Hazel eyes looked; tiny hands fondled the rag figure on her lap. Although old, she was still Sierra’s favorite doll.
Sierra’s gaze left the doll wandering to the old, bronze clock. Hours ticked away. Today was another day, up on the Magic Faraway tree.
“Make sure you’re there for The Land-Of-Whatever-You-Want.” Moon-face shrieked with excitement, yesterday, while she visited him and the other friends, along with Jo and Fanny.
Thoughts of the new land made her smile. Today she’ll get a new doll that blinks and cries when hungry.
“Jo, are you ready to go up the tree?” Sierra looked at her brother. “I know exactly what I’m going to get. Are you getting a bat?” Her eyes widened. “Angry Pixie took me by surprise the other day. I wasn’t expecting the bucket of ink. And remember The- Roundabout-Land that made our heads spin.” Sierra talked nonchalantly, combing her doll’s golden hair.
She couldn’t wait to meet everyone.
“Bessie, are you ready for lunch?” Dr. Jessica interrupted Sierra’s conversation.
The accident had left this little soul isolated.
Jessica was on her way out of the hospital, when a young girl, unconscious and bruised, clutching a book in her bloody fingers was brought in. Sierra’s angelic face framed with dark, gold curls melted her heart.Despite a degree in neuroscience, Jessica believed some things were beyond reason.
This little girl remembered nothing from her past life, except the characters of the book. She didn’t react to any other name except Bessie, one of the protagonists, and spent all her hours talking to her imaginary brother Jo and sister Fanny.
“Bessie. Are you ready, sweetie?” Jessica tapped her shoulder.
Sierra turned. Her lifeless eyes lit up, seeing the only face she presently remembered.“Will it take too long? I’ve promised Silky the fairy I’ll visit her today.”
“No Bessie, it won’t.” Jessica smiled, kissing her on the forehead.
“Fanny, stay here with Jo. I’ll be back.” Sierra talked to the empty room, took Jessica’s hand and walked out the door.
© Reena Das 2008
Genre: Kids’ Fantasy.
This story is based on The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton; my favorite book as a child.