Saturday, 18 September 2010
09:13:52 AM (GMT)
"Shexia, why are you so different around Xena?"
It had indeed been since summer that Rena had been ill. No doctor could
determine what was causing this once-active twelve year old's health to deteriorate,
but many had identified that it was claiming vital parts of her body, preventing her
from being able to walk, and that there was nothing they could do. Her older sister,
Eshai, was especially distraught by this, but the actual victim just kept that
weakened smile of hers, and found ways to still have fun when she spent every day
lying in bed. What no one knew was that this girl had a plan.
Rena always, always loved winter more than any other season. It was no secret that
she wanted to live to see the first snow of the year, one last time. So she asked
every person she knew to bring in each leaf that fell from the trees that surrounded
her balcony. These leaves were pressed into a secret book, which, in Rena's mind,
served to make 'waiting for winter more fun, and make winter come faster'. So all
through September, October, and half of November, she collected each leaf from the
trees around her balcony, brought to her as requested by those she loved.
One day in the middle of November, Eshai came to spend time with her little sister.
To her surprise, Rena was alone, looking perfectly content as she held a book in her
"Eshai!" She called happily, upon realizing that her seventeen year old heroine was
there. Eshai smiled halfheartedly, and knelt beside where her little sister lay,
smiling. "I'm so glad you're here, because I have something to show you!" Rena
explained excitedly. Curious, Eshai leaned forward, and her sister opened the book.
For the next hour, they looked at each leaf while her sister explained her idea.
Eshai had to turn her face away by the time they finished to hide her own tears.
"Eshai, can you bring me my warm outerwear and carry me on the balcony?" Rena asked
when they finished, wanting to be carried outside, something that hadn't been done in
a week. Eshai's eyes widened, but she obeyed anyway, and returned wearing her winter
gear as well, although it had yet to snow. She dressed Rena, and lifted the
twelve-year-old into her arms, carrying her outside. Everything seemed grey and
unhappy- the skies were a gunky white, the trees were bare, and the grass on the
ground below them was dead. Rena, however, smiled and went on to say how the trees
seemed pretty in a lonely way without leaves, and was about to continue when
something cold and wet hit her nose. Blinking, Rena went silent. Again, and again,
the drops hit her face, when she saw that they also fell on her sister's coat.
"Eshai, look! It's the first snow!" Rena laughed, forcing up the strength to clap her
hands together delightedly. "I told all of you I'd make it!" She gloated adorably,
causing Eshai to laugh with her, yet cry at the same time, unnoticed by the gleeful
Rena. "Snow, snow, snow!" Rena kept repeating, sticking out her small, pink tongue to
catch the snowflakes on it. Soon, howeveer, Rena went rather limp in her arms, half
closing her eyes. "I...it's snowing again." She closed them, smiling, and let out a
breath. Rena became quite still, the steady movement of her chest and stomach
stopping. The illness had claimed her life, it had won. Realization that her sister
had fallen into the deepest sleep yet dawned on Eshai slowly, but she was so numb
with shock that she did not react the way most would (she would do so, soon). Slowly
carrying her sister inside, she kissed Rena's forehead. "It sure is, Rena." She
"She reminds me of someone who was dear to me...someone I lost long ago."
Last edited: 18 September 2010