I knocked on Dr. Evans’ door at precisely seven pm. “Come in” came her voice from inside. I eased the door open and entered, shutting it gently behind me. Four steps took me across the room to her desk and I sat in the seat she indicated. Dr. Evans stared at me from across the desk; her fingers interlocked with her chin resting on them. “I’ve decided to postpone group sessions until tempers calm down” she said. “So we will be doubling up on the single sessions for the next few weeks”.
“Okay” I said.
“So how are you today Logan?”
“Anything to report?”
“No. I’m okay. I haven’t had an episode in a while”.
“That is great news Logan. You are definitely improving; your condition is getting better”.
“No thanks to this place”.
“What do you mean by that?” she asked, making a note on her book.
“I mean the thing that is making me feel better is the friends I have made… And Alyssa”.
“We’ve become very close” I said.
“We have no problem with relationships between inmates if that is what you mean Logan… Once they comply with our rules of course”.
“I don’t even know if you could call anything inside these walls a relationship… but that is what Alyssa and I have”.
“You know the rules we have regarding relationships between inmates?” I nodded. “Good. I am glad you are both helping one another”.
“Me too”. Dr. Evans proceeded to question me on my friendships, on my daily routine, and on how my illnesses were affecting me. It seemed to take an age, but eventually our hour came to an end. “If there is nothing more you have to tell me then you may go Logan”. I stood and turned to leave. Halfway across the room I stopped and turned back.
“There is one thing” I said.
“Yes, what is it?”
“It’s Alyssa’s birthday in two weeks and I was wondering if it would be okay for me to ring my sister Mia and invite her to join us for the celebrations?”
Dr. Evans perused me over her interlocked fingers again, and then smiled. “Of course Logan. Would you like to call her now?”
“If it is no trouble”.
“Of course not. Here. Use my phone. I’ll give you a few moments privacy”.
“Thank you”. She smiled again and left the room. I picked up the phone from her desk and dialled the number. It rang three times before she answered.
“Hey Sis” I said, smiling.
“Logan! What a nice surprise!”
“How are you?”
“I’m good. How are you?”
“I’m fine” she said. “To what do I owe the pleasure of this call?”
“Would you like to come up to the institute in two weeks’ time to celebrate Alyssa’s birthday with us?”
“I would love to Logan! I’ll be there!” I smiled and informed her of the details, and told her what I wanted to get Alyssa for her birthday. She promised to track it down and bring it on the day.
“That’s great sis. I’ll see you in two weeks then?”
“Indeed you will. Love you big bro!”
“Love you too sis”.
I hung up the phone and exited the office. Dr. Evans smiled at me as I passed and went back inside. I passed Michael in the corridor as he made his way down for his appointment. In a few moments I was in the common room with Jonah on the beanbags.
“What’s up Logan?” he asked as I sat down.
“Just had my appointment with Dr. Evans”.
“What shit was she spouting today?”
“The usual crap. She let me ring Mia though”.
“Yeah. Mia’s gonna come for Alyssa’s birthday”.
“Yeah she is”.
“Dude. She’s my sister. And she’s sixteen”.
“I’m only screwing with you man”.
We were soon joined by Alyssa. She came rubbing sleep from her eyes. “Hey guys” she said. She fist bumped Jonah, and then sat next to me on my beanbag; giving me a quick peck on the cheek.
“Great news” I said.
“What’s that?” Alyssa asked.
“Mia can come visit for your birthday”.
“That’s wonderful!” she said.
“It’s only two weeks away now” I said.
“I can’t wait”. She gave my hand a squeeze.