Franky always was a sensitive soul.

Loud noises startled her. In the summer, when the sun was readying itself to slumber for the day, her friends would get upset. They knew their friend was less interested in fun and teenage hijinks than the decisions she had wrestled with. She would sit on her porch swing and hum among the chirping crickets. She admired the draining primary colors from the sky’s canvas while warmly welcoming the tertiary.

Growing up, she kept a vegetable and herb garden in her backyard. She never forgot hearing what effects overfishing had on the ocean’s ecosystem… She always yearned to do her part.

At twenty years old, she entered a nunnery. She believed she could do the most for the planet by praying for it from a distance while making no waves in the earth’s ocean. It’s the decision she never had to think twice about.

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    4 months ago

    Melissa, you shattered my expectations that Franky would do something earth shattering for the environment. Good twist!

    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    4 months ago

    If each of us were quiet for even a little while every day, contemplating the wonders of the world, giving thanks for them, and speaking to the Divine, this planet would be the glorious place it was meant to be. Nice story, Melissa.

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    4 months ago

    I love the opening line, Melissa. The ending was not at all what I expected! Beautifully written, as always.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    4 months ago

    What a surprise twist. I never expected Franky’s choice to help the mother earth. Well done.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    4 months ago

    Melissa, your protagonist was a humble soul. Her end result was selfless. Beautifully described.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    3 months ago

    Such a peaceful story, Melissa. Really enjoyed the surprising end. Nicely done.

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