Pieces of the Child

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Chapter 12: There's a Hole in My Heart!
(by NativeRose, added on 27 May 2004 11:03 PM)

Shane sat at his desk, tapping his blue crayon on the blank paper. Anela walked toward him, wondering what was up.
"Hi Shane!" she said cheerily.
"Hi," he mumbled without looking up.
"How are you today?"
"May I see what you have drawn?" He handed her the blank paper.
"There is nothing on the page."
"Yes there is."
"Oh? What is it?"
"It's my heart. It's the way I feel today."
"Why do you feel blank today?"
"There's a hole in my heart."
"Well Shane, maybe there is a way we can fix it."
"No," he said flatly.
"Will you let me try?"
"I guess." Anela went to the other side of the room to find Summer and Tamara.
"I'm going to take Shane for a few minutes. Can you handle things here?"

Anela and Shane stepped out into the sunshine.
"It's a lovely day," she said.
"Yeah," in a monotone.
"Can you tell me what's wrong?"
"My daddy hit my mommy again last night, and I think it had something to do with me."
"Shane, I want to tell you something. Listen to me, okay? The things that happen between your mommy and daddy are not your fault. Do you understand that?"
"Yes." His bottom lip started to tremble as he fought back tears. She put her arms around his tiny body, and he just couldn't control five years of pent-up emotion. He felt safe here with this lady, somehow he knew he could trust her. He wasn't quite sure how, but he knew she wouldn't hurt him, she would protect him.

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