I can see her through the haze of pain that has clouded my vision over the last three days, her bright blue eyes glinting in the gloom and I really hope that she’s real.
I have seen her so many times over the weeks that I have been imprisoned, reaching for her only for my hand to go straight through her. Each time it has caused my soul to lose a little bit more hope, and strength to continue.
She pulls the wires away from my hip, and then reaches up to unfasten the cuff around my left hand. The freedom of having at least one hand free is overshadowed by the weakness and the pain that I feel coursing through the limb. I fall forward, my hand instinctively coming forward in a bid to stop my fall and prevent myself from further injury.
The palm comes to rest on her resolutely real shoulder, the fine bones and muscles flexing underneath her shirt as she reaches for the other cuff. A glorious smile spreads itself across her face, when she hears my whispered “Aella?” and she simply nods.
Copyright Emily Morris 2017
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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