Free Write Friday

Source: We Heart It
Source: We Heart It

From the time she could walk, she had an affinity for all things living. Wild animals would not run from her in fear. Instead, they would allow her to approach and even touch them. Birds, small animals, and even large creatures accepted her gentle touch and listened to her whisperings. I remember the one time we went camping with our friends. We heard of a bear that was in pain and hurting those it approached. They had called in the rangers and we were waiting for them to arrive. When the bear approached our site, Gwen went to the animal and calmed it down. She was only three at the time and yet she had the confidence that the howling creature would not harm her. She placated the bear until the rangers arrived; and she continued to do so while the men examined it. I am still amazed by the incident when I think of it.

I cannot believe Gwen would do what they have accused her of doing. She would never hurt a living creature. She believes that all animals have a soul and that injuring, and even killing one, would be as harmful to them as it is to a human soul. Experimentation, mutilation, profit. These are not words I would associate with her. She is the antithesis of what the media has labelled her. The police have it wrong. If anything, I believe she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If anything, I am sure she was there to free the animals and in some way remove them from harm.

The police need to treat her gently and with respect. She is wary of those who postulate, who do not show their inner souls to the outside world. I wish they would allow me to see her. Why are they keeping her in solitude and treating her like an animal? I need to help her, to show her gentleness and calm down the fear I am sure she feels inside her soul. I fear for her survival in a place run by those who see only the dark side of humanity.

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

(This creative piece of writing is a result of this week’s Free Write Friday image prompt)


35 thoughts on “Free Write Friday

  1. It is unfortunate that we keep ourselves separate from nature and all to often with a superior attitude when it comes to animals. I believe everything living and breathing has a spirit.

    This is an amazing piece. Thank you.


  2. That’s a very strange thought provoking piece. It made me feel quite uncomfortable. We often misunderstand those who are more in tune with the natural world than we are.


  3. Hook, line and sinker. You really got me reeling in with the story. Nice done. As it progressed, it reminds me of The Green Mile. Very Beautiful piece, Colline.


  4. Wow. Very interesting, Colline. Another poignant summary of an intense reading experience that could easily be extended in the form of a short story or novel. I noted that Suzanne stated that she felt uncomfortable reading the piece. Your writing has real bones to it and is stirring the emotions of the reader in just a couple of paragraphs,.

    I, too read it a couple of times to capture all that you had written. This is really good, tight writing where you don’t want to miss any word in any sentence or you may miss some essential component to understanding the essence of the story. I also enjoyed how in just a few paragraphs, you turned the story in a couple of different and unexpected directions. This piqued my curiosity. And, I often find my mind wandering when I read if the writer’s writing is overly wordy and I’m not certain where it’s going. I’m a lazy reader! I want the author to take me on a journey.

    You definitely do that, every time.


  5. Incredible story, incredible image. Is that Gwen in the picture? Where is she, and what animal(s) is she accused of abusing? What evidence do her accusers have against her?


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