The Hereafter, Aloft

She came every day at 5:00; after making her way from the bus [D’you need a hand, Mrs. Parker?], down the sidewalk, to the bench.

She needed more and more assistance from those sweet young nurses [What if we skipped the park today, Mrs. Parker?] with each passing day.

The birds know her. Chirping – flitting – pecking. She laughs at their avian antics.

[Come with us.]

“What?” Emiline Parker glances around. A sparrow eyes her.

[Come fly.]

“…Why?”

[You’ve cared. It’s the least we could do.]

Considering, she nods. The birds alight; a new friend among them, an old life behind.

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From this gif, as prompted by Charli at Carrot Ranch.

©2020 Chelsea Owens

19 thoughts on “The Hereafter, Aloft

  1. Jules January 27, 2020 / 6:16 am

    If dinos can evolve to birds, why not people…
    A neat transition. And to be happy…

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  2. Norah January 28, 2020 / 3:48 am

    I love your story, Chelsea. To fly free with the birds would be a wonderful conclusion to this life.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. johnlmalone January 28, 2020 / 10:31 pm

    love the story, love the parade of gifs, each a prompt for a tiny tale. Fascinating 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills January 29, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    A hopeful story that those who care are cared for in return. I like the use of brackets, too. It adds a deeper dimension to the story without adding extra words. Clever!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. tedstrutz March 10, 2020 / 11:06 am

    This piece gave me chills, Chelsea. I wish I had seen this prompt. What a wonderful GIF too.

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