“So how about a yard tour?” Maddie suggested and I groaned, holding the sides of my wheelchair as Kate pushed me along the path. I then realised my escape route and smiled happily.
“How about you two go ahead? I’ve already seen the place and its nice and sunny out, I’ll just sit here.”
Maddie frowned and then shook her head. “I’ve made a few changes around the farm, and we’ve got some new face-”
“I’d love to and all, but this baby won’t make it around the yard,” I cut in, patting the side of my wheelchair. “She doesn’t do gravel with someone in it, and I can’t hop all that way.”
“She’s unfortunately right Ms. Miller,” Kate agreed and Maddie smiled.
“Well, how about we wheel you off to the back patio, it’ll be your entrance in and out of the house anyway.”
I nodded, relieved to get away. “I know the way, enjoy the tour Kate.”
“We won’t be too long,” Maddie assured and the pair headed off, leaving me to push myself along the side path towards the patio area. I parked myself by the door, and tried to relax, knowing I had escaped the horses so far. I glanced down at my leg and sighed, hoping that the pain I was experiencing would go away once I was propped up on a chair and had a dose of medication. I was thankful that the patio was blocked off from the farm, a small selection of potted flowers lining the brick wall around it. I looked at all the pretty colours and smiled, feeling the warmth of the sun melt some of the coldness within my bones.
And then the door beside me opened. I jumped but stifled my scream, grabbing at my leg instead. “Oh sorry, I didn’t expect anyone to be here,” he said and smiled briefly at me. I stared at the brunette boy and blushed deeply. His smile returned and he held out his hand. “Sunny right?”
“Yeah, h-how did you know my name?” I stammered and his smile grew. He let out a small laugh and rubbed the back of his neck.
“Uh, your Aunt told me about you arriving today. I figured there would be only one person in a wheelchair,” he answered and I felt stupid for my stuttering question. “I’m Aaron, the stable hand by the way. Which means I really ought to get back to work for the day, but I’ll see you at dinner.”
“Ah, okay then,” I murmured and with a final look Aaron shrugged away from the doorframe and headed out onto the yard. I watched him leave and then sank into my chair.
Trust me to meet someone hot when I’m looking my worse.
About twenty minutes Maddie and Kate found me in the patio, the grin on Kate’s face reaching up to her bluey-grey eyes. “Oh Sun, this place is amazing!”
“I’m glad you like it,” Maddie commented and Kate nodded eagerly. “We’ll get you onto the chores and riding tomorrow if you like. But don’t worry; we’ll make sure you still have time for Sunny, when she’s free too.”
I stared at my Aunt, her hazel orbs penetrating mine. I couldn’t help but gulp in some fresh air. “What do you mean when I’m free too?”
“You don’t think you’re just going to resting all day long, do you?” Maddie said and I gaped at her. “You’ll be doing your own set of chores, like washing the dishes in a chair, folding the washing and tending to the flowers in the patio. This isn’t a resort Sun; we have always got work to do.”
“I know but-”
“Think of it as rehab, you’ll be moving around and it’ll be helping me out a lot. Kind of like your payment for being here,” Maddie announced and I quickly rolled my eyes at the statement.
“I never chose to come here though.”
“Sunny,” Kate hissed and Maddie laughed lightly.
“Don’t worry Kate; it’ll take a little more than a sulky response to offend me. Sunny knows why she’s here, and knows she won’t get away with half the stuff she was. Let her have her frustrated period, she’ll soon settle.”
I glared at the older woman. “Yep that’s right, talk about me like the cripple isn’t sitting right here. Can I please go inside now?”
“Uh, sure,” Kate answered, reaching for the handles on my wheelchair but Maddie stopped her.
“You’ll have to take yourself inside Sunny, we won’t always be here to help you in and out,” she mentioned and then turned to Kate. “How about you and I bring in all the luggage, and then I’ll leave you two to get settled inside? Sunny knows her way around the house, don’t you Sun?”
And without a chance to reply, the pair walked away from me, leaving me staring after them in disbelief. I let out an unintelligible string of words and then leaned towards the door, sliding it open and then wheeling myself to the entrance. I couldn’t get the wheels over the threshold, and after several attempts, I sat there exhausted, wishing I had my crutches with me. But they were still in the car. I looked inside the house and noticed the bench beside the door. I thought of a plan to get inside and pushed the wheelchair as close as I could to the little bump stopping me from getting in and put on the brakes. Shakily standing up, I grabbed onto the side of the house and hopped over the sliding rail for the door. Panting heavily, I struggled to reach the bench, but I finally made it, slumping down onto it just as I heard footsteps.
“Sunny!” Kate cried and I sucked in a deep breath.
“How the... don’t do that to me!” she exclaimed and I rolled my eyes, although thankful for the crutches in her hands. “I was bringing these for you to get inside.”
“Well, I got in didn’t I?”
Kate frowned and then handed my sticks to me. “Be careful, I thought you had fallen over.”
“I could have,” I said matter-of-factly and Kate sighed. “But I didn’t and all is well.”
“Please rearrange your attitude Sun, I’m allowed to be worried for you. After all, you’re so talented at making everyone remember, even though we already know, that you’re a cripple. You want the attention so badly with this whole ordeal, yet you hate it when we fuss. Make up your bloody mind, I’m sick of being treated like crap,” she retorted and I stared at the red head for a moment as she tried to settle herself from her outburst. “I’m sorry, I’ll uh, and you just find somewhere to sit.”
Kate then hurried out of the house again and I sat there, finally feeling a brief wave of guilt wash over me.
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