11 Year Old Revelation

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While looking for a recipe Josephine discovers a letter about Amber's mom. She does not know if Amber knows or not. Her decision of when to talk to Amber about it is complicated when Amber befriends a boy named Ralph, who shortly dies of cancer.

Submitted: May 28, 2017

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Josephine Hart was sitting at the kitchen table working on a book report while her mother Karen Hart was cooking supper. “Honey, I think I will make a Tiramisu Layer Cake for dessert; would you mind getting the recipe for me? It is on a piece of paper in the red cookbook,” said Karen to Josephine. “Sure,” said Josephine.

Josephine took the red cookbook off of the shelf and a couple of other books fell over. She went through the cookbook and found the recipe. As she pushed the books back up to put the cookbook on the shelf, Josephine saw an envelope behind the books. “What is this?” asked Josephine to herself as she took the envelope placed it on the floor, and put the cookbook back onto the shelf.

“Piney Point Family Clinic, addressed to Allison Foster, Amber’s mom and it is postmarked one week before the accident,” said Josephine to herself as she read what was on the envelope. Her curiosity got the best of her and she took the letter out of the already opened envelope. “This is a doctor appointment and it was scheduled for the day that Amber’s mom died,” said Josephine as she continued reading the letter. Josephine gasped and put her hand over mouth when she finished reading the letter. “Amber’s mom was pregnant when she was killed in the automobile accident. I wonder if Amber knew,” said Josephine. In a state of shock she crumpled the letter and put it in her pocket.

Josephine rushed into the kitchen and handed the recipe to Karen. “Honey are you ok? You look like you just saw a ghost,” said Karen. “I am ok, I just need to get some fresh air,” said Josephine opening the front door.

Wilson Stephens, Josephine’s music teacher was working in the back yard next door and heard Josephine crying. He walked over to the white picket fence. “Is there a problem Ms. Hart?” asked Wilson. Josephine walked over to the white picket fence. “Mr. Stephens, what are you doing next door?” asked Josephine. “I just bought the house and doing some cleaning,” said Wilson. “You are going to be our new neighbor?” asked Josephine. “Yes, Ms. Hart,” said Wilson. Josephine had a surprise look on her face. “Now back to the original question. Is there a problem?” asked Wilson. “Well kinda,” said Josephine. “I found something and I am not sure what to do,” continued Josephine as she took the crumpled letter out of her pocket and handed it to Wilson. “I am not sure that Amber knew that her mom was pregnant,” said Josephine. Wilson handed the crumpled piece of paper back to Josephine. “Ms. Hart, this is one of those decisions that no one can tell you what to do. All I can tell before you make your decision is put yourself in Amber’s position,” said Wilson. Josephine thought for a moment. “I see what you mean. If there was something someone knew about my mom, they told me, and I already knew, I would be ok. On the other hand if someone knew something, I didn’t, and didn’t tell me I would be extremely mad,” said Josephine. “Thanks, Mr. Stephens,” said Josephine as she went back into the house.

Josephine sat down on her bed after supper. “I know I have to talk to Amber about what I found. Now it is just figuring out how to do it,” said Josephine to herself with a sigh.

The next afternoon, Amber Foster was leaving Piney Point High. She saw Ralph Musgrove an 11 year old boy wearing a blue baseball cap looking through the chain link fence that surrounded the school. Amber went over to the fence. “Can I help you?” asked Amber. “I just came by to see where I would have gone to high school at,” said Ralph. “What are you talking about?” asked Amber with a puzzled look on her face. “I am dying of cancer,” said Ralph taking off the baseball cap showing Amber the side effects of treatment. The sight broke Amber’s heart. “My Manners, I am Amber Foster,” said Amber introducing herself. “I am Ralph but my friends call me Ralphie,” said Ralph.“It is nice to meet you, Ralphie. I tell what, why don’t I walk you home,” said Amber, knowing it was getting late and Ralph’s parents might be getting worried.

