In The Land Of Dreams

Where The Sun Rarely Shines

Just a little off the coast in Florida the unthinkable takes place.

An old lady quickly gets up from her old wooden rocking chair.

It has one arm taped just barely holding the wood together, as the sunbeaten wood violently shakes to cry out in need of help.

Then the rocking chair slowly comes to a stop in seconds, as it waits for so much needed repair.

Left helpless, as the little girl who was walking across the room.

Where do you think you are going?

The grandmother of one quickly snapped.

The silence thickens as the room closes in.

... I was ....the timid little fresh face mumbled back.

I had enough of you silly little tricks as the pale woman pulled at her hair with her left hand

and at the same time crinched her false teeth together.

Her tinsel greyish white hair now almost standing straight up.

What a tangled mess as she thumbed through it once more.

You now could only hear her horse raspy angry voice echo off the hollow walls.

The little girl frozen in her tracks did not dare to take another step.

As she stepped back as to reverse the damage it was too late for that.

Back away from that window,now!

You heard me the grandmother said as she became more and more impatient.

What were you thinking you tiny little wink .

That is the little girls pet name that the grandmother had given her many years ago.

Again she tried to talk but was quickly hushed up.

SHHHHHHHHHHH.

Enough out of you.

Haven't you done enough.

You know better than to lie to me.

I wasn't going anywhere bursting out in tears.

If you are going to talk to me you are going to talk right.

Say ,I was not going anywhere.

The embarressed little girl repeated I was not going anywhere

Say it again.

I was nottt goinng anywhere in a very scared voice.

See now that's better.

You know better than to lie to me.

Turn around.

I see that silly little gin on your face.

I know what you are thinking.

You could leave me here and I would be left all alone.

Now that wouldn't be nice now would it ?

MMM -II aaah once again the girl tried to speak.

No the answer is no.

Well speak up girl.

You have the ordasity to try my patience.

Then you had better be ready to take your punishment.

I won"t have any back talk around here.

I don't know where kids learn to disrespect their elders today.

But it is not and I mean not going to happen.

You hear me ?

Yes I hear you.

If you got away where would you go.

I wouldn't , I woudn't as she eagerly tried to explain.

You'r darn right you wouldn't.

But that is what you say now.

So back to your room and shut the door.

I will be in to deal with you a little later.

As the sweet innocent girl once again slumped her shoulders in shame.

She walked sluggishly towards the hallway.

Stop!

I will not have this nonsense.

I will not tell you agan.

We are here in wonderful Florida where everyone comes from all over the world to see.

Where the weather is beautiful every day.

The land of oranges.

The ones I give you when you are good.

As she sobbed and tried to wipe her eyes.

We are here home of the great Disney World.

Where fantasy comes alive and only fools believe.

As the grandmother laughed an errie sound managed to escape.

One that sends chills up and down the tiny little girls spine.

The peanut of a girl again turned.

I was just going to look out the window.

Then you would want to go out and play.

The weather is so nice.

You didn't even do your chores.

You have all the time in the world.

You can play tomorrow just as well as today.

There is no hurry.

Don't you see.

I never get to play and you don't hear me complaining.

Now the girl let out a soft whisper yes maam.

I am here to take care of you.

As long as it takes.

Remember you were left with me.

You no good little unappreciative little wink.

That is what she was called and called often when she did wrong.

She is very rarely called her by name.

You do nothing but make my blood boil.

Are you happy now ?

Don't you cry.

You will be only twice as sorry later.

Every day we sit in the sun and talk and talk and talk.

I teach you everything you need to know.

This is where vacation never ends.

I will tell you everything.

What would your mother think ?

If I left you by yourself.

I don't think so... the grandmother quickly chanted.

You are with me....

For now and forever.

I am here to take good care of you.

I didn't think I would be a botherrr once again the little girl spoke up.

That's right you didn't think.

I would just sit and not move or anything.

So if you were to sit outside and promise me that you wouldn't get in any harm.

A tender voice answered yes I promise.

Hmmmmmm I wonder.

The answer is NO.

Just like your mom.

She said, she said ,she would be right back.

It has been nine years I am still waiting.

Your no different than your mom.

You don't appreciate the view.

Where the sun sparkles through and makes everything nice.

I feel warm and wonderful don't you?

