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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

A micro inspired by an image

By D.K. ShepardPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Photo by Visit Greenland on Unsplash

“Happy birthday, dear Sophie! Happy birthday to you!”

Little Sophie blew out the candles.

As Loretta leaned down to kiss her goddaughter’s cheek she brushed against the toboggan Sophie always wore. It kept her head warm and hid that she had no hair.

“How old are you now, Ms. Sophie?”

Sophie held up her hand with all five fingers spread wide.

“What did you wish for?”

“To see a rainbow!” Sophie whispered.

The smile Sophie’s mom wore faltered.

Loretta understood. Rainbows require rain and it doesn’t rain in northern Alaska.

***

Loretta jolted out of bed and rushed to the living room. She scanned the shelves. Where was it? She started rifling through National Geographics.

“Aha!”

Greenland.

A plan.

***

Sophie and her parents would return from the hospital in two days.

It took some convincing, but before noon the whole town rallied.

They marched through a fresh layer of snow to the hardware store. Wallace thought it was a dream when they bought him out of his dustiest cans: magenta, turquoise, canary, and tangerine.

***

It was a close call but they were ready. Everyone gathered at the bottom of the hill, peering at the sinking sun and the SUV approaching.

The car stopped. Sophie’s parents emerged and her dad gathered Sophie from the backseat.

“Welcome back, Sophie! We have a surprise for you!”

The crowd parted, revealing a snowy hillside speckled with radiant colors. Every building donned a brilliant shade.

Sophie’s eyes and smile widened, “Look! A rainbow!”

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About the Creator

D.K. Shepard

Character Crafter, Witty Banter Enthusiast, World Builder, Unpublished novelist...for now

Fantasy is where I thrive, but I like to experiment with genres for my short stories. Currently employed as a teacher in Louisville.

dkshepard.com

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Comments (6)

  • Anna 3 months ago

    Omg, I love that this all was inspired by an image!! This is amazing!😍

  • Bonnie Bowerman4 months ago

    Loved this! It left me smiling and happy!

  • Joe O’Connor4 months ago

    Loved reading this D.K., and you manage to say a lot in so few words. “The smile Sophie’s mom wore faltered.” along with the absence of hair makes me think Sophie might be in chemo? On borrowed or uncertain time perhaps. A lovely gesture from the townsfolk🤗

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    I love this story! So uplifting!

  • Caroline Jane4 months ago

    Ahhhh. Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to do!! 🥰🌈🌈

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Ah, I may have a little tear in my eye here.

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