I think you would have liked her. She was a very nice girl, naïve and not equipped with a lot of common sense, but a very nice girl. I remember her to be very compassionate. At six years old Wildflower pointed to a truck load of sheep and asked where they were going. Her father told her they were going to be dinner. Wildflower was horrified at the very notion. When she was twelve years old she read in a teen magazine about a lifestyle called vegetarianism and was so excited to find such a thing that she adopted it immediately. Being such a lover of and having such a connection to animals seemed so contradictory to eating them.
This was about the time her intuition began. A nervous feeling in her stomach wracked her for hours at school one day and she simply could not figure out what was wrong. She learned that afternoon that her friend’s house had caught fire that morning and had burned. As she grew older she started having dreams of tragedies before they hit the news. She was so upset by these things and confided in her grandmother. A funny thing about intuitive abilities, they remain secret among families. It turned out that Wildflower’s grandmother had been a medical intuitive. Her sisters were all highly intuitive. Her nieces were too. Wildflower’s sister was finding her own abilities. A strong gift was evident among the female family members but one would have to search to learn about it. Wildflower’s grandmother told her how to shut off what she didn’t want to see. What Wildflower was left with was the ability to know when the phone was about to ring. She still didn’t know what her gifts were or how they would be used in the future. A very close family member told Wildflower these things were of the devil and to denounce them. But the intuition continued though it was weak for there were many other things going on in Wildflower’s life.
As she held her newborn son, after barely turning nineteen, in a cold hospital room with two beds, another mother holding a screaming infant across from her, she took in the beautiful sight of her new love. Her son was beautiful and small, a perfect gift from the Creator. She, of course, had other plans now. There wasn’t a convent in her future. Something more pressing and passionate had overcome her, motherhood.
One year before she had met in school a quiet, brooding, mysterious, artistic boy who was both charming and confusing. A decision turned to an infant and Wildflower felt that she should stay with him even though he showed signs of intense anger and would go for months without even uttering a word to her. I told you she was naïve. Very nice though. You would have liked her. You just would have felt sorry for her for she was truly a clueless child and felt if she got married, things would work out. If she had another child, things would work out.
As she sat huddled in the small basement after being locked in there, six months pregnant and holding onto her frightened two year old, she wondered how she had gotten to this place. She heard the leaves and kindling being shoved around the door and the sound of a match. The door was being set on fire.