Now the little girl was wise well beyond her age.

She knew it was hopeless so she turned and began to walk down the long corridor that lead to her bedroom.

The beautiful sunlight seemed to turn into shadows of darkness in seconds.

Only a MIRACLE could save her.

From the unknown pain that awaits.

There was a sqeak as the door slowly closed behind the innocent little girl.

Now all you can hear is the wooden creeks of the rock'n chair against the worn and beaten wooden floor all dusty and dirty.

Then once again the crazy old bat would hummmmm.

A sweet tune she remembered when she was very young.

How nice it was to be an ownly child.

Not having any friends and places to go.

Left alone as if the world doesn't know.



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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Although a complete downer, this happens all over the world and needs to be written about daily even though it is hard to read. I voted up!


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I just wanted to make people think.Here we have some of the most beautiful places on earth and even they can become nightmares if we let them.I tried to write it as a conversation between the grandmother and the granddaughter.I am sorry you had difficulty following the story.I will try to rewrite it differently.Have a great day.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

No, don't change it! Please! I understood it. I just don't like that this goes on all over the world. With that said, it needs to be written about. I feel for both grandmother, mother, and granddaughter. Please don't change your hub. It is a perfect description of a nightmare in paradise.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I added punctuation and tried to use better dialog so the readers could follow along.I hardly ever go on the dark side but my mood took me there.I was not in a bad mood but interested in swaying your emotions what we know and feel.I appreciate your advice and share your sadness.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

I imagine the girl coming back one day as a woman (grandma dead), restoring the house and standing on the beach, letting the waves embrace her legs. Then her child and husband come running behind her laughing.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I love the ending.I really wanted the grandma to take a heart attack and die a slow death.Then have the girl go out and play and really enjoy her day and the rest of her life after finding all the money the grandmother hid over the years.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

this is a sad story, and so true in our society today...children taking care of the parents, worse grandparents...


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

raciniwa Thanks for the read.Have a good day.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

OK, the arm on the grandmother's rickety rocking chair broke. Grandma falls hard to the wooden floor and hits her head and breaks her neck. She is in a coma for 1 month. She is also paralyzed from the neck down. Now grandma is taken care of by an over-worked, under-paid staff of nurses who don't have time to listen to grandma's complaints. Ooooh, I just thought of a hub. My grandmother was in a nursing home; supposedly elite. If I wasn't there everyday....good lawd.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I love it.We can keep coming up with the perfect ending.How about the grandma choking on a chicken bone.Begging for the granddaughters help she comes running to the hall at the edge of the granddaughters room.The granddaughter waits for the grandma's permission to leave the room.Her eyes roll around the back of her head until she drops down to her knees and says please please please...The granddaughter comes out of the room and saves grandma.Now she is half brain dead and forgets an awful lot.The granddaughter cooks and cleans and fixes the house up sweet.While the grandma sits and steers at the wooden floor day after day.The grandma lives a long long time all she can do is reminisce how unkind and mean she was.The granddaughter turns out sweet.She loves to read and studies to be a psychiatrist to help those with mental illneses.She later becomes the best in the world with her new methods.Everything had a reason for being the way it was.Thanks to your wonderful endings and maybe there will be more.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Even better ending there Dream On! Love it! Here's another one I thought about. The grandmother demanded the girl to mop the kitchen floor. With grandma's age, she forgets things. She also never bought a warning sign for wet floors. Grandma walks into the kitchen, screaming and yelling that the girl missed a spot. Suddenly, grandma slips, flies in the air, and lands hard (broken hip kind of hard!). The grandma is whimpering, asking for help in an almost whisper. The girl walks over. Slams the mop down, just missing grandma, leans down, real close to grandma's face and replies, "well, I sure didn't miss this spot". The girl phones for an ambulance. Due to HMO's; grandma had a brand new doctor (with little to no experience)and died during surgery. Grandma forgot to change her will. She meant to change it to leave her fortune to the tri-pod legged dog that nips at everyone's ankles. Fortunately for the girl, the fortune was hers. Unfortunately for the girl, so was the dog. Having learned how to use the Internet with the top teachers around the world ($$$$), she sold the dog on E-Bay for $1.00. The End.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

I'm upset. I had another ending to the story. I remember it perfectly. I just don't want to type it again. Did you not accept it? :(


