“Please, miss, could you write me a life?” A tiny voice from the darkness startles me awake.

A pinpoint of light gradually grows into a featureless face.

“A good one this time. My last writer liked grim and gruesome.”

“You’ve lived before?”

“Yes.” Her voice trembles, remembering.

“What’s your name?”

“Jane – borrr-ing!”

“How about Scout?”

“Wow!” She comes to life. Sparkling brown eyes, tilted nose, a mouth made for smiling.

“Any requests?”

“Fun new clothes. A dog named Hero.”

She crawls into my bed, adding, “I’ll wait.”

All thoughts of sleep disappear. I grab pen and paper and start writing.

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

    Such fun, when a character asks to be written an interesting life.

    3 months ago

    What an adorable picture. I fell in love with the little girl before I even read the story. Now I can’t wait to read all the adventures of Scout. I sure do like her name. Were you influenced by To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

    Love the picture and love, love, love how Scout is brought to life, Julie! Now to read more!

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

    Cutie picture. And a very fun read. I can’t wait for more stories about Scout.

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    3 months ago

    Julie, I have read and reread your Scout stories. I will say, this little girl that comes to light before our eyes is just adorable not only on the outside but her innocence is endearing.

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