Autumn's Wind

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Chapter 37: A Quiet Strength
(by NativeRose, added on 24 July 2005 04:25 PM)

When Lynne returned to Autumn's hospital room, all was quiet. She was surprised to find her daughter there alone. Where had Jamison gone? Well, he was a smart boy as the doctor has said, and he wouldn't get into any trouble. Lynne would take advantage of the time she had alone with her daughter. She took a deep breath. What could she say to her daughter? Autumn had enough troubles of her own, and Lynne had to be strong for her, Autumn needed support, and Lynne couldn't fall apart. The quiet voice and softly spoken words shattered Lynne's thoughts.
"I know you're struggling with this, perhaps more than i am. You don't need to worry about me, Mom. You have enough stuff to think about as it is. You don't have to fight for me, I know what's happening. I have come to a place where I can accept the fact that I'm dying. Weep for me not, for I shall see you again, in the new system of things. Instead, rejoice because you know we will meet again."
"Autumn! Don't say such things!" Lynne said sharply.
"How long can you deny it?"
"Have you given up as well, Autumn? Jamison and the doctors have convinced you that you're not going to make it. I refuse to believe that! Don't give up yet. It is not time for that."
"I understand what you're saying, but we all have to face what is to come. I am dying." Lynne couldn't listen to any more of this talk. She was about to leave the room when she noticed the figure standing in the forehead. She gasped when she saw who it was...for it was Autumn's father.

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