Moira laughed, her blonde curls bouncing behind her thrown-back head and her sky blue eyes sparkling.
"Eya, your so funny, little sis!" she said, patting Sophie on her shoulder.
Sophie rolled her eyes and refocused on the road.
"Moira, I need to focus on driving, please." she said under her breath.
Moira shook her head and sat back in her chair.
"This is what I'm talking about, Eya. You need to relax. I've been driving for two years longer than you, and I never…"
Sophie didn't even see the 16-wheeler coming.
In the midst of Moira's screams, Sophie felt a hand in her own. She had a sudden urge to hold on as right as she could. But her strength failed her, and the best she could do was give it a faint squeeze.
She felt her eyes flutter, but forced herself to look over at Moira. She was being taken away…
Sophie's eyes shot open. The first thing she saw was the hazel-green of Dr. Barnett's eyes searching her own. She saw him relax and felt his hand slide out of hers. Her hand felt suddenly cold and empty.
Dr. Barnett gave a few instructions to some nurse and they went off to do his bidding. Sophie still couldn't focus on much but the doctor.
He is quite handsome, even with that ridiculous goatee…
The thought came unbidden, and Sophie silently scolded herself.
She sat up, her head reeling. Dr. Barnett rushed to her side.
"Woah, slow down, Sophie. Don't sit up too fast or you might cause yourself even more pain." he told her.
She ignored him, only one thought in her mind.
"Where's Moira?" she demanded. "Is she ok?"
Dr. Barnett nodded. "Things are looking good right now, though we have no idea what's wrong with her."
Then he kept rambling on in doctor terms, things Sophie knew nothing about, so she just stared at him with a blank look.
He finally trailed off and saw the look on her face, giving a slight chuckle.
"You have no idea what in talking about, do you?" he asked.
Sophie shook her head. He smiled and pulled out a little pen light.
"Now, I've already done this twice, but you were still unconscious both times, so I'm going to try it again, ok?" he said.
Sophie nodded. The light was bright, but she pushed through.
Dr. Barnett put away his pen light just as one of the nurse came back and handed him an envelope. He flipped through the pages and glanced up at Sophie.
"It says here you were in this hospital a few years back, but it doesn't go into detail about anything. Is there something you can say about that?"
Sophie's eyes were wide with shock, and had unwilling you filled with tears. She turned her head. She knew she had already ruined her rock-strong image, but she didn't. Are to ruin it anymore.
"I'd prefer not to talk about it, please." she said, her voice cracking slightly. "Can you just, leave for a minute pleas?"
She felt Dr. Barnett's eyes on her back but couldn't bring herself to meet his gaze. After a few minutes, she saw him mod through the corners of her eyes.
"Fine, you can have a few minutes, only because everything is stabilized for now. I'll be back in a few minutes, then we have to talk, ok?" he told her.
Sophie nodded, and heard Dr. Barnett leave the room. Probably going to do more research about her medical history, but at that moment she didn't care.
For the first time in years, she let herself cry.