Raise your Daughter

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I stood in the rain under an umbrella wearing my sister’s favorite red dress. When we were younger we had promised each other one thing. If she died first I would wear her red dress. If I died first she would wear my favorite green dress. Today my sister is lying in a coffin wearing my green dress. I didn’t expect her to die so soon. My red hair hangs down my shoulders in dreads, my black boots are muddy but I don’t care. My sister was dead; a part of me lay buried with her today.

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2. The Funeral

          I stood in the rain under an umbrella wearing my sister’s favorite red dress. When we were younger we had promised each other one thing. If she died first I would wear her red dress. If I died first she would wear my favorite green dress. Today my sister is lying in a coffin wearing my green dress. I didn’t expect her to die so soon. My red hair hangs down my shoulders in dreads, my black boots are muddy but I don’t care. My sister was dead; a part of me lay buried with her today.

            I watched as my family gathered around her deathbed. Family gathered around me and yet I felt as if no one had joined me in my grief. I stood in the rain and listened to family make speeches about my sister. I shook everyone’s hand and accepted a rose from her grave. Then, I felt a hand on my shoulder and that hand brought me back to reality. It was my cousin Belle and she looked so saddened.

“Zelena, everyone is wondering if you would make a speech?”

“Of course I will. I need to don’t I?”

“Yes I think that’s a wonderful idea.”

            I walked up and turned to face all that had gathered. Looking out at those who had gathered I only recognized a few kind faces. Belle and Gold were here with Gideon and Charles or Chip. Killian, Emma, Mila, Liam and Jack came from their new home on the ocean, traveling the world. I found Ella, Thomas and Alexandra looking at me. Of course Snow, David and Neal attended. Aurora, Phillip and baby Phillip had come. Little John had brought Roland to attend.

            Roland’s father had married Regina and then Robin died soon after. Roland lived with Regina up until her death and he ultimately said he wanted to live with his Papa’s friends. The family agreed it would be best to stay with his Papa’s family. I just stood with the rose in my hand and Regina buried behind me and I wanted to collapse. Regina lay with Robin and Robin lay with his daughter, our daughter Baby Robin.

“Most of you are wondering why I’m wearing a red dress and my sister is wearing a green one. We promised each other that whoever died first the other would wear their favorite dress. Regina was a princess in love, a queen who murdered, a lover who loved and was hurt and she was a mother to her children. Most of all she was my sister, she had been with me since her birth and I was so lucky to have her as my younger sister. I miss her already and I would do anything to get her back.’

‘Regina was the best thing that could happen to anyone. When we were growing up she used to come in and sing the sweetest song to me while I was sick. That same song I sang to her on her deathbed in the hospital. She will always be my hero, sure she grew up in my shadow but my sister, and the queen will always be my hero.”

            With that I ended the speech. I could’ve said a thousand more words but the tears and the pain overwhelmed me and I couldn’t anymore. As everyone began leaving they left their condolences and said they would see me at Granny’s. At Granny’s we would host a celebration of life. I remembered one thing that Gold had taught me long ago and I wished it wasn’t true. When Robin died and Hook died Gold said that ‘dead is dead.’ Hook came back so why wouldn’t my sister. I would march through Hades to get her back.

“Dead is dead Zelena and that’s what your sister is.”

            As I left the cemetery I felt a tug on my dress. I turned around and found a little boy peeking up at me. It was my beautiful little friend Liam. After the celebration of life at Granny’s I would return to New York and never come back to Storybrooke. I was always one to run away from my problems and this time I would run away and never come back. I would say goodbye to my niece Arianna and say goodbye. Her darling Snow could raise her or Emma. 

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