**”Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem”
-in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful-**
Alice just dozed off after putting her books away when she was suddenly awoken by a sound.
She moaned and turned to the other side hoping that the sound would stop. But it didn’t. It went on and on.
She jolted herself up and took in her surroundings first.
‘Oh I’m in my room’ she thought once she got her bearings straight. And then the sound started again.
‘Goodness! Its my cellphone… I’m totally losing it!’
She grabbed her phone from the side table and stared at the time first… ’12:15?’
She answered her phone without checking who was calling this late at night before it could stop ringing again.
“Alice! Sweety…I’m so sorry to wake you!”
“Aunt hilda? Is everything okay? Is sabreen okay?”
She couldn’t stand the thought of something happening to her little sister. But why else would hilda be calling her this late at night? and besides, she sounded like she was in a panic.
“Sabreens fine alice. I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news..”
“What is it aunt hilda? What happened?”
She was beginning to get a little impatient. Could hilda not just get straight to the point instead of beating around the bush?
“Its your….. Its beth.. She’s in hospital. In ICU actually”
Alice calmed down a little. she’s probably the worst person in the world to be relieved that her mother was in hospital. But beth wasn’t much of a mother anyway.
“Oh!” Was all she could say.
“There was a break in at their place and apparently sam was out for the night. She was alone and was badly beaten. By the time sam got home, she was already unconscious. She lost a lot of blood and they had to rush her to the nearest public hospital.”
Alice listened quietly. She felt nothing. No sympathy whatsoever. She listened like it was a strangers tale being told to her.
“Alice? Are you there?”
“Yes I’m listening.”
“We’re going to have to postpone our trip.. I’m heading to the hospital. She’s alone. She’ll obviously need someone there.”
Hilda sounded tired.
“Why you? I’m sure sam is there. Hasn’t she hurt you enough?”
“She is my sister alice. And I do still love her. What kind of a sister would I be if I can’t be there for her in such a time?”
Alice didn’t reply.
“Anyway.. I just called to relay the news to you. Thought you should know what’s going on. I’ll keep you updated…”
And with that, they hung up.
Alice tossed and turned for the rest of the night. Just when she thought she had made herself strong and could move on with her life, her parents had to be brought back into it. Did she have to know what was going on with beth?
She silently prayed that beth would suffer before she finally leaves this world. She hated her for all the hell she put her through.
For all she cared, it was most probably sam that beat her to this state. Maybe there was no robbery in the first place. There hasn’t ever been one before this. The neighbourhood was pretty safe uptil now apart from sam the drunkard that interfered with everyone.
But what did she know. She’s been away for so long, maybe everything had changed.
She thought about sabreen. How was she taking the news? Sabreen was so excited to go on her first holiday and now her sickening and good for nothing parents had to come in the way of her happiness once again.
Before she knew it, it was already time to get ready for class. Alice dragged herself to the bathroom and had a cool shower to wash away her exhaustion. And after making her bed and clearing up all over, she made her way to campus.
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