The prompt for this story says to Dream Big. Wow! I can make up a story, a poem or write about something I have always wished for. The options are endless and you know what? Today my dream may be different from my dream tomorrow or next week. Are not dreams part of who we are? Are they not mere escapes at will in order to survive the world in which we live? Since this is my birthday weekend, I decided to add more than a dream and more like a celestial dream…something over the top and a dream I have wished come true many times.
A call of hope
Dawn tilted her head as she listened to the other teen at the end of the line. Let’s call this caller Gabriella. “I can’t take it anymore,” she wept, “My father is coming home in a few hours and I know he’s going to…you know….”she sobbed softly. Dawn could hear the fear in her caller’s voice. She was barely a teen, her mother died last year . Gabriella had no one but her father now. He’d started drinking heavily after his wife died. She had an auntie and grandparents but she was too ashamed about what “they did” that she did not dare ask for help…until tonight.
Dawn listened, and tried to reassure her caller. She asked her if she could go to her auntie’s house for the weekend and it would give her time to think about what she might want to do later. She encouraged Gabriella to call the youth line again from auntie’s house.
Dawn waited…there was a long pause. “I guess I could go but he won’t let me stay overnight usually because, ….well, you know…” Dawn thought about that for a moment and did something she has never done before. “Go to your auntie’s right now. It’s just a short walk. Bring a bag of clothes for 3 or 4 days and once you get there, tell your auntie your father gave you permission to stay over.”
Gabriella interrupted, “But I already told you!!! He will be angry and he gets violent when he gets mad. He’ll just pick me up there and drag me back home. I’m too scared to do that.”
Dawn repeated softly, “Sweetie, I know you’re scared. You are a very brave girl. You reached out here tonight and took a chance to tell someone about your situation. I get it. And you know what? I trust that you can do one more brave thing and that is to go to your auntie with your bag of clothes. Leave a note on the kitchen table saying your auntie needed you to babysit and help her with the children for the weekend. Then call me as soon as you get settled at your auntie’s. Is that okay? Call back here and ask to speak to Dawn.”
The caller hesitated and then said, “Okay, if you say so. You will be there when I call back?” Dawn reassured her that she would. They disengaged.
Dawn then went into the quiet room where counsellors often went to unwind after a difficult call. She shut the lights, put on her “special music” her smart phone, lied down on the comfy couch and put in her ear buds. Soft angelic voices hummed softly, followed by a violin crying melodiously and Dawn could feel herself drift off. Her soul seemed to lift from her body and float above her for a moment and then it floated away.
Gabriella hurried to pack her bag and walked the 4 blocks to her auntie’s house. As soon as she walked up the steps, her auntie opened the door as if she were expecting her. She said, “Hey there, Gaby, I was waiting for you. It’s so weird. I fell asleep a few minutes when I put Jimmy to bed and had the weirdest dream. You were crying out to me running away from a monster. It was the scariest thing.” She hugged her niece warmly. “Well, come in sweetie.”
Gabriella’ father arrived home and shouted out to his daughter but there was no answer. He looked around the living room, went to Gaby’s bedroom and then came back to the kitchen and saw a note on the table. “I’m staying at Auntie Sue for the weekend or maybe longer. She needs me to help with Jimmy and the baby, Gaby”
He was fuming with rage. He threw the table against the wall. Suddenly, he heard a strange sound, a violin a woman chanting; then he saw his wife! But it couldn’t be.
She floated right through the living room wall. The music continued and this apparition that resembled his wife floated up closer to him.
“William”, the apparition said. It was not the voice of his wife but her face was so, so, lovely! His wife who he missed so much was here. The voice seemed harsh at first. “William, I have an important message. Sit down and listen. I will only say this once, so pay attention.”
The voice spoke of the Great Spirit of slipping to the other side and consequences. It was a long speech and although he was scared there was something peaceful about it. As the apparition slowly lifted, the strings of the violin intensified in a melody that wrapped him with intense emotions fear, guilt and wonder. He wept for the first time since his wife died, and wept and wept. Then he called his sister-in-law.
Gabriella couldn’t believe her ears! Her auntie gave her a message from her father. She was so surprised.
Dawn heard a knock at the door of the quiet room. Her colleague announcing that her break was finished and time to get back on the phones. She stretched and could not help feeling tired despite her nap. She felt like she had run on her usual 6 K run on Lakeshore. She rubbed her legs and went to her workstation. The phone rang, “You’ve reached a counsellor, how can I help you?”
“Hi, Dawn, I have a caller who says you told her to call back, let me patch her through.”
“It’s Gabriella. I’m at my auntie’s like you told me to do. And the strangest thing happened. My father is going to rehab and will be away for a few months. He said we’ll talk about my staying with Auntie for good and maybe he’ll just visit me for a while instead. Isn’t that strange?”
Dawn smiled, nodding gently a tear running down her cheek.
© Cheryl-Lynn, 2014/03/08
Written for: The Seeker’s Dungeon. This week’s prompt is Dreaming Big (running from March 6 – March 12) Click here to see what other writers have contributed to this week’s prompt as well as last week’s.
The Red violin soundtrack (Anna’s Theme)