Sleeping Beauty Boy

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This is a story about a young girl, in and out of the hospital for two weeks in second grade. Her brother was in the hospital. Her brother, a real-life sleeping beauty. A scary story based on my
reality.

Submitted: June 15, 2018

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Submitted: June 15, 2018

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Before I begin, all names will be kept private. Only for my sake, and I want to stay as anonymous as possible. I will refer to myself as Leah, and my brother as J.

“Leah, J. will be staying in the hospital for a while.” -Mom

 

Everything seemed fine. Everything was normal. My 2nd grade mind was happy. Then, all of a sudden, it became harder and harder to wake my brother up. I think the first time it happened was when he was in band. He fell asleep. In band class. He didn’t wake up until the teachers woke him up at the end of class. I didn’t understand that well when I was told that happened. It started getting worse, and one time, he wouldn’t wake up. My dad even got out the electric guitar! He only woke up after my mom pressed on his chest without realizing, making him unable to breath. I was in my bedroom across the hall when this was happening. It was scary. But I tried to ignore it and get ready for school. Sometime after that happened, he started going to a doctor. Some time after that, my mom sat me down.

“Leah, J. will be staying in the hospital for a while.”

Now, I knew what that meant, crystal clear. I had been to the hospital many times before. Not usually a fun place. I was terrified. I really didn’t understand what was going on. I had no choice but to just nod my head and hope for the best. I begged my mom to let me stay home from school, but she said no. Over the next two weeks though, I was in and out of school. Probably more times than not I was out of school. I wonder if my teacher knew why I was out of school so much. To this day I still don’t know. I bet a lot of my classmates were worried. It wasn’t uncommon for me to be absent, as I get sick a lot, but never like this. I had never been in and out of school, basically every other day, ever. I couldn’t concentrate at school those two weeks, and all I could think about was J.. It was scary. I remember the hospital room. Part of that may have been because I’d been in that same hospital so much, but still. I remember it perfectly. He had a lot of tests done on him. We found out he had what’s been nicknamed Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, a rare neurological sleep disorder that causes the person to fall into a sleeping beauty like state. He transferred schools for different reasons shortly afterwards, and a little while later began to be homeschooled. Though I still go to school, I’m soon going to go into unknown territory, going into the grade he left at. I’m thankful he’s ok, and it’s gotten better over time. That was many years ago, but it still terrifies me to think about


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