An Enchanted Smile

The wind’s mournful song
whistled through the halls
swooping down to blow her skirt high
She held it down with a trembling hand
a chill shivering its way down her body
Her gaze chased after hurrying people
silently imploring them to stay
Alone in the unlit yard her fears stirred to life
She hopped on one foot then the other
constantly moving to keep the monsters still
A nervous tear crept to the edge of fluttering lashes
as night stole down to swallow the day
An unwitting scream rose from deep inside
quelled by bright lights swinging up the driveway
A welcome voice –
“Sorry darling, daddy’s late” –
lit up her face with a smile so bright
it banished the advancing dark

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