Abandoned as a baby, Meili spent her first years inside the walls of a dark sunless orphanage.
At the age of five, she stood with her toes to the edge of a coy pond near her new home. She searched for the flowers that had not yet risen. The ones that grew in the dark below the murky waters. She waited until a beautiful lotus flower broke the surface and absorbed its first rays of the sun. Looking up at her parents, Meili warmed at the love she saw in their eyes and their radiant smiles beaming down on her.
Meili (美丽) means beautiful. This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. It’s ‘easier said than done’ but a lot of fun! The photo this week was provided by David Stewart.
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