“May I call you Mom?” Scout asks. “My last writer made me an orphan, had me die young.”

“Where did you live in that previous story?”

“On the streets of a smelly, noisy city. Foggy. Rainy. Lonely.”

I hold her for a long time, imagining her previous Dickensian existence. How could any writer treat this adorable child so cruelly?

“Yes, you may call me Mom.” My heart breaks in two. One half grieves that she is just a fictional character; the other rejoices. After all, I hold the pen now.

I write Hero into the scene, licking away our tears.

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

    In a way this story is a metaphor, because Scout is a creation or child of the author. Interesting concept.

    3 months ago

    Wow. I never thought of a writer mistreating his/her characters by giving them dismal lives. Dickens has a lot to answer for, and I probably do as well. I will try to treat my characters with more kindness in the future. I must say, though, that a good tragedy/tear-jerker is hard to resist!

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

    An emotional twist to Scout’s story that reminds us that life is not all sunshine and rainbows. I love how the power of the pen can bring change.

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

    I forgot to add that your picture is definitely a nod to ‘Banksy’ and his red balloon!

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

    Oh Julie, it is an emotional part. A teary read.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    3 months ago

    You’re always welcome.

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

    Julie, I love the heart felt connection between the writer and Scout!

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