Sun blazing through her windows Alice was forced to wake up. As she sat up in her bed the mirror across her room reminded her, rudely, of the night she had suffered before. Mascara smudged under her eyes, and why am I still in my running clothes, she thought. She had not recalled how she had gotten home and into her bed. What she did recall with clarity was what she had discovered from the police. At 32 she had learned the truth about who her dad really was. She wondered how she had never known. Her whole life had turned upside down in a matter of weeks.
Uh, who could that be?Alice stumbled around her room for a robe.
Knock, knock, “Al, I know you’re in there.”Uh Ellie, what did she want? Did she come to stare at the beast?
Alice slowly opened the door, “Hey sis.” She leaned against the door half for strength and half to cover up the fact that she had not yet dressed or showered for the day.
Ellie held up a cup of coffee, “Now can I come in?”“Always,” Alice swayed her arm toward the living room invitingly.
They both immediately sat down at the kitchen table, directly across from each other, both clasped their coffee cups with two hands almost in uniform.“Al, I know this is a lot to handle, it is for me too. But eventually we’ve all got to get back on our feet.”
Alice’s head tilted heavily toward one shoulder, her eyes on the verge of rolling, “Listen Ellie, we’re not the same you and I. You have a husband, a baby, a job.” Alice backed away from the table, arms folded, “See Ellie, in the end, you win, you happy?”
“So you’re just going to sit here and sulk? Maybe, Al, just maybe, this isn’t about you. Dad needs our help. He’s all we have Al.”“Oh, he needs our help? Hah!” her head cocked back in an exaggerated expression of laughter. “If Dad wants me to purchase him a one way ticket to the moon, then yes, consider me his travel agent, beyond that, I’m done.”
Ellie’s hand came up and cupped her chin, she starred across the table at her avoidant sister, “I really hope you’ll change your mind Al. It would be good for you, you know, to forgive.”
Alice returned her words of encouragement with silence and a glare.Ellie stood up, “Well, I’ve got to go; John and I need to go to Home Depot.”
Alice closed the door, and stood against it for a moment.Alice shook her head back and forth mimicking her sister while speaking aloud to her empty apartment, “Oh me and John and my normal, put-together-life are going to Home Depot, because the biggest problem in our life is a blown-out sprinkler head.”
Screw her and her normal life.The thing that pissed Alice off the most, Ellie was never wrong.
***Blogger's note***This post was inpired by Write on Edge. We had 500 words and needed to use the phrase "To the Moon."