The police officer handed Lila a photo, and asked: "Do you recognize this?"
Lila screamed and grabbed the photo, ripping it into small pieces so quickly the officer couldn't stop her. She continued screaming as pieces fell to the floor, and couldn't stop screaming when he tried to get her to calm down.
As her screams grew louder, Lila thought of the red couch and all she had seen happening on its cushions, even though the photo showed it without cushions, there in front of the grey brick wall.
Louder and louder she screamed, brushing pieces of the photo off the skirt of her too-large dress. The arrival of a female police officer did nothing to soothe her.
Eventually, a nurse came in, and Lila screamed even louder. She screamed until her throat began to hurt, and only when the pain in her throat became worse than the pain in her heart, did her screams gradually begin to decrease in volume, then in frequency, then to fade. But the memory didn't fade, and Lila never spoke, or screamed, again.
To see the photo Lila saw, visit Magpie Tales.
If I am unable to comment on others' tales about the photo, please forgive me. I've left my dog and her daddy with the job of guarding the house while I visit friends and relatives on the west coast of British Columbia. I'll be home next week and back to my big computer! Whew!