20 years ago
I skip around, jumping into every puddle I could spot with my new rain boots. I quickly run in front of my mom where another puddle sits waiting for me to jump into it. I take a huge leap and t into it. Water goes flying everywhere where some lands on my mom, wetting her clothes and face. “Zoe,” she growls and I look down. I kick the puddle softly while choking out an apology.
“I-I’m sorry mommy,” I mumble, looking up at her. She rolls her eyes, shaking her head in disappointment and walks around me. I spin around and follow her. “Mommy where are we going??” I ask smiling. I try to grab her hand but she moves it away from me. ” To a bus stop,” she grumbles and I gasp. “Oh like the magic school bus!!?” I clap my hands squeal.
A stranger glares at me and my mom rolls her eyes once more. “Could you be quiet!?” She snaps and I close my mouth immediately. I walk beside her without holding her hand even though that’s what I ache to do. My hand feels so lonely. I sigh and look around. So many people are walking the opposite way of where we’re going. I wonder where life is taking them.
“It has been two years and they have finally come across a bus stop!” I lower my voice so I can sound like a narrator. “What will they do now? Find out in the next episode of the Twilight Zone!” I say confidently and giggle some more. My mom sits down on the bench and I sit right next to her. It begins to rain and I smile. “Rain rain go away come again another day!!” I chant those words over and over again but it doesn’t work.
So many strangers sit at this bus time. I feel the need to say hi to every single one of them but mommy may get angry if I do. ” Hey hun, I’m going to go get a incecream cone for you okay?!” she turns to me and smiles. I smile in return and hug her. “Yes please!” I giggle and she gets up.“Okay, stay put. Mommy will be right back,” and with that she gets up and leaves. I watch her walk away smiling, but then something changes.
I don’t want to be alone. “Mommy?!” I call out for her, but her pace quickens. Fear slowly begins to seep in. “M-mommy?” I stare at her as she runs away. I hear the bus park in front of me and the mumbling of the strangers as the get on, but that’s not my main focus. I get up and start to run after her. “Mommy!” I cry but it was too late.
Mommy was lost in the crowd of people and I became lost as well. Everyone ignored me, the crying 5 year old with no mommy or daddy with them. I keep walking forward until I spot an ice cream shop. My eyes light up and fill with hope. Mom must be in there! I take off running bumping and crashing into people. “I’m sorry!” I would yell out each time I would graze a person. I suddenly skid to a stop when I realize it would be so much easier to just cross the streets.
In between the streets is grass so I think I have a chance! I run across the first street and make it to the middle where the moist grass welcomes me, but then I hear someone yelling and I turn around. A bunch of strangers are yelling at me, but why? “Get off the street!!” I heard someone yell and I frown. So many people have their phones out but why? ” I want my mommy!!” I yell back to them and begin to run once more then I hear a car honk. I stop turn around and my eyes widen.
A scream escapes me before I see nothing but black.“Oh my gosh is she okay??” I hear someone say. “Call the ambulance!” A man yells. I open my eyes a little to see a crowd of people. Then I close them again.