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Madie, Baby [GALATEA]

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“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

“Madeline! I told you not to eat all of the cookies on the jar!”

“Madeline! Madie!”

Sister Mary Eunice! Oh no!

I ran and ran through the stairs of the orphanage, looking for a place to hide. It was like we were playing hide and seek all of a sudden!

I giggled while running, this was so much fun! I never thought eating cookies from the pretty jar would lead to playing!

I heard Sister Mary Eunice from my back and saw her running after me. She looked mad. And scary, too.

I stopped for a while, should I say sorry? Is it time to stop playing?

I frowned. I wanted to play some more. It’s been a long time since Sister Mary Eunice played with me. She was always so busy with the other kids and babies. I loved the babies myself, but I also wanted Sister Mary Eunice to play with me.

It was unfair! Madie needs love, too.

“Madie!” it was Sister! Right at my back! “Madie, get back here!”

I giggled and ran and ran. We were playing tag, now! It was no problem. I was always a fast runner. I can outrun a cheetah if I wanted, too. I haven’t done that yet, but maybe I can. It was my dream to run with a cheetah. Maybe I can have one as a pet, too.

I reached the front door and opened it and ran outside. It was raining a bit, but that won’t stop me from playing. Playing was so much fun.

I ran outside and turned to the road, I was sure Sister Mary Eunice would follow me. She was ‘it’ and she had to tag me so I could chase after her later.

I reached the park and giggled. The rain was so cold but so fun. It was starting to rain a bit, but Sister Mary Eunice was still not here. What a slow-poke. She was always so slow, unlike me. I was quick and fast since I was born!

I looked at my right hand and expected Ellie to be there. Ellie was my stuffy and she was everything to me. Aside from Sister Mary Eunice, she was my only friend.

Not everybody liked me in the orphanage. They think I was weird and a freak. I’m not. I’m really not. I was a good girl.

I looked down but Ellie wasn’t there. Oh no. I forgot her!

I tried to remember where I last saw Ellie and remembered that I left her in kitchen, by the cookie jar. Oh no. She’ll get lonely without me. I should go back.

But... I was still playing with Sister Mary Eunice. I was just waiting for her to pop out from the bushes in the park so she can tag me. I’ll do that for her, since she was so slow.

I waited and waited in the park in the rain. Why was she taking so long? Did she trip? Or maybe she went back to get me an umbrella.

It was slowly getting boring and cold here. Why was Sister taking so long? She was supposed to be here hours ago! Oh wait. I giggled. I haven’t even been here for fifteen minutes.

I was so silly sometimes.

I got bored after sometime so I decided to walk back to the orphanage, slowly though. Maybe Sister got lost in the rain and lost her way. Did she see the way back home? She can be so forgetful sometimes.

I walked and walked on the road, while the rain was slowly getting heavier. I didn’t have an umbrella. I knew I wouldn’t get sick though. I was un-sickable. I don’t know if that was a word. Oh, wait it is. I just said it.

I giggled at my thoughts and continued to walk. I was wondering what was taking me so long to get home. It was only a ten-minute walk from the park.

Was I lost?

I shook my head. Of course not, Madie doesn’t get lost. I’m like an explorer, I don’t get lost.

I still continued walking and walking, seeing no one on the road. But then I heard something by the alley I was about to pass through. I pondered before walking to the alleyway. Should I really?

Of course I should. I’m an explorer, and explorers explore. Duh.

I slowly peeked my head on the alleyway. There’s no clowns here, is there? It’s not Halloween. I waited for something to show up but there was none.

Was I imagining things?

I’m such a creative girl. Good job, Madie.

But then I heard it again. It was like a bang on metal, something hitting something. Was someone there? An animal? A pet?

I heard the sound again, but this time louder. It was like someone was purposely hitting something. I walked closely, trying to see something in the dark. The rain didn’t help. It was getting darker while I closed on to the end of the alley.

There was a shadow. Four, actually. The fourth one was sitting down on the floor. He shouldn’t do that. The floor here was so dirty, you could catch germs.

I couldn’t see their faces, or what they were wearing. I just see that they were four man, and the other three was so rude for not helping the fourth one get up. Maybe they were drunk. Drunk people are so silly.

Then I saw the shadow of the first one, the one at the far left, pull out something. It looked like... a kitchen tool. It was black, too. Was it a peeler? A grater, maybe. It looked like one.

But graters or peelers couldn’t shoot and make a ‘bang’ sound, can they?


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