I thought I’d share with you some of my fiction writing. This is part one of my short story “Lone Girl”. I think I will break it into three or more parts. Without further ado, here is Lone Girl!
Lone Girl: Part 1
A girl quietly pads over to her window in the dark of night. She separates the curtain with a quiet swoosh, and perches on the wide windowsill. She looks up at the lighthouse, on the far shore, its beam of light lighting up her room and her face every other minute. The harbor is silent, as she starts to think.
What is she doing here, all alone on a Friday night? She thinks. She has no friends; people say she is too deep a thinker for them to understand. Or maybe she is just weird, for liking school as an escape from her home. She is not one to stand out from a crowd, but nor is she one who blends in. Instead she is a part of a different crowd, one she has yet to meet anyone else who occupies her status.
She sits alone, hoping that one day she will find someone like her, maybe someone nearby, who will see her in all her beauty. Looking over the harbor she scans the water for any sign that she will find that one person.
As she sits in silent solitude, she hears a footstep followed by another, and another. Her breath catches in her throat, as she sits silently, waiting for the steps to subside, hoping against hope that they would not reach the stairs before she could close the curtain, get into bed, and regulate her breathing.
Unfortunately, that does not happen. The steps go quickly up the stairs, thump, thump, thump. She struggles with the curtains, and one sticks. As the curtain finally moves she starts to hop into bed, but too late. The sliver of light that falls over her face makes her freeze. She is frozen when she hears her father’s voice.
“My daughter…what are you doing up so late?” He is genuinely concerned, but she hates these nights. The concern is suffocating, every question of worry pushing the pillow harder over her face, the air becoming thin and scarce. Every question of why she has no friends, why she is always alone, and prefers it that way.
But that was the problem. She didn’t prefer to be alone; she was just searching for someone like her, and as of yet, she had found not one person she had even a remote interest in.
“I am just looking over the harbor, father.”
“Nothing more? No thinking, sulking, or in any way hurting yourself?
To each question she shook her head and looked him in the eye. She never understood why he had to ask such things. She had never hurt herself, and though she had sulked she didn’t do it often. And she never saw why thinking was so bad. She was a morbid thinker sure, but she wasn’t annoying anyone else, so what was the big deal?
“Okay…well, good night.” He reluctantly walked out the door and looked back with every step until the door was closed. The girl waited until the footsteps faded and then crouched by the vent, she always listened to her parents’ conversations and she learned a lot about what they thought of her, without all of the questions posed toward her.