Priceless Treasure 

“ Mom!!”, Alice heard her daughter, Lileth, calling out loud from the room. Alice got shocked and quickly rushed into Lileth’s room, to find her teenage daughter sitting on the bed, looking so frightened. “ What happened, my dear?” She asked Lileth while slowly stroking her daughter’s hair. “Mom, I had a horrendous dream. I saw dad, he was doing something with the ice-cream he bought for us, he poured something into the bucket; and awhile after you ate it, you cried in pain, blood came out of your mouth and nose , and I saw you collapsed to the ground ! And dad said, you died, Mum !! You died! ” Lileth cried in her mother’s arms. Alice was worried, but she remained calm,“ Hey deary, it’s okay, it was just a bad dream. It doesn’t matter because it’s only for a moment, okay?”, Alice consoled her daughter but it wasn’t enough for Lileth. “Mom, promise me, you’ll never leave me”, Lileth said while clasping her mum’s hands tight. “Lily, my love, I’m not going to leave you but now, I want you to go to bed and sleep well, dear”, she kissed Lileth’s forehead and tucked her into bed, singing Lileth’s favorite lullaby till her beautiful daughter fell asleep. As she looked at Lileth’s innocent face, and she remembered the book she gave Lileth on her 13th birthday, she couldn’t hold back her tears ; she took the book from the nightstand and place it under the blanket, and she whispered, “Lily, my beautiful daughter, as long as this book is here with you, nothing can ever tear us apart ”. Alice smiled with her eyes misted over, before vanishing into the thin air, and Lileth got up from her sleep. She hold the book firmly to her chest, as if she’s afraid someone would snatch it from her. As she bit her bottom lip & her eyes welled up with tears,“I miss you, Mom”, she said in a strained and tight voice. 

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