For all my failures, I will never mistake the beauty of the blossoms.

“Samuel. . . we need to leave soon.”

My mother is nearly as quiet as the trees. But they speak more than she ever did. They float around, pull against gravity, and let go once more. They do not hesitate. The pale reds against the dour sky and stars. They told me, no one loved them as I did.

The blossoms are more than they say they are. One might look at the sky, the stars in awe. But the stars will not forgive you. Not like the blossoms do. I sit — I listen — and in return they forgive me. So, I do not need my mother to pray over me, that I might get better. Her pity makes my body shrivel, and I would wish to be with the cherry blossoms again. To feel the grass brush against my palm. Like bristles of a paintbrush. And they will paint me with brilliant hues of freedom and sing to me.

I can’t wait to feel the air.

I can’t wait to defy gravity, like the petals.

I can’t wait to die.

“Samuel, please, honey. Let’s go,” my mother says. Her voice is like the dirt. I frown to myself. I cannot move.

“Sam.” I can hear her feet; I can hear the dirt and the blossoms and the grass speak to me. They are shaking. So, I shake too. “Get up already, Sam. . . you’re too old for this.”

The stars scream and blister with front-faced ignorance.

I struggle helplessly as she wraps her arms around me.

Calm. Quiet. Calm. Quiet.

I am like the cherry blossoms.

“Bless you for cooperating with me.” She sighs wearily, body sagging.

“I will die.”

“I wish you wouldn’t say dreadful things like that anymore. . .”

“You will love me,” I smile; turning, looking back as I’m hauled from the grassy park with the speaking trees. My mother does not look at me, this I know in my heart, where I can still hear the faint whisperings of those rose petals. “I will be free.

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
7 months ago

This story is an astonishing display of talent, insight and maturity. Special congratulations to one of our newest and youngest members. Please keep writing!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hello Cindy, and a huge welcome to the Voice club. I know that you will make many friends here through your amazing writing skill. Cindy, this story is so beautifully written, touching all of the emotions. I will come back to read the comments made, for I know that there should be many. I will look forward to reading more from you. Well done!

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

Hi Cindy and welcome to Voice.club. What an incredible first story. You have a very mature voice for someone of your age. You should definitely continue with your writing; very well done 🙂

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Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

This story is exceptional, Cindy. Your choice of words is highly original and sometimes even startling. “The stars scream and blister with front-faced ignorance.” Phrases like this one catch the attention and stay with the reader. Even comparing the hard, unforgiving stars with the gentle, accepting cherry blossoms is such a refreshingly new idea. You said in your bio that you occasionally write … I sincerely hope you continue. You have a unique talent. Keep writing!

Susan Giles
Susan Giles (@susan-giles)
7 months ago

Such a well written, heart rending story. You did a masterful job of letting the reader enter someone else’s mind and experience life through their thoughts. Thank you for your story; I quite enjoyed.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Welcome to Voice.club, Cindy. I first read your story and then went back to read the presentation of yourself and boy was I surprised to see your age. This is so much more than 13! Your story is wonderfully told, showing the insight and understanding of the mind of somebody who feels alienated in this world, closer to nature than to his own mother. It is unique and very mature. Congratulations on a great story!

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

An affecting story, Cindy. It made me feel strong emotions.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

Hi Cindy, congratulations!

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Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Cindy!

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Cindy. This story is something special – a well-deserved win!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hi Cindy, I bet your family are so happy for you, and you can not wait to tell all of your friends. Well done.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

Congratulations on your win.

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

Congratulations on your win Cindy, you must be thrilled. Very well done

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

Congratulations Cindy.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Cindy! A well deserved victory! You did a wonderful job with this story and I am very much looking forward to your future Voice-club stories.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Cindy!

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

A warm welcome to Voice club, Cindy and Congratulations on your win.

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