[All segments to date of Mind Shadows can be found here.]
Use the definition of ecstasy (TRANCE; especially : a mystic or prophetic trance) as a prompt writing between 33 and 333 words.
Swirling gracefully in mid-air, spellbinding music and movements, pure ecstasy as a Sufi reaching enlightment...then she turned around waking MacKenzie with a start. It had felt like a peaceful dream until the veiled face started to be revealed.
Somewhere in a dusty trunk resided family photos and personal mementos that her mother had saved for when she became an adult. Not being able to return to sleep, she located the trunk. Walking down memory lane was interesting: photos of relatives she adored who were no longer alive, graduation announcements, stacks of cards she had sent her parents as a child. She saw the sheets of paper neatly typed with a manual ink-clogged typewriter. Long ago forgotten, she clutched at her throat while reading, somewhat taken aback. Each poem from her eight-year-old mind was about a grave. Staring at her words, she wondered why no teacher thought the subject matter odd and very dark for such a young child.
She thought of her parents. She adored her mother but had always been frightened of her father’s unpredictable anger. Growing up trying to avoid him wasn’t always easy. She thought for a moment of him being in that graveyard of her mind. Even with his sinister looks, she couldn’t imagine him being part of something so awful. Then she remembered her nanny. Both her parents traveled quite frequently, leaving her in the sole care of Sofia. Between birth and beginning kindergarten, Sofia was, for the most part, her primary caretaker. MacKenzie barely remembered her but stared at a photo of Sofia holding her as a young toddler. No clues there; just a few benign momentary memories and the stories relayed to her by her mother.
She kept the poetry and photo of Sofia to show Georgia at her next therapy appointment.