Sister Mary: Series 1

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Chapter 2 (v.1)

Submitted: September 29, 2013

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Submitted: September 29, 2013



A National Epidemic

Sister Mary woke up one morning, like any other day, and got dressed, just like she did every other day. However, today was a rather nerve-wracking day for her. She went to the church to see the vicar, to see if she could make herself useful.

"Good morning", said Father Nicholson.

"Good morning", replied Sister Mary, speaking in a rather worried tone of voice.

"Is everything alright?" asked Father Nicholson.

"I'm just rather anxious to see how today will turn out", replied the Sister, "Tess and Richard David's test results come back today, to see if their bone marrows match to give little Daniel that operation".

"Oh, yes", said the Father, "how could I forget today?"

"If the test comes back negative, then they really are in trouble".

"Have they not got any other relatives?"

"They have been tested, too, but the chances are slim of any of them been a match".

"All we can do is pray".

Later that morning, Sister Mary left the church to go for a walk into the town. When she left the church, she saw three girls ganging up on a slightly smaller girl.

"You've got no friends!" they cried, laughing in her face, pushing her around, while watching the innocent girl suffer.

"Leave her alone!" cried Sister Mary, rushing over to defend the girl.

"What are you going to do about it?" said one of the bullies, who was taller than she was.

"You don't scare me, and believe me, I'll have my eye on the three of you!"

"We're so scared!" laughed the teenagers, running off.

Sister Mary shrugged her shoulders and turned to face the young girl, who was close to crying.

"Thank you", she said.

"Do you want to come in for a talk?" asked Sister Mary, pointing to the church, that was over the road.

"I don't think so", replied the girl, "I have to go to school now".

"Just ignore those girls", said Sister Mary, "they're just doing it to impress each other".

The girl said nothing, and then wandered off.

When the Sister returned to the church later that day, she saw Tess stood, so it was obviously a surprise to Sister Mary that she had came.

"Hello, Tess, I didn't expect to see you here".

"We didn't match!" said Tess, with tears in her eyes.

It took a few moments for it to sink in.

"I'm sorry", said Sister Mary, comforting Tess, "do any of your relatives match?"

"No", said Tess, with her head in her hands.

"I'm sure someone out there will be kind enough to donate to Daniel".

"But that's the thing!" cried Tess, "the doctor said it's unlikely that he'll get a donor, or if someone dies, because his bone marrow is quite rare!"

"There's still plenty of time yet".

"He also said that if Daniel doesn't get a donor before he dies, then he has about six to nine months to live!"

Tess then broke down into tears. She then fell to the floor.

"I'm sure things will be alright", said Sister Mary, "things always turn out the way they're supposed to".

"All we have now is our faith", said Tess.

"I'm afraid that this is a case of only time will tell", said Sister Mary, hugging Tess.

Later that day, when Sister Mary returned to the church, she was surprised to see the girl who she had seen earlier sat there, praying silently. She did not want to disturb her, so Sister Mary just stood there, watching, feeling sorry for the girl.

The girl then got up, causing Sister Mary to hide away, making sure that she was not seen. The girl then went to the stairs and walked up them.

Sister Mary followed her, realising what the girl was planning.

"Stop!" she cried, running after her.

The girl realised that Sister Mary had been following her, so she decided to run up the stairs and right to the top of the church, next to the bell.

"Stop what you're doing!" cried Sister Mary, "I beg you to reconsider!"

The girl then sat on the edge of the church, looking down at some residents, who were looking right back at her, terrified that she might jump off.

"If you come any closer, I'll do it!" the girl cried.

"Alright", replied Sister Mary, "calm down".

The girl then broke down into tears.

"You don't want to do this, really, do you?" asked Sister Mary.

"There's no other way!" cried the girl.

"What's your name?" asked Sister Mary.

"Emily", she replied.

"Well, Emily", said Sister Mary, "I don't think you're going to jump. I can give you all the support you need. You're welcome here".

"I don't care about getting support! That won't make it go away!"

"Where are your parents in all of this?"

Emily stopped talking for a moment.

"I don't want them to get involved".

"So you haven't even told them?" asked Sister Mary.

"Like I said, I don't want them to know. It will upset them".

"Oh, Emily", she said, "if you told your parents, things will get sorted out!"

"I don't think so!"

"They will! The bullying will stop!"

By now, there were crowds of people down below, and Sister Mary could feel the stressed atmosphere. Under pressure, Sister Mary knew that she had to act quickly.

"Emily, I promise you now, this will get sorted out. Just come away from there before you fall!"

Emily wanted to move away, and Sister Mary could see that, but she decided to remain there.

"Is it for attention?" asked Sister Mary.

"How could I get attention if I'm dead?" asked Emily, "how would I be able to benefit from that?"

"I mean, I don't think anybody cares about you, do they?" asked Sister Mary.

"No", replied Emily, with tears in her eyes, "they all say at school, 'look at that pathetic little bitch!' I'm just sick of everyone and everything!"

"Who says this?" asked Sister Mary.

"Those girls you saw earlier".

"Does anyone else bully you?"

"A couple of other girls, but that's it", said Emily, "and everyone else just sits there and watches as if it's a stupid television programme!"

"I'm sure the head of the school would be very interesed to know what these girls have been doing. I can even go there and tell him that I've witnessed it, if you like".

"The head is a woman", said Emily.

"Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is that these girls are worth nothing to you. In a few years time, you're going to look back and wish you never let them get to you. Everyone gets bullied from time to time, Emily, and it's just a part of life. You should value your life, because you have so many things to look forward to!"

What Sister Mary had just said really touched Emily, so she decided to move away from the top of the church.

When Emily was taken so safety, her mother rushed over to her and hugged her.

"Oh, Emily", she said, "why didn't you tell me you were feeling like this?"

"I didn't want to hurt you", Emily replied.

"I think you have some things to talk about", said Sister Mary.

"Thank you!" cried Emily's mother.

Sister Mary watched as Emily talked to her mother, and as the crowds disappeared, her parents approached her.

"Come and have dinner with us", they said.

"No, I'm sorry, but I have somewhere else I need to be", replied Sister Mary.

Later that night, Sister Mary arrived at the Davids household. She knocked on the door, and it was Tess who answered.

"Sister Mary", she said, "what a surpsise!"

"I've been thinking", said Sister Mary, "and well, with the situation you're in, I feel obliged to do everything I possibly can to help you".

"And?" asked Tess.

"Well, I've decided to get tested, to see if I have matching bone marrow".

Tess remained silent for a few seconds, before she allowed herself to drop into Sister Mary's arms. Will Sister Mary have matching bone marrow?

Next episode: Sunday, 6th October

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