"Such a strange little girl..." They all would say when observing little Aldora .Dropped off at at an orphanage long ago with only a picture of a mysterious woman and a scrap of paper with "Aldora" written on it. The old nuns taking care of the orphanage could only assume that it must be her name. One of them, a woman named sister Sancia, was particularly intrigued by her.

Her own little room filled with old books, odd books that she never read. Books used only to fill the empty space. She never showed interest in playing with the other children.No tea parties or hide and seek. All she seemed to do was sit quietly in the grass plucking the wings from unfortunate butterflies and similar winged creatures. No one knew why, when asked she would simply reply:"I need them to get back." When asked where "back" was exactly she would just sigh. she would keep them in an old box which she insisted on carrying with her no matter where she went. Even when she slept, the box of wings would be tucked under her arm on the floor as she did not use the bed . She always slept amongst those odd, unread books.You could often see her in deep concentration as if some unseen person were telling her things of the utmost importance.

 Aldora remembered being brought to the orphanage but never asked why nor did she have the need for a family like a lot of the other children. She seemed content. Aldora never cried or laughed. Only once, late at night, Sister Sancia was checking on the children when she heard something coming from Aldoras room.there in the darkness, sitting in the shadows of those books was Aldora .Arms stretched out, palms cupped and open as if holding something. Head down and hair covering her face Aldora laughed, the most beautiful thing sister Sancia had ever heard. The next morning she found what Aldora had been holding, a butterfly, bright orange in color lying lifeless on the floor. She would spend many nights wondering if it was dead that night.

It wasn't very long after that night when, early one morning, everyone in the orphanage was awoken by a strange high-pitched sound which was uncomfortable to the ears but still pleasing somehow. There was a bright kind of fog coming from Aldoras room, sister Sancia rushed ahead to see what was happening. The pages of the unread books were strewn all over the room as if a strong wind had blown through. In a small ray of early morning sun lay Aldoras most precious possession, the old box of wings, opened and on its side ,the wings,and Aldora, nowhere to be found...

As the days turned into months and the months into years Aldora was nothing more than a distant memory.But for sister Sancia it was much more. Forever haunted by that strange little girl, forever longing to hear that laugh once again...


Aldora is a name of greek origin meaning "winged gift"
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