Monday, May 24, 2010

Emily's Veil

In Pages in the Wind, Emily faces her father's abuse and handles it in her own way. She appears to be passive, or is she? 





Her father grabbed Emily by her hair and jerked her back and forth calling her stupid over and over. She shut her eyes, so she could not see her father grasp her hair that she had so neatly combed for church. Her father's anger escalated as he shook her, and her feet hit the wall as he hurled her around the room like a cheap rag doll. Emily prayed for him to stop but did not utter a word or cry out in pain, nor did she plead for him to let her go. She tightly closed her mouth, swallowing the pain in a private abyss that she could restrain. Finally, he released her little body with a final shove to the floor, and with a dismissive grunt he left the room.



Emily fought to regain her composure as she lay on the floor. She repressed her tears by pushing the pain and humiliation out of her mind. She fought valiantly to create in her mind a reason to regain her spirit because she needed it to live. She thought of her Grandma and the smell of her baked bread on Mondays. She thought of the lovely pagoda at grandma's house, and the afternoon naps on the comfortable swing as the warmth of summer lured her to a peaceful sleep. She lay on the hard floor long enough to regain the strength to be Emily again. She needed to be kind, and hopeful in order to survive. She needed to look happy. She lifted the somber veil of abuse, to find her smile as she willingly marched back to where the family had gathered to make the drive to church.

8 comments:

  1. I am so happy that you posted again because I've been looking for another piece of the puzzle of Emily! I love your writing and I definitely love Emily. I relate to her and your writing is so poetic and detailed, I am always excited to see a post from you.

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  2. I relate to Emily she is so much like me. Your writieng really touches my heart, your great. I love to follow your writing.

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  3. Yours is my favorie blog. When will you put in more chapters, your writing is amazing.

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  4. Your writing is sooooooo beautiful it is amazing how you bring me into the life of Emily. I love it and want to know when the book comes out.

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  5. Emily is an interesting character and I can't wait to hear more about her. Your writing blows me away and I cant wait to read more about her.

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  6. your writing literally blows me away, can't wait to read more. I wish the book was finished because the posts are too far apart! Seriously i love your writing.

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  7. Interesting blog and even more interesting writing! I am a big fan - love to follow the plot!

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  8. You have the best writnig blog and I cant wait to read your novel. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know Emily before it is published.

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