back!" Todd called out as the girls walked in to the Apartment complex.
Amanda and Trisha came back from browsing the art show down the road.
"I bet you can
use a coffee break," Amanda said. "Why don't you come up to my
could use a break," Todd responded and he followed the girls into the
In the apartment,
Amanda plugged in her Keurig and took the box of coffee pods out of her
cabinet. Trisha opened the fridge and grabbed the cream, and Todd grabbed the
sugar out of the cabinet. They both put their items onto the table.
"You know, it's
that website Amanda made for me that got me so popular," Trisha said.
"The traffic from your blog really helped… Maybe a little too much. I've
been running around cross country in meet-and-greets and interviews and now I'm
much?" Amanda teased.
acknowledging that I wouldn't have done it without you, really," Trisha
responded and nudged her just before sitting down. "But it is your fault
that I'm so tired."
Trisha continued on
about her trip for a little while. She talked about the places she's seen and
the people she met.
Finally, there was a
pause in the conversation. Todd got up to make himself a second cup of coffee.
Amanda took a the moment to speak up.
"I may have to
see my psychiatrist again," Amanda said.
They both looked at
her and got very quiet. The Keurig hissed as it forced the last bit of water
through the pod.
that?" Todd finally said as he grabbed his cup of coffee and sat down.
hallucinating." Amanda now realized that she didn't know what to say. How
could she describe it? "It stopped for a few months, but today I thought I
saw someone watching me."
"Oh, gawd, it
isn't Brian is it?" Trisha exclaimed.
"No, it wasn't
Brian," Amanda said, "It was a woman. She was there, and I blinked,
and she was gone. In hindsight, I could have sworn some people have walked
right through her."
Trisha and Todd
looked at each other, concerned.
"It was just a
moment," Todd said, "And you have been under some stress. Perhaps you
should hold off a little."
Amanda shook her
head. "This time it was only a moment. The last time I lost at least a
"What was that
hallucination, out of curiosity?" Todd asked
"I don't quite
remember, but I think it was some sort of glass tunnel. It was like I was going
through it, but that wasn't the only one."
Todd and Trisha
Todd said, "I still think you should hold off. Just for a little while. It
may be…" He trailed off.
"It may be that
it was a one-time incident," Trisha finished Todd's sentence, "It's
been a few months before, it may not happen again for a while."
"But if it
does," Todd continues, "Come to us and we'll help you out."
drive you to your appointment," Trisha said.
"Well, he's in
walking distance, but thanks," Amanda said. "I guess I will wait to
see if there are any more problems, but I don't want to wait until I do
something stupid. I mean, what if I have a hallucination that someone is
Amanda noticed that
Todd and Trisha looked mortified.
like saying, 'What if I get hit by a meteor?' I'm probably worrying about it
too much. I'll wait, but if I get any more hallucinations, I will be checking
relieved, but Trisha seemed a little nervous still.
"Just let me
know first," Todd said. "You don't want to go without some support
from your friends."