Glass

You're cleaning out your attic one day and you find a box full of crystal balls. Each glass globe contains a single name. You break the glass globe on accident and immediatly a person appears. What happens next? Who is the person? Where do they take you and what do they say?

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1. Saying Farewell to Mother

            When I was younger Mother told me stories about a box of glass globes that when one is broken a person appears. Each globe is engraved with a name of people that you wish so much to see. Whenever I asked for my father my mother would just say that he returned to the world of glass globes and now lives with all my fairytale characters and my favorite animal friends. Mother never told me where the box was but she did tell me that once a glass globe breaks, another globe appears in its place. After you break a globe there is no going back.

            Mother died when I was seventeen and I was left alone in the world. I had no mother, no friends and not a single-family member to turn to. I remember sitting at the edge of her bed in my new blue dress with the big ribbon and my hair was pulled back in a braid. Mother wore a simple white gown and her skin was pale and grey. Mother lay in her huge canopy bed and servants milled about making her comfortable. She held my hand and coughed before speaking.

“May I have a moment alone with my daughter?”

“Yes milady. We shall be right outside if you need us.”

“Thank you Emetine.”

         After Emetine left I got up from the edge of Mother’s bed and snuggled into her arms. I was her only baby and the only person in the world that she had left. She was the only one I had left and I couldn’t bear to bid goodbye. She stroked my brown hair and I stared into her blue grey eyes. She had long black hair and even on her deathbed was still beautiful. I myself had brown eyes and barely looked a thing like her but everyone said I looked like my late father Lord James Colter.

“Look at you Lizzie, all grown up and you have made me so proud.”

“Mother you can’t leave me, please don’t leave me. Don’t leave. Sure I’m done with school and sure I tutor but I’m not grown up yet. I still need my mother.”

“Lizzie, this day in 1899 will always be known as the day you grew up.”

“Mother, it’s almost midnight. Soon it will be a new century please don’t leave?”

“Oh Elizabeth, my own heart. I love you and I bid you never forget.”

“I love you too and I won’t Mama.”

         With that Lady Seraphine Colter died just a few minutes before the clock struck midnight. I cried into the bed sheets over my newly deceased mother. The cluck struck midnight and it was officially a new year, a new century and for me a new life. I was almost eighteen and my dear beloved mother was gone forevermore. I would give up all my tomorrows for just one yesterday and one last day with my mother. 

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