This week’s one word prompt from Lillie McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction was … ‘inspire’. Of course inspiration can be something other than positive …
Amelia Sinclair was everything my daughter wasn’t; and more crucially she was everything Sarah wanted to be – slender, pretty … and complex.
Sarah didn’t make friends easily, so it was something of a relief when the pair gravitated towards each other, and before long they were inseparable, with Amelia inspiring Sarah to open up, to try things she would normally never have contemplated.
When they were discovered shop-lifting from Woolworth’s, I tried to curtail their meetings; I’d been worrying for some time that Amelia seemed to hold some kind of influence over Sarah, and that her mood swings could mean the difference between Sarah’s happiness and her despair.
I once said to Sarah “If Amelia Sinclair told you to jump off the outhouse roof you probably would, wouldn’t you?” and to my consternation there was an infinitesimal pause, before she flushed and shook her head.
But she obviously didn’t think about it long enough, because one August afternoon the pair of them climbed up onto a bridge spanning the River Tyne, and left this life together, tightly clutching hands.