Cutline: Summer Rice   Summer Rice is a sixth-grade student at Bath Elementary and recently wrote the short story “Meeting an Angel” for her language arts class. Exceptional children’s teacher Paula Eubanks submitted Summer’s story for publication.
Cutline: Summer Rice
Summer Rice is a sixth-grade student at Bath Elementary and recently wrote the short story “Meeting an Angel” for her language arts class. Exceptional children’s teacher Paula Eubanks submitted Summer’s story for publication.

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Meeting an Angel, a short story

Published 7:35pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

 

Jade Andrews had a life that most kids her age would only dream about having. She lived in a big house.  She was pretty, smart and could get anything she asked her parents to buy her. But since her Mom and Dad had a new baby, her baby brother Elijah, she had felt ignored by them. She decided that she would rather runaway to Disney World than stay somewhere that she felt like she wasn’t loved anymore. After digging through all the money she saved up from birthdays and good grades, she packed a bag and wrote her mom and dad a note.

Mom and Dad,

I love you but I can’t stay here anymore. I don’t think you want me around anymore and I don’t think you will even know that I am gone. Don’t be sad, you still have Elijah. I am going to Disney World and I’m never coming back.

Love,

Jade

Jade left the note on her bed before sneaking downstairs. She was crying when she did this because she thought that no one would even notice that she was gone. She would go somewhere she knew she would be loved.

When Jade got outside she had no idea how to get to Disney World so she walked to town and headed straight to the bus station. When she got there she walked up to the window and a man with glasses and a big mustache looked down at her.

“What are you doing out here this time of night, little one?” he asked her.

“I am going to go meet my mom and dad at Disney World,” Jade lied, “They gave me the money to get on the bus, but I am not sure which bus to get on.”

The man tilted his head to the side and looked at her. Jade thought that he was going to know that she was lying and try to call her parents, but she heard a voice behind her say her name.

“Jade, there you are!” came the voice of a woman she had never seen before.

The woman was very pretty, standing almost a foot taller than she was with curly long brown hair and bright blue eyes. She gave Jade a smile before turning to the man at the ticket counter.

“This is my sister, sir. She was supposed to wait for me but she’s really excited to go meet our parents at Disney World. I need two tickets on your next bus to Orlando please,” the woman said.  The man gave a nod before taking Jade’s money and giving them both tickets.

As they were walking away Jade looked up at the woman. She had never met her before but she seemed to know who she was. Jade followed the woman to a bench where the buses were while they waited for their bus.

“How did you know my name?” Jade asked the lady.

“I know a lot about you,” says the woman. “I know that your name is Jade Andrews and you are 12 years old. I know that you have a baby brother named Elijah and your mom and dad are Tommy and Sandy. I also know that you are running away because you feel like your mom and dad don’t love you anymore since they had little Elijah.”

“How did you know that?” Jade asked with her eyes wide.

“My name is Elizabeth, and I am your guardian angel,” the woman said.

“My guardian angel?” Jade says and jaw dropped “I’ve never met an angel before.”

Just then the bus came and they got on it to go to Disney World. Jade and Elizabeth sat together and talked the whole way to the park. Jade liked Elizabeth and was glad that she was her angel but she did not know why she came to see her now of all times. When they got to Disney World, Jade was upset to see that the park was closed until July of next year.

“I don’t know what to do now, Elizabeth. I spent all my money for the bus to get here and now it’s closed,” Jade said with tears falling down her cheeks.

“I knew it would be closed, Jade,” Elizabeth said and Jade looked up at her.

“You did?” she asked and the angel nodded.

“Why did you really run away, Jade?”

“Because My mom and Dad don’t love me or pay attention to me anymore.” she cried.

“But that’s not true, Jade. They love you very much.  They just get really busy with Elijah because he’s smaller and needs more care,” Elizabeth said, “I’ll bet your mom and dad are really worried about you right now.”

“No they aren’t,” Jade muttered, “They didn’t even know I left.”

Elizabeth sighed before looking back at Jade.

“Let’s make a deal, okay?” Elizabeth said, “I will take you home and show you that your mom and dad are sad that you are gone.  If I am wrong, I will bring you back here and you will never have to go home again.”

Jade thought about it for a minute. She wanted to believe that the angel was telling the truth, but she was scared that when she got home that her parents would have not even noticed she was gone.   A bigger part of Jade missed her mom, dad, and even her little brother.

“I want to go home,” Jade sniffled.

Elizabeth held out her hand to Jade and before she knew it they were flying high in the air above Disney World.  Jade let out a squeal because it was so much fun.  Soon they got back to her house and Elizabeth walked with her up the front steps. Jade opened the front door and her mom and dad came running toward her with her letter in their hands. Her mom had been crying and so had her dad. They both wrapped their arms around her and told her how much they missed and loved her. When they asked her how she got back she turned to where Elizabeth was standing only to find her gone. She let out a smile and said, “My guardian angel led me home.”

 

The End

 

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