BC: "Regrets" is the sequel to 'The Scarlet Ibis."
FC: "Regrets" By: Sydney Edwards Mrs. Phelps 2nd Period March 6th, 2008
1: My footsteps make soft thuds against the wet ground as I make my way through the sea of stones sticking up from the Earth. The sky feels my emotions as it starts to drizzle, and I can let a tear fall down my cheek undetected.
2: As I reach the stone with a familiar name on it, the place where I've spent many hours on my knees praying, talking, laughing, crying, I let out a soft sob. My mind starts to fall backward to the night that Doodle died.
3: The way I found him, all soaking wet from the rain, was horrible. I felt as the rain was deepening my horror, and mocking my dead brother. The way my mother screamed in agony when I brought him home on my back.
4: The way her tears blended with the rain as she ran to get my father. The millions of emotions I saw rush across his face as he looked upon his dead son. | The brilliant red blood splashed across Doodle's neck and chest. These images are all sharp and clear in my mind. They never go away.
5: The funeral passed like a blur. I remember thinking that Doodle wouldn't have wanted this. I asked Mother over and over again that day why we couldn't we have him buried in the swamp, the one place he knew, loved, ran in, and enjoyed.
6: She'd just tear up. She hadn't stopped crying since that night I brought Doodle home. Instead, he was buried here, | in this cold, dreary grave yard surrounded by people far exceeding his years. Doodle wouldn't want to be here. He would want to be among the swamp flowers, helping them grow. He would want to lay beneath the vines he used to play on.
7: Home was never really the same with Doodle gone. It was always so quiet. You could tell when you walked into the house that something was missing. Father buried himself in his work. He was always somewhere else, never at home. Mother was always silent, never speaking a word unless absolutely necessary. She'd wander around the house aimlessly, with nothing to do. Even the swamp felt like it didn't know what to do with itself.
8: When I get to this point in my thought process, my mind always clouds up with regret. What if we didn't go to the swamp that night? It was my fault Doodle had died. If I hadn't ran ahead, he might be here with me.
9: If I had stayed in front of him and shielded him, maybe even caught him when he fell, my life wouldn't be this way. Mother told me not to think like that. She said it was Doodle's time to go, and God called him up. I don't believe her. If I had been there for my brother, he'd be here with us.
10: As the clouds start to move aside, a little ray of sunshine falls on my face. I feel Doodle; I feel his presence. I feel this inner calm, because somehow, I know that he is happy.
11: When the sun ducked behind another cloud, I start to walk home walk out of the yard with a slight smile on my face. Doodle still cared. He was sympathetic of his brother's feelings. As I reach the gate, I feel like a new person, for the past few years and the events of that night have finally been put to rest.
12: The type of conflict mainly felt in this short story is internal. The narrator blaims himself for the death of his little brother Doodle. Whether is he was there or not would have saved Doodle, no one will every know. The main character tells his point of view of what happened that night. This let's the reader know how guilty the person feels about the death of his brother. We can tell this by the him saying that everytime he thinks of the event, his mind clouds over with regret. The conflict is resolved at the end of the story when the character feels his brother's presence and feels an inner peace. This lets him put the events of a few years ago to rest.
13: The protagonist in 'Regrets' is a boy whos brother died when he feel while running during a thunderstorm. We never learn his real name throughout the coarse of the story, but he is a rather complex character. To be so young, he has been through a lot, and plenty adult thoughts have run through his brain. He is vexed by the thoughts of his brother blaiming him for his death, and eventually believes it himself. The character is relieved when he feels his brother's presence and believes he is forgiven.
14: *The pictures taken for '"Regrets" were of Jacob Winn, who lives in Concord, North Carolina. | *The pictures were taken at Sydney Edward's house.