It’s a mother’s worst nightmare: from birth, there was no bond with my daughter, Amelia.
As soon as she was old enough to speak, I discovered why: she insisted I was not her mother.
The doctor said it was classic autism, her disinterest with human connection, with me and everyone else. But I believed we had a problem far more sinister than that: the only thing Amelia was connected to was an eerie, hand-knitted doll, ‘Mandy,’ that we acquired by mistake after Amelia’s birth.
The pregnant Hispanic woman in our birthing suite was moved to another room to deliver – we had paid for the double, after all, so my husband insisted on the move – and had forgotten to take the doll with her.
That doll, Amelia’s obsession, was the bane of our lives. But it was also the only clue we had to understanding a mix-up so unreal that no one else would ever believe it.
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C. A. Hewitson is a chemist by trade, and spiritualist by nature. She enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. Supernatural and paranormal stories are her favourite, where she explores life, death and everything in between.
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