Word of the Day Challenge 10/6/10
Word: acta: noun; Official records, as of acts, deeds, proceedings, transactions, or the like.
Timeline: Spring 2000 (Viola)
Being in her parents’ bedroom without either of them around felt wrong. Though she knew it was ridiculous, Viola kept glancing over her shoulder expecting to see one of them standing in the doorway. Her father had disappeared while Tracking a demon months earlier, and her mother was being admitted into a private psychiatric facility. Since she seemed to set her mother off, Viola had stayed home while her siblings took Alicia to the facility.
Her heart skipped when she saw her father’s things still spread over his nightstand. Admittedly a ‘daddy’s girl,’ Viola missed her father fiercely. She reverently wiped dust off his alarm clock and the lenses of his reading glasses.
She cursed loudly when her bare toes struck the corner of a box half-shoved under the bed. She dropped to her knees and pulled out the first book her fingers hit. Acta Familia Burke was written down the spine.
“Vi! We’re home!”
At the sound of Sebastian’s voice, Viola dropped the book back into the box and shoved it back under the bed. Maybe after they found Dad, she could take time to look through dusty, old book. Until then, what use was the Burke family history?