Without You

{For the Appleshine Mum, Loony, may she rest in peace.} The House Appleshine is rocked when they find out that their mother, Luna, has fallen ill. With their lives changing left and right, they've begun to have strains on the family ties as they struggle to cope with their mother's illness.

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2. Chapter Two

The sound of her phone ringing wrenched Hello from her deep slumber. As she sat up, it registered that her children and wife on the other side of the world would be home from school by now.

"Hello?"

"Mom? What's wrong with Mum?" It was her youngest, Girlie, seven years old. She remembered that by now Ink and Zach were ten, Ketsia thirteen, Prez fourteen.

Damn, these kids keep growing up. Hello thought to herself. "What happened to Loony?"

"She went to the doctor while we were in school. She's not home yet. Alex came to babysit us over the night." the youngest was silent. "I'm scared, Mommy." she whispered, almost silently.

"It's okay. GirlOfManyFandoms Appleshine, it's okay. I will take the next plane home. I promise."

"Okay." the seven year old on the other end sounded so scared. Hello's heart melted.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Girlie hung up the phone. Her older cousin, Alex, about sixteen, put a hand on her shoulder.

"Why don't you go work on your homework, Girlie? I have to make a phone call." she smiled slightly.

"Okay." Girlie replied and ran off.

Alex watched the little girl disappear over the stairs and grabbed the home phone, quickly dialing the number for Loony's hospital.

"Hello, Luna Appleshine? How's she doing? .... Oh. Do you think....? Oh. Okay."

Alex dreaded telling the kids they might have to go through a grief-ridden Christmas.

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