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I’m in my car waiting patiently for the light to change and I can’t help replaying my meeting with Kate over in my head. The nerve of her asking something like that of me after all this time. I don’t even know her anymore. I feel closer to Tina who I just met than I do my own sister. That woman is a stranger to me. And her daughter. I’m supposed to make a life changing decision like that so I can save hers?
I sigh and shake my head as the light changes to green and I proceed through the intersection. I’m not sure why I chose this route as I glance to my right and notice I am approaching the very hospital Kate said her daughter was in. And why wasn’t she at the hospital with her daughter instead of being at the hotel. Of course that would be just like her to leave her own daughter alone just like she left me, her only sister, alone. Suddenly, I felt a strong urge and overwhelming curiosity to see my sisters daughter. Call me a glutton for punishment, but for Kate to show up out of the blue to ask, no beg, me to get tested, I wanted to see who was worth that to her. Because I sure wasn’t.
“Fuck it” I mumble as I make my final decision and pull into the parking lot of St. Mary’s immediately finding an available parking space..I take a moment to gather myself, grab my purse, and head to the hospital entrance. Everything in me told me to just turn around and walk away but I would always keep wondering if I didn’t do this. I head directly to the information desk and the woman sitting behind the counter obviously recognizes me because she smiles and quickly jumps out of her chair.
“Oh my God..You are Bette Porter. I just love your book..Oh..Could I please get an autograph?” she asks with such excitement you would think she had won the lottery as she digs around in her huge shoulder bag and pulls out my book, opens it to the front cover and hands it to me. I am so not in the mood for this but this is the price you pay when you have fame.