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[Savannah] Second star to the right

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April Horinek

[Savannah] Second star to the right

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 "Papa? Tell me a story?"

Her father peered over his newspaper at the young girl, lifting one eyebrow. She gave him a bright, winning smile and he chuckled, setting aside the paper.

"A story, hmm? What kind of story do you want to hear, angel?"

She beamed up at her father, running towards him and promptly climbing into his lap, "Tell me about Peter Pan, papa?"

"Again? Haven't I told you that story before?"

She looked up at her father and smiled, curling against his chest. He laughed and tucked her head beneat his chin, rocking the young girl, "Very well, angel. Peter Pan it is..."

His voice carried her away as he recited the story he knew by heart, "All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this..."

Soon, the young girl was dead asleep in her fathers arms. She stirred as he stood, grasping at her fathers shirt and mumbling in her sleep, "Second star to the right..."

He laughed softly, holding the little girl tight to his chest. Carefully depositing her into her bed, he tucked her in and kissed her forehead, "Sleep well, sweet angel."

She remembered it as though it was yesterday, rather then so many years in the past.  Her fingertips found the locket around her neck and she grasped it, fighting back the tears that threatened to overwhelm her.  Everything had been taken from her, including the family she had loved and cherished.  All of the time she was in Arcadia, the memory of her family worrying over her had kept her going.  Knowing that they were gone was enough to crush the hope she had been filled with the day she had stumbled from the hedge.

She looked up at the stars as she walked away from her childhood home, sighing softly, "Second star to the right...straight on til morning.  I'm sorry, Papa...I love you."
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