Whistling Into Wind

 

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(Photo: Janko Ferlič on Unsplash)

 

She had vowed to not come back. Ever. Not to live. For sure not that.

It did not mean she would not try to visit. Or to glimpse. To set out in a morning’s determination only to curl around via rambling roads and pause at every bridge and barn until it got too late to see a thing or she lost nerve and drove home steeped in a tired mix of relief and disappointment.

“I’ll come with you,” Elmira finally said. She placed a warm hand on the base of Anastasia’s neck, hoping to soften the tension it held whenever memories threatened flood.

Anastasia shook her head. “There is nothing behind the wall except a space where the wind whistles.”

“And yet,” Elmira kneaded gently, “the Orphanage’s whistles still tell stories. Perhaps the likes of which your soul insists ought to be heard.”

 

 

Prosery prompt: “there is nothing behind the wall except a space where the wind whistles” from “Drawings By Children” by Lisel Mueller

For the dVerse prosery challenge

 

 

19 thoughts on “Whistling Into Wind

  1. It’s difficult to face some memories, revisit some places, and I found myself in so much sympathy with Anastasia. It takes courage and the helping hand of a friend. All of which you bring out beautifully in this carefully crafted scene..

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    • Thank you, Dora! Yes, exactly! I’m glad for the sympathy toward Anastasia and the sense of Elmira’s kindness. We all deserve good friends who can gently prod us toward what we know we must face but are too wary to address. 🙂

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