I love it when the stories pour out without any hiccups. Not that it's not going to require a fair amount of revision later, but Story #11 came easily, which is nice considering that Story #10 put up such a fight.
I wanted to use something from a different medium for this story and Edwin Giraldo's digital creation above seemed like a great candidate. I loved the colors and of course I can't think of bubbles with thinking of blowing bubbles as a kid. (Something I confess that I still very much get a kick out of. Hey, I'm a kid at heart. Don't hold that against me.) Check out Edwin's gallery here. There's some really cool stuff there.
Title: Little Bits of Magic
Muse: Edwin Giraldo
Story Word Count: 1946
Total Word Count: 20424
Summary: This story is about Natalie, a teenage girl who is spending the afternoon watching her three-year-old nephew, taking him to the park to blow bubbles from the enormous jug she has bought for him. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that Natalie's older sister desperately wants another baby, but another pregnancy could would put her at serious risk health-wise. In an effort to save her sister's family, Natalie has purposely gotten pregnant with the intention of giving the baby to her sister and brother-in-law to raise as their own. She has yet to tell anyone, waiting for the perfect moment to give her sister the ultimate gift.
What I Like About This Story: Well, I'm a sucker for complicated family relationships and I couldn't resist writing about something like a pregnant teen -- something that would normally be met with a negative response from a family -- but in this reality, once her family has gotten over the shock of it, may bring them even closer together. Of course, only being sixteen, Natalie probably hasn't thought through the ramifications this may have on her own life, but that is one of the things that makes this such a selfless act. I grew quickly attached to this little family as their story unfolded before me.
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