Amber knocked on the front door at the Musgrove residence. Ralph’s mother Sarah Musgrove came to the door. “I am Amber Foster,” said Amber introducing herself to Sarah. “I am Sarah,” said Sarah introducing herself to Amber. :Thank you for bringing Ralphie home,” said Sarah. “No problem he is a cool kid. Can I talk to you for a moment in private?” asked Amber. “Ralphie, would you please go inside,” said Sarah. Ralphie went inside as he was instructed and sarah closed the front door. “Would you mind if me and Ralphie went and hung out together Saturday?” asked Amber. “I don’t have a problem with it. The only friend’s that Ralphie are the kids at the cancer research hospital,” said Sarah.

Saturday morning, Amber took Ralph to different stores, movie theatre, and lunch. He had the time of his life and hated it when it was time for Amber to take him home. Before Ralph went inside he gave Amber a big hug and thanked her.

Wednesday Night, while Amber, Josephine, and their parents were eating supper. Amber got a text message. Tears rolled down her cheek as she read the message. “Can you excuse me?” ask Amber getting up leaving the dinner table. “I will go talk to her,” said Josephine.

Josephine went in to Amber’s bedroom. Amber had her face buried in the pillow crying. “Sis what is wrong asked Josephine. Amber raised her head up. “It is not right. Ralphie didn’t deserve to die of cancer. He should have had the opportunity to graduate high school, go to college, and marry a girl like you. Someone that is down to earth, not someone who is into the latest trends and selfish like myself,” said Amber. “You maybe into the latest trends, but you are not selfish. Because of you one of the last memories Ralphie will have is that someone cared enough to spend the day with him. If anybody in this family is selfish it is me. I try to hide secrets of my past and secrets that could hurt my sister,” said Josephine. “Joey, what are you talking about?” asked Amber. Josephine handed amber the crumpled up appointment letter. Amber read the letter to herself. “Get out!” shouted Amber. “Get out!” shouted Amber again as Josephine started to get off of Amber’s bed.

Josephine went to her bedroom and closed the door behind her. “What have I done,” said Josephine with tears running down her cheek. She sat down on the floor and started crying.

Jeremy and Karen Foster came up the stairs and saw both bedroom doors closed. “You go talk to Amber and I will talk to Joey,” said Karen with a sigh.

Jeremy opened the bedroom door and went into Amber’s bedroom. Amber was sitting on the bed trying to make sense of everything that had happened that evening. “Is everything ok, princess?” asked Jeremy sitting down beside Amber and putting his around her. “Why didn’t you ever tell me mom was pregnant when she died?” asked Amber. Jeremy sighed trying to think of the best way to explain the situation to his daughter. “Do you remember what you wished for on birthdays and Christmas?” ased Jeremy. Amber thought for a moment. “A baby brother,” said Amber. “We had gone to see Doctor Franklin and found out it was going to be a boy,” said Jeremy. Tears started rolling down Amber’s cheek. “We were planning on surprising you that evening by telling you that you was going to have a little brother,” said Jeremy. “So what happened?” asked Amber. “I went back to work and Allie went to run some errands. She had stopped at a railroad crossing for a train. A drunk driver rear ended the car and pushed the car onto the tracks,” said Jeremy. “Oh-my-gosh,” said Amber fixing to start crying. “I am sorry, I didn’t tell you, and you found out this way,” said Jeremy. “I think I need to go for a walk,” said Amber getting up.

Amber paced back and forth in front of the white picket fence that separated the Hart and Stephen’s property. “Problem Ms. Foster?” asked Wilson. Amber stopped pacing and went over to the fence to talk to Wilson. “My mom was killed in an automobile accident and nobody has gone into any details about it until tonight,” said Amber. “It would have been so much easier if they had told me sooner rather than trying to hide it,” continued Amber. “I don’t think they were hiding things. You see Ms. Foster, things happen in life that even parents don’t understand why they happen, and then they have to explain it to their children,” said Wilson. “Of course, if you don’t understand the situation yourself, how are you going to explain it to others. Thanks, Wilson,” said Amber.

Josephine was sitting on her bed when Amber came into her bedroom and sat down beside her. “Sis, I am so sorry,” said Josephine. “Actually I came to thank you,” said Amber. “Thank me?” asked Josephine. “Yes, Joey,” said Amber putting her arm around her. Josephine had a puzzled look on her face. “It has been really hard on me losing my mom; but now that I know what happened, it will help put the past behind me; and I owe it all to my sister,” said Amber.

 


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