Drabble: Silent Words
My response to the prompt ‘shiver‘.
Genre: general, heartwarming?
She was being as unthreatening as she could be, but the injured boy didn’t say or do anything, just shivered beside her.
Help was on the way. While they waited, she crooned to the boy and ran her thumb in gentle circles on his uninjured shoulder.
The boy continued to shiver.
Eventually, she wondered if she was the one scaring him. She might have helped him out of the bush, but she was still a stranger invading his personal space. But when asked, the boy didn’t respond, which was incredibly unhelpful.
Well, she had two options: stay or move. Contact didn’t seem to be helping, so maybe distance was the way to go.
Masking it as a casual shift into a more comfortable position, she lifted her hand off his shoulder and moved away.
A small hand grabbed her shirt.
She looked down at the boy. His gaze was on her shoes, and his lips were pressed together in a line, but that hand clearly said, ‘Don’t go’.
So she shifted back to his side and wrapped an arm around the still shivering shoulders. The boy pressed himself against her side.
When help finally came,the shivering had stopped, but now they couldn’t pry him off her.