The sound made me tremble, “shoo shoo.” I was rushing up the hill. I couldn’t tell where the sound was coming from or what it was, all I knew was that I was lost. With my broken glasses and torn backpack, I went to find shelter.
So many thoughts were scrambling for attention in my head, but all I could focus on was my mom. Her lovable, wide open arms, her sweet perfume. I couldn’t help but miss her. But I had bigger issues.
The whole day was a blur. One second I was in my bright pink room playing with my dolls. The next, I was in the dark, creepy forest, alone.
I pushed the memory out. All I wanted in that moment was a good night’s sleep.
I woke up to the sound of the leaves blowing in the wind and birds chirping. I didn’t know what time it was, or even what day, but I knew I was still by myself, scared, and lost in the unknown.
I thought about giving up. That’s what my mom did. I thought she would always be there for me, but she wasn’t. I just knew she had stopped looking for me. She must have.
I was so out of place. I felt like a cat in a dog shelter, nothing or no one around was like me. There were only things I feared or had seen in movies. I never imagined these things happening to me.
I needed to make the best out of this dreadful situation, so I thought I would go exploring. If this was going to be my home for the rest of my life, might as well know it like the back of my hand. I tried skipping through the long, unkempt grass. It reminded me of when I was little, skipping to my mom. A tear rolled down my cheek. I sat down and dozed off a little.
‘’Who are you?’’ A man approached me. He was tall, had messy dark brown hair, and he was wearing a long t-shirt covered in dirt. He also had the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen.
“Huh?” I said.
“Who are you?” the man repeated.
“I am Sophie Chicato, who are you?”
‘’My name? Oh yes, my name is Sami… uh… last name? Um… Beano! Yes there we go!”
He kept going, strange as he was. “New around here, eh?”
‘’Yes, you?,” I said.
“New? Ha! I’ve practically owned this place for about 30 years, kid!”
He took a step closer. ‘’Ok Sophie, come with me! I can show you around.’’
“Sorry,” I backed up, “but my mom said not to go with any strangers.”
‘’If your little mom really cared about you, you wouldn’t be in this situation right now,” he said, turning away. “Come kiddo, want to come or not?’’
“Um, I will just stay here,” I said.
“Good luck Sophia – you’ll need it!”
“Fine wait up I’m coming!” I thought to myself that Sami might be able to help me find home.
“Listen closely, this bush’s berries are poison, and these are the ones made from heaven, got it?”
‘’I guess.” Suddenly, the sound of thunder came. I needed to get back to shelter, but it was so far.
Then my hands began to shake. I collapsed. “Sophie! Hey Soph! Oh god!” Sami carried me to safety and took care of me for the night. I couldn’t thank him enough. He was like the dad I never had.
“Mom… mommy!” I frantically shouted. ‘’No, kid its me, Sami. You really miss your mommy, do you?”
‘’I guess. How about your mommy?” I changed the subject.
“Not one day did I miss her!” he said. “Not one! If she cared so much about me, I would be home right now reading a book to my kids and having movie nights with my wife, okay.” He trailed off.
Moments passed by with pure silence. I could’ve heard a rat fart.
“That is far from the truth. I miss my mom every second of the day,” he recanted. “I just wish I hadn’t been a stuck-up teenager. My mom warned me not to go, but since my friends were going I had to”.
“Let’s go find home.” I said.
In a heartbeat, he stands up and heads out. I hop on his back. We walk for hours, desperate with hope. Finally, we see the park where I usually play, and I spot a tall woman with light brown hair. She’s looking down on the ground.
“Mommy!” I yelled joyfully. Sami let me down and I got one of her famous hugs. Sami smiled and ran off, we go home as planned.