Winner of the Writing Contest!
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The Smiley Child - A Dimensie short story
Long ago in a small village not far away from here, there was a child born. This child was not like the others. It did not scream. It did not cry. Instead this small child was born smiling. The mother, as well as the doctors were concerned. Is there something wrong with this little child? Is he sick? They were wondering.
Many tests were conducted to inspect whether the child was healthy. Specialists in fields of several Neurosciences scanned the child’s brain and searched for any abnormalities. Different tissue structures, abnormal functionality, or irresponsibility. But no. Nothing was different compared to other children at this age. They inspected the child’s abilities to create emotional responses, but also these tests were not showing any abnormal results. When hungry the child complained. When tired it cried. When wet it screamed. But overall this child smiled. Always. At any time, when no other affect was dominant, this abnormal child was smiling.
Physically the child was healthy. It moved all its limbs. The arms were moving up and down. To the right and left. To the front and back. It was able to do the same with its legs. The head turned when it watched other people move through the room. The hands tightly grabbed a finger of the nurse when it gave the child its bottle. The lungs worked perfectly fine. It breathed in enough oxygen and the heart pumped this to its brain. No abnormalities whatsoever where discovered about this child’s physical health.
The parents were scared. They left the child for more and more tests at the hospital until they finally decided to leave it for good at the hospital care center. Neither neurological nor physiological problems were discovered. But the child was not normal. None of the doctors were able to wrap their minds around this strange child. Many nurses were afraid. They called it The Demonic Child or Descendent from the Devil. Religious or not. Everyone disliked the child. Something, specifically the smile, was odd. Different. Spooky. Seemingly dangerous.
More and more people, from all over the country, from all over the world came to visit the mysterious child. The conspiracies about the child were getting crazier and crazier. Demonstrators in front of the hospital demanded the murder of the demonic creature. Others requested to dissect the child’s brain in order to better analyze the cause for its strange behavior- The smile on the baby’s face scared people. It made them feel uncomfortable.
The hospital did not know what to do. Many councils were held in order to come to a conclusion bout what to do with the child: Send it away? Kill it? Let it grow up? But what are the dangers? Will it grow up to become a serial killer? Will it be a psychopath? They could not know. But morally it is not correct to kill an innocent child for the simple crime of smiling. A moral dilemma!
They decided to ask if anybody would like to adopt the child. With no hope they published the advertisement. Many responses were sent. From religious cults or experimental doctors. All of these were rejected. Meanwhile less and less nurses and doctors of the hospital itself were willing to take care of the child. The fear spread among the staff. Among the whole hospital. If patients could afford it they transferred to other hospitals. This child was a curse!
An unexpected response to the adoption offer was received. A former nurse of the hospital offered to take care of the child. She was a loving person with a big and generous heart. With suspicion the hospital council allowed her to take the child home, but she had to proof its wellbeing once a month. Gladly the nurse agreed. She knew that the child was no danger to humanity. She knew it was not a demonic creature nor growing up to become a serial killer. She knew why the child was smiling: It was happy.
Despite the negativity and cruelty in this broken world, the child was born happy. Instead of embracing this gift, the parents, doctors and public mistrusted genuine happiness and misinterpreted it for madness. Luckily, this nurse understood the true nature of the child which was untouched by the rotten society of today. The child did not fit into the norm. People tried to kill it or find the cause of its abnormal behavior, while there was nothing to discover. This miracle child was simply happy and did not let its toxic environment lay a shadow over its happiness.