Listen to FAMILY OF THE YEAR-HERO while reading the first half of the POV, if it’s too distracting, read it first then listen to the song and play it through in your mind. I just thought the lyrics were really fitting as they talk about becoming independent. Sort of touching.
@Eveyone, thatnk you for your support.
I sat on a bench overlooking the black lake at the top of the owlery. I had received the letter and package that I was expecting from my sister and mom this morning but I knew not to show it or talk about it to anyone. I waited until after classes to come up here. I had the small white rectangular box leaning against my thigh with a ribbon around it with a letter attached. I looked down and hoisted it onto my lap and bit my lip while pulling the ribbon off. Sure enough, the letter had my name on it in Leah’s fine signature. I grabbed it and opened it up making sure I didn’t tear anything. The card was plain red on the outside with a white rose in the middle just like the cards I’ve always had to use to make my thank you cards. I smiled as I opened it,
I smiled and wiped the lone tear streaming down my face. I heard Charlie’s voice,
“Sigmund isn’t he just great! Chase is the bes’. I can’t ever recall being this crazy ‘bout a boy. He’s so dreamy though.” She said spinning around slowly and dreamily. I sniffed and smiled at her. I was happy Charlie was happy, she deserved it.
“I saw yeh walk up ‘ere, now what’re yeh doin’ here?”
“Nothing much, I just am dealing with family matters.”
Charlie was completely oblivious to my emotion right now, she certainly was falling for Fuzzy, “And what is that?” she said leaning on the railing with her chin resting on her hand, daydreaming.
My eyes teared up and I wiped them again, “Um well it’s my dad’s birthday today.”
Still looking at the sunset Charlie seemed overjoyed, “Well tell him I wish him a very special day.”
“Charlie, I would but um... he’s dead.”
Charlie whipped around to look at me, she looked liked she accidentally injured me and she came back to her senses,
“Sig, I’m so sorry, I had no idea! Please forgive me.”
“Charlie you’re fine, not many people know anyway. Only my close Ilvermourny friends, Aura, Linda, and Chad knew about it.”
Charlie took a seat next to me and rested her head against my shoulder recognizing my sadness.
“You really don’t have to answer, but what happened to him?” she paused, “You know what nevermind, that was a stupid question of me to ask.”
I knew Charlie would die of curiosity if I didn’t tell her, “He died by some magic thugs coming home from work. Wrong place at the wrong time I guess. He and three other wizards died that day. I remember it like yesterday even though I was only 5, my mom came home crying.”
Charlie bit her lip and I could see her eyes fill up with water, “Sig, I’m so sorry that’s terrible…” she trailed off, “Did the same thing happen to Aura; did her parents die?”
I shook my head, “No, her sister Resa was murdered. I thought maybe telling her of my grief would help her out. I guess not.”
After a brief silence, Charlie spoke, “And Linda?”
“Her baby brother died some years ago from a rare form of cancer when she was only 10. Now ever since she tells me she has to be the best, otherwise, a part of her would feel as though she is disappointing her brother who fought for every breath he could take.”
Charlie closed her eyes taking in the moment and I knew what she was thinking. ‘I can’t believe anyone didn’t tell me this!’
“Look, Charlie, I know a lot of us are friends but we all carry baggage in our family life. I know you and your family are doing great. Keep it that way. And if you’re wondering about why I told Chad, well he’s just a snitch.” I said putting on a slight smile at her. Her green eyes looked up at me as she retained her head resting on my shoulder.
“Why does life have to be so unfair? I get it great but yet Yeh and others don’t,” she said calmly.
“I don’t know Charlie, that’s just the way it is sometimes I guess. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I wasn’t a wizard. How much more I would have fit in. You know?”
Charlie looked up at me, “Sig, you can’t think that way. You have close knit friends here and at Ilvermourney too that have your back.”
I just shook my head, “Yeah but my mom doesn’t even like the fact that I'm a wizard at all. She didn’t want to have the same thing happen to us that happened to my father and she thought wizardry was taboo.”
Charlie asked in a very somber state, “Then why did she send you to Ilvermourney? If she was so against it.”
“ It didn’t work out that easy. I feel as though it must have killed her soul to do it. I know we never planned on it, but I mean my mom had Leah at the young age of 18. Messed up I know but my parents were crazy about each other. Then after my dad died it got really hard for my mom to pay the bills, and we had to move out of our apartment into my grandparent's house. By the time I was 9, that’s when we moved out and I was shocked when my mom told me that Leah was going to Ilvermourney, but when you think of it know it probably the smart thing to do. I mean Ilvermourney was free, she didn’t have to worry about food and she knew Leah would be safe. She wouldn’t have to worry as much and probably put less stress on her. Then two years later it was my time to go. To be completely honest, I don’t even care about magic that much anyway. It’s nice and I really like it here but when I’m back home in Minnesota I feel like I’m so left out. My one friend Tommy is cool with me but when I meet up with some of his friends, they would talk about stuff that happens at school and I can’t relate at all. ”
“Sig, why not just quit? I know I would hate for it to happen but if you really don’t like it being a wizard then tell your mom.”
“Charlie I have to. It’s the only thing that brings me..” my voice cracked a little bit, “closer to my dad. It’s the one thing I know we share in common.”
There was just pure silence for maybe a minute, “I understand.” is all Charlie could cough out.
I looked down at her. She really did care about me.
“Besides it’s too late to leave now. Plus I’m really enjoying school right now! I wouldn’t pull an Aura on you. I love the SBG as well. I couldn’t leave.” I said wanting Charlie not to feel so somber.
Charlie got up and looked at me as though she was shocked at my Aura comment then she smiled.
“Sigmund, I don’t know what I could do without you. You opened to door to me that had been closed for so long. You gave me the confidence that I needed for Fuzzy, you stuck with me through when I lost my memory, and when I thought I could get my way, you were stubborn and showed me I couldn’t act that way. Not even for a minute you would let me be my devious chance Mr.Cloverfield.” she said laughing out the last sentence.
“Now Ms.Barnes maybe Tim i’ll let that happen but you’re better than that. I can promise you that.”
We both smiled, “Sigmund I have to go. I hope I was anyhelp. I have to study with Liza. Can’t leave her behind.”
I smiled slightly, “Go ahead Charlie, you cheer people up wherever you go. I’ll be fine.”
“If you say so Sig.” Charlie gave a smile and a quick wave and was off.
I looked down at the box on my leg, Charlie must have seen it but she didn’t ask about it. I think she knew it was personal. I opened it up and sure enough there was a thick waxed candle. I used incendio to light it up. A tear rolled down my cheek as I set it on the ledge and used a spell to keep it in place.
“Happy Birthday Dad.”...
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HEY, SMART THAT YOU WOULD HIGHLIGHT MY SIG. MY MB B-DAY IS MARCH 12.