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Azaelea Agatha Bleichner

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“The Girl Who Reached For The Stars”

When I lay in bed I feel that I can’t move or breathe. I hear a rooster crow from my window below. I smell the smoke coming out of the chimney, I know that I need to get out. Through the small crack in my roof I see a glistening light. As I move my head I see more. I reach my arm up, I feel my foot lift, followed by my legs, then my hips, then my torso. Lastly, to my amazement my head lifted off my pillow and I was flying! I went up, and up, and up, and up, until I reached my ceiling. My hand grazed the bumpy ceiling until I found the crack. I started to chip away the old rotting wood until I got a hole big enough for me to squeeze through. As I went through, the cold midnight wind blew through my hair and chilled my toes. The moon glowed brighter than I had ever seen in my life! But what caught my eyes the most was the stars. But only one in particular, a big one, it was the brightest in the sky. I knew I had to reach for it. I kicked my legs to make me go faster. I needed to reach it before the sun rose. I was so close, only a couple feet away. When I saw the sun peek above the horizon line, I start to kick my feet faster. I know I can’t lose this opportunity now. I was only a foot away and I am so ready. I reach my arm out, I touch the beautiful gold star. My whole body feels warm and happy. I close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to live with the stars, to never have to worry about anything. I open my eyes, I notice that I am in my bed, with nothing but a big hole in my ceiling. I reached for the stars, and made it.

Short story by, Azaelea Agatha Bleichner

9/04/2007 - 8/19/2021

Brainerd, MN

Azaelea peacefully passed away with her mother by her side, 3:35am August 19th, 2021 at U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital, while fighting a painful battle against leukemia.  Her life will be celebrated September 4th, 2021,  12-6pm at the Merrifield Lions Park. All are welcome to attend.

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