Last time on Soul To Body: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/100-word-song-pain-lies-on-the-riverside/
Jake’s guitar calloused thumb and middle finger rubbed tiny specks of dingy yellow sleep from the corners of his eyes. He blinked, then tried to focus through the blur of a restless night in the hospital. Camille sat on her feet and rocked in rhythm with their eighteen-month-old daughter’s breaths.
“Our baby looks so sick.”
Jake agreed with Camille but didn’t respond. She needed his strength. He extended his left hand and Camille held it against her tear soaked cheek. The viral meningitis worked its way through Violet’s tiny body.
“Jake, we have to do a better job of taking care of Vi and ourselves. Promise me we’ll do that, okay?”
Afraid to say anything that wouldn’t lead to crying, he rubbed his hand against Camille face so she could kiss his knuckles. Augusta entered the room and Camille stood up to hug her sister. A gasp came from the bed.
“Dad? You alright? Gus, press the nurse button thingy!”
Jake woke in a spin. Pain thumped in his concussed head. Flanking the bed were a sixteen-year-old Violet to his right and his sister-in-law, August, to the left. As Jake tried to speak, pain punched through his bandaged torso.
“Vi, baby, you okay? Mommy and I are right here.”
With blank expressions that matched their blue demeanor, Violet and Ausgusta craned their necks for medical help. Jake touched Violet’s hand and realized it was him in the hospital.
“Violet, I’m sorry I wasn’t at home taking care of you.”
Augusta crossed her arms and glared at Jake.
“Yeah, you were on the phone while you were driving back from your date.”
Jake closed his eyes, tried to ignore the aches, and wondered how to talk about Mallory with them. Violet squeezed her father’s hand.
“Gus! Not now!”
A tall, serious raven-haired nurse strode into the room and pushed Augusta away from Jake’s left side. He concentrated on Violet and Augusta’s pale blue eyes. They were identical to Camille’s.
This is a new story episode of Soul To Body, a short story about a grieving father and his teenage daughter. You can find the rest of the story, so far, here: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/soul-to-body/ It is also my 333 word response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge of the third definition of “Blue” – http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/
Today’s song is something I sing my my 4 blue-eyed women at home. They have little clue as to who Lou Reed and Velvet Underground are, despite my best efforts. Here’s Pale Blue Eyes. Great song.