‘I’ve told you before, I don’t believe in humans!’
‘Every time you say that a human falls down dead.’
‘You’re such a baby!’
Rose felt her eyes fill with tears. Her brother thought he was so clever and grown up but she knew they were real. She’d seen them. Dull, wingless, flat footed creatures too wrapped up in themselves to notice her. She was glad. She didn’t want them to notice her.
Jimmy was back riding his unicorn with his usual arrogance. He bent down to sneer at Rose. ‘Next you’ll be telling me horses are real.’
Rose’s eyes were too blurred with crying to notice him go limp and fall to the ground.
If you listened hard enough you could have heard the faint sound of clapping as a little girl tried to ignore her brother’s taunts. They’d been shut in the bedroom, out of the way of the paramedics trying to resuscitate their father.
Copyright, Donna Day, 2012