The silence made her pause in the doorway

It was strangely quiet

It was never quiet on a day like this

She felt the little drops of sweat roll down her face

Something was wrong

She could feel it

Where was everyone?

Had they left her?

Had everyone moved on?

Had the rapture taken place here?

She felt so alone

No one to laugh with

No one to hug

No one!

Just her!

She looked around

The room was empty

It was a bit dark

She wasn’t afraid

She was just sad

She hated being alone

It was her birthday

Her day!

She didn’t deserve to be alone

She was home

But this didn’t feel like home

No one was here

Had everyone forgotten it was her birthday?

How could they…?

Tears welled up in her eyes

The tears felt hot

She felt hurt

She didn’t expect so much

She just expected a little love

A hug

A joke

An evening with the people that mean so much to her

Her eyes and nose struck a good deal

They were leaking uncontrollably

She sniffed!

And then she sniffed again!

She could smell something yummy

It smelled like roasted…

Roasted turkey?

That was odd!

Did they leave something in the oven?

How careless?!

Now, she was sad and upset!

So she followed the smell

It led her to the kitchen

And then….

…they all screamed…

…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


By Sylvia Chika



© SylviaChika 2016

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