“Don’t kid around Jason it’s not funny, what if something really happened to Sammy, what would you do then?”
“Well I wouldn’t feel like it was my fault if that’s what you’re saying,” he quickly replies.
“I’m not saying it’d feel like your fault, I’m just saying, how would you feel if something happened to Sammy, while you’re making those silly jokes?”
“Mum, lighten up, Sammy’s fine, we’ve done this our whole life, why say something now?”
“Because you never know what’s going to happen, okay?”
“Okay, god, okay, I’ll watch what I say, if it’ll keep you happy,” he says as he gets up from his seat and quickly makes his way out of the room, down the hall, and into his bed room, where Sammy sits waiting.
“How is she?”
“Losing it, as you said she would, I should’ve told her.”
“What would that do? It’d only send her even more up the wall, she needs to face it, deal with it. You just have to help, we both do.”
“How the fuck are you going to help?”
“I can, I’m not useless,” Sammy says as he leaps to his feet.
“Don’t get your knickers in a knot, you know what I mean.”
“I know perfectly well what you meant, I’d just prefer not being reminded about it.”
“You can’t run for this, it’s going to catch up eventually, and when it does, she’s going to lose her shit. You know that don’t you?”
“Yeah, that’s why you’ve got to do the ground work for me. You’ve got to get her ready so when it all hits the fan, she’s not that pissed off at me about it.”
“I don’t think she’s going to be pissed off, upset, but not pissed off.”
“She will, once she knows all of it, at first she’ll be upset, but eventually she’ll be angry and I don’t think I can deal with her being angry at me, and neither will she, it’ll ruin her. So you’ve got to be on my side all the way with this one, not just there, like normal.”
“I’ll keep her calm and I’ll make sure she doesn’t get too pissed, but I can’t promise she won’t.”
Sammy stares out of the window and lets out a cold shiver, before turning back to his brother, his lips blue, his skin pale.
“Are you ready?”
“I guess I don’t really have a choice do I?”
They hear the phone ring in the kitchen and both stare towards the hallway, waiting, he feels Sammy’s cold hand tightly grip his, and he grips it back.
“JASON!” His mother calls out from the kitchen before letting out a scream of agony, he looks at Sammy, and shrugs his shoulder, smiling awkwardly.
“I love you Sammy,” Jason says as he turns to his brother, fighting back the tears.
“Love you to bro,” Sammy replies, before he disappears, leaving Jason, standing there, alone, tears runs down his cheek. He quickly wipes his face with the sleeve of his jumper and runs out of the room, to his mother’s side.