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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: A Labor of Love
By andria donnelly
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I must have dozed off. When I woke up everything was pitch black. I am terrified of the dark and I begin to panic immediately. I hoped I was dreaming, but something told me that this was all really happening.
As I try to get my bearings, I see a flickering light. Good, now I can figure out where I am, I thought. Suddenly the light turns an eerie white and is fiercly drawing me like a magnet draws iron. I have an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety. Noooo, I don't want to go towards that light. What if something satanic lives there. I am mortally terrified. “Oh brother, why didn't I go with you?” I whisper under my breath. “Please...somebody help me.”
Suddenly, I am swept off my feet. Surely I am plunging to my death. I desperately fumble to find anything to hold on to. Everything feels so strange and unusual. I struggle to my hands and knees and try to fight the power of the light, but it is useless. It is so much stronger than I am. It leaves me no choice. I succumb to its intensity. Tightly closing my eyes, I give in and its mysterious presence overtakes me. My legs buckle under my body and I am sucked mercilessly backwards.
Kicking and screaming at the top of my lungs, I jolt to an abrupt stop. There is a dead silence. Bright flashes of light hurt my eyes. Where I am? What is this place? I reluctantly open my eyes to barely make out a hazy, white figure in front of me.
An angel of God?
The figure holds me up high...higher than I have ever been before and rejoices,“It's another miracle of God folks...this one's a girl.”
“Happy Birthday sis,” brother whispers from under a tiny blue blanket. “Happy Birthday brother,” I whisper from under mine.
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