Incredible Beauty by Missy Johnson

Incredible Beauty by Missy Johnson

Author:Missy Johnson [Johnson, Missy]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter Twenty-One


I checked in on Em before I left. Yes, I was actually going home to have a real meal, a shower and get some sleep. I was no good to anyone like this.

Em was the same, no change which was good I suppose. The few moments before I entered her room every single time, I hoped I’d find her sitting up, smiling and talking, miraculously recovered. It broke my heart when that never happened.

The cab driver was the same one that had taken me to the hospital two days earlier. When we reached home, he handed me his card before I got out, telling me to call him anytime I needed a lift.

Inside, the house was so quiet. I turned on the TV and the stereo just to drown out the silence. My head was a mess, a combination of severe lack of sleep and stress. After ordering a pizza (my idea of a ‘proper’ meal), I ran the shower, disposing of my dirty clothes on the floor.

Standing with one hand propped up against the white wall tiles, I let the near scalding water run down my body.

Fuck it felt good.

I couldn’t drag myself out from under the shower, only the ringing of the doorbell enough to spur me into action. Wrapping a towel around my waist, I ran to the door, calling out that I was on my way. I opened the door, shoved a twenty into the hand of the surprised delivery guy, grabbed my pizza and slammed the door.

I grabbed a can of soda from the fridge, undeterred by the towel falling to the floor as I juggled the pizza box and can into the living room. Sinking into the couch, the smell of the pizza was making my stomach grumble. I lifted the box and grabbed a slice, regardless of the soggy bottom and the cheap sparse ingredients, it was the best damn thing I’d ever eaten.

I switched on the TV, only now looking at the time. At just after seven, it was still early enough for me to call Maddie. The plan was to stop off around there tomorrow on the way to the hospital and tell her what was going on.

It took me all of two minutes to polish off the pizza and wash it down with the coke and I think I could have quite comfortably eaten another. I considered checking out the fridge for something else to eat, but when it came down to it, I couldn’t be bothered even moving. Reaching for the phone, I dialed Claire.

“Simon? Is everything okay?” Claire was straight into worry mode.

“Yeah, I’m at home. No change, I just needed to shower and rest,” I yawned.

“Okay,” Claire sounded relieved, “let me know if you need anything. Do you want me to bring some food over for you?” I was so tempted to say yes, but glancing down at my naked body, I didn’t want to even move to get dressed.

“Uh, nah, I’ll probably just go to bed after this.


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