CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FIFTY-FIVE
“Oh dear,” Abi said. “How awful. I have seen this before. It’s a terrible injury.”
Honey nodded. She ate some cake to avoid looking at Abi.
“I’ve been like this since she hurt me,” Honey said, looking up at Abi.
“About a year ago,” Honey said, clearing her throat again. Tears began to fall down her face. “I was invited to join at trial for a promising technique to reconnect my spine. I could walk again!”
Honey smiled at the idea.
“I had to do the work,” Honey said. “I had to learn to control my legs again — as much as I can. I had to be sure to make that connection. And I did it! Every day. Oh it was so hard!”
“What happened today?” Abi asked.
“Today, I met with the doctors,” Honey said. “They say that I’m ready to have the procedure done. Since the time that I was admitted to the program, three other people have undergone this treatment and all three of them can walk again!”
Speaking in a rush of language, Honey continued on.
“I’ve felt so conflicted,” Honey said. “I love the wheelchair community. I haven’t really hated being like this. I finally decided that I was going to be like this for life, I may as well get used to it. So I invested in the community. Got to know people. And, I mean it took a long time, but I’m okay being wheelchair bound.”
“Then this came up …” Honey looked at Abi. “It was a hard decision to make but, now, I really want to walk again. So, I have a chance now. I mean, it’s not 100% but … We scheduled a date to start the treatments. I might be able to walk by the end of next year.”
Abi’s eyebrows dropped with concern.
“What is it?” Honey asked.
“I never knew this was something you wanted,” Abi said. “That’s all. You’ve always seemed so …”
“That’s just it,” Honey said. “I think that I should want to stay in the chair. But, the idea that I could walk again? It’s like a dream come true. I mean, MJ and I would have another child or two and … I could truly be over it.
“I mean, this thing happened and my life turned upside down and I …” Honey shook her head. “It probably doesn’t make any sense.”
“You make great sense,” Abi said with a nod. “Would you really want to be ‘over’ this argument with your sister?”
“What do you mean?” Honey asked.
“Oh, I don’t know,” Abi said. “In my experience, humans don’t really want to ‘get over’ things. They carry around their pains and resentments for all of their life. Look at this scar — it was his fault. You must know this.”
Honey gave a slow nod of her head.
“I know what you mean,” Honey said. She took a bite of cake and savored the taste. “This is good cake.”
Abi nodded. They ate in silence for a while as each woman sorted through their thoughts.
“Why did you ask about my sister?” Honey asked. “I mean, me.”
Denver Cereal continue tomorrow…
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