Abby, you’ve never been good at keeping your feeling hidden, why don’t you just tell me what is going on?” Gary had invited Abby over for dinner, and he noticed she as acting strange when he met her at the door. “ I’m not sure I can marry you right now, but I have been putting off telling you, I didn’t was afraid you would be upset, and I didn’t want you to be mad at me.” Abby decided the best thing to do was be direct. “Honey, I would never be mad at you. So you don’t want to get married right now, we’ll just push the wedding back. It’s ok. I’m not upset at all.” Gary said gently. Abby relaxed a little, knowing Gary wasn’t mad at her.
“Ashley, you can’t give up.” Abby sobbed. She knew it wasn’t fair, asking her to hold on, when she was too weak to fight. Abby just wasn’t ready to let go. “I don’t know how much longer I can fight this.” Ashley said weakly. Abby knew she need to let Ashley go, but her heart refused to release her twin. Despite all the efforts to save her, Ashley was fading away. “I want you to have my locket, Abby.” Ashley said, reaching to unfasten the catch. Abby helped her unfasten latch, but didn’t put in around her own neck, holding it in her hand. “Are you sure? I know how much you have always treasured this nice Grandma gave it to you.” “I want you to have it, I am sure you will treasure it just as much as I did.” Ashley died a week later, with Abby at her side. Abby had buried her next in the same small cemetery where their parents were.
Abby fingered the small chain around her neck. The memories were as fresh today as they had been five years ago when Ashley had died. She brushed the snow from the headstone, and the tears that trickled down her cheeks. Ashley had been Abby’s best friend from their early school days, even after graduation, Ashley had been the only friend Abby had wanted. When Ashley had found out about her cancer, both of them had been devastated. The doctors had not given much hope of cure; they had just found it too last. Ashley didn’t want to give up without a fight, mainly for Abby’s sake, so she had insisted on taking the chemotherapy. It wasn’t long before the harsh medicine started to take its effect on Ashley. She got weaker by the day, until she had no strength left at all. On the day Ashley died, Abby lost a part of herself.
As Abby drove, she talked to Kim. They had intended to eat lunch together, but something had come up, and Kim had been unable to make. Rain pelted Abby’s windshield, making it hard for her to see clearly. “Kim, it’s getting really hard to see, I think I am going to have to let you go, and call you back when I get home.” Abby said, beginning to panic. She wasn’t sure her brakes were working properly. When she had pressed the petal, there had been little response. Hanging up the phone, she dropped it in between the seats, and looked up to see the rear of an eighteen-wheeler looming large. Frantically, Abby tried to slow her car, but soon found her brakes to be of no use. She was forced to swerve off the road, and soon found herself speeding through the bushes at the roadside.
Slowly, the car lost speed, and rolled to a stop. Abby breathed a sigh of relief, until she realized how far she was from the road. Searching between the seats turned up the cell phone she had dropped there, and Abby dialed the only number that came to mind. “Gary, you have to come help me, Jay cut the brakes on my car, and I went off the road, and now I don’t know where I am.” Abby was in a panic by the time Gary picked up the phone. “Okay, just calm down, and tell me where you are.” Gary’s voice was reassuring, and Abby began to calm a little. “I don’t know where I am exactly, somewhere off the interstate.” “Okay, I’m on my way, do you remember what mile marker you saw last?” “No, I don’t, Gary, what if he followed me, and knows where I went off the road, what if he comes after me?” Panic was back, full blown. “Lock yourself in the car, and stay on the phone, I will be there as soon as I can get there. Hold on for just a second, while I call the state troopers, maybe they can get there sooner.” Gary was trying desperately not to let his own panic show, but Abby could hear it. She heard him talking to someone on the other end, and getting very frustrated. “You have to send someone out to look for her, she went off the road on the interstate, and her ex-husband is stalking her!!”