she sings in the black spaces between waking and sleep

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Friday Flash Fiction

She begins to sing and her grandmother joins her, but it is only in her mind.  Only in the black spaces between the time one gets into bed and the time one falls asleep.  Her grandmother keeps her company in those black spaces, and she sleeps into the calm her grandmother’s voice brings her.  She has not heard the grandmother’s voice outside her head since she was a child.  Since the terrible night her parents’ house was broken into by men in uniforms, men who were not on the honorable side of soldiering.  The crashes of splintering the front gate of the family compound and the front door to their home seemed greater than the thunder that came down from the hills on hot summer evenings.  Her parents were killed, her grandmother disappeared.  Why she had been spared their fates, she could not discern.  She might have kept asking herself whywhywhy but when she did, she was not able to sleep.  Then her grandmother’s voice began to sing to her, singing in the darkness between slipping under the covers and falling asleep.  She listens to her grandmother’s voice.

Update 29 January 2017:  big thanks to my fellow blogger Dahlia, for inspiring me to write a “part 2,” which will lend more hope for this child.  As they say, stay tuned for more!

songbird in a cage by Can Pac Swire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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songbird in a cage by Can Pac Swire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

19 thoughts on “she sings in the black spaces between waking and sleep

  1. Theresa this is a beautiful story and so much room for part 2. I know its in your heart and now all you have to do is let the pen flow and press the keys and we will all be blessed. I know you are an inspiration to us in writing which shows your strength. We’ll be waiting.

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  2. Beautiful work. You always narrate / describe superbly. And yes, a happier part 2 will be great. 🙂 I know I’ve been contemplating on killing characters and not so happy stories but happy ones in between will be terrific. Haha.

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