Rosie- chapter 2

LIFE GOES ON

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Rosie- chapter 2

Olivia, Senior staff writer

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“Good morning sweety.” Rosie woke to a kind voice and a hand softly nudging her shoulder.

“Morning- where am I?” she was confused and strangely couldn’t remember anything.

“It’s me, Mrs Parker.” When Rosie’s eyes finally displayed recognition of the woman standing before her, she sat up and realized she wasn’t in her own house.

“What happened? Where is my family?” she cried out.

“Shhh, you need to rest honey. You hurt your head pretty badly when you took that fall. Your family are on their way, I was just closer than they were when it happened.” Mrs Parker comforted her.

“OK. Wait when what happened? Why did I fall?”

“Oh right, about that. The big oak tree along the main street is being cut down today and when you found out, the construction worker told me you fainted.”

“No! I must stop them before it’s too late. There’s no time to waste, Mrs Parker could you drive me there?” Rosie stood up and tried to rush out the door but Mrs Parker stopped her abruptly.

“Rosie dear, please sit down. Believe me, I have heard the many stories of this grand tree and I know how much you love it but it’s too dangerous, besides they need the space for the new housing project. For now all you need to do is to sleep and eat until you recover, so long as you stay put.”

“No! I’m not going to let this happen. It’s not fair.” She collapsed on the floor in tears. Mrs Parker picked her up and cradled her like a baby. She’d never had any children of her own and Rosie was the closest thing she had to family of any sort. She sang a lullaby that her mother had once sang to her as a little girl and Rosie slowly fell sound asleep.

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The bright, yellow sunlight was shining through the curtains of the room gently kissing her on the cheeks and outside little birds were chirping excitedly as their mothers fed them freshly picked worms.

Rosie woke up, her head was now clear and she felt like she could do anything. She stood up and walked over to the window. Outside the world seemed at peace, there were people on their bicycles, kids laughing and playing at the park, even the flowers and trees seemed to be smiling.

Suddenly, it hit her. She remembered. The oak tree was gone. She felt empty inside and the feeling of being invincible faded away. The memories it carried were vanished and the place she had spent most of her life in was gone just like that, how was she supposed to go on?

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“Where to Miss?”

“Victoria Station London please.” Rosie was only 10 years old but she had lived such a harsh life that she had the mentality of a 20 year old. As soon as the girl had realised that all she loved was gone, she no longer needed to stay where she was. That afternoon she packed her bags and left the house and now here she was at her local station on her way to London to start again.

“OK dear. You seem a little young to be travelling alone, may I ask why?” the conductor asked.

“I’ve decided to start anew, after all… life goes on…”