Tuesday, 5 June 2012
07:59:54 PM (GMT)
"Shushy, Aaron, he'll come soon." The young girl giggled, swinging her legs against
the small brick wall she was sitting on. There was a scratch on her cheek from her
first attempt at climbing onto the wall.
Her brother shook his head, looking at her sadly, "Kari, he's not-"
"He'll come home in a minute, and we'll be pwincesses and pwinces and knights and
he'll save me from ogres that go graah!" She grinned, making claws with her hands in
an attempt to scare Aaron.
"But it's going to rain."
"We've played in mud before, silly Aaron!"
"Kari, you've been sat here for two hours now, and mummy wants you home."
The girl shook her head, her raven curls bouncing and her legs hanging motionlessly
against the bricks, "Mummy doesn't want me home." She said in a small voice,
contrasting to her previous enthusiasm. "Mummy doesn't like me now that daddy's not
here. She only liked me then because daddy would huggle me, and read to me, and play
with me, and she didn't have to do anything." She sniffed, "Aaron, where's Salem
gone? His daddy's not here..."
Her brother held her hand, and looked at her, "Salem's gone now. Him and his dad
have left." Because Aaron was seven now, and he didn't use silly words like 'Mummy'
"B-but... I..." Kari stammered, her usually bright eyes brimming with tears, "He
said he loved me, Aaron... He can't go! Who'll save me from the monsters in the
"I can do that, Kari."
"No you can't. You're not my knight. Salem has to save me! Salem was my bestest
friend! Salem was mine!" Her bottom lip shook as she tried to sound brave, but the
tears had spilled over, meeting the cut and making it sting. "He said he would marry
me and we'd live happily ever after!" She wiped her eyes with her wrist and fell,
rather than jumped, from the wall, running clumsily towards the woods where they used
"He's in here... He's just hiding... In the treetops, like Peter Pan... He is he is
he is. And I'll be Wendy and read him stories and... And I'll love him."