She told me that butterflies migrate, that they have the freedom to cross imaginary borders and painted divisions. I asked her if I could ever do that, if I could ever come back home to her. If the borders and divisions and 1,410 miles between us would ever be as easily conquered by me as they were by the namesake she had given me. I asked her if I could ever be a butterfly just like her. She told me I already was.| Mariposa Paz has spent the better part of her life apart from her mother, 1,410 miles apart to be concise. As she is on the cusp of eighteen and weary of the colorless world around her, she realizes that maybe it's time to finally take flight and see her mother once again. *For the "Write a Story in 24 Hours" Competition*


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“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” 

― Leonardo da Vinci

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