"Ande! Listen to me. Keep focused." He flashed the light into my eyes again and more people gathered at the other side of my bed.
"She'll have to tell you that..." dad answered, picking up my arm and examining me. I let my eyes slip shut again and more people began to fondle me.
"She's too skinny...how did that baby make it one day? Ande, when was the last time you had anything to eat? ANDE...Open your eyes, pay attention to what I'm saying."
"Adam..." Mom had started to cry. I didn't try. I didn't care. She didn't help me when I needed it way back when, so, why should I accept the help now?
"Maybe soon everything will be back to normal. We'll be happy again and so will she." I opened my eyes the slightest bit to catch a glimpse of what all these departing people were doing...Just to realize that there were only two left in the room. Aphrodite tilted her head and dropped down on her knees next to me.
Riley Goodman just laughed.
"Be nice, Riley. You know that you're the reason that she left in the first place." Riley scoffed.
"I tried to get along with her that morning at my house. She ran away then too. Don't blame me for what happened to her."
"I'm going to blame you. You're the reason her mom and dad got all mad at her. The reason that she woke me up early that morning to say goodbye."
"Oh stop being so mushy. You know I hate it when you do that."
This was a universe where my kid sister wasn't so kidish anymore.
Where Aphrodite and Riley were a couple and Arley was blonde.
This was a universe where I never got out of bed...I stayed there for as long as I could with occasional visits by my beautiful daughter who was named Genesis. The first couple of days, I didn't sleep...I just laid in bed with my eyes closed. Being force fed and my heart kept monitored on the screen next to my bed.
"Mr. and Mrs. Langly...I'm not sure exactly whats wrong with her but what I am sure of is that your daughter has lost the will to live." He paused for a few moments before starting again. "Though...she's still strong enough at this point that saving her is possible....It will take a lot though on both of our parts."
And in my mind I was silently screaming for them to just leave me be..
"God, Adam...How could this have happened? Is it my fault?" I pulled my wife closer and looked into her eyes. "We didn't pay enough attention." I went on reading as soon as Della got quiet again.
"It was all over eventually, he stopped coming downstairs and I was left alone for days with nothing but a tired old maid who occasionally gave me bits of food. Convinced I was going to die, I stopped accepting them."