” Mandy dove into dark-blue midnight and swam with the stars!”
Daddy finished with a flourish. A new bedtime story for his darling daughter.

The real Mandy was full of questions. “Is midnight like the ocean?”

“Absolutely. Humongous, deep, dark and magical.”

“Can I stay up till midnight and see?”

“Hmmm …” Daddy put on his Wise Old Owl face and pretended to ponder.
But Mandy and Teddy fell asleep before he could answer.

Daddy pressed “Stop” and the room became silent and empty again.
He returned the audio file to the “Remembering Mandy at Four” folder and quietly quenched the light.

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22 days ago

The special magic of bedtime stories and the beauty of a father-daughter relationship has an unexpected twist. Thanks to the author for leaving so much unsaid, so the reader can relate to the sorrow on his/her own terms. 

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

So the real Mandy had passed away? Yet the father still reads to her. Sweet and sad!

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Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
1 month ago

This is a lovely, touching story, Juma. Beautifully told with the unexpected finish. Very powerful!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 month ago

Oh Juma, what a sad and touching story. This one really tugged at my heartstrings. Well done, very nicely done!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

So lovely and moving, Juma. Well done.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

This is a beautiful and touching story, Juma. It deserves a 5-star rating.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

A story that truly touches the heart, Juma. The ending so heart-wrenching. An emotional read and one that will stay with me.

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