Chapter 1: The Female Line

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

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THE FEMALE LINE

Chapter 1: The Blank Emptiness

Emily

Where she was now; there was freedom, laughter, and perhaps even love. There was warmth, and some form of happiness. Yes. That was her dream, to be back home, happy and content with what life had previously afforded her. Those precious years of solitary existence, which had before seemed so very little - now seemed an age away from her grasp. Prized memories were fading fast as she tried to remember - the narrow brook, the swish of her horsehair brush and the whistling of the free birds. These things she could not lose, but it was hopeless as time went on, like holding water in cupped hands - all was ordained to trickle away.

Soon, it would all be gone and this would be all she would remember of her own existence, and the bubbling of the stream would be like a resonance in her mind. Something she would purse her lips, and wonder where in the world she had heard a sound like that. Hot stinging tears escaped her closed lids at the thought.

She sniffed tried to open her eyes, yet they were reluctant to open, as if they had a life of their own, as if they understood she couldn’t bear to let go of that feeling, that feeling that she had everything she wished when she was inside her own mind. It was a feeling she was used to at one time. But not anymore. Her mind as she was so often told did not belong to her. But she had enough strength to keep her ‘self’ locked away.  

There was a deep thunderous knock on the old wooden door, so deep the hinges shook. Boom! Boom! Boom! She jumped up and her thin blanket slithered from her bare shoulders onto the icy firewood floor. Her eyes snapped open! The familiar feeling of dread washed over her. Dread greeted her with his cold wet hands, his empty smile.

She was back in the blank emptiness.

 


Submitted: March 12, 2015

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