“What’s her name?”
“I don’t know.”
“Where did you meet her?”
“I don’t know.”
“Where did she go?”
“I don’t know!”
“…” She released a sigh from her mouth and looked at her brother. “Well, what Do you know??” Jay looked her in the eyes. Never before had he felt so determined, but never before had he felt so unknowing. “I met her 8 years ago in Africa.” Her eyes widened. “Jay, are you seriously going…” “Sarah!” The sudden interruption had surprised her. “I’m going.” His lips curled up into a soft smile. He raised his hand and put it on her shoulder. “Don’t worry S. I’ll be fine.” Her eyes looked worried and if he waited any longer, he was sure tears would come flowing out. “Africa is big! You don’t know where she is, how on earth do you plan to find her?” He started grinning. “Hey sis… Are you worried?” With an evil smile he ran his fingers through her hair, messing it up as much as possible. “Or are you just afraid you might get lonely?” With a crestfallen face she looked him in the eyes. “C’mon J. I’m serious. Why would you go through this all? Why now?” He sighed again. There was no easy way out of this. He had to tell her, but he didn’t know where to start. “It’s just… I’ve been dreaming about her every night. Everyday I’m afraid I might forget and I see her in front of me again… She looked afraid S. I might not know a lot anymore, but I remember that she was very dear to me. The dreams… Every time I see the Rose shining just a little bit I remember. I just need to see her, one more time!” He looked at his sister in the hopes she would understand. He know his story was incoherent, but he just needed her to understand, more than anything. “What if she doesn’t remember you anymore?” He looked to the ground and sighed. “I don’t care. I just have to go.” She stood up and took his hand. “Listen, Jay. You have to do what feels the best, but just promise me one thing ok? Promise me you’ll think it through. I don’t want you to get hurt.” He smiled. Sarah might be his little sister, but at times she was too wise for her age. That’s why he loved her so much. He couldn’t stand leaving her behind alone. That was the hardest part of going. He looked at his little sister and remembered…
It was already 8 years ago. A poor boy was walking around the streets with the ripped clothes of a man at least 3 times his age. His wild black hair was clearly in need of washing and one could see that his fragile body was at a breaking point due to the lack of food. People walking by only noticed the smell that came off his body and the pathetic look of a beggar. Once in a while a kind by passer would look sympathetic and worried at the young boy who had met a tragic fate. Relieving their guilty conscience they’d hand him a few coins to buy bread and walk away never to be seen again. If they looked underneath his tangles hair they would have seen two, determined bright blue eyes of a boy who’d never back down from anything. Behind the dirt there was a boy who stood strong in any situation life threw at him. It was in those days he found one of these situations. With great surprise he saw a young little girl laying comfortably on the bench that was his usual sleeping spot. In a short moment he saw that the girl was in the same condition as he was and in that very same moment he had decided he was going to take care of her. There was something about her sleeping face that made him feel truly at home for the first time since long. Her long blond hair was covered with dirt and her clothes were torn and clearly too cold. Something about this broken image touched him. What he saw in front of him wasn’t pain. It was true beauty. He used his only blanket to cover her up. Before he fell asleep on the grass he touched her cheek. “Sarah.” From that moment the 14 year old boy and the 10 year old girl were family.
The time had come he had to leave her. Something in him begged to search for the owner of the Blue Rose. He couldn’t stay any longer, but his biggest regret was saying goodbye. The girl on the bench, his precious sister. “Goodbye sis…” Goodbye forever. But he didn’t say that.