The Little Girl watched the world outside through the window. And as she watched, the first big drops of rain fell. She plastered her nose to the window, and with her finger, traced each drop as it ran down.
Dare she go out? She quietly opened the door and stepped into the garden. The rain lashed away. Something broke loose in her heart and for the first time in a year and a half the Little Girl cried for her dead mother. She cried and cried, her body racked by sobs that shook her to her very core.
She wanted her mom and not the stepmom her Dad had married a few days ago.
The rain stopped. The Little Girl was spent, the heavy rain washing away the knot of grief that had lodged in her.
She looked like a bedraggled doll, hair plastered, teeth chattering. A new emotion, fear, clawed at her heart. What would her stepmom say, would she yell? Would she be annoyed? Rainy days with her mother had been filled with hot chocolate, cuddles, giggles, her favourite samosas and ketchup.
This rainy day was dark, grey and unsettling. She ventured into the house without a sound.
Suddenly, she was enveloped in a fluffy warm pink towel, rubbed down vigorously, and given dry clothes to wear. When she went down after changing, she smelt hot chocolate & something being fried in the kitchen.
Her stepmom’s twinkling eyes beckoned to her to eat. She took the plate of samosas and settled down in front of the TV.
Small wisps of love entered and fluttered in the Little Girl’s heart.