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I Woke Up the Lions: Chapter One
Before Any of It Happened
I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT MY LIFE IS MOST LIKE THAT
of a lion pride. From the moment I was born, I was hustled from infancy to childhood to adulthood so quickly I can barely remember where one stage began and the other ended. I don't remember having a given name, an official name. I was always just called "girl" for the reason of not having a name to be known by.
I was always left alone with an elderly woman who babysat all the kids when the parents went to town. Another similarity to the lion pride, as one lioness will take care of all the cubs while the mothers go and hunt. But the parents wouldn't hunt, the elderly woman wouldn't take care of me.
The woman was a mad old lady, the others would say harmlessly, but she really was more than that. She was an abuser of both the children in her temporary care and the animals in her permanent care. She was basically the only parent in my life, as my father had been in jail for killing my mother shortly after we arrived in town. I was a horrified, 15-year-old girl who had no one, and now I was in the forever custody of this lady.
July 2nd, 2017
"GIRL! GET DOWN HER TO TAKE CARE OF THE DOGS!"
I hear her voice from downstairs. That deep, rumbling growl that has reminded me so many times of a bloodthirsty lion. I yawn and thunder down the stairs.
If I don't get down there, she'll have my head. No, really. Once, she took a child in her care, and then the child disobeyed. She felt compelled to punish the child, and she released her dog Diver on him. Long story short, Diver attacked the kid, and he was put down because he ripped the boy's head off. She wasn't convicted, funnily enough. The dog was.
I hurry downstairs and dump a whole thing of dog food into the bowls. Then I turn around and head back upstairs, before Ms. Hawk can call me back down.
I know it's short...
Mostly with me, the first chapters are shortest. I hope you liked it and will be returning for more!