“So you’re telling me you knew about this all along?” Claire had grabbed a chair and sat next to her dearest friend. Hearing the truth was hard, and it took out whatever energy she had left.
Holding onto her hand, Rosy explained everything. “ I’ve been going through dialysis for nearly 6 months now, but my body just can’t take it anymore. They haven’t found a kidney donor in all this time, and it’s too late now.”
“Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you ask me for help?” Claire was demanding answers.
“What could you have possibly done? Claire you had your own family to take care of, and I wasn’t going to come in the way. I didn’t want you to see me like this.”
“But you’re my friend Rosy! You’re like a sister to me.” On those last few words, the two women spent the rest of the day consoling and comforting each other.
Rosy had been through a harsh horse accident, and her fall was nearly fatal. The bones on the right half of her body had shattered, but luckily healed. She had received stitches on her left knee, which had also recovered nicely. However, there are some wounds that just cannot be fixed, and that were her internal organs. Her kidney had become a complete failure, and without a donor in time, she would no longer be able to live.
“Claire, you need to go.” Rosy insisted. “I don’t want you seeing me like this. Golly, you’re pregnant and you need to be there for your family, it’s what’s most precious in your life.”
“You are like family to me, Rosy. I wasn’t able to be there for you before, but I’ll definitely be there now. I’m not going anywhere.”
“But Claire, you can’t-”
“You would have done the same for me.” Claire concluded firmly, grabbing hold of Rosy’s cold hand.
Telling the news to the rest of the family was heart-wrenching. Rosy had become an extremely close friend to the family, and it was hard to see her go through such terrible hardships.
Only a few weeks later, the time had come. Claire had slept over that night at the hospital, never leaving her friends side. When came morning, Rosy had asked her to go get her food at the general cafeteria, however, when Claire came back, doctors were surrounding Rosy’s bed. The sound of the EKG became a loud buzz filling the room with the sound of death.
The funeral was kept a small and simple ceremony. Close friends and family attended the service, followed by the rest of the town’s inhabitants. The mailman had come, as well as the florist, a few farmers, and other close neighbors.
As the priest continued with the service, Claire and Chuck discussed at the back. “Did you know about this?” Claire asked curiously. Chuck answered with a simple nod and continued, “She didn’t want you to know. She knew you would be the first to volunteer to help.”
“Of course I would be! I would’ve done anything to help her.”
“That’s why she didn’t tell you. She didn’t want you to give up on part of your life, just to save hers. She was a good person, Claire.”
As the weeks past after the funeral, it was easier to accept the truth. Life continued, and as life continued, people aged on. Brooklyn was a healthy toddler when it came to blowing out her birthday candles, and it wasn’t long before she bloomed into a young child! She kept her dark skin, and her freckles became even more apparent. Her big brown eyes sparkled as she smiled, deep dimples forming in her cheeks.
As Brooklyn matured, her body grew, and her mind wanted to explore the world that was at her disposition. More than ever, she spent her days and nights outside. She would wake up early every morning, the sun only rising, to help the horses out of their stables, to fill the food bowls of every pet and deliver them fresh water.
Brooklyn cleaned up their messes, scrubbed her cow-girl boots until they were free of mud, and she made sure all the equipment was organized. Playing with the dogs, and teaching the horses new tricks, she never got tired of the outdoors. She would get so caught up in her playful days, her mother had to remind her when bedtime came, and that would be the only moment she’d step foot into the house.
Brooklyn wasn’t the only one who was going through physical changes. Time had passed by quickly, and the moment came where a new Middleton was added to the family.
– Sorry it took so long to update! Hope this makes it up for the wait. I’m also going to catch up and comment all your new chapters as well!
– I tried explaining Rosy’s situation as clearly as I can, though I’m no expert when it comes to the medical terms. I do know however, that her pain is an actual issue, and many people must go through long waiting lists in order to get a donor.
– The newborn is indeed a boy, but his name will only be revealed next chapter!