Image courtesy of Janet Webb
‘You will always be my baby,’ whispers the woman I thought to be my real mum. In her eyes, my own pain is reflected back at me.
‘Why did she abandon me?’
She hands me a cream envelope, a name I don’t recognise scrawled on the front in looping script.
‘Who is Eleanor?’
‘That was your birth name. Before…’
I turn the letter over in my hands. It is heavy. Weighted down with words I don’t feel ready to hear.
‘Can I still call you mum?’ My voice is small.
‘Always.’ She hugs me tight – vanilla and coffee – she still smells like home.
It’s been a crazy week. The Sister is still no.1 on the UK Amazon Store, and has also been no.1 on Amazon Canada and iBooks and is in the top 10 on the USA Today Bestsellers List. I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve received and especially grateful for the WordPress blogging community. A sanctuary where I can step away from the madness that is editing and scribble a few words.
Abandoned was written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 word story inspired by a photo prompt. Hop over to host Rochelle’s blog and read the other entries here.