Here's the last part; the Epilogue. This wasn't part of the novel, but I put it in because I needed closure. Closure is nice. Epilogue
I am seeing Seth today for the first time in a few months. When we first brought him to the loony bin, he refused to see us or talk to us. He was upset with us. Said we abandoned him, just like we abandoned Jacob.
But a couple days ago, he called me, telling me he wanted to see me. So here I am now, standing in the visiting room, where the more stable patients could visit with their families and, depending on their progression, their friends. The room was made to look like a normal living room, to keep the families comfortable. But I would much rather be talking to my brother in our own living room.
I wait no longer than five minutes, and then I see him. He looks like his normal, Sethy self, all happy and chipper and whatnot. He throws me a bright smile and runs to hug me.
"Hey, Lee," he says. "I missed you so much."
"I missed you too, kid," I tell him, kissing his cheek. I notice he is wearing normal clothes; a t-shirt and jeans.
"Wow," I say. "I was sure they'd have you in some white scrubs or something."
"No. This is actually a nice place." We sit down on one of the couches. "Carlisle and Esme bring me money all the time, and when you get to a certain level, you can go shopping and stuff and buy your own clothes. It's pretty cool. But I'd rather be at home."
I frown. "So the Cullens can come see you, but your family can't?"
"The Cullens didn't drag me here against my will."
His words sting, and suddenly, I feel like crying.
"I'm sorry," I whisper. "We had no choice, Seth. You were just so…"
"Insane?" he finishes with a smirk. "It's okay, Leah. It's true. I was crazy. In truth, you guys were right to put me here."
"So… how are you now?" I ask, hesitantly.
"I don't see him anymore, if that's what you're asking."
He smiles and takes my hand in his. "I know now, Leah. I understand that he's gone. It took a hell of a lot of therapy, but I get it now. I don't see him anymore, and I know that he was never really there. And I'm so sorry for what I put you guys through."
I watch as a tear falls down his cheek.
"When do you get to come home?" I ask, fully crying now.
"I don't know. I asked my psychiatrist yesterday. He said I have to pass certain evaluations before I can be discharged. I don't know how long that will take, but he said that I've made amazing progress and he doesn't see why I wouldn't pass the evals."
I smile at him through my tears. "Good. I want you to come live with me, Seth. I miss my little brother."
He grins. "Really? Yes! Absolutely yes!"
He tells me all about his time so far in the psychward. About how he's actually made a couple really good friends and how they've helped each other through their issues and stuff.
Seth tells me about how he has a crush on one of the orderlies and points her out to me when he sees her. She's a pretty blonde and seems very friendly. He says he thinks she likes him too, but is too afraid to say anything because he's a patient and has been deemed insane by society. She smiles at him and stops to chat for a moment. He introduces me and I immediately adore her. Then she says she has to run, but she'll see him at dinner.
He winks at me as she walks away. "She totally wants me," he says, making me laugh.
I realize that I have my brother back. My sane, laughing, joking, loving brother.
And while he's telling me about his last visit with the Cullens (they brought him a cake which read, "Congratulations! You're not crazy!"), I begin to believe, for the first time in over three years, that everything is going to be okay.
Yay! I had fun writing this. I hope you had fun reading it. : ) If you did, review! If you didn't review anyways! Much Love!