I elbowed myself into a sitting position when I saw Tom and what looked to be a walking bunch of flowers next to him which concealed Isobel. I had been in hospital for days now and my body still ached from being hit full force by the car, still at least I saved Aaliyah – that was the main thing.
Isobel set the flowers down in a vase on my bedside table and proceeded to give me a tender hug, careful not to hurt me as she did so. “How are you feeling?” she asked as Tom walked around to the other side of the bed and clasped my hand in his. “Yeah, getting there but the doctor said that all being well they might discharge me sometime this afternoon” I said with a smile.
“That’s fantastic news” Tom said beaming at me and giving me a kiss on the forehead, “yeah that’s brilliant, everyone will be so pleased” chipped in Isobel, giving me another hug. “Aaliyah and my parents are every so grateful” Tom said, “It was my pleasure” I replied, “I mean I couldn’t let Aaliyah die now could I?”
By mid afternoon, I had been discharged from the hospital and Tom had driven me to his house so that his parents could show their gratitude to me for saving their youngest daughter. As we pulled up on Toms drive a strange sight met my eyes, a moving van was parked outside their house. My first thought was ‘omg their moving house’ but then I spotted Aaliyah emerging from the van holding what looked to be one end of a large box, and holding the other end was Rhea.
“What is going on?” I asked perplexed, there was an awkward silence whereby you could have heard a pin drop before Tom eventually spoke. “Well, it’s a long story but to cut it short for you, my parents think it was a miracle that you were able to run so fast to save Aaliyah and yet still survive yourself after being hit by that car.”
“That still doesn’t explain why Rhea is moving in?” I said, annoyance bubbling up inside me for some unknown reason, I mean I hardly knew the girl we never spoke at school, I assumed it was the green eyed monster.
“If you will let me finish” Tom said, raising his voice ever so slightly but still remaining calm, “My parents believe that it was god that enabled you to run so fast to save Aaliyah, and they have decided that they wanted to give something back, a charity of sorts, we are letting poorer people live here and I thought – what about Rhea and her mum?”
“Why?” I questioned more to myself than Tom, “Well Rhea’s mum is ill and needs medical attention, which on their own they can’t afford and Rhea can’t cope with looking after her mum and herself on her own.
“I see” I replied quietly not really understanding why at all.