"Mom! Dad! I want come back home! Where am I going? How do I make the water stop?"
Frame 2: Step # 6
"You're unfit to be the next CEO of our family company, and you can't even speak normally. How disgraceful."
Frame 3: Step # 6
"He-help! I cannot ss-swim! Water ev-everywhere!"
It started with the arrival of hurricane waters that swept Dixie away from her home. The beige walls leapt farther away from the ten year old's tear-filled eyes. As the waves carried her, Dixie's head struck unknown objects, causing the collision to leave the imprint of verbal apraxia - the inability to speak properly.
Frame 4: Step # 7
Held in a scarlet braid, Dixie's hair twirled as she became an earthquake, shifting with uneasiness from the dismissing glares of her parents. Across the room, Ashlyn, Dixie's cherry-headed little sister, mouthed that the time would come eventually for the sunlight to filter in and make things better.
Frame 5: Step # 9
"I've let go of the defect that held me back the most, which was not my apraxia of speech, but my fear of the ocean."
"With my new furry friend, Iris, he will surely bring happiness and strength into the adverse lives of others as he did to mine."
The lightweight girl was swept by the winds, as they plunged her over the edge of an abrupt cliff. She was left with no form of communication to express her hindrance. Flailing her arms uncontrollably, Dixie was in deep panic as she dove into the sea and remembered the ruinous hurricane that left deep scars.
Frame 6: Step # 11/12
The next day, Dixie visited the beach for the sun's warmth, nothing more. Without warning, a dog fell into the ocean, prompting Dixie to dive in violent waters to save it. Dixie got submerged in the daunting sea, but persisted with her last bits of energy, hauling herself up and paddling erraticly to the dog.
"I-I'm coming for you, p-pup um puppy!"
Huffing and out of breath, Dixie collapsed onto her towel after releasing the dog from her grip. She was exhausted, but she had done the unthinkable: overcoming her fear of the sea. The once frightened girl had gotten into the water by her own will.
After Dixie overcame her colossal fear, she realized that she could either take the perilous opportunities or remain the same with no development. She wouldn't allow her fears to hold her back in her own self growth. She needed to rise and conquer them to move forward.