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I not only typed it I memerized it.(Only kidding)I did read it over twice though.I don't want to say I love it.Then you will think everything you write I love.Well I really,really like it alot.But I was thinking.Wouldn't this be a better ending.The young girl complains she is not feeling too good.She is sick and the grandmother doesn't believe her.So she pushes her to do her chores.The granddaughter passes out.The grandmother curses her and says she is in for the lick'n of her life.The grandmother drags her across the floor.Then when she gets her in bed she throws her back out.In pain she nurses her back to good health.Still determined to make her pay for this (because she doesn't forget a thing) she gives her a whole list of extra chores to do.When she goes outside to see if she painted the house and fixed the fence and mowed the grass.She gets bit by a misquito and gets the West Nile Virus and later gets real sick and dies before she gets to give blink her punishment.The granddaughters mother finally returns.She had not been told where her daughter was.The grandmother had taken her and ran away.For nine years the daughter has been searching for her and finally found her.They live the rest of their life happy as a clam on the sea shore.You really make me think.Thanx for checking to see if I got your ending.Hopefully you will see mine. Thanx for all your effort and great ideas.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

West Nile, now that's good! That darn grandma. I realized, we refer to grandma as grandmother, which in my view point, adds respect to her. Well, since she died and is 6 feet under, in a very cheap casket, she can be respected by the bugs that eat her. I like the reunion:)


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Raciniwa, I took care of my grandparents, and was happy to do so. After my grandfather died (93), my grandmother was all alone. She refused to move south to be with me. She lived in an assisted living place (very chic) for about 10 years and didn't want to leave. Well, my parents left her and moved to Florida. She finally agreed to move near me. I got to spend her last summer with her. She died 1 month before her 98th birthday. I still have harsh feelings toward certain family members and they will be addressed in my book.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I never knew my grandparents they all passed away when I was a baby.I am glad you got to share time together.Here is another ending..The little girl is washing the floor and the grandma yells at her and goes to give her a peice ofher mind and slips and falls and gets nocked unconscious.The girl leaves while she can and goes to live with a neighbor.The grandma later gets arrested for all the bad things she has done.Lives the rest of her life in prision regreting everything she ever did.She dies lonely and sad.Have a good day.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Dream On, Grandparents (mine, anyway) are parents who never punish you when you get in trouble. They leave that to your parents. Also, grandparents never tattle-tale. They are your cheering section. When you call them, they are so happy to hear your voice. Their eyes sparkle when you visit. In their eyes, you can do no wrong. They bring the best out of you. I bet your grandparents would have been the same way. Well, I did have 1 grandparent I never met. All I know is, my dad did his best to be the exact opposite of his dad (the grandparent I never met). Nice new ending!!!


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflowrs My mother is a Great Grandmother and I see how she lights up when she hears from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.They quickly take center stage and I can see why.They are something else!!!!They have one liners that would make any comedian rolling in the isle.It is so nice to share those stories.Then talking about stories...What if the mother comes back and lives with her mother for awhile and realizes there is something wrong.All the anger and hate built up by the grandma over the years.No calls.Who would want to raise a little one when you are in your 70's?Well the mother had some issues and worked them out and has a good job as an accountant.She now can take care of her mother and daughter.It all worked out for the best.She was ill with Cancer and didn't want to become a burden or have her daughter remember her like that.She has been one year cancer free and she beat it and now she is really enjoying the good life.Thanx for reading.


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daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Ya' know, after all these new endings, I like the original. Isn't that something?


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

daisyflwrs Me too.It is funny how the whole story can turn around with a few lines.What happens if the grandma dies peacefully in her sleep.The granddaughter is now an orphan and a nice family adopts her and now she sees the way a family should be.The loving, caring,sharing relationship between the whole family.She moves away and never is heard from again.It is up to you to decide if she adjusts to the new family or if she goes back to the ways her grandmother taught her years ago.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My how sad.. and so true.. My heart breaks for the ,little girl.. I don't know how I missed this wonderful story.

You did a great job writing it,.

debbie


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DREAM ON 4 years ago Author

Deborah Brooks I was feeling the creative juices flowing and went with it.I must of combined my mixed emotions of the day.Thanks for reading and having an interest in my sad story.

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