There lies the land of bliss, I tell my son, as we walk down the hill, but sadly enough, we belong to the wrong side of the town. The land of the desperate is our home.
This is unfair, my son says, watching the celebrations of those who can afford to celebrate. From afar. He’s old enough to know the rules, yet young enough to want to change them.
We’re lucky too, I tell him. He’ll soon learn; at least, we’re close enough to watch the celebrations of the lucky. The bigger and brighter their celebrations, the sunnier our sky.
Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist, from Athens, Greece. A Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions nominated writer, her work can be found in many journals, such as Litro, Jellyfish Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Moon Park Review, Okay Donkey, Kanstellation, Open Pen and others.
image: Megan Johanson