12 days of christmas.

My short story for the love competition :) <3 x

Sam hates the one holiday everyone should love! Chrismas is about holiday cheer and spending some time with the family but something in her life changed all of that. She recieves something that she sees as a gift and could change her views on christmas, forever!

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7. Letters from beyond.

“You okay Sam?” My hands shake, the photo tightly gripped in them, blood is running off my hands from the glass and all I do is stare at the photo. David tries to clean the blood off of my hands and Helen gets everyone to go home. I sit expressionlessly looking at mine and Maria’s smiles, how unaware we were of the upcoming events, and how happy we were together. Helen goes over to clean up the glass and David goes to help. “Who is the girl?” David whispers, not realising I can still hear him. Helen answers while looking back at me, still watching the picture, “her sister, Maria, she died Christmas a few years ago, Cancer I think Sam...” “She died eighteen years ago, and yes Cancer.” I correct while eventually putting the photo down. A second of silence then hit the room until David broke it just like the photo on the wall. “Sam, what’s this?” I brusquely stand up, (nearly falling over as I do) David gives me a piece of paper he found underneath the glass and Helen stands up. I begin to cry again, tears rolling freely down my face as I read the letter Maria must have hid before she died. Maria’s voice reads the letter in my head, as if she is in the room too; Dear Sam, You were too young to know what was happening to me, which is why you never knew until I died. As you know, I was young when I died, 11 in fact, I know because I am dying now, the doctors think I have a few days, but that would mean Christmas, so I hope it is a bit longer for your sake. Anyway, there are a few things I have always wanted to do, but clearly never got the chance, I want you to do them for me, have fun, do things like I would and take me with you, in your heart where I will always be! I want you to redecorate my room. Paint it a bright and cheerful colour, make it into something I would have loved, somewhere you can be and think about the good life I had! I look up, Helen swiftly walks towards me and holds me tight, I let go and weep, she cries silently so no one can see and David sits on the sofa, his chin in his hands and a tear falls from him too. I didn’t sleep at all, reading the letter over and over again, trying to make sense of what she really wants, but it was clear, right there in black and white, I have to redecorate her room and make her proud!  

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