Furious Fiction – March 2020
The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—March 2020 short story competition was as follows:
- Your story must include a PERSON IN DISGUISE.
- Your story must take place in a PARK.
- Your story must include a MIRROR.
A Friendly Hello
I needed fresh air, planning funerals are never easy.
I decided to take a walk in the park, something I always liked to do with my mother while she was alive or with me. My mother’s body at least technically died last night, but in the middle of the 21st century it was discovered that souls move into another body, so she isn’t really dead and gone, however most people don’t find the souls of their loved ones. Scientists haven’t quite figured out why, but when most people’s souls move on to another body, they have memory lapses during their transition and can’t find their loved ones from their previous lives, so I’m not holding my breath on my mother finding me.
I sat down on the park bench and felt the tears run down my face. My tear-drenched face contrasting with the sunny, warm day and kids playing while their parents happily watched on. A little girl, with long curly brown hair, no older than seven, came and sat next to me.
“Why are you crying?” She asked.
“I’m just a little sad.”
“Why are you sad?”
“My mummy went away, that’s all. Where’s your mummy?”
“She’s over there, where did your mummy go?”
“Somewhere far away, somewhere special.”
“Maybe she’s not as far away as you think.”
This was weird, little girls don’t say things like that. When I turned to look at her, she was holding a mirror in her hand, she turned and smile at me, then looked at her reflection and I could see my mother’s face in the mirror—she found me.
I felt the little girl’s small hand on my shoulder. She told me that she fell through a frozen lake, she was “gone” for a few minutes, but was saved by paramedics, that must have been when mum’s soul took over.
She smiled before telling me “everything’s going to be okay”, and ran back to her new family and second chance at a new life.