Ecstasy

The fall wasn't meant to happen. That part, at least, wasn't planned.
But now, Luke's stuck in a limbo between dream and nightmare and the bottle in his pocket seems to be able to say a lot more about the incident than he can.
However, when reality does begin to sink in in Luke's mind, it's all anyone can do to stop him from letting go of everything - Forever...That is, if people can begin to care...

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11. Visitors

The lone, hunched figure stirs in her chair. Situated outside the hospital ward, Charlotte Miller sleeps restlessly. At the other end of the corridor, the receptionist talks animatedly to a cheerful-looking young man with curly hair and his companion, a blonde teenager. 

Laughing prettily, the receptionist skirts round the edge of the desk. She smiled warmly at the teenage girl, then crosses kindly over to Charlotte. 

"Um... Excuse me...? Mrs Miller?..."

Charlotte looks up. "Yes." She smiles tiredly and stretches herself.

"You have some visitors..." Says the receptionist timidly.

Charlotte blinks and her eyes focus on the man and teenager. Slowly, she pulls herself back to the present - a thing which pains her greatly -  then she stands up and flings her arms around the man. "Oh, Terence! Thank goodness you're here! I've been so worried... James hasn't even called to see if Luke's alright and... and..."

Her brother pats her on the back, rather awkwardly "Hey, little sis. It'll be okay..."

Charlotte sniffs "I hope so... I don't suppose you've heard from Tancred, have you?" She asks.

Terence shakes his head. "No." He says bitterly "I haven't. He's probably doing some Hollywood business."

Charlotte chuckles weakly, releasing her hold on her brother "I suppose he never did care about us..."

"He used to." Terence reminds her "Before he started... Acting like an idiot..."

Behind them, the teenage girl sneezes loudly. Terence turned to her.

"Oh, yes. Sorry, Sadie... Charlotte, meet Sadie. Sadie, meet my sister, Charlotte Miller."

Sadie and Charlotte smile at each other, nervously.

"Come and see Luke." Ventures Charlotte at last, leading her visitors into the room containing her son "Did you know there was ecstasy involved, Terry? Might interest you." She means to sound lighthearted, but it comes out oddly squeaky. Terence merely shrugs.

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