Year of the Butterfly

Life goes on.. even when you lose someone you love, even when you don't know what to think, how to feel, how to act and what to say. Everything will be okay, is what people like to say, but it won't and you know it. All you can do is bury your grief and hide, and hope on the surface at least life will appear to be normal. Is there any hope?
This is a story of a young girl battling with the loss of her father. Accompany her on a journey of self-discovery and misadventure as she negotiates her way through bereavement and processes the unanswered questions. Along the way, there are dreams, visions and schemes, at least one golden urn and a kidnapping. Her story is about a metamorphosis from pain into renewal and growth. Her destination is a place of hope with a promise of healing.

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33. The point of no return

The men soon have their dinner and then take out a pack of cards to pass the time. The girls are in agony every time one of them goes outside to smoke because they know that sooner or later one or two of them will leave with the car and take the urn away from them forever, to be sold... Many cigarettes later, the guys are all sitting on the edge of their seats, jumping at the slightest sound, waiting for the phone to ring. At one minute past 9, Mack picks up the phone and dials a number. "You were supposed to call me at 9 sharp. I told you!" ... "Don’t play games with me, lady. I’m warning you!" ... "What? No! That’s not what I said. I make the rules, so if you don't--" ... "Well, then good luck finding your little brats!" He hangs up and throws the phone onto the floor. Mack’s face is a colour that cannot be described and he seethes like a wild animal. "That stupid cow! She hasn't dropped off the money! She wants to see her brats first." The kidnappers are now all looking at the girls as if they were responsible for this stroke of bad luck. "That’s it! I’m done messing around. Whitey, come!" The two of them go up on deck without saying a word and the next thing they know, the girls hear the engine of the boat being started.

Whitey calls down to Barney and Skinny to come outside and shortly after that, the girls can feel the boat moving. It’s hard for them to guess what's happening and so they sit on that mattress, hugging each other for comfort... After what feels like an eternity, the boat slows down and Whitey comes down into the cabin. "Come." Like little lambs to the slaughter, the two girls allow Whitey to drag them up the stairs and out there on the deck, behind the steering wheel, Mack is standing with his back to them. "Dump them." He doesn't even turn around to look at them and without another word, Whitey lifts them both into the air, screaming and shouting for mercy, and drops them overboard. The boat's engine roars back to life and the girls are left behind in the deep dark ocean, to drown...

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