Confined Shaming

Alice Smith wasn't one for adventures or hilarity or terror or anything with a purpose. She felt content sitting at home everyday, recording her thoughts into a journal.
But what if one day everything you new fell apart? What if one day you had to choose which path to take?


3. Grace Willings

Dear diary,

Today wasn't exactly terrible. Sure, drama was a bit embarrassing, but I have learned to control how embarrassed I get. Honestly, I don't like most of the people in my class. Grace is okay, and this other boy called Tom isn't too bad, I guess. 

Anyway, I was just doing another entry because I wanted to talk about Grace. She's quite strange, to be honest, all she really talks about is her old Australian friend Anna, who died last year. I know it's really sad, but I don't like being told things that depress me. Anna was fourteen, and she was driving home one Winter. Her parents, brother and her were in the car. And they skidded off the road and crashed into a tree. Her mother and her were the only two who passed away. Her brother and father were severely injured, but manageable. They recovered. Grace spoke about her funeral, including all of the horrible details about how her dad was crying so much. 

I feel terrible, I really feel for her family and friends, but I don't like stories that make others and I feel awkward and sad.

The thing is, I didn't think it really snowed in Australia. 

Alice shut her diary and thought over what she wrote, feeling guilty. She clasped her hands together and prayed for Anna and her mother. Then she felt stupid, she didn't know who these people were, they were strangers to her. Just like the stimuli. Stranger cries over strangers grave.

Even though she had just had some really deep thoughts, Alice moved on and started becoming curios about Grace. She also started remembering some stories as a child, scary stories, with the ending resulting in something that made her unsettled for months. Curiosity killed the humans, that was it, that was what she had heard when she was younger. It was story about a little girl who had picked up a birds nest, out of curiosity to see what would happen if she started picking at the birds. Of course, this little four year old had no idea that the birds would have died after being picked apart. She dropped the nest and went on without caring. A few years later, when the girl was old enough to understand things, she woke up one morning to find her parents, brothers and sisters strewn over furniture and the floor, all picked apart. In the living room, smeared on the wall in dark, dry blood was 'Curiosity killed the humans'.

From that day on, Alice decided never to be curious about anything, until now. Grace had unlocked the curiosity from Alice's mind and was now picking at it, just like the little girl had picked at the baby birds.


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