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Its Just Emotion--a short story by Yamil Baez

Its Just Emotion--a short story by Yamil Baez

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Published by: Yamil Baez on Apr 15, 2012
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It’s Just Emotion
Luciana was born on a cold day in December. She was greeted with much warmthemanating from the small family that excitedly awaited her arrival. She was born athome. Her older brother and sister
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when she came out of the womb andher parents smiled from ear to ear as tears of joy streamed down their cheeks. AbuelaRosa was there too even though the idea of a home birth had seemed a bit odd to her.Those are for poor people that live on farms like the one she grew up on in theDominican Republic. Not here, in a first world country. But she loved her daughterenough to accept her desire to have this experience. She wouldn’t miss it for the world.Gabriel and Serafina were so happy to welcome their new sister. And the thrice-blessedparents, Lucas and Fabiola, were glowing.The picturesque scene came to a halt however when Luciana began to cry. At firsteveryone was relieved as typically this is expected from a newborn when they leave thecomfort of their mother’s body. But then, after two hours, she wouldn’t stop crying.Nothing could calm her. Everyone tried something- the midwife, the papi, the siblings,the mami and grandma. Luciana wouldn’t stop. Then came the anticipated visitors- thefamily’s closest friends and family. Everyone’s attempts at soothing Luciana were futile.Then suddenly, as she opened her mouth wide for a huge yawn, she took in a deep breathand fell asleep. The silence was deafening. At that moment everyone felt the urge tosleep as well so abuela tucked the kids in and mom and dad dozed off together withLuciana in their big bed. No one noticed that it was midnight.The next day, Lucas and Fabiola woke up to a soft and gentle giggle. As theyopened their eyes, Luciana and her siblings slowly came into focus. They were laughingtogether. The beauty of the moment did not escape the parents. They were mesmerizedby the calm and joy Luciana was showing and it made them happy as well. The incessantcrying from the day before became a distant memory, almost unreal. Fabiola decided tofeed Luciana assuming she must be hungry. She brought her to her chest as the baby
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cooed and smiled. Quickly Luciana latched on and fed but for just a short time. As soonas she stopped nursing, her giggling began anew. Her siblings came running- they lovedthis side of Luciana. This continued for the day with very brief breaks to feed. Theadults in the family found it odd but at least it was pleasant.Towards the evening, the midwife stopped by to look in on her patients. Fabiolawas doing very well and Luciana was content and healthy looking. Lucas wasn’t sure if they should express any concerns at the time for fear of drawing in any unnecessaryworry. However, when the midwife had gone, and Luciana began her endless andinconsolable crying, he regretted his decision.As Luciana got older, it was obvious to everyone that the ability to express herself could not vary from either outright sobbing or laughing. But her will provided somecalm when she determined to be unaffected by anything going on around her. Shelearned to shut off feeling anything for prolonged periods of time. This way she was ableto go to school and family gatherings. She was also able to sit through shorter movieswhen going to the cinema with her brother and sister. Lucas and Fabiola supportedLuciana as much as they could while relentlessly seeking out medical and psychologicalhelp to no avail. They were constantly worried about the challenges of adolescence asshe entered the seventh grade. By then though, she had mastered the mask of indifference so was somewhat shielded from the waves of emotions that surrounded herin the guise of her classmates. But now she was about to enter high school.Luciana’s ability to maroon herself on an island of her own kept her quiet andreserved but she knew about the growing concern regarding school. It would be difficultto talk with her parents without falling victim to the extremes harboring inside of her.The day came when she tried. She wanted to know if there was any hope of experiencingand expressing the range of emotions others seemed to possess. As her parents explainedthat they did not know the answer to that question, small tears began to form in Luciana’seyes. Her parents hugged her tight and tears from all three started to flow. Luciana

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Hi there! I am the Copy Editor for QuailBellMagazine.com, a publication focused on the imaginary, otherworldly, and nostalgic. We are always looking for related stories and poems to repost. Can we use your piece "It's Just Emotion"? You would receive full recognition. If willing, just email me at jdinisio@quailbellmagazine.com. Thanks!

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