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.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
(This creative piece of writing is a result of this week’s Free Write Friday image prompt)