It has been three straight weeks since Chandelle was admitted to Collegeville Emergency and it has been quite tiring for Cherish; not being to able eat, sleep, and rested well. She went out to get some McDonald’s a few hours ago, hoping that when she comes back, there would be a good news about her best friend’s condition. The hospital was really quiet and peaceful to the point that she got lost in the silence.
But after a few moments, her phone began to ring. Sigh dammit whose calling now. “Hello. Oh, hello, who’s this? Whom am I speaking with? “Oh yes, this is Cherish… Thank God… Oh my goodness am so excited… Am so happy…….. Praise the lord I get to finally go home. Okay, thanks doc. I will do just that. Alright, sure I will wait for you before packing up. Thanks once again.” It was Doctor Chinie on the phone wanting to tell her about Delle’s condition.
“Cherish… Cherry?”… It was the voice of Delle. “Oh, my God, you are finally awake, the medication is really working now. Am so happy Delle. Lord, you can’t even imagine how much I miss you. I have been crying my eyes out.
“But why Cherish? Why have you been crying, it’s not like I die or something. As you can see I’m fine now so lets go on home and spend some quality time together.” Said Delle. “Okay, that is alright with me. Give me a few seconds so I could confide in Doctor Chinie. He wanted me to let him know if you were awake before packing our belongings. I will be right back. Am going to call him now.” Cherish assured Delle. “Sure, but be quick cause am really hungry girl, Delle reminds her friend as she rushed out to get the doc.
Cherish rapidly ran out of the room to get the doctor. At this point, she was over excited about her best friend’s recovery. It was time to finally go home and get out of this smelly hospital. “La, la la la la..ye, yea, she began to sing a happy song but stopped when she reached Dr. Chinie’s office. “Knock, knock, Mr. Chinie may I come in please?
“Oh yes of course; is everything okay? He asked.
“Uh huh, I-I hmm… wanted to let you know that we will be leaving soon. Chandelle is well now.
Dr. Chinie smiled as he packed some information he collected for Delle. “Well, well isn’t that a great news miss Cherry. Ha.. hmm, I meant Cherish. Anyways, before we head out, I need to tell you to be very patient with Delle. She feels better now, but you see, the cut in her might have some effects on her behavior for a while. Do you understand me?”
“My God. What do you mean doc?”
“What I meant is that you need to take good care of her for the next three weeks or so. Be patient with her. Okay?
“Alright I will doc. I promise. See you later and thank you for everything,” Cherish said gratefully.
“Later sweetheart. Take care.”
Cherish gathered the information which was laying down on Dr. Chinie’s desk, open the door, and began walking towards room 32. “Oh, Delle hun it is time to go home.” She yelled.
The two best friends gather their things and took the cab home; the home that was destroyed by Ryan, the avenger.
“Okay ladies, where are we heading to?” the driver asked politely as he stretches his head to make eye contact with Delle; who was sitting in the back seat next to Cherish.
“We are going home. The address is 46 North road.” Cherish replied as she pulled Delle closer to her.
“Sweet. We should get there in less than 20 minutes. Is your friend okay? Just wondering.” The driver was trying to interact.
“Ah, yeah…hmm, she’s fine. I guess she’s just a little tired. Cherish replied.
“Ohhh, look, look Cherish we’re home, we’re home. Delle’s eyes widen as they approached their address. We are freaking home. Home, sweet home.” She exclaimed excitedly.
“This is it ladies, we are here. Hold on, let me help you get your belongings out of the trunk.” The driver who was 5’5 picks up their things and carries them on their doorstep.
“You see Cherish, am not sure, but a few hours ago, a gentle breeze rustled through the flowers that stood gallantly on the porch. The open air, so rare and fleeting in the streets, smelled of orange blossoms and freshly baked apple pie. Or maybe that was my imagination. Either way, I wished I could pack up the fragrance and bring it along with us. I really do cause this place does not smell, feel or look like the one I wish to be in anymore.”Delle said sadly.
“I know how you mean Delle. Look at this place, half of the glass on the table are broken, and damn look the kitchen and the door. How come we didn’t notice it when we walked in. There’s a big hole right in the middle of it.
“Anyways, I should make something so we can eat. Is that okay with miss Delle?”
“Sure, am hungry as hell Cherry. Delle answered emphasizing the words.
“Why you trying to sound like a dude silly willy, Delly.
