I give dad a quick, encouraging smile, hoping that he'll either say something or leave the room.
All I manage to get from him is a little sigh and; "Well..."
"Yes, well..." I reply, not exactly enjoying they're company. I decide to try and get them to go. "You could go and get something to eat, from the canteen."
He takes a long breath in and says in a slightly irritated voice, "Ilaria, you need to expai-"
I cut dad off mid sentence; I don't want to explain, not yet. They should know why I did it - I've said (okay, shouted) it at them enough times. "I'm tired dad"
I look up at mum, knowing that she'll be more sympathetic.
"Okay love" she says. "Will, lets leave Ilaria alone for a while - she's been through a lot"
Dad gets ready to object but I speak before he has the chance to. "Yes, thank you mum. I'll see you in a few hours.
"You will have to speak to us though Ilaria."
"I know dad, I will. I'm just tired"
Dad gives in and the two of them shuffle out the room.
Then I am alone.
I close my eyes and think. What if I wasn't ill? What if I didn't have do take those stupid tablets? I wish like I was a little kid, hoping that I could just wake up in my won bed at home.
All that happens is that I get a thorough prodding from a nurse.
I snap my eyes back open and give the nurse a glare.
She is a little shocked and mumbles, "I was just wondering if you were asleep."
I am annoyed about being disturbed from my thoughts and growl back "No, I am not asleep. I am awake. Thank you."
"Sorry." The nurse stammers and scurries out the room.
I let my eyes scan the room. Before now, I had just been either occupied with other people or sleeping. Now though, for the first time in so many days, I am alone.