“I’m sorry” the surgeon began. “We did all we could but-”
Amy broke the utterance by breaking down into an uncontrollable fit of hysterics. She was hyperventilating to such a degree that it actually sounded like laughter.
Matt seemed to crumble away from me, removing his arms from around me and slumping back into the chair. It occurred to me that I had yet to see him cry, and I didn’t think I was about to any time soon either.
“My- mom-” Amy sobbed as she practically leapt into her grandmother’s arms. “She’s- dead?”
“No, but she isn’t out of the woods yet. She’s holding on. But the baby girl I’m afraid didn’t. The car crash had fatally torn the placenta away from the uterus. She died immediately on impact” we were all told remorsefully – although really the surgeon had no idea.
She saw the same thing day after day, handed out the same sort of news day after day. It didn’t affect her nearly as much as she was letting on and I knew it.
“When can we see her?” Matt and Amy’s grandparents asked us. “When can we see our daughter?”
“Soon” the surgeon replied. “When she wakes up, you’ll be able to come through.”
It became obvious to me that Josh had not made a sound since we had been told the news about our sister. He just…stood there. I didn’t even know how to handle it all.
I knew it could have been worse – Matt and Amy had been close to losing their mom too.
And Josh needed me. Matt seemed to have closed himself completely off from everyone else, and Amy didn’t want to know anybody.
I decided that it would be best just to leave them there and get on with making sure that my brother was okay.
I guess the entire experience had made me appreciate him one hell of a lot more. I was sort of glad about it. I stared at him openly, wondering if he was actually aware of everything that was going on around him.
“Josh” I whispered.
He didn’t even turn to see me, and I knew that he was still in complete and utter shock.
“Hey” I muttered, trying not to be too loud and disrupt the seemingly depressed train of thoughts from Matt, Amy and their grandparents.
It was strange to watch them all. None of them had even outreached to another for comfort. They all just sat alone, isolating themselves from everyone and everything.
I walked over to him pulled him aside onto one of the other sofa’s on the other side of the room, and sat him down to face me.
“Josh” I whispered. “Hey, kid.”
He said nothing, and instead he put his head on my shoulder and exhaled deeply. I knew then that he didn’t really know how to control his emotions. He didn’t know how to feel.
I knew that he had been a whole lot more excited than I had. But this was hitting us both in similar ways and I could tell.
I wrapped my arms around him and hugged him protectively as we all sat in a deafening silence. It was almost too much to bear – I had wished that there would have been some sort of background music or something just to end the silence.
It was the most awkward thing I had ever experienced.
Nobody knew how to talk to each other or what to say to each other. There was nothing to say. I had only really spoke to two people in the room – and Matt and I weren’t even supposed to be embarking on the type of relationship that we were.
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