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Nineteen 12 months outdated Penelope "Nell" O'Hara is organized for the worst Christmas of her lifestyles. the fellow she's been relationship simply dumped her for her ally, and all she has to appear ahead to over the holiday is a remain in Beggar's Hole--a tiny frozen city at the coast of Maine--with her retired father, his most up-to-date masseuse female friend and her brattish fourteen yr outdated son.
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Across from him, in an identical bed, there’s another sleeping man with tubes everywhere. He’s old, with thin skin and white hair. The bed beside him is empty, but across from it is my mom. A half-closed privacy curtain separates her from the old man beside her. I walk closer and see she’s tucked into a narrow bed. The steel sides of the bed are pulled up, almost as if she’s in a crib for adults. indd 27 12/17/13 2:26 PM Janet Gurtler Her eyes are closed, and plastic tubes stick out of her. She’s attached to a pole with IV bags hanging from it and more tubes that run to another machine.
It feels cold. “I’m sorry,” she says. I raise my head to look at her. She’s staring at me and she clears her throat. I’d given up knowing long ago. I look away and study the picture on the wall above the bed. A cottage scene. Pastels. Boring. Tranquil. Exactly opposite to what’s going on inside me. It’s almost worse that she’s only telling me because she thinks she’s going to die. But I can’t provoke her now. I have to keep her calm before surgery. “You’re not allowed to die to get out of this,” I tell her.
You never told me anything,” I whisper. ” “He’s not dead,” she repeats. The pain in my chest expands. I hope I’m not close to having a heart attack too. I have a father. It wasn’t immaculate conception. Mom presses her lips tighter and then turns away from me, staring out the window. ” I fight to keep bitterness from my voice—and the fear. If she leaves me, I’ll be all alone. The twins aren’t exactly responsible-adult material. I reach for ChapStick in my pocket, pull it out, yank off the lid, and jab my lips.