Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 9, page 2 of 11)


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Chapter 9

It seemed like an eternity before she heard more voices. A woman's voice she recognized went into hysterics and she knew it had to be her mother. "My baby, my God! What happened Brendan?" Whew, Shannon thought, relieved. At least there were people she knew that were going to help her. Now, if she could only get her body to move.

Shannon stopped fighting the urge to open her eyes and relaxed. She began dreaming that she was walking down a hallway. She recognized the house she was in, but it was at the same time unfamiliar. A small girl came running toward her as if she knew her. The little girl had long wavy brown hair that was held back with a powder blue ribbon. The girl's dress was light blue with white lace around the sleeve cuffs and hem. On the front of her dress she wore a small gold locket pin. Her thin little legs had white stockings on them and her feet had little black button up boots on them. She looked up questioningly at Shannon. "What took you so long? I've been waiting for you to play with me!" she said excitedly.

Shannon smiled at the girl and took her tiny hand in hers. The little girl led her outside and the cool air awakened her senses. The girl skipped ahead, pulling Shannon with her and headed towards a nearby stand of apple trees. They stopped when they reached the first tree in the row. Shannon knew she must have been dreaming since she wasn't out of breath after running, but the little girl seemed so real. "What do you want to play?" she asked the girl. "I want to play hide and seek and you're it!" As the girl ran away she yelled over her shoulder, "count to fifty!"

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