“Hahaha, very funny. Who are you calling willy Delly? Cherry fruity. Delle responded jokingly.
“I miss those days when we used to call each other silly names. I really do. Don’t you miss those memories, fruity cherry?
Yeah of course I do, but things have not changed yet sweetie. You know it’s just life. Things happen to people all the time, you get attack by strangers and people we involve with. We just gotta learn how to move forward from our pasts. And you know what happened last month with that creep is part of the past. So let’s focus on our future and life live. Do you understand what am saying Delle?
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever you say mother.” Delle declaimed sarcastically.
“Pardon me? Cherish was confused of Delle’s respond to everything she has just told her. “Are you okay? I mean, did I say anything wrong?”
Delle ignored Cherish’s questions and instead she declared for them to talk about life and their family background. I think we should talk about deep stuff. Like our parents and what had happened to them. Like why aren’t your parents ever around? I mean I have never seen neither talk about them. What happen to your mommy and daddy Cherish?”
“Look Delle, am not ready for all this talk right now. I can’t deal with this. I won’t sit here and talk about people who are irrelevant to me and my life. I have learned to live with or without them. Why didn’t you ask me before, but all of a certain you wanna talk about my God damn parents. Why you so concern now, huh?”
“Am freaking concern cause I wanna know okay. Why is that hard for you huh. How do you feel living with someone and having no idea who their parents are and what happen to them?
All of a certain, Cherish blood started boiling, “Well, don’t be concerned anymore Delle. It is not by force to know about them. We always been doing just fine without my parents or yours so why bring them up now sweetie. You don’t need to know, and that’s that.”
Delle became extremely hurt hearing these words pouring out of her best friend’s mouth. Yeah, you are right, I don’t need to know. It’s fine. It’s really fine. I get it.
……..I umm…I…I’m really sorry, I don’t mean to scream at you or anything.
“That’s okay. As of now, I wanna eat so we are done talking about this for now. Delle said sorrowfully as tears stream down her eyes.
There was a long, awkward silence when the shrill scream of the telephone cut the silence like a runaway train heading for a broken bridge, wheels shrieking on a twisted metal rails. Cherish jumped and crosses to answer the house phone which was located next to the dining table as it continues ringing.
“Cherish Williams speaking, how may I assist you?…………………hello, hmm hello, is anyone on the line? Who the hell is calling and cannot answer back? Damn you then. Idiot.” After a long pause, she threw the phone back on the holder.
“Who was it sweetie? Is everything alright?” Delle asked worriedly.
“It’s nothing, just some idiots calling people’s house and hanging up. I think they must be bored. I don’t have time for this right now. Cherish replied angrily.
She was just about to go to the living room when the telephone started ringing once again. She glares at it for a moment; deciding whether to ignore it or answer it. Before she could decide, the phone stopped ringing. “Oh, thanks goodness.” she exclaimed.
Unfortunately, the sound of the ring started for the third times. She picks it up and there was a traditional song “Long John”, sounding like something electronic. She listened to it for about two minutes and hung up.
“Okay am tired,” She complained. Whoever calls this line again will be cursed out.”
“Maybe it’s a long distance call. Am sure the call must be really important for them to keep calling back. Allow me to redial the number. Delle grabs the phone and redialed the number. After the fifth rang, a lady voice appeared on the line.
“The Williams’ resident, where are you calling from and how may I be of help to you?” ah….ah..ahhhh. di..did you say the Williams’ resident?” Delle’s mouth drops open and became very anxious. Well, someone called my line a few times but they refused to say a word.”
“I was calling for Cherish Williams. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Williams.
Delle glanced around the dining quick to make sure Cherish has gone to her room.
“I think I can be of help, you can talk to me.
“But who am I speaking with?” the lady asked curiously.
“This is Dell………this is Cherish, ma’am.” She was about to say her name but changed her mind and identify herself as Cherish.
“Oh my God, my God, Cherish. My God. Baby why? Why all these years. You went on to college and never for once came back home? We have always been kind to you. But then you vanished from your parents’ lives just because you hated them. They were really nice to you baby. Your parents loved you unconditionally. They never stopped talking about you. But I’m sorry to tell you that they are no more. Goodbye. Talking about them sadden my heart.“
“Wait, Wait’ don’t hang up I want to know what happen to them please.” Delle yelled through the phone. “You know what happened to them. You should ask yourself Cherish M. Williams. Goodbye.” The lady hung up before Delle could say another word.