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“So Many Secrets” for Story A Day May; Day Thirteen

“So Many Secrets”

Ophelia watches her half-sister nodding off in a pile of dolls on her own daybed. That’s a phrase she’d never thought of, this way.

When she first met Marilyn, she’d never suspected the bubbly, colorful girl would be the one to show her the darker meaning of that expression. She’d been a happy-go-lucky free spirit, coming to find her father’s “poor bastard daughter”, and never letting on that she had so many demons about it.

“Why do you keep so many secrets, Marilyn?”

Not even a moan from Marilyn. Her eyes are closed, and she looks asleep – but her needle is lying on the floor beside her, and her arm is hanging down, a fresh track mark clearly evident, indicting her.

No sense talking to Marilyn. No use asking where the hell she got the heroin, when she couldn’t have been out of rehab more than an hour or so. Those questions will have to wait until Marilyn is in some kind of state to answer – even though she’s not likely to, even then.

Ophelia’s learned a lot, in the three months she’s been here.

She’s learned a hell of a lot about things she never wanted to learn about, or be close to. Things she doesn’t want tormenting anyone, and certainly not her sister.

She’s learned about a thousand things she was mistaken about.

She wishes she wasn’t sure that her very existence is the reason she’s learned all these things, or why Marilyn is so broken.

Ophelia sinks down on the floor, and stares at the tip of the needle, which is pointing straight at her.

Is Ophelia right about being to blame?

How close to the truth is she?

Will Marilyn’s secrets destroy them both?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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