When the Door is Closed, Open the Window
Chapter 1A young girl, about ten years old, was crying in a big hospital bed. She had no hair left, and the only sign of her beauty that remained Ė was her shiny eyes. Even though treated with chemotherapy she still had that miraculous shine in her eyes. This time her eyes werenít happy. Her name was Alice, as her adoptive mother used to say: ďYou are a real Alice from wonderland! Arenít you?Ē
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meantime on the other side of the Ocean, another girlís heart was broken into
million pieces. She thought she got over it, but day-by-day the pain was
destroying her and she was becoming bitter. She was afraid of ending up as one
of those old bitter women that she didnít like herself.
A dear friend invited her for a cup of tea.
- Hello Candy, how are you? Ė Said Albert.
- Same old good Albert. How are you, yourself? Ė Smiled Candy.
- It hurts me when you lie Candy, you shouldnít have to. You are my best friend and you should be able to tell me the truth.
- We both know the truth Albert, but it doesnít help talking about it, it just makes the matters worse.
- Ok Candy, letís try to talk about something else.
- I totally agree Albert! Ė Candy winked her eye.
And so they talked about many things, except Candyís life. Then Albert got a bit concerned and asked:
- Candy what are you going to do now? As I understand, you donít want to stay in Lakewood, but where are you going to go? What are you going to do?
- I already have an answer to this question. I am sorry I should have told you earlier about this, but there were other things I had to think about and I just simply forgot!
- So what is it? What are you going to do?
- Well I applied to work as a nurse in London, St Thomas hospital, in the cardiac unit, and they accepted me!
- London! Donít you think itís a bit strange afterÖ all those memories?
- Memories do not worry me; otherwise I would have never been able to come back to Lakewood, to Anthonyís rose gardenÖ
- Yes, I understand Candy, but London was the placeÖ
- Yes I know. The place where I met Terry, where we spent lots of happy daysÖ Do you want me to carry on?
- No, Iím fine. Thank you. So when are you leaving Ė Albert got worried.
- In one months time.
- So soon?
- I donít think itís soon. Itís enough time to sort out my life, say goodbye to my friends and pack my suitcases. Or shall I wait another 10 years?
- No, please no sarcasm today. It is too serious of a matter to be sarcastic about.
- Ok, then. I am leaving to go to London in one monthís time. Is there anything else you want to know about it?
- Yes. Where are you going to live? London is a very big cityÖ
- Well, the hospital will provide me with a room for the beginning and once I know London well enough, Iíll find an apartment to rent near the hospital.
- I could buy an apartment for you.
- But I donít want you to, Albert. I am a grown up girl and I can look after myself.
- But I am your adoptive father. I am going to buy an apartment for you anyway; there is nothing you can do about it!
- Oh yes there is! I simply wonít go to live in it. You canít make me do that!
- No I canít but you should look after yourself, and if Iím offering to help you it doesnít mean that you canít do it your self, it means I want to help.
- Ok Albert, Iíll think about it.
Albert and Candy finished their tea and they went separate ways. Albert had some family business to do, and Candy had meeting with Annie. Candy was rushing to another cafť in the other end of the town.
In the meantime Annie was on the phone to Archie, telling him that she missed him already. Never mind that he just dropped her off by the cafť! Candy ran into the cafť like a tornado, Annie could see she was angry.
- Iíll talk to you later Archie, bye, love you! And she turned to Candy.
- Hi Candy! Whatís wrong? It seems like you have been kissed by a polar bear!
- Oh kissing a polar bear would be nothing compared to this. Hi Annie.
And they kissed each other on the cheek.
- So what is it that made you so angry?
- I just told Albert, that I am going to London and he is driving me mad with his offers to buy me an apartment! It seems like he thinks that I cannot look after myself!
- Candy Ė interrupted Annie Ė you know itís not that! He loves you like a little sister and he cares about you. He doesnít want something to happen to you!
- I donít care! I am a grown up woman, I know what to do with my life! Donít you think so Annie?
- Yes I do, butÖ since your break-up withÖ Terry you seemed to be different and we are worried about you!
- Of course, Iím different! My heart was broken into million pieces and you want me to stay the same? Iíll never be the same. I have changed forever!
- Candy, please donít get angry with me!
- I am not angry with you Annie. Letís talk about something else.
- Ok. I have a little present for you. For your trip to England.
- Oh Annie, you shouldnít have to.
- Just shut up Candy.
Candy kept her mouth shut and Annie gave Candy a beautiful pink box with a gorgeous silk ribbon round it tied into the most complicated bow youíve ever seen. It seemed like Candyís eyes were going to jump out of her face!
- Open it,- encouraged Annie.
Candy slowly undid the ribbon and took the lid of the box. Inside underneath beautiful soft wrapping paper was a nurseís uniform. It wasnít just a uniform. It had ďCandy WhiteĒ embroidered on it in beautiful pink silk thread. That wasnít it. With the uniform there was a beautiful pink belt with silver buckle made out of angels.
- I know that girls in England once they become nurses they wear a blue belt, itís like a symbolic item there. So I thought Iíll design one for you myself.
- Oh Annie itís so sweet.
- I hope you like it. Ė Said Annie.
- I love it Annie, itís the most beautiful nurseís uniform in the world!
- You will look after yourself, wonít you?
- Of course I will Annie. I promise.
Annie and Candy finished their drinks and cakes. Annie went home, and Candy went to the library to do some preparation for working in the cardiac unit at S.