Wow! I can’t believe CWWC is almost over! I don’t want this to end! *cries*
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This picture is amazing :O
It was the first day of winter and there was a sharp chill in the air. I pulled my jacket closer around me as I walked home from school. Just a few more blocks and I would be home with a blanket on my lap, sipping hot chocolate as I read my new favorite book.
I came to the orphanage of Artor and something inside me told me to stop. It looked so quiet and still today, as though someone there had just died. Wait a second. This fence wasn’t here before. Oh, well, they probably just want to keep the kids safe.
Shrugging it off, I went on my way, but stopped again as I saw a large sign on the gate that said in bold letters;
My heart skipped a beat. I realized now that the fence was built to keep the public safe from the kids, not the other way around.
I knew something wasn’t right! Even though the sign clearly stated to keep away, I couldn’t allow myself to leave all those kids when I knew they needed help. With my hand shaking in fear, I opened the gate and walked up to the door and rapped on it. An old woman opened the door with a bowl of a water under her right arm. She looked exhausted.
“What are you doing here, child? Didn’t you see the sign? We’ve got quarantine here!” The woman warned with a look of worry behind her poor, tired eyes.
“I know, Ma’am, but I just couldn’t stay away. I can help tend to the children. You look like you could use a lot of help and rest, so don’t even think about sending me on my way.” I told her firmly. She sighed and looked down at her feet.
“If you catch what they’ve got-” She began, but I interrupted.
“-What do they have?” I inquired.
“We don’t know. Some kids have caught it one day and died the next morning. With others, it’s sticking with them. I have not the slightest clue what it could be.” She said gravely. I swallowed hard and bit my lip, but nothing would get me to change my mind.
“I’ve made up my mind, Ma’am. I’ll stay here and help you.” I insisted and after arguing with me for a couple minutes more, she agreed and allowed me to come inside.
She led me through a dark hall and into a large room where dozens of kids of all ages were lying sick in their beds. My heart ached at the sight which was so familiar to me. I just knew this was the same sickness I had seen at my old orphanage several years ago. I shook away the memories and went to a young girl’s bedside and poured her a glass of cool water. She was no more than seven years old.
“Drink up, it’s good for you. What is your name?” I inquired in a friendly voice as I helped her lay her head down.
“Melanie.” She answered in a raspy whisper.
“It’s nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Lorraine.” I introduced myself with a kind smile. I knew that all this girl needed was some love, friendship, and reassurance. “Don’t you worry about a thing. You’re going to be perfectly fine.” I said, sounding more sure than I felt.
“Please. Cure us.” She begged and then went to sleep. A tear trickled down my cheek, but I quickly wiped it away. I knew I had to be strong this time.
As I watched Melanie sleep, something traveled to the front of my head. Something that I had completely forgotten about.
“Ma’am! May I speak with you in private, please?” I asked with pleading eyes. Hesitantly, she nodded her head and we stepped outside the room.
“What is it?” She asked worriedly.
“No, it’s nothing to be worried about.” I assured her, then continued, “I was in an orphanage until I was adopted at age eight. During one of those years, a terrible sickness fell upon the orphanage and most all of the kids had it. Including me. Nobody knew what it was, but then I heard a legend. A legend of an old building that held portals to enter into different worlds. There was a suspicion that someone from my hometown had come from one of those worlds and brought a sickness with them that passed on to the children. I believe that same thing happened here. But what’s strange is that both times, it hit an orphanage.”
“Oh, my. Yes, that is very strange.” The old woman agreed.
“I’m going to go through the portals. Maybe I can find some answers and we can discover what this sickness is and how to cure it before more die.” I said hopefully, but the lady did not approve.
“It’s too dangerous, my dear. You could get lost, or worse. No, I can not allow you to do that and I don’t think your parents would approve either.” She observed and I hung my head down.
“My parents are gone. Both biological and adoptive. I live with my older sister and older brother. They won’t care if I go or not and I am going. I’m not going to stand by and let this sickness destroy another orphanage full of innocent children.” I insisted and this time she didn’t argue.
“Very well. Good luck, child.” She said and disappeared into the other room to tend to the children. Now it was time for me to go home and get my things packed. I had a long journey ahead of me.
I will find a cure.
I really liked this story, too! I’m gonna have to make a poll and see which story ya’ll really want me to continue the most ;D
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P.S. The Force Awakens was amazing. It’s up there with Lord of The Rings for me. Seriously, it was THAT good! *dies*