for Museum and Library Service Finalist


Celebration by Brielle O'Neill (a Short Story Contest entry) 

My dark ringed eyes open to the stillness of my room. My walls seemed careful, like a child avoiding going to bed, yet they wailed at the calendar; May 15th encircled in bright red ink in a small box. Sofia’s birthday. Elatedly I jumped out of bed, bought a cake, present, and card, and for the rest of the day, my head rested on her headstone. Happy 7th Birthday - Love always, Mom <3