The Great Storm of 1774

(COMPLETED) Read along as 15 year old Angelica Lexington is left alone to take care of her four younger siblings at the height of the revolution, in Georgia. She looks back on her life through her vivid and inspiring writing. Yellow for death, disease and injury.

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31. I Love You

Everything went downhill from that. Aaron began to feel lightheaded. I fed him, and gave him tons of water. He couldn't walk anymore. George and I had sort of agreed that if I focused on Aaron, he would take care of Charles and John-Church. Hannah just slept most of the time, thankfully, but whoever could would tend to her.

 

Then Aaron had a headache. I tried mint leaves. I tried herbs. I put a cool cloth on his forehead, and a hot one, and switched it every so often. Then he turned pale. By this time we had switched his leg wrap four times, and it was almost nightfall. His breathing became heavy. He was gasping, I couldn't think of anything else I could do. Then it hit me.

 

Aaron was dying. Of blood loss. I tried to calculate how much blood he had lost but I couldn't. I called George into the room and told him what I thought. He agreed. I asked him what we should do. We decided on bringing in the rest of his family. And that's what we did. He couldn't talk. He went unconscious. I kept on saying I love you over and over. But there was no response. Charles and John-Church held his hands. 

 

After a little while, night had fallen. Charles and John-Church had let go of Aaron's hands and sat next to George. Hannah was sitting on George's lap. George was sitting on the bench by the fire which we had turned towards Aaron. I was sitting on a chair right by to his head, and he had been laid out on the tea table with blankets and his head propped on a pillow.

 

I was sure it was done. I kissed Aaron's head.

"I love you." I said, one final time.

I felt Aaron's wrist, and my heart skipped a beat. There was no pulse. 

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