Sunlit Grasses

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a short story about a girl that discovers a way to escape reality in a place where no one is present.

Submitted: November 17, 2018

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Every day, after school, I walk away from all of the people that are walking towards their homes. I usually feel like being alone. My dad died a few weeks ago, so I ignore all of my old friends and just, well, leave.

Today I found something that I thought would be perfect for my sorrows. A meadow. Full of grass. I walked through it and flopped down onto my back. I looked up into the sky. It was a bright blue sky, with white, puffy clouds.

Suddenly, I felt something weird inside of me. It interrupted my daydream. Something was bothering me besides my father’s death. Hunger. My stomach felt queasy, and I was starving. I left the beautiful meadow behind and went home to grab a snack. Tomorrow, I thought, is a new day.

The next day, my mom started talking to me. She seemed cheerful, and I will never figure out why.

“Are you ready for school, honey?” she asked. Her voice sounded like she had nothing to care about in the world.

“I feel miserable,” I mumbled. I didn’t mention it, but I really didn’t feel like talking to her.

“Well, I’ll give you some alone time, okay?”

I was honestly kind of relieved to stop talking. Even though we talked for about fifteen seconds, it felt like a couple minutes to me.

I didn’t really think life was fair, because everything bad was happening to me. My dad was the only one with a job, but since he died, Mom had to get a job helping workers at a farm, and she didn’t get paid too well. I felt like - like I was worthless.

I walked to the beautiful sunlit grasses again after school, and I immediately plopped down again. It felt so good, to be somewhere that no one else was. It was so calming, and it almost made me forget everything bad and start thinking about the hopeful things in my life. I was doing pretty well in school, and I did have friends. I didn't talk to them anymore, because of what happened. I thought that one thought, and I started crying. You ruined it! I said to myself. Why did you think those bad thoughts?

I started getting my mind back on good topics. My house was great. There was always something to do inside of it, so I was never bored. It looked nice, and it blended in with the other houses surrounding it.

I realized there were many things that were good in my life, and I also realized that I shouldn't let the bad things get me down, like the last few weeks. Instead of thinking of everything that was bad, I could start thinking of all of the good things in life.

And so, I made the decision to come to that very meadow every day after school. It felt like the meadow just took my sorrows away and threw them in the garbage.

After just laying there for another hour, I started to feel very good about myself. So, I stood up and walked home with a mind full of good thoughts.


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