See Emily Play


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Emily reached her fingers out to touch the glowing snowflakes. Frosty pine-scented breezes blew in from the forest. She giggled, her brown eyes lighting up, as she watched squirrels scurry up trees and bright red cardinals land on snow-covered branches. The sun grinned then dropped. The moon danced into the sky. Stars settled in her hair. She laughed and took off running along the ground, bare feet landing with soft thuds on plush, purple carpet.

“She’s no better,” Emily’s mother studied her little girl crouched in the corner. “You promised…”

“I said we would try,” the doctor corrected.

“Please. Bring her back to me.”

The doctor stared at the tiled floor, “Emily has been here for three months, Mrs. Stevens.”

“Exactly! Enough! Get her back here from…wherever she is.”

“She’s stable.”

“What the hell does that mean?”

“Her vitals are good…”

“I don’t give a damn! She belongs at home! With me.”

“I appreciate what you’re going through.”

“You don’t!”

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Stevens.” The doctor reached for a tissue box.

“I hate this. I don’t understand any of it. I don’t know if Emily’s in pain…” She grabbed some tissues. “Do you even know where she is? If she can hear us?”

“We haven’t been able to reach her. There’s nothing wrong with her hearing, physically, but I can’t be certain what she’s processing. I think,” he glanced at Emily, “she can sense when you’re here.”

Sense me? She’s my daughter. Is that all I get? Can’t I go to her? Tell her to come back?”

The doctor hesitated, “Mrs. Stevens.” He cleared his throat, “I’m not sure she wants to come back.”

They looked over at the little girl in the hospital gown.

Emily’s hand twitched. She grimaced with something resembling a smile, staring with dead eyes at the twirling snowflakes and playful squirrels.




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Week 30 Prompt: Reach
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37 thoughts on “See Emily Play

  1. Pingback: #BlogBattle Week 30 “Reach” Entries & Voting | Rachael Ritchey

  2. Oh that is such a sad and scary story, Sarah. The photo is beautiful and so apt for the story. I feel the mother’s pain. It is such a tragic situation to lose someone who is physically present. At least Emily is “happy” where she is.
    This is very different from what I expected when I saw your title. I thought it was going to be about readers. “See Nip. Nip can run. See Nip run. Nip can play. See Nip play.” They are tragic in their own way. They would make anyone retreat inside. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Norah. ❤ The tragedy of "losing" someone when they are right there is heartbreaking. Right, though. Emily is happy where she is. Who knows what's waiting for her here.
      Hadn't thought of that regarding the title. I should have known you'd immediately see that. Too funny. Readers…

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  3. I understand the mother’s missing her little girl, or wanting her to be ‘normal’, but Emily is happy at not hurting. Wonderful story. Makes me think we much accept people for what they are–her Emily.
    I wonder too, what happened. Did Emily want to escape for a reason? Fascinating story. ❤ ❤

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    • Thanks so much. ❤ I don't know what I'd do as a mother. Not sure I could handle it. Maybe, with time… It depends on why Emily is where she is. I know she's there for a reason, yes, I just don't know what it is. I'll think about that and possibly expand upon the story (though I can't imagine it being anything good).


    • Ah, Wish You Were Here is a fantastic album. So Welcome…to the Machine. I don’t think I could choose a favorite song under penalty of death. Okay, maybe then. But not before.

      Thank you. Yes, Emily is far from anyone’s reach. That could be a very good or very bad thing…depending. ❤


  4. Her world sounds so beautiful the way you described it! I can’t blame her for wanting to stay there. I’m curious what condition it is she has, and if it recently happened in her life. So much mystery and tragedy here, I loved every bit of it!

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    • Thank you. I’m so glad you loved it. ❤ Mystery and tragedy…yes. That. Also, thrilled that you found her world so beautiful. It's really what I was trying for here. Since she's so young, I'm pretty sure it's fairly recent but I don’t know exactly what happened to her…yet.

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