Not So Lonely Anymore (Jaeger) Jun 18, 2015 13:08:12 GMT -5
Post by Lotus on Jun 18, 2015 13:08:12 GMT -5
ASTRAIA BERNICE DENNELIt was nearing sundown when Astraia finally left the nursing home her mother had lived in for the past couple of years, and her mood had plummeted from the visit. After the turmoil her family had gone through ever since she was eleven, Astra had never really recovered but it had definitely taken the biggest toll on her mother. Just like all her other visits, her mother didn't recognise her but constantly asked where she was, and if that didn't hurt her then her mother asking for her father and brother was even worse. It just brought back old, nasty memories that she didn't want to go through again. They tormented her enough as it was.
Astraia looked up at the pink and orange sky, sighing and blinking back tears as the sunset she could see in the distance calmed her. She walked out of the gates of the nursing home and smiled when she heard the deep bark of her only companion that stuck by her and seemed to genuinely like her. She unhooked his lead from the fence and gave him a scratch behind the ear, to which his tail wagged enthusiastically. "Come on Bear, let's head home."
As she headed home, she passed by her favourite thinking point and decided to detour there before actually heading home. Bear didn't seem to have any objections either as it gave him a perfect opportunity to run free for a little while. She headed up the hill and brushed out her dress before sitting down and bringing her knees up so she could place her chin on them. Luckily she'd had an early finish at work, meaning she had had time to go home and change into one of her floral dresses to try and cheer her up when visiting her mother. Some days it worked, other days it didn't and today was one of those latter days. Especially when tomorrow was her birthday.
She shivered at the thought of her birthday, and day that was supposed to make the person feel special, but it just made her want to stay under the covers of her bed and cry the day away. Her birthday was no longer a day she celebrated, especially seeing as she had no one to spend it with either. Unfortunately, tomorrow was one of her rare days off from her job as a system analysis which just meant the likelihood of her staying in bed all day was higher. At least if she had to go to work, it would mean her mind would be taken of the gloom that shrouded the day of the 1st October.
Wrapping her cardigan around her tighter, she sighed softly as Bear bounded up to her and laid across her feet; whining as if he understood the pain Astra was going through. She reached down and scratched him behind hiss ears, bringing comfort to the both of them. She turned her head slightly to watch as the sun made it's final descent behind the factories of her 'home' before deciding it was time to go home - she didn't want it getting too dark before she made it into the safe confines of her home. As she started moving Bear shot to his feet, waiting for his lead to be clipped back on, but before Astra had a chance to attach it to his collar Bear spotted something and she knew what was going to happen.
Bear bolted after whatever he'd seen, probably a bird or squirrel seeing as those were his two weaknesses and no matter what Astra did she could never control him in their presence. She sighed before chasing after him and shouting his name, trying to get his attention back on her. It wasn't exactly going well, seeing as she kept losing sight of Bear as he bounded round the trees scattered at the bottom of the hill and Astra tried to gracefully run down the hill. She sighed at the bottom and tried to look for Bear, hearing his barks a little way off.
"God damn you Bear. Come back!" At this rate her shouting would gain the attention of others and she didn't want that, especially when she was nervous enough as it was as the day fully started turning in to night.