Star did not envy her sister even as she watched from afar. This was the life that Star had chosen just as this was the life that her sister had chosen. What worked for one half of their once whole did not work for the remaining part.
They were very different and not just in their choices.
Star didn’t need to be close enough to see the careworn look on her sister’s face nor the wrinkles acquired through laughter and sorrow. Her own face was line-free and as smooth as if she was going through puberty for the first time, though without the curse of blemishes that many teenagers lamented over. Her hair was bright, thick and full while her sister’s was thinning slightly and going grey at the temples.
The biggest difference about her sister was the joy in her face and the light in her eyes. Star smiled her own, though it was wistful.
She had no way of knowing that her sister would change so drastically when she left at the end of the day. Star didn’t know that in the weeks to come her sister would have to file for divorce and separate from her husband. She wouldn’t know that this was a facade to protect her sister and her nephews. Star didn’t know that her sister’s husband (the divorce was never supposed to be finalized in their scheme to protect their sons) would die in the following months because of corporate corruption and crime.
It was just as well that Star didn’t know any of this or she would have never left and a greater harm would have found her sister’s family.
This was inspired by the Light and Shade Challenge for this last week.
Envy can be a positive motivator. Let it inspire you to work harder for what you want.