Melody stood beside the reflecting pool, waiting for her parents. They were visiting her grandmother’s grave. The cloudy sky fit everyone’s mood, but for Melody, her own sorrow ran deeper for an unknown reason. For the past few days an emptiness within had been growing, an emptiness that gnawed at her heart. With a sigh, she glanced into the water, startled by the twin reflection. She spun about, but saw no one else.
Within her mind a voice spoke. “Hi Melody. I’m glad I finally get to meet you.”
“Wh-who are you?” She looked over her shoulder, but no one else was there.
“My name is Muriel. I’m so sorry we will never get to meet in person. Mother saw to that when we were born.”
“What do you mean? And where are you?” Instead of fear, Melody’s mood lifted.
“I crossed over shortly before our grandmother died. I drowned in a swimming pool. That’s why you see me in the water.”
“Our grandmother? I have no brothers or sisters.”
“I was your twin, Melody. Mother gave me up for adoption right after we were born. She could only take care of one of us.” Muriel sighed. “I lived with a good family who treated me like their own daughter, but when I was old enough they told me I was adopted. I often wondered what my twin was like.”
“Is this why I feel so empty now? Because you are dead?”
“Yes. But from now on, whenever you look into a still pool of water you will see me and we can talk.”
Melody’s mood lifted at this news. “I would like that, Muriel. Thank you.”
Melody waved good-bye to Muriel and went to rejoin her parents, the cloudy sky no longer depressing her.