Gavin and his sister Beryl were the two survivors of a car crash. It killed both their parents. They sat in front of their house mourning their loss.
A man in Khaki suit came with some papers for them to look at. Gavin who was older asked, ‘what are these?’
The man replied, ‘these papers are from the court. It is a notice to expel you from this house.’
Gavin was speechless for a few minutes, he stood up and said, ‘why do they want us to leave this house.we have nowhere else to go?’
Sorry the man said, ‘I am doing my duty.’
Thus began the terrible journey of their life. They were homeless, starving and cold. They looked around to find some kind of shelter but there was none. They were tired and hungry. They sat in front of a house to rest. The housekeeper kicked them out. They got up and continued to walk.
Beryl asked her brother, ‘Gavin if we pray to God, do you think He will help us?’
Beryl’s words brought tears in her brother’s eyes, he said, ‘I don’t know Beryl , do you think we are good kids?’
Beryl started to cry, ‘I wish we were, now God won’t help us either!’
A passerby heard this conversation he stopped and said, ‘children are always good it’s the adults who are not.’
”Then why are we homeless and hungry’, Beryl cried.
‘You’ll be okay, I promise you little girl, now I must run along I have things to do.’
The two continued their walk. Things were the same. They got no help . The weather got worse. High winds were blowing and snow started falling again. It seemed even nature was cruel, there was no break insight.
Their walk took them to a strange place. There were a lot of people singing and dancing. Gavin and Beryl stopped. They were curious. ‘These people are happy’ Beryl said, ‘let’s find out why, then we can be happy too.’
Gavin spotted the passerby in the group. They went closer to the group to be certain. Sure enough it was him. He was singing,the people were dancing.
All of a sudden the scene changed. The weather changed,the sun came out and it was warm. The group was not dancing any more they had baskets of food for everyone there. Gavin and Beryl joined in and for the first time in a week, they had something to eat. After the meal, Gavin and his sister were alone. All the people disappeared.
‘Gavin do you think it was some kind of magic?’
‘I have no idea,but it sure feels it was, Beryl.’
They started their walk again this time they met a gypsy. She was not friendly. They asked her if there was a place they could rest. She ignored them and disappeared.
‘Are we in a land of magic Gavin?’
‘Why do you ask?’ He said.
‘People we met disappeared,it can only happen in a magical land I think.’
Their journey took them in front of a hill. They climbed up, they couldn’t believe what was down the hill.
Gavin said, ‘it looks like a fairy land, I want to explore it.’
‘Okay’ Beryl was happy.
Down the hill they went. They met Alice, she was arguing with March Hare. At the next stop was Willy Wonka showing his Chocolate factory to the golden ticket holders. Then Gulliver and the Lilliputians were eating and drinking.
‘I love this place’,Beryl said.
‘Who’s there. ‘ a mean woman shouted.
‘It’s us’ Gavin replied.
‘Get out of my property’ she said.
‘Did I hear someone trying to get rid of my friends? Big bellied Santa came out of North Pole and screamed. He was joined by Alice and her group,Wonka and the five kids and of course Gulliver and his Lilliputians.
‘Today is a day to celebrate Christmas and New Year, this day no one will go hungry and homeless.’ Santa said.
‘Now let us join together to sing a song of Christmas and New Year.’
Santa was the leader and he said, ‘one two three we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!’
The mean woman stood in silence. There was nothing left for her to do but walk away.
This is my story for SPEAKEASY #141
Merry Christmas And happy New Year to everyone.