part one part two part three part four I layed in a hospital room, Mom on the bench next to me. I didn’t know where I was, or why I was here. I sat up and looked around. Mom still read her book. By the furniture I guess a hospital room, and then I remembered falling off the beam. Mom set down her book and moved closer to talk to me. But then the nurse came.
“Oh Joy you are awake! I’m one of the nurses here, and I am going to help make you comfortable. You broke you leg. Can I get you anything?”
“So what happened?” That was all. No chance for mom to explain, no baby voice, just a nurse talking to me.
“I fell off the beam at gym.” I told her. But somehow she could sense that there was more, and she didn’t say anything. I took that as a cue to continue. “Last time I had gym I was good at it, and they wanted me to move up a level so I could do more. But it hurt so bad the first time I fell off the beam so I didn’t have to do it again.”Mom turned to her.
“She has a chronic illness.”
“These might help. Also being gluten free might help with your chronic illness.” Then she left. Behind her Savanna almost toppled over under the weight of some stuff. I had no idea how long she had been there, and how much she had heard, but I didn’t say anything and nether did she. She dumped the stuff on my bed and I winced. “Broken leg. See?” She moved over. “First of all a teddy bear.” “And a card everyone signed.” “Some macaroons” “And a brush.” As she did my hair, I felt so much better. But soon she had to leave. And that night I lay in bed wondering. “what if everyone knew my ‘secret’?”