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“Wait! You can’t leave me. I need you,” Chrissie cried out as she ran towards the fading figure. Nevertheless, Cheryl didn’t come back. Chrissie fell to the ground and cried tears that had refused to come in September after the accident. The sobs racked her body and the sounds of her wails echoed through the hillside. When she could cry no more, she pushed herself up and trudged back to the house. The sun had finished its daily journey and the stars were twinkling through the rain clouds gathered on the horizon. Chrissie fell into her bed and fell asleep before her head hit the pillow. That night she slept a dreamless sleep and, in the morning, woke up feeling as if a weight lifted from her shoulders. I’m not responsible for Cheryl’s death, so why does Mom blame me for the accident? Cheryl wouldn’t let me help her. Mom made us move because of the accident. I didn’t want to move here. I don’t belong here. Maybe, I could go back to our old house. The temperatures in Pennsylvania had been unseasonably warm for autumn so Chrissie dressed in lightweight clothing and headed downstairs for a quick breakfast. Mom and Aunt Sybil were already there. “Chrissie, what are your plans for this fine Saturday in October?” Aunt Sybil asked. “Do you think you could drive me into town, and we can pick up some stuff for your birthday party?” Chrissie’s lips quivered and her eyes grew to the size of hockey pucks. “No, I can’t drive. I’ll never drive again.” “Birthday party? I don’t think that it would be a good idea this year. Your sister has only been gone a month. I’m not ready to dredge up the memories of your birthdays and the accident. It would be too painful,” Mom said with a hint of sadness in her voice. “Chrissie, why didn’t you come home the way we always come