The candle

Madhu Kalyan By Madhu Kalyan, 11th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/24s0b63w/
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Mia ran home. Her bare feet were quite cold by now, and the wind and snow made them even colder.
She hopped onto the sidewalk and then jumped onto the back of a carriage, it would only be for a few minutes. She would be home a little faster now.
Mia really wanted to be home, her mother was there and her little brother.
She hopped off of the carriage and ran the last of the way, desperate to be inside, out of the wind and the cold.

The candle

Mia ran home. Her bare feet were quite cold by now, and the wind and snow made them even colder.
She hopped onto the sidewalk and then jumped onto the back of a carriage, it would only be for a few minutes. She would be home a little faster now.
Mia really wanted to be home, her mother was there and her little brother.
She hopped off of the carriage and ran the last of the way, desperate to be inside, out of the wind and the cold.

When Mia entered the little house it was only a little warmer than the streets had been. There was no fire in the hearth and no matter where she looked, her mother wasn’t there. Had something happened to George? Her little brother was sick sometimes, she knew that. Maybe her mum had taken him to see a doctor.

Mia was still really cold. But mum had said not to light the big fire if she was alone. So she just sat down and waited. Eventually, night fell. The little house darkened and there was still no sign of mum and George.
After some rummaging in a drawer, Mia had a candle and a match.
She carefully lit the candle with the match, hoping that the flame would keep burning despite the drafts in the room.

Mia sat down, watching the flame for a while. She had the only blanket in the house around her, and her little feet were hidden under her skirts and the blanket. She waited for hours and hours, not knowing what to do, or what to think.
Mum was never away for so long.
The light of the candle was soothing, Mia felt her eyelids become heavier and heavier. If she wasn’t careful, she’d fall asleep! And that was wrong, you shouldn’t fall asleep with a candle burning, if it fell down, everything would burn!

Eventually, the candle burned down completely, wafting a trail of smoke and then it was out. Mum was still away. Mia sniffed, she missed her mother a lot.
She crawled into the big bed, and curled up like a ball.
Sleep wouldn’t come, she would doze off and then wake up with a start.
It was just so very lonely and sad. Mia wished that she had another candle, so she wouldn’t have to sit in the dark.
‘I’ll buy a new candle in the morning..’ She sighed to herself.
‘And then I shall put it in the window, so mum can see it when she comes home!’

Mia did buy the candle in the morning. And then she bought another one the next morning, and so on.
Mum and George never returned.
When Mia looked in the mirror now, she was old and grey, her back bent and painful.
How many years had passed? She had forgotten.
But she kept lighting the candle, every day, and put it in a lamp near the window, and hoped against hope, that one day her mother and little brother would return.

think of Mia when you see a candle flame in the window.
Don’t lose hope.
When you feel lost, light a candle too, and let it fill you with warmth and hope.
Sometimes all we have is a flame, however brief it may be, it brings us light.

The end

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Brother, Candle, Cold, Life, Life Journey, Love, Money Making, Relationship, Sacrifice, Sad, Sadness, Sister, Sisterhood, Sisters Care, Winter

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author avatar Madhu Kalyan
I’m an author, blogger, photographer, traveler and food fanatic.

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author avatar Lenin
11th Dec 2014 (#)

It Touched my heart

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author avatar Madhu Kalyan
11th Dec 2014 (#)

Thx

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author avatar Retired
11th Dec 2014 (#)

nice ...

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