#2

  1. One morning, waking up before her alarm, she thought she might try staying in bed all day, just to see if she could do it. Next door, he thought today might just be the day that he steps outside for the first time in seven years.
  2. One morning, waking up before her alarm, she thought she might try staying in bed all day, just to see if she could do it. “Allison, I swear, if you’re not up in five minutes I’m filling a pitcher of water and coming in after you.”
  3. One morning, waking up before her alarm, she thought she might try staying in bed all day, just to see if she could do it. It was also that same moment when Josephine the kitten decided to try out her pouncing on Shelly’s naked toes.
  4. One morning, waking up before her alarm, she thought she might try staying in bed all day, just to see if she could do it. Of course, this was the best time for such a goal, as her bandaged leg was suspended in front of her by a series of cords “for the next two weeks or so” according to the always-nervous doctor Willings, his shaky hands bouncing in wild gestures as he explained how elevation helps in the healing process. Shelly’s main concern was how the heck she was going to go to the bathroom, but that was quickly explained away by the mention of a catheter.
  5. One morning, waking up before her alarm, she thought she might try staying in bed all day, just to see if she could do it. Rolling over to check her phone, her stomach dropped when she saw the five missed calls and one frantic text message: Dad’s in jail–CALL ME.
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