Ilaria Links is in hospital after another incident. She thinks that it will be just a routine visit; lectures from parents and warnings from doctors. Then she meets Lucas.
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They won't shut up, mum just keeps saying my name, over and over, like it will make a difference, I'm not going to open my eyes.
I guess that Eloise can read my mind because soon she says, "I think she's sleeping. Why don't you just go outside for a bit and get some fresh air?"
I hear them stand up and leave. Although I have my eyes closed, I can feel that Eloise is looking at me. I smile a little.
Suddenly, she breaks the silence; "You stupid girl. You stupid, stupid girl!"
I open my eyes. Eloise is looking at me, with her beautiful green eyes, her auburn hair strewn across her face. I conclude that she has stayed with me over night. She leans over and gives me a quick, slightly violent and a little damp hug. She's crying - not a lot - but enough to make me feel terribly guilty.
One thing that annoys me about Elle is that she is too beautiful; people are just mesmerized by her. She even cries amazingly - us mortals just go all red and blotchy, and make horrific noises. Not her though, her eyes go all glittery and round, shiny jewels drip down onto her face.
I find myself gazing at her, for what seems like hours, but really only seconds.
After a while, she stops sobbing and in an attempt to make the silence break - I croak through my own tears, "It's a good job that you were there."
Elle gives me a small whack on my arm, and stands up; just as my parents return from outside.
"You're leaving?" I ask, not wanting to be alone with them.
Elle realises what I am thinking but I guess she wants to go. She really has stayed longer than she should, and I know that her own parents would be annoyed with her if she stayed for any longer.
We hug, and say goodbye, and soon I am left with mum and dad.