What baffles her most is why leaving the chapel made her feel like a different person. She needed the strength that immersed itself in her when she walked in, but what were all those extra emotions about? Why does she feel stronger and able to take whatever storm is coming? She laughs to herself when Wonder Woman springs into her mind. She had a lot of cool powers Amelia could use right about now. She would love to be her long enough to overpower her aunt and two cousins while saving her family in the process. But wishful thinking isn’t something she can afford, so she takes a deep breath and notices the wall clock reads ten thirty. She finds herself at the nurses’ station, hoping a miracle occurred while she was gone.
“Hi, can I please go in and see my father? I’m his daughter, Amelia.”
“I’m sorry, but the doctor prefers it if no one visits him until morning.” The annoyed look on the nurse’s face tells Amelia that she probably gets this a lot, annoying family members with a gazillion questions. The nurse focuses on her computer with little regard for Amelia still standing there.
“Thanks anyway. I’ll be right over there if anything changes,” she mumbles. Sadly, she walks back to where Leona and her cousins are sitting. She feels so defeated and helpless, but strong at the same time.
“I think we should stay the night just in case your father wakes up,” Leona suggests. Her eyes are red and she looks tired. Good.
“That’s fine with me. I’m not ready to leave him anyway. Hopefully, by morning there will be a change in his condition for the better,” Amelia replies. Hopefully, he’ll be alive in the morning.
They make themselves as comfortable as possible and prepare to sleep in the waiting room. Amelia’s mind is going a million miles a minute, compelling her to stay awake. To her, this all feels…like a dream. Just yesterday, her dad was in a good mood. They all cooked dinner and watched a movie together. She remembers glancing over at them and witnessing how natural it was for them to be in love. They didn’t have to try. The way he looked into her mother’s eyes and kissed her before watching the movie is the last good memory Amelia has of her parents before Hurricane Leona struck. She desperately holds onto that memory to keep her going.