Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kimberly Gould Week 163: Emergence

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Kimberly Gould’s Picture Choice: Emergence

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Theresa ran through the garden as she did every morning. The blooms were bright and vibrant, just like her. Their aroma was stirred by the air as she ran past, her long blond hair trailing behind her. She didn’t stop to smell the roses, rather continued to her waiting place. She had sat under this branch every morning until her mother came to call her inside. The green chrysalis was her passion, waiting to see what the caterpillar inside would become.

Both hands covered the round o of her mouth when she say the broken leaf shape, nothing inside any longer. Curious, Theresa ran through the garden again, looking for the precious winged insect that had emerged.

Her mother often chided her for behaving childishly, especially as she was nearly a woman at sixteen. Theresa didn’t care, didn’t listen. She loved the enjoyment little wonders gave her and pitied the adult that had lost that perspective. Her mother would never look into a pond and marvel at the tiny fish, tadpoles and surface water bugs, never wonder how they stayed on the surface or how the two similar shapes turned into such completely different creatures.

Creatures like her butterfly, transformed completely. She saw it now, orange and black. The wings opened and closed once before it launched itself off and up over the old wooden gate that kept Theresa locked safely inside the garden.

She could open that latch at any time, though she had been warned not to do it. Outside were all kinds of dangers, hazards, and that was why her parents kept her occupied inside the garden, the library, the sewing room. There was so much she could do that she hadn’t even considered venturing outside. A child doesn’t leave her mother, after all.

Perhaps it was time for her to be the woman her mother wanted. Perhaps it was time to grow up. Without another thought, she put her hand on the iron latch and emerged into a new world, in which she would be a new creature.

“Bye, bye, butterfly,” she told herself.


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Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, and it's sequel Duty and Sacrifice. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including Kimmydonn.com


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