Chp. 2

Over the next few weeks you hear arguing coming from Mommy and Daddy's room. You see him leave a lot and hear Mommy crying, too. Soon, they tell you that they don't love each other anymore and Daddy isn't going to live with you anymore. You feel sad, since your Daddy won't be living here with you anymore, but once in a while he comes to visit and he brings you to see your Nana and Papa.

When you come home, you see the fire department in front of your house and firemen going inside.

"Daddy, why are they here?" you ask.

"I don't know, sweetheart," he answers, "Look, I'm going to drop you off right here and watch you go inside, so you're safe. I can't stay like I usually do, I have to meet somebody. Be careful and I love you, Kristyn," he said.

"I love you too, Daddy," you say and plant a kiss on his cheek.

Once inside, you see Mommy holding a crying Amanda. Amanda is covered in mosquito bites, which you learn later are something called hives. Mommy said that she was eating baby crackers to teeth with and suddenly the hives were all on her arms and neck and Amanda started to scratch them and cry.

"I couldn't think of anything else to do, so I called the fire department," Mommy said nervously.

"It's alright, ma'am, we actually get this a lot. From what she was eating, we assume it was an allergic reaction to something in the crackers, presumably wheat. We will give her a shot from this EpiPen and from now on, just keep her away from wheat," the fireman answered.

Soon, they left.

"Mommy! Mommy! Is Amanda alright?" you ask.

"Yes, she's fine, Kristyn," Mommy answers, "But from now on, she can't eat anything with wheat, so you need to help me make sure nothing happens to her, again," Mommy said.

"O.K," you answer proudly.

Mommy brings Amanda into your room where she's still crying. Soon, she stops and Mommy comes back into the living room to join you watching Jaws. During all the scary parts, she holds you close and when the movie ends, she's crying, too.

"What's wrong, Mommy?" you ask

"Nothing sweetheart, just scared of the movie, that's all," she says and leaves the room to check on Amanda.

You follow and climb into bed, expecting a story. Mommy gives you a kiss on the cheek for being brave and shuts off the light. You face the wall angrily and cry angry tears.