She must’ve been about five years old. She was playing on a swing when all of a sudden she lost her balance and fell. He had been there who helped her up. Her mother had been too engrossed in the fashion magazine she had been reading on the bench nearby. It had hurt that her mother didn’t come to help her.
“hey! You okay?” jack looked at her with concern.
Still looking at her mom, jenny replied, “yeah, I am fine!”
Jack helped her up. “I am jack. You are jenny, right?” jenny turned to him, surprised.
“how do you know my name? I don’t even know who you are.”
“I know you. I have always known you.” Jack replied.
“how?” she asked.
“I don’t know.” He didn’t look at her as he said that. “is she your mother?” he pointed at Miranda.
“yes, she is!”
“oh!” he looked thoughtful.
“thank you for helping me.”
“you are welcome.”
“come on! Meet my mommy.” Jenny pulled his arm and dragged him where her mother was inspite of jack’s reluctance.
“mom! This is jack, my friend!” jenny told her mom.
Her mother looked up from the magazine she was reading with a bored expression.
“aren’t you past your imaginary friends yet, jen?” she pointed her finger at her. “its not good, you know.”
“mom! Look I am not lying! See!” she made jack stand right in front of her mother.
“see what?” her mother looked around her, oblivious to the fact that jack was standing in front of her.
“jenny, I think its enough. Okay honey! If you are done, we should go. Its getting late, already.” She got up and turned to leave.
“what are you saying? This is my friend jack! And you cannot ignore him like this.” Jenny shouting, obviously annoyed by her mother’s behavior. Her mother turned around, surprised.
“darling, your knee is bleeding. We should tend to it first and then we will talk about your stupid friend.”
“my friend is not stupid!” jenny shouted back.
Jenny looked at jack with apology in her eyes.
“she cant see me. Save your breath.” Jack said quietly. “just go quietly with your mother.”
Jenny’s mouth was hanging open as her mother took her arm and led her out of the park. Jenny turned around to see jack but he was nowhere to be seen! Jenny looked forward and fought back tears that were threatening to come out.