The rain suddenly falls down in a blink of an eye, like an ambush which caught many people off guard. Immediately they all started running to find shelter from the heavy rain. Sounds of footsteps, clear and loud before it vanishes in a few minutes time. Leaving the nature alone, as it continues to drop down the heavy rainwater that it has collected. Letting it all go down on to the city beneath the dark clouds. Looking closely, you can spot some children looking out from their bedroom window, fascinated just by few droplets that are trailing down their glass windows. As the adults keep themselves busy with the newspaper or with their phones as the television has no signal at this moment. It seems the rain has disrupted the signal once more.
Small town it looks. But not too small either. There have been more than ten generations been living there so it may look a bit old. Thankfully, the folks there always make sure to do some repair workq from time to time to keep the buildings stand tall. Usually those who could afford can handle the cost while the unfortunate ones have to use their own strength and limited knowledge to fix what they can. Even though this town claim they are just living a humble life but in truth they are also under the influence of the capital. Where they look down on people with lower status. Saying that those people shouldn’t depend too much on charity. Even innocence orphans got accused for having no parents.
That is the life of one orphan boy who just turned 18 years old, Heather Spring is his name. As one of the staffs from the orphanage found him during the spring with Heather flowers lying inside the box, he is in. Even though he asks for a name change because Heather sounds like a girl name but Madam Valentine who is also Head of the Orphanage decline his request. Later explain that the name Heather is very beautiful as the flower name means protection and admiration. Heather never take interest in flowers before but after listening to the explanation him happy. Since then he took great interest in Heather flowers, feel some kind of connection to it. Maybe, his parents left him with the flowers because they care. And there has to be some kind of reason why he got left in the first place. The name gives him hope that he will someday see his parents again.
“Heather!” The small children shout his name, running towards him as fast as their tiny legs could. Despite the rain, the children continue to run as fast as they can to where he is.
Stopping his steps, he turns around smiling softly to see his adorable brothers and sisters. Even though they are not blood related, but they are still his beloved family.
“Are you actually going to leave us?” The girl with two ponytail asks, tears already forming at the corner of her eyes on the news that her favorite older brother is leaving her.
“Please don’t go.” This time, the short boy says as he grips onto the edge of his pants. Looking like he is about to cry as well. In fact, all the children seem to be ready to burst to tears at any moment now. “We will miss you.”
It’s really hard to say goodbye to these children but it is a rule in all orphanage that once the child becomes a legal adult, he or she must now take care of their own self. Since we all can’t stay as a child anymore and has to go out to the world to fend for one self. Usually boys will leave to find jobs while girls will go find a suitor. Since Heather is a male, it is expected of him to find a job as well but it will be a bit hard as he only finishes high school and has no diploma. He did try to get a scholarship but sadly his grade is not too great to be noticed by other universities. If only he could afford tutors like other students in his class but what can an orphan do? No family nor relatives to support him, he is on his own now. If he could find a job then he could at least afford to donate it to this orphanage so the kids can get a better life.
“I promise I will come to visit from time to time.” Patting their head gently, he promises them that he will come home every month and every holiday season to spend some time with them.
“Promise?” The girl earlier looks bright now on those words.
Titling his umbrella, Heather leans down a bit. “Yeah. And you know that if I made a promise, I will always keep it.”
Patting her on the head, he gives a quick look up to see Madam Valentine and familiar staff staring down at him. Few are waving goodbye at him while Madam just continue to stare at him with a motherly look. Never once he had said goodbye to any of them because he saying goodbye will mean he will never see them again. And he doesn’t want it to be like that. There are some of his brothers and sister who never return because they have found a new home. But he won’t be like them, who had forgotten where they raise and live for the first few decades of their life.
Who would have thought that this would be the last time he will see them all.