It has been raining since Friday, It’s Thursday now. Crestmont city had been in a serious drought for an entire year! Many people think that the rain had been stored up in all the clouds and now we are getting all of it. I don’t know what I think. All this rain is stopping me from going outside and doing me outdoor chores. Mama thinks that I’m procrastinating, just being lazy. She doesn’t understand the trouble of this rain, it’s not like any other rain I’ve ever seen! This rain makes people break out into a rash. I already have sensitive skin. Doctor says a rash could be deadly. See mama never heard that part of the story, all she ever heard was that I had sensitive skin. I guess I am procrastinating, I still haven’t told her. I guess I am scared to let her know, I feel like she won’t understand. She’s always talking about how wonderful I can be, I think this might ruin what she thinks of me. The thing about my sensitive skin is that I get it from my Daddy. Mama and Daddy haven’t spoken directly to each other in years. It’s kind of sad how relationships sometimes do that! At my old school all the other kids would make fun of me, push me around, make fun of my skin, and talk about my parents. Ever since I started homeschool I haven’t met anybody who is mean, to be honest I haven’t really met anybody, I’ve been locked up in this house. I see people ,from my window, out and about doing their business all of the time, I wish they knew about the rashes. Mr. Hobleson, my neighbor, Was out there yesterday, He had rashes all over his face. He never was mean to anybody, He was the sweetest and nicest old man you’d ever meet. He didn’t do anything to anybody, all he ever did was love, he doesn’t deserve this rain. I can’t say the same about Mrs. Winston, she’s mean and hateful. I can’t blame her though. She lost her husband a few week before the drought. We all went to the funeral, you can really tell she misses him. She hasn’t talked to another man since his death She calls it a sin. I never thought such a nice lady could become to mean, I think there is still some good in her heart. She was talking on the phone yesterday, Her sister passed. I really feel bad for her, sometimes I wanna giver her a hug and tell her that it’s okay, I’m right here, I’ll be here for you. She wouldn’t appreciate it though she’ll tell me to get off her and go home! I’ve never tried it before I just don’t know what to do, I can’t go outside, I can’t do anything unless she come here! Mama says that everybody goes when there time comes. I hope that the rain will stop before Mrs. Winston’s time ends.
If that’s the case I can hug her, I can tell her that everything is okay, She has the entire neighborhood as family. I guess by now there’s no hope in neighborhood it’s every man and woman for themselves!
“FAITH GET DOWN HERE FOR SUPPER”! Mama yelled from the kitchen.
“COMING” I yelled back down to her. Mama usually didn’t have yell for me. This was a special day for me, today I get to go out to see the doctor! Now you might be thinking “what a crazy girl, who “wants” to go to the doctors?” well I do! The reason is because when you don’t get to see people that often, whenever you do, whether it’s seeing the doctor or going to school, it’s really exciting!
I went downstairs to find my mama talking to strange woman!
“Mom who is that?” “oh this is your Aunt Lily!”
“Hi. mom can we eat?” I asked. I was kind of scared of her. This was my Aunt but I had never met her before, and why is she here now?
I was silent for the entire meal while mama and aunt lily talked. The strange thing was mom said that she was an only child! I didn’t trust this lady, I felt like she was lying to my mama!
“Ok faith you can stay here with lily I’ll go to the doctor by myself.” mama told me.
“NO MAMA, please, let me come with you, PLEASE!” I begged!
Mama thought for a minute, her answer was final, I was staying with Aunt Lily!
I ran right to my room! “Why is it that my ONLY interaction with people for the next few months was taken away because of the strange weird lady came into my life?” I thought. A few seconds later an idea came to me! With her here she can be my human interaction! I walked downstairs to find aunt lily picking a game. Once I got her attention we talked for a little bit, I chose my favorite game ever, RISK! Aunt Lily and I played for a few hours. That’s why I like this game, when you play you have to stick around through the entire game, you can’t just get up and quit! Mr. Hobleson and I used to play all the time! He taught me how to play! Eventually I grew to like aunt lily! Three years later she was living with us! It was then mama, Aunt Lily, and myself living together. Aunt Lily slept in bed and I slept in a cot in mamas room! One night, I woke up due to thunder, mama was dead asleep so I went to Aunt Lily. I overheard her on the phone so I listened in.
She said that she was still working on getting our trust but she thinks that she is getting a little too close with, and I quote, “the little girl, Faith” At the exact moment when she hung up, I walked in! She asked me what I was doing up I lied and said that she woke me up while she was on the phone! You could tell that at that moment she got seriously frightened! She asked me how much I have heard. I lied again, I told her I had heard it all. I threatened that if she didn’t tell me what was going on I was going to tell mama. She tried to bribe me but I declined. She told me that she really was mama’s sister and my Aunt, I just had to trust her for now! By now I’m confused, I don’t know what to do.
That next morning while aunt lily and Mama were making breakfast, I made a plan. I decided that I‘m going to find out if the water is going to kill me! Mama called me down to eat, I didn’t say a word. That’s when aunt lily and Mama, at the same time, said “what’s wrong does the cat have your tongue?” Mama had never done such a thing like that, she was sophisticated, she was smart, and she never said anything someone else would! Was Mama outwitted? Is this lady really who she says she is? Is this my fault? So many questions went through my mind! I didn’t know what to do! I went upstairs and hid my bag in the closet. “Tonight while Aunt Lily and Mama were out, I am going to run away!” I thought to myself! While I drew out where the possible exits in my house are. Aunt Lily came in my room to get changed. I tried to hide my paper but Aunt Lily had already seen it. She asked me what it was ,so I lied and said that if there was a fire this was our exit plan. Somehow she believed me. As soon as I could no longer see mama car I grabbed my bag and left. In my bag I had tons of things! I had clothing, a first aid kit, loads of money, and food for a month! I’m prepared and I know it! I take my first step outside since two years ago. Obviously this rain was lasting to long. I feel the water hit my foot, it feels nice, it’s fresh water. I didn’t feel a thing wrong with the water! I took my umbrella out and opened it. I walk out behind my house and start walking farther and farther away from my home. I start to feel like a horrible person! I miss mama, I take out the only photo that we have of her and hug it! Eventually I realize that I don’t have any rashes on me at all! I was lied to! This isn’t true, I was able to go outside for three years! All of those summer days that I missed! I put my umbrella away and let myself get wet! I am so happy that I’m free, I dance. I get a headache for no reason and so I stop. I cover my eyes, when the headache is over I open them. In the distance I see a man running. I follow him, He leads me to a place that I have never seen before! There is sand all over! There is water all over! I set my bag down and jump in the water! I hear a man’s voice in the distance! I turn around and see a strange man. I asked him who he was and he told me the scariest thing! He told me that he’s my father. I couldn’t breathe, but at the same time I couldn’t believe that this was real! I ran up to him and hugged him! We talked and talked. He told me that mama lied about the rain because she knew that I would run away if she let me out in the rain! see how that turned out? The craziest thing was that mama never told me that aunt lily was daddy’s sister not hers! Everything made sense now, daddy sent aunt lily to get me to run away! Mama had no idea and probably still doesn’t! Daddy and I went and swam for a while then he told me to go home and take a shower! When I got home Mama and Aunt Lily were still gone! That night I fell asleep without any trouble! Everything was better, EXCEPT, I have to tell Mama that I know! I’ll do that later. I met my Daddy, I met my Aunt Lily, and all is good! I can now tell Mrs. Winston that she is okay! I can talk to people I can go back to school! And even better The rain won’t bother me!