“Amelia, wake up!”
She vanishes out of the dream and looks up to see Leona standing over her. “What do you want?” she mumbles with sleepy eyes.
Leona yanks her arm and grunts, “It’s six a.m. You were having a nightmare or something and started crying.”
“Well trust me whatever I was crying about can’t be any worse than waking up with you in my face.”
Leona scowls and walks away.
Amelia stretches and heads to the bathroom to freshen up. When she comes out, she makes a beeline for the nurses’ station, thankful that there’s someone new to talk to.
“Hi, I’m Amelia Waters. How is my father doing?” she asks, with hope streaming from her face.
“I can’t give out any information without the attending physician present, I’m sorry,” the nurse replies.
Her heart sinks into her stomach. She just wants to know if he made it through the night, but she assumes that no news is good news. With a deep inhale and an eye roll, she says, “Well, please let me know if there are any changes as soon as you can.”
“A doctor will speak with you shortly,” the nurse assures her without looking up.
When she goes back to the waiting room, Leona and the boys are gone. With her mind so clouded, she takes a seat and thinks about the mysterious and exciting dream she had. She can’t wrap her brain around what it meant. Why did I need to fight? What was behind the gate? Oddly, it felt so real to her. Most of the time she can’t remember anything from her dreams, but she can remember every detail about this one as if it really happened. And who was that stunning guy? He had to be the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. Too bad it was only a dream. She looks around the waiting room, devastated by her reality. She bites her nails and crosses her legs. Maybe I’ll go ask a different nurse because I can’t wait any longer. On her way to harass the medical staff, she sees a doctor approaching the waiting area.
“Are you Amelia Waters?” he asks.
“Yes, I am. Are you going to give me some news about my father?” What if the doctor says he didn’t make it? I need to sit down. Just as she takes her seat, Leona, Eli, and Navid come back with confused expressions.
“What’s going on? Is my brother okay, Doctor?” Leona asks with worry.