:28pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (: And I have a few ideas for the characters, and a few twists, just need to meet up with my friend to talk everything over(: ~Kaitlynn.

Mon, April 9th, 2012 9:32am

Jesse James

i liked it, and felt for the characters. it seems like a dark time in the world, but i think u mentioned europe was richer so there probably doing better, anyway im sticking with this.

Wed, April 11th, 2012 5:39am

Author
Reply

Thanks (:

Wed, April 11th, 2012 3:26am

dmarieviolet

kinda sad, but extremely good.

Sat, April 14th, 2012 3:27am

Author
Reply

Thank you (: and yeah, it is kinda of sad.

Sat, April 14th, 2012 6:18am

XXCrimsonRoseXX

Sound good ^_^

Sat, April 14th, 2012 4:26pm

Author
Reply

Thank you :D

Sat, April 14th, 2012 9:30am

PurpleDream19

I really like the diary/journal sort of style that this is written in - it's unique and effective :)Looking forward to see where the plot goes :)

Sun, April 15th, 2012 2:03pm

Author
Reply

Thank you :D

Sun, April 15th, 2012 7:05am

author17

It's really great and interesting.
kmu

:-)
p.s i think you'll like my book, In the middle of the ocean.

Sun, April 15th, 2012 8:31pm

Author
Reply

I'll take a look at it, and I'll keep you updated (:

Sun, April 15th, 2012 1:33pm

aria aiedail

much better than I expected it to be... actually very well written =) some grammar errors but that's to be expected with anyone.

Fri, April 20th, 2012 9:27pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (: and yes, I make my fair share of mistakes.

Fri, April 20th, 2012 2:32pm

Greenlandsdiamond

I love a story that flows . . . this one's a good example.

Sat, April 21st, 2012 12:59pm

DarkGrief5990

Good flow and excellent "draw-in" power - you really can get involved with the characters. Awesome stuff.

Mon, April 30th, 2012 7:48pm

Author
Reply

Thanks :D and my characters, I leave my life, and jump into theirs (:

Mon, April 30th, 2012 12:54pm

Enheduanna

First person narration, as the comments above show, is indeed an effective method to draw the reader's attention. So far you've given us what her daily life is like, so I expect the coming chapter has either a new character introduced or some other element added.

Seems dystopian enough to my likes :)

Sat, June 16th, 2012 8:35pm

Author
Reply

Thank you (:

Sat, June 16th, 2012 1:37pm

ttiah

Wow, she wakes up early! And that's a long walk to school, on a good day! And I guess her father is really rude. Maybe sleeping with another woman after having 6 children with his wife - past? - What kind of person is he! Good story. KMU plz

Thu, October 18th, 2012 6:53am

Author
Reply

Thank you :) and I'll be sure to do so! :D ~K

Thu, October 18th, 2012 3:25am

Facebook Comments

Boosted Content from Other Authors

Short Story / Mystery and Crime

Book / Memoir

Book / Young Adult

Book / Action and Adventure

Other Content by desjane1

Short Story / Other

Short Story / Other