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(Chapter 17)

"Are you gonna cry?"

"What?" Catherine looked at her sister with a confused look.

"Of course you won't! What am I saying? My big sis doesn't cry over men. She's too strong for that." Katie smiled.

"Katie, what are you talking about?"

"I can't believe Gil left." The younger sister continued as if she did't hear Catherine's question.

"He has a job. A life."

"Not one without you."

"Katie, stop making this sound so dramatic. There's nothing serious going on between Grissom and me."


"He has no reason to be here. It's enough he was here for a while."

"But you miss him. Right?"

Catherine gave a side-glance to her sister but said nothing.

"Ah. The beauty of young love."

"First of all, neither of us are young anymore and who said this has anything to do with love?"

"Oh God...not this again. It's just the two of us, Cat. You don't have to be so shy about how you feel."


"Alright, enough about Gil. How are things with Mom?"


"I know I've said this a million times but it means the world to her having you and Lindsey here."

"I know."

"She's so happy now. It's been a while since I've actually seen her smile." Katie looked away sadly. "She tries so hard to put up a strong front for our sake. I know she doesn't want to scare us and I don't want her to know I'm scared but I am. Cat, I don't know what to do. I tell myself I have to be strong for Mom. I want to help her get better but it's like every single day that passes, she just gets worst. When you came and I saw how much it meant to her, I thought it would be enough to make her better again but..."

"Katie, she's sick. No matter what we do, her illness isn't going to disappear."

"So we just let her die?"

"No, we make sure her last days aren't passed alone and unhappily."

"It's not enough."

"I know. But it's all we can do."

*To be continued*