OVER THE BAR

The first of several stories in a collection called "Where the Children Go"...



It was a breezy Sunday afternoon.
The sun was bright and the air was cool.
Two sisters played together on a metal swing set.
The two kicked along, swinging past one another at the bottom of the bow


“Push me higher” called little one, Adisone.
“But you’ll get scared.” Warned Lilly, the older sister.
"No I won’t. I promise.” Adisone implored.


Lilly dragged her feet, bringing her swing to a halt.
She pressed her sister’s back, sending Adison forward.

She came back down with cheer saying…
“Push me higher! Push me higher!”
So Lilly stepped back and ran with all her strength,
pushing Adisone high into the air.

The chain had turned horizontal before Adisone came back down with cheer saying… 
“Push me higher! Push me higher!”
So once again, Lilly stepped back and ran with all her strength,
pushing Adisone high into the air.

Adisone rose even higher than before, and laughed as the descent tickled her tummy.
“Push me higher! Push me higher!” Adisone chanted.
So Lilly stepped back and ran with all her strength,
pushing Adisone so high into the air she went over the bar.


The swing came down empty on the other side
Lilly looked up… Lilly looked down…
Adisone had traveled over the bar, 
and Lilly was left to wonder where she’d gone.


- J.D. Clair

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