Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Goodbye Letter: Part 4

Aly carefully folded the letter and placed it into Rosalie’s hands. Aly heard soft footsteps behind her and whirled around. She was face to face with her mother. She had tears glistening in her eyes. With a jolt that made Aly’s heart pound and her head spin, she realized that her mother had heard the entire contents of the letter. Aly walked over to her mom and embraced her.

Later that night, Aly fell asleep outside the hospital room slumped against the wall. Around midnight, Aly felt a light tapping on her shoulder. She opened her eyes drowsily. She peered into the darkness and saw Dr. Gates looming over her.” Good morning Doc. What can I do for you?” she said, sleep slurring her words. Dr. Gates chuckled softly. “Actually, Aly there’s nothing you can do for me. But, I need to tell you something. Your sister is awake.” She leaned her head back against the wall and mumbled, “Oh. That’s nice. Rose is awake”

Dr. Gates almost laughed. Aly was so tired, she didn’t even comprehend the fact that her sister just came out of her coma. He started counting to sixty. When he got to fifty-nine, Aly’s eyes flashed open. She looked at Dr. Gates with a wild gleam in her eyes. Aly leaped up, but would have fallen, if the doctor hadn’t caught her. He helped her Aly get to Rosalie’s bedside. He whispered into Aly’s ear, “Rose is asleep now, but she’ll be awake in the morning, I promise you. The bed next to hers is empty. I want you to get more sleep. You look dead on your feet.”

Aly’s initial high was wearing off and she was becoming extremely tired again. She let Dr. Gates guide her to the bed. Once her head hit the pillow, she was asleep again. She slept so soundly and deeply, that it was two and a half days before she woke again. Aly stretched in a long luxurious stretch and gave a deep yawn. She got out of the bed and went to the bathroom.

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