Author Topic: At the Mercy of the Court  (Read 16808 times)

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1250 on: May 16, 2018, 08:44:34 PM »
He shrugged.

"Why  not?  Remember, every day that your sister waits is another foot in the grave.  I'd say if you waited even one more day her odds of survival would drop quite a bit.  We done here?"

He grinned.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1251 on: May 16, 2018, 10:13:26 PM »
She didn’t argue that he could have offered the serum up sooner, and instead crawled off the bed and moved to dress herself.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1252 on: May 16, 2018, 10:35:50 PM »
He let her dress and leave.  Stephanie was rubbing the sleep from her eyes as Liz walked in.

"Where'd you go?  Why'd you leave dressed like that?"

She gave Michael (who I just realized possessed the last name of Jackson) a squeeze without waking the child.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1253 on: May 17, 2018, 12:48:14 AM »
(Oh yeah. Just.)

“I thought I heard a knock on the door.” Liz lied. “Just wanted to see if it was anyone.”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1254 on: May 17, 2018, 10:18:28 AM »
"Okay."

She closed her eyes again.

"Come back to bed.  Your son is like a furnace."

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1255 on: May 19, 2018, 09:23:36 AM »
She did not know how she would give her sister the syringe. She couldn’t explain how she had gotten the serum, or explain the risk. Instead of considering all that she simply crawled into bed with her sister and son.

“Hm?”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1256 on: May 19, 2018, 11:28:21 AM »
Stephanie was soon back asleep, her shoulder popping out of the blanket exposed.  Michael also snoozed between the two women.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1257 on: May 19, 2018, 09:00:08 PM »
Liz could not fall back asleep. She could not calm herself, and when Stephanie fell asleep she didn’t immediately consider using the syringe. However, she knew that she wouldn’t find a better time, and she sat up. She had kept the syringe on her, and so she tried to inject the serum as quick as possible.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1258 on: May 19, 2018, 09:42:56 PM »
Stephanie shot up in bed.

"OW!  What the fuck!?  My shoulder...I...sis...did you hit my shoulder?"

She rubbed the site of the injection.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1259 on: May 19, 2018, 10:55:28 PM »
She did not respond at first as she tried to hide the now empty syringe in the covers behind her.

“N...no?” She replied finally. It wasn’t technically a lie. “Michael moves a lot in his sleep.”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1260 on: May 19, 2018, 11:15:52 PM »
The next few hours were a trying time for the pair.  Michael lay in bed sleeping.  Meanwhile Stephanie began to get a fever.  It grew worse and worse.  Before long the poor girl had seizures and hallucinations of her dead parents.  Liz thought about calling an ambulance, but deep down she knew there would be nothing the paramedics or the hospital could do, and she would still have no way of paying for it.  She finally drew her sister an ice cold bath, which only helped a little.  After several hours the fever began to go down and Stephanie was able to drink a glass of water.  She rubbed her eyes deliriously.

"Hey sis?  My stomach doesn't hurt anymore."

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1261 on: May 19, 2018, 11:37:55 PM »
(Liz is like the worst sister ever.)

She prayed that her brother was wrong, and that this would be an instantaneous cure, but she knew she was hoping for too much. Her sister quickly grew sicker, and Liz was not sure if she could call for help— he hadn’t mentioned the seizures or the hallucinations, and even a cold bath did little to help.

She was relieved when the fever went down, and she could get her sister to drink something.

“It doesn’t hurt?” She tried to sound surprised.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1262 on: May 19, 2018, 11:41:18 PM »
(No she's not.  She's a good sister.  Stephanie had a disease that the hospital already said they couldn't treat.  And Liz is flat broke.  In the united states no money means no care.  You can go to the emergency room but they'll just stabilize you and bounce you.)

She shook her head, damp trusses of hair falling in her face.

"Not really.  Definitely not as bad as it was before.  I...I don't feel nauseated either."

She looked at her sister.

"I haven't felt this good in months.  Does...does that mean I'm dying?"

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1263 on: May 19, 2018, 11:44:43 PM »
(I’m not talking about that. My brother struggles with American Healthcare, but she should have let Steph be fostered.)

“I don’t think feeling better means you’re dying, Steph.”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1264 on: May 19, 2018, 11:50:38 PM »
(Perhaps.  But if your parents died would you want your kid sister to be cared for by god knows who?  Run the risk of Billy the Beater or Chester Molester being the caretaker of a twelve year old girl?  I know I wouldn't.)

She climbed weakly out of the tub.

"You know sis...I think sometimes you feel like you made the wrong call when mom and dad died.  Like maybe I'd have been better off if I were fostered.  But I didn't want to be parented by God knows who.  I didn't want my dad to be Billy the Beater or Chester Molester.  I wanted my caretaker to be my sister.  I love you.  I'd be lost without you."

She smiled warmly, her soaked clothing dripping onto the bathroom floor.

(Oh well there you go.  See?  Just like I said.)

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1265 on: May 19, 2018, 11:53:17 PM »
(Hmph.)

“I just want you to have a good life, Steph.”

She tried to smile.

“N-now why don’t you get changed. You can’t just stand around dripping wet.”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1266 on: May 19, 2018, 11:58:37 PM »
Over the next few days Stephanie felt better and better.  Eventually she went to a follow up with her specialist who revealed that she was cured somehow.  Imagine that.  Stephanie was beyond ecstatic with her new lease on life.  As they drove back to the hotel Stephanie wouldn't shut up about her newfound life extension.  She was finally silent for a brief moment.

"I know you did this.  I don't know how you did this but I know you were somehow responsible."

She paused.

"Thanks."

Michael glanced furtively around the car from his car seat.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1267 on: May 20, 2018, 12:01:48 AM »
Liz did not want her sister to know just what she had done for her to be cured, and when Steph thanked her she forced a smile.

“It’s just a miracle, Steph. Some good news was over due.”

She looked back at her son.

“Hey, buddy, is something wrong?” She cooed even though he could not talk. She wasn’t technically changing the subject.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1268 on: May 20, 2018, 12:04:34 AM »
Michael smiled brightly, oblivious to the conversation the two were having.  Liz pulled into the parking lot of the hotel.  Suddenly 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' starting blaring as a ring tone on her phone.

"Who's that?"

Stephanie gave an odd look to her sister.

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1269 on: May 20, 2018, 12:08:45 AM »
Liz jumped as her phone started to ring.

“I— I don’t know,” she said, and hoped she sounded properly confused. She had a sneaking suspicion who it was, of course, but how had he changed her ringtone...?

“Why don’t you bring Michael up to the room. I’ll be right up,” she said as she clicked answer.

“Hello...?”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1270 on: May 20, 2018, 12:18:00 AM »
Stephanie took Michael and set off for the room.

"Do you like your new ringtone?"

It was her brother of course.

(Getting off for a while.  Sorry.)

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1271 on: May 20, 2018, 12:22:49 AM »
“N-no. It attracts attention,” she answered. “What do you want?”

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Re: At the Mercy of the Court
« Reply #1272 on: May 20, 2018, 02:31:22 AM »
"I was just looking for an update.  Did the brat kick the bucket or is she still around to further be a pain in your ass?"