Hope. It's a name that means quite the opposite of the word itself, now. It's closer to meaning hopelessness and fear, instead. So many people who have carried that name are dead and gone, never to return home alive. Maybe I'll be the next one. Who knows, truly? Our family tree keeps dwindling, and it will never quite thrive in the way it once did. I could be the next leaf to fall from one of our branches.