Zephyr

Zephyr

Hi, My name is Xiomara. I’ll never forget hearing Miss Alice’s voice that night. I was shocked to see her and embarrassed that I was there.

You see, at first I liked being called Eddie’s girlfriend. He was nice to me and I felt protected. But later I would see what he was really like. He viewed me as his property. I didn’t know what to do. The one time I tried to break up with him, he slapped me and threatened to kill me. I was so scared.

That was not the life I wanted. I wanted to go to college this past fall. I had good grades and even a scholarship in literature, but I was afraid of what Eddie would do. He has friends all over; I would worry about mom. I should have talked to her about it, but I was embarrassed.

That’s why I was there that night – because I was supposed to be. And when Miss Alice spotted me, she came straight towards us. “What is she doing here!” I think it’s the first time I ever heard her yell.

When Blake knocked her down, I moved towards her and yelled for them to stop. That is when Eddie hit me. He was leaning over me, yelling, when she came up and kicked him. “Run!” she said. I didn’t know what to do, but when Eddie turned towards her I ran. I ran all the way home, crying, and my mom took me straight to the police station. I had no idea what happened to Alice after I left. I should have never gone.

Miss Alice was my zephyr. She was the wind that finally pushed me out of that situation. She was the strength that I should have had months ago. Detective Olsen told me today that they have enough testimony to get Eddie and Blake both, so my mom and I are going to move to a new city. We will have to start over, but I will go to college. I know that’s what Miss Alice wanted for me.

I’m sorry, Miss Alice.

I wrote a small poem for her:

She blew in like the wind,
A protector and a friend.
The strength I did not have, she gave.

That breeze will still blow,
In our lives as we go.
Let us all live as she did, brave.

 

(This is part 26 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)

 

13 Comments

  1. Aww so that’s what happened. Alice died a hero. It was a tragic death but valiant death, one that her loved ones will be proud of her for. This was a satisfying ending. Congrats on finishing the a to z challenge with a bang!

  2. Very tragic ending to a very haunting story. Great job! I’ve loved following this story this year…one of the best A to Zs I read!

  3. Great job, Chuck. I agree with Stephanie – one of the best A-Z’s I’ve read.

  4. Great finish. Alice gave her life to help a friend get out of a personal Hell. (And get a couple bad guys off the street.)

  5. Chuck, even though I got to read your A to Z challenge ahead of time, 🙂 I enjoyed reading them as you posted them and enjoyed reading the comments just as much! Great job!!

  6. Awwwww. I love that! I love that her ultimate sacrifice was for an amazing reason.
    Great job on this whole theme!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-host: Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part [http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/]

  7. Ah so Alice died trying to save someone else….. the world needs more people like Alice.

  8. I knew she had a good reason! Yah for heroes!

  9. So my inkling was right then, she was killed while protecting Xiomara. No matter how her life ended I think that to die in the place of someone else is really a noble act. And for sure, anyone who’s done that in real life will never be forgotten.

    Thank you Chuck for inspiring me all the more to blog all throughout this A to Z challenge with your well-written comments on my posts! I am glad I joined in this challenge and met inspiring writers like you!

    All the best!!! And yes! I will keep visiting your blog site here! 😉

  10. Ahhhhh. That’s the character traits that were planted along the way. Risked and lost her life to save another. A love story…

    Well done, Chuck. Great lesson for all of us in your story. Glad I got to read it and ponder the points you were making.

  11. Thank you all for reading along and commenting! I have learned a lot from the comments. I also welcome any feedback you may have about how you would have liked to see it end.

    Your comments here are greatly appreciated, as I worried about the ending. I also apologize that I was not better at responding to comments. 🙂

  12. Oh my gosh! Chuck, that beautiful ending made me cry! Not surprising that such a woman as we’ve been learning about all night long would give her life to save the girl she took in so many years ago.

    What a month this has been! Congrats!

  13. Well, it was beautiful and so nicely put together. Thank you for all the time you spent breaking her story into nuggets. I really love that the inner heart and soul of Alice established earlier on never went away, that she died with all that intact. I liked her too much for her to have had a secret nasty side. Great theme, great work! It’s been a delight. Hope you enjoyed A to Z!