There were moments where I would talk normally and gaze at the opals in my hands. Often, a smile would appear over the damn dirt stains of my face. But at times, a rush of water would overwhelm my eyes and I would let them flow continuously until I became bloody unconscious.
“It was a dark foggy day when I came upon these bright green and blue opals,” I mutter as I began reminiscing about the last thirty years. I stumbled upon the strangest opals that appeared to glow, only realizing that later, it was no opals, cause’ no damn opals like that had stared at me before. As the fog started to clear up, the appearance of a little girl my age stepped towards.
“Hey, you!” I shouted, which didn’t seem to be loud enough to be heard, but still, she stumbled to make her way towards me. I notice how bruised and lost she must have been and with her opal eyes, she can see that I was too.
We walked through the black darkness of Lightning Ridge for what felt like a bloody eternity, where every second felt like a minute and every minute felt like a damn hour. The thought of having no place to go made the massive walk silent and still. There were times when she gaze my way and mutter a question now and then. I would tell her about my life, wandering to places trying to escape the abusement at home.
“That why you bruised up?” She asked as her opal eyes beamed at me.
“Yes, my dad would be damn glad I left, but he might miss beating me all the time,” I replied after a long silent moment to myself. There was only one thing my dad loved, and that was my mum. But when she left us for another bloke, my dad grew to love two things: drinking and beating me till all of the damn blood I got covered me. “So once I left, I ponder these damn dirty streets, eating lizards for days and nights, tryin’ to find a place to settle in,” I continued to proceed with the tragedy of my life. It didn’t take me long to see her chuckle when she caught the lizard part of the story being mentioned. I notice the gleam in her eyes when she became content and the way her cheeks would...