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But the Bette behind Sidney’s eyes didn’t respond to her apology. And so she spoke up. “I’m sorry!”
That Bette just stared at her, the dark brown eyes filled with fury. They were unforgiving. “Bette! I’m sorry! Please!”
And then Sidney was yelling to the images in her mind, images Alice could not see. Alice shook her, trying to free her friend from this trance, but she couldn’t. Her feet carried her to the nurses’ station where she told them what was happening.
Three nurses moved quickly to the room and Alice stood back as they examined her and then added a medication to her IV. The scene was harrowing for Alice. Sidney was screaming for Bette, struggling against the two nurses who tried to hold her down. Her voice was in agony. She was pleading for forgiveness, her head thrashing about, her legs kicking against confinement.
The sedative they had given her worked quickly and soon the screaming slowed until it became a harsh whisper and Sidney’s heavy eyes closed. When the nurses realized Sidney was asleep, they went to work, placing her in arm and leg restraints.
The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 22
“You ready?” asked Alice.
Bette swallowed over the lump in her throat. Her mouth dry. “Yeah,” she replied.
Alice squeezed her hand and then they both exited Bette’s blue Jaguar. Bette followed her friend into the hospital and to the nurse’s station in Sidney’s ward. Alice introduced Bette before excusing herself to go and visit Sidney.
Bette eyed Alice warily, “I’ll be here when you finish,” she said.
“Okay.” And then she walked quickly to Sidney’s room.
Bette could feel her heart beat in her chest. The wound on the side of her head throbbed. She felt hot, her forehead sweaty. With great care, she focused her eyes on the words on the page before her. She chewed on the inside of her jaw and initialed where she was supposed to and signed on lines that had been highlighted for her.
Alice was sitting on the bed with Sidney. They were sharing a light joke when Bette opened the door of the room and walked inside. Sidney sat up as much as the arm and leg restraints would allow.