When I opened my eyes all I could see were leaves and a blue sky. Realizing I was lying on the ground in wet leaves and not knowing how I got here. Not even sure if I can move, just as I went to move I hear a voice say “Do not move”
“Do not move your leg is broken I need to set it”
Gasping and screaming in pain all at once, choking for air.
Next time I open my eyes I hear voices around me yet no one is talking directly to me. Now again wondering where I am, yet in the same instant I realize I am in a hospital.
I hear “She is awake”
I turn and realize it is my sister looking concerned leaning in “Sarah how are you feeling, do you know where you are”
“Sue!? In the hospital right?”
“Yes you are in a hospital, you have a broken leg and cracked ribs, and it is amazing you are still alive the car looked like no one could survive. You must have been thrown clear”
“Sue, car? I do not remember anything; I was in a car accident?”
“Yes, they found you ten feet away down in a ravine”
“Sue did they find anyone else was I with someone”
“Sarah you really do not remember; looks like dad was driving”
“Dad, no I do not remember” people say they have cobwebs in their mind I never knew exactly what that meant till this moment
“Sarah, the police will want to talk to you seems when they took a close look at the car the brake lines were cut”
“Really, someone wanted to hurt us? Who would want to hurt us?”
My sister moved from my view and at that moment I was looking at a police officer.
“Sarah my name is Officers Knolls, what can you tell me, what do you remember?”
I sighed and said “I remember waking up looking up at the sky and leaves, someone told me not to move, I remember the sky being incredibly blue, and then I felt horrible pain, next thing I woke up here”
“Well that is understandable you have been through a lot, when you remember something will you call me, I gave your sister Sue my card”
“I will Officer, thank you”
My sister came to the bed and leaned in said
“The Doctor said you would be in the hospital just another day now that you are awake, you will mend at home, just have to be careful”
After 24 hours they released me, my sister picked me up. We stopped at the drug store to pick up my prescriptions, pain killers and antibiotics. We got home Sue made me comfortable in the recliner and said she will be back with soup and sandwiches.
The house was quiet; my mom has been gone for over a year, now dad. Which to be honest neither I nor Sue will miss him, he was abusive to us. Took advantage of us when we were young; first Sue she was the oldest, then me he liked them younger than 16. Now that I am 21, I have been wondering what he has been up too.
Sue came home from work one day I was crying she asked what was wrong I said “I think dad is visiting across the street when the parents are not home”
We knew at this point we would have to tell someone, we could not let him get away with this.
Sue came in the room set my lunch on a TV tray, sat next to me on the sofa. We ate quietly and after my last bite I started to get a little sleepy, pain killers do that.
“Sue thanks for taking good care of me”
“Sarah, wish I could have done that before dad got to you”
“I know, I do not blame you, we both should have told”
“You are right at least he will not hurt that little girl across the street anymore”
“ I told you it would work, just did not plan on you getting hurt”
“Just a broken leg Sue, I should have jumped out of the car sooner is all”
“Sue, aren’t they going to investigate who cut the break line?”
“No worries, remember the notes dad left us?”
“Yes they always said the same thing *I know what you did* it was for his sick game”
“I saved one, put it in Uncle Joe’s tool box along with all the pictures of us, in an envelope which has dad’s prints on it, I wore gloves so my prints are not on the envelope”
“Sue do think that will be enough?”
“Sarah no worries, Scott called and said they had a search warrant for Uncle Joe’s, I told him Dad and Uncle Joe had a fight. When Scott went over to Uncle Joe’s to talk to him Scott noticed some children’s videos, he asked Uncle Joe if he had kids or grandkids. We both know Uncle Joe never had kids, that is when Scott went for the search warrant, they will find everything in the garage”
‘Who is Scott?”
“Officer Knolls, we have had lunch, he became a police officer in part when he found his uncle with his sister, he said he wanted to make things right”
So much of our past came out with the investigation it was humiliating but worth it. Uncle Joe went to prison for murder and child abuse, endangerment and a whole list of things. I will smile when thinking about what Scott told us “They do not treat pedophiles well in prison” He will be there the rest of his life. One down to many to go.