“Careful, Mom. It might escape!” Scout giggles.

We’ve been reading ghost stories by candlelight. I stagger and stumble, pretending to grab my looming shadow.

“Come back here, you flickering night shade,” I cry.

“Come back here, you dark grey darling.” Scout holds out her arms to hug her shadow.

“Ghosts and spirits don’t have shadows,” Scout asserts. “But I do!”

Therefore I exist, I could almost hear her continuing.

“Mom, could you and Hero stay beside me while I go to sleep?” Her voice quivers.

My brave little girl, not sure who she is, wanting so much to be real.

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

    Oh, goodness, I forgot that Scout is a character in a book and not a real live girl!

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

    Like Margarida, I was also carried away and forgot that Scout is just a book character. I am glad that you mention it in the last line, “…….wanting so much to be real.” Well done.

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

    ‘Therefore I exist,’ adds a little confusion to the story. It made me take pause; author or character saying/thinking this? This series could turn into unforeseen situations?!

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

    I reread the line in question. It’s writer thinking for her character? I embrace my need to rethink any dialogue I encounter, until I have a better understanding. If this makes sense?

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