Free Write November
Once upon a yesterday several years ago, a child was born to a girl who wasn’t yet to be a woman. When born her hair was thick and black, her skin the lightest ivory, and her eyes wide and curious. Her mother stared longingly at the child’s beauty and named her Galaxy.
Years passed and the child grew taller, longer, and lovelier. Her eyes had transformed from the deep colors of any child to an enticing green. She grew long and thin, and her mother watched in a delightful manner. Though Galaxy was saddened to be without a father. Galaxy would dream of a father a happy beautiful man. She dreamt he’d come and take her to the zoo or at least to the old diner down the road. At fifteen her mother approached Galaxy reaching for her hand. Galaxy didn’t see and continued to pass. Her mother pulled her back and whispered.
“My darling Galaxy listen to my words, child please!”
There she stood looking calmly curiously at her mother not knowing what she wished to say. She was wondering deeply what her mother was about to say. Her mother now spoke softer and sadder than she ever had prior to this day.
“My dear daughter, as you know, your father went away years ago before you had ever even faced the light of day. He was confused and never returned to say hello, but today I have to tell you something fantastical!”
Her mother was one for strange words and talked like a poet and loved to rhyme her words. She stood a moment in thought wondering what her father meant until the moment she saw a man standing silently by the door.
Shaking now scared she stuttered “d-d-d-d-dad.”
Her whole being seemed to wobble, hobble, and topple. The man ran to her side catching her just before she hit the hard wood. She looked at him then; deeply. As if collecting all the possible features they shared, All the feelings in his eyes, and maybe, just maybe the reason why he left. Silence took all of them under its wing. Galaxy shakily stood now regaining strength and the ability to speak.
“Why are you here? What kept you so long? Why didn’t you ever come to see me? Where have you been? What hap--“
Tears now streamed from her eyes. She had cut herself off knowing she’d asked too much. He looked at his shoes, a single pink and orange twisted rose hung loosely in his palm. She looked up to see his realizing now he was crying staring down at her. He seemed very unknowing as well wanting so badly to know the words he wished to speak. She watched as his eyes seemed to speak all this. Her mother was the first to say anything
“I think this is good. You two can go sit at the kitchen table if you want.”
That’s what they did. Without a word Galaxy walked to the kitchen and her father followed like a lost puppy. It was odd seeing them together, father and daughter. They looked like two complete strangers. Galaxy took a seat silently at the two chaired table and he sat across from her.
“Well, I think I owe you some answers” he took a breath before continuing as if that single breath took away the uneasiness in his eyes. To be honest it didn’t.
“My name is Vincent, and yes my dear girl, I am your father. Your mother and I were very, very young when you were born. She was sixteen and well I was only fifteen. When my parents, your grandparents, learned this they wanted out of that town. They already hated it so and I fought so hard to stay…” He shook his head reminiscing on the past.
“When I was eighteen I went back there and you two were already far gone. I’ve searched for the four years I was in college. Searched for just a glimpse of you… Then I got a job in a big city much too far away from here. It was so busy for the first about five years I had to work my way up, I had lost everything to pay back my college loans. Everyday I’d wake just hoping I could find you somewhere out there. Somewhere in there I married and divorced a woman who doesn’t dare spit my name anymore.
“It was hard not knowing anything about you for so long. I wanted so badly to find you. So, finally with the money I could finally spare I hired a detective to find you two. Not even a week went by when he had located you guys. I swear I nearly drove over here the day I learned, but he knew that would be bad. We contacted your mum and now here we are. My god Galaxy, I should have known your mother would pick a beautiful name like that, and it fits you so well.”
He now looked at her smiling. Galaxy was in shock. Her father had spilt his life out to her and you couldn’t even stammer a word. She stared at rose, twisting colors; beautiful.
“I’ve missed you so bad... Dad” She let herself say it and she knew he wanted her too. Her voice hushed as she barely even whispered “Please tell me you don’t have to go tomorrow, please tell me you can stay awhile.”
He smiled now as if he was so prepared to answer that question. “I’m going to be staying in town for awhile, and visit whenever I can. You can come stay a weekend or something with me in the city. That is if your mother allows it that is.”
Then they continued talking and getting close. She went every other weekend and some other days if he was around. Galaxy’s mother enjoyed him because it gave Galaxy a new reason to smile. She was happy and not much really burdened her any longer.
Upon a day that became special now 16 years ago a beautiful girl named Galaxy had her first birthday with her father. Till this very day they continue to live happy and as a family sharing birthdays, holidays, and life. It was lovely because now Galaxy was truly happy.