Track One, Haunted
|I thought you should know
Daddy died today
He closed his eyes and he left here
He sends his love
He wanted you to know
He isn't holding a grudge
And if you are you should let go
Pick up, pick up please...
The line clicked on.
"Hello, is that you?"
I take a deep breath, the mucous almost catching in my throat. "Yeah, Mom, it's me."
"What's going on? Are you OK?"
"I'm fine," I breathe, in almost a whisper.
"What's wrong? Why are you upset?"
I brace myself, about ready to bring it home.
"Dad came through here today," I gasp, yet holding my breath, not knowing how to speak.
"Did he? And?"
"He's dead," I blurt out, tears and snot pouring from my face.
There's a long pause, as I wait for something I know I'll never get.
"OK. Thanks for letting me know."
The line clicked off, and I look back at the emergency ward I'm supposed to be running, overrun with pandemic victims.
My dad just died, in my care...
I steel myself...
Mental note, He died today...