Summary: Megan witnesses a little girl’s suicide attempt.
Megan Falkner lazily dragged her feet to the main road of the city. The day was superhot but she didn’t have any foods left inside her refrigerator so she had to walk under the shining sun only to grab a lunch. She was imagining a glass of ice cream and a fried chicken she would buy at a restaurant on the end of the street when she felt someone blocked her way. She snapped upon reality and observed her surroundings.
The street was filled with people gathering in front of an old flat, murmuring some things and gazing up to the sky. Megan followed their actions. She looked up only to find a little girl sitting on a rooftop while hugging her knees. Being curious, Megan stopped at her place to see what exactly was going on there.
Police cars suddenly blared out of nowhere and people shoved each other. The police came out from their cars, two of whom went upstairs while the others looked on the street. A police came over to an old lady who looked so worried and then interrogated her. Megan couldn’t grasp what they were talking about for she was standing four meters away from the crowd. She only caught a glimpse of the old lady’s tear when she wiped it. The other police put some mattresson the ground preparing for the worst scene.
“What’s going on?” asked a man to a woman standing few feet away from her.
“That little girl’s going to jump.”
“I don’t know. Heard that her mother hasn’t come back home since two days ago.”
Megan’s heart clenched. She couldn’t even find a word to mutter.
“How did she find a way to sit on there and think to kill herself?” Mumbled the man.
“Her neighbors said their family was such a mess that she and her brother didn’t get any attention from their mother. Some also said she witnessed the scene when her father wanted to kill himself few months ago. So I assume she got the idea from her father.”
The three of them looked up just as screams roared. The little girl currently sat on the edge of the ledge with her legs dangling above the street. She looked down where all people were clasping their hands tightly and pleading her not to jump.
“I want to go to Daddy’s place…” she said between her tears.
“No, Sweetheart, don’t do this. Your Mommy will back home soon,” said Ms. Page, the old lady.
“Mommy doesn’t love me.”
“Sweetheart, your Mommy loves you. So come down, please and I’ll give you cupcakes every day.”
Megan turned her head as a wind rushed over her right side. She saw two policemen pacing down the old flat whilst pulling a little boy who looked pale and perplexed. The crowd opened a way for them and looked relieved upon recognizing the little boy, who was dragged by the police from the park he played in.
“I just hope the little brother can break down her intention to jump,” said a woman near Megan’s place.
Megan brought her eyes back to the rooftop. She felt her heart tightened after seeing the little girl sobbed sadly there. She unexpectedly remembered her parents who weren’t living with her anymore. She abruptly blinked her eyes which became teary and told herself to focus on the little girl upside there.
The little girl stirred on her place, once again making the crowd gasped. Just as she looked down below her feet, the little boy arrived and approached her. “Where are you going, Sissy?”
The little girl turned around, “Nate! I’m going to see Daddy.”
“Don’t go,” pleaded the little boy.
“I have to go, Nate. I miss Daddy.”
“I miss Daddy too, Sissy. But don’t leave me alone here.” The little boy started crying. “Nate has no one except you.”
The little girl looked taken aback. She gazed at her brother, who was crying, and the crowd, who was waiting for her decision, back and forth. In the end, she started to wail and came to hug her little brother. “Okay Nate. I won’t go anywhere.”
That made everyone clapped their hands and sighed in relieved. Ms. Page smiled brightly while she thanked the policemen and promised them that she would look after those kids.
Megan smiled at the scene. It had just warmed her heart. She was so absorbed to it until she didn’t realize that someone was coming to her.
“Meg! What are you doing here? I thought you said you want to go to McDonalds.”
Megan turned her head to the voice. She was so glad that this boy stood beside her. “I was just…” she trailed off while looked at her surroundings. The street was filled with cars passing by. The flat she was staring at for the past minutes looked normal with no one surrounded it. She looked up to its rooftop then saw nobody. “Nothing.” She smiled.
The boy furrowed his brows. “You didn’t imagine doing something crazy again, did you?”
Megan clutched her arm to the taller boy’s hand. “Let’s fill our bellies until they explode, Nate!”
“You’re being weird again, Sissy.” Said the boy.
Megan glanced up to the boy. “Whatever. What do you want to eat? I’ll treat you until you can’t stuff a food inside your mouth.”
“Meg, did you just struck by a car or something?”
Word count: 906 words
180410120079 for helping me develop the idea and 180410120072 & 180410120066 for correcting my grammar and proofreading the story.
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