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I Want To Go Home
by E.A. Black
Everyone expects blood to drip from the walls in a haunted boarding school. I don’t do blood. I pour motor oil down the walls. Tapioca pudding. Lime green jello. Mushroom gravy. I used to pour sewage from the lavatories but that pissed off the professors so I stopped. I don’t want anyone mad at me. I only want someone to find me and help me go home.
I wander between the walls, along the catwalks, and through the tunnels, hoping my father will return to get me out of here. I was caught in the wall behind the chemistry room when the school was built. The workers poured concrete over me and I’ve been trapped here ever since.
Father worked construction. I loved architecture. Gothic spires and mansard roofing inspired me, so when he took me to the new school foundation I was thrilled. Finally, father wanted to spend time with me. He shoved me. Next thing I know, I’m wandering the hallways of the school in broad daylight, but no one can hear me cry.
Why did father leave me here? Why can’t I go home? He told me he wanted a boy and not a girl who needed a cane to walk. After mother died he became so distant. I tried to please him every way I could. I brought home flowers but they only reminded him of mother’s grave. I sang and played pianoforte but he only complained I made too much noise. I tried to like his new wife but she never took to me. Cold and cruel, she locked me in my room for hours on end. Then she and father talked about boarding school but they couldn’t afford it, not with twins on the way. I heard her complain she was stuck with me.
I miss my father. I crack the ceilings and floors. Make the water fountains spray yards into the air. Rain molasses down the walls. Hardly anyone is left here. The school is closing. I see father walking down the hallway with two boys who look like me. As they leave I rush up to him. He sees me but looks right through me and keeps walking, holding the two boys close. As he walks away I cry but he pays no attention. Why won’t he take me home with him? What did I do wrong? Why doesn’t he love me? I don’t want to be alone.
Fiction © Copyright E. A. Black
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