The Boxwood Bushes: Short Story Essay

768 words - 4 pages

As Denver waited for Beloved, who waited for Sethe, she caught sight of the boxwood bushes through the window. The hideaway of her childhood was now covered underneath feet of snow. The sun long gone. The light of the moon was alive, dancing around the ice. Magical, Denver thought. Just like a dream. As her eyes dozed off, she was brought back to a time years ago. A time before Howard and Buglar left, before Baby Suggs died, before Beloved arrived.
Denver was seven when her brother saved her. The winter was harsh. Snow covered everything in sight. Denver had gone to her secret room made up of five boxwood bushes when it happened. It was cold, but she didn’t care. Her kitchen was full of chaos. Food was thrown on the floor, plates were broken. It was hard sharing a house with a spirit. Denver had to find somewhere quiet and she knew just the spot. She crawled through the snow and under the branches to find the opening. The walls were insulated by the snow on the leaves, protecting her from the fierce winds. Here she was safe. Here she was able to think without being interrupted. She thought about the warm months slowly approaching. She thought about her family quickly falling apart. It’s Christmas, shouldn’t everyone be happy? Isn’t this a time to be grateful we have each other? Denver didn’t understand why everyone was so mad. The baby was just having a fit, no need to ruin Christmas over it. Couldn’t they find a way to include her? All she wanted was to be a part of the action. Denver knew how the baby felt. How many times had she run away to this place? How many times had she cried in the middle of the house because her brothers wouldn’t play with her?
“Denver!” Buglar called out. “Denver, dinner’s ready!” The silence she looked for ended sooner than she hoped. With a sigh, she began climbing back through the entrance. At the same time, the wind decided to yell at the top of its lungs, covering Denver with the snow that once covered the boxwoods. She felt a sharp pain as her nose hit the ground. ...

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