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Offline LolliTopic starter

Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« on: April 09, 2009, 10:36:21 PM »
Annika Larkin was sitting across the street inside her small black car. Her purse was sitting in her lap, her keys were gripped tightly in her fist, and she was staring at her green eyes in the rearview mirror.

"C'mon, Annie." She willed herself. "Climb out of the car. Walk into the house. Say hello to your brother."

Years earlier, Annika had been taken away from her twin brother. Their parents abused drugs.. as well as their children. After spending some time in foster care, Annika was adopted by the lovely Larkin family. The couple were in their late 40's when the young girl became their daughter and Annika loved them dearly.
But she never forgot her brother's face. Perhaps because they looked so much alike.. every glance in the mirror made her remember. Even now as she sat in her car, looking at her green eyes, she thought of him. She wondered if he'd look the same as he did as a child. Or if he'd changed to the point that she wouldn't recognize him.

"It doesn't matter." She thought. "He's still my brother.. my blood. I need him."

Heaving a heavy sigh, she forced herself out of the car and began to march towards the small, cozy house across the street. As she knocked on the front door, she tried to put on a comfortable, polite smile. Her insides were spinning, her head was whirling with crazy thoughts and she felt close to tears.

"Please remember me, brother.. please."

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 10:58:35 PM »
Josh, her twin brother, had gone into depression a few days after she had left. A trance a few weeks later and he could not even feed himself. It took such a toll on him mentally that he ended up like this. All he did was sit in his bedroom on the sofa or in his bed when he was moved from his spot. It had been years since he spoke to anyone even specialists came to see him but nothing helped. Not even medication. Their older brother by a year and 6 months came to the door. He had a grudge against her for making his brother turn into this person. He recognized her instantly. "What do you want?" The voice was filled with anger for her.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009, 11:02:42 PM »
Annika gulped audibly at the angry tone to her older brother's voice. She tried to look as polite and warm as ever when she smiled; but even still, knew her eyes looked fearful and wary.

"I.. I wanted to see you and Josh." Annika said. "I didn't know you were here with him. I needed someone.. family. My mother just died."

Right away, she regretted her words. Maria Larkin, the woman who adopted her, had very recently passed away after a long struggle with cancer. If her brother's were still close to their birth parents (she couldn't understand why, but perhaps..) then her saying Maria was 'mother' would quite possibly anger him more.

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 11:28:46 PM »
His hands curled in anger but stopped himself from getting angrier since she had lost someone. "Josh is not really all there right now." He would not turn her away and he stepped inside leaving the door wide open for her to come in. Now he would have to explain her leaving made him go into a spiral downward depression leaving him the way he is now.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 11:11:56 AM »
She frowned as his words and walked into the house. It looked cozy and very much like her brother's would be living there. Annika looked around herself for a few moments before turning her full attention to her older brother.

"What's wrong with Josh?"

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 01:09:10 AM »
"When you left he went into a downward depression. He wont respond to anyone sometimes I may get the odd reaction from him but mostly nothing. There is some food in the fridge if you are hungry." He said grabbing himself a can of beer from it and taking a long swig. The beer helped him cope with things like this.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2009, 10:49:54 PM »
She watched him drink with a large frown. It seemed apparent that whatever had happened since she'd been taken away from them was not something her brother's were coping with easily.

"Please.." She gripped his arm softly and looked up into his eyes. "I know you must be angry with me because I left.. but I had no choice, I was just a kid! I needed a family as much as you two did, y'know?"

Annika sighed. "Please," She said again. "Can I talk to him?"

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 03:05:44 AM »
What did she think she was doing? Coming in here barging in and expecting open arms? He pulled away from her as she touched his arm gently. "So you had to call her mom? You know how mom would feel about that? You could talk to him but he will not respond. First door on your left when you walk upstairs." He took another long swig of the alcohol.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 02:51:31 PM »
Annika wanted to enter the room he'd indicated but she just couldn't. Not without making him understand first.

"You can't blame me for all of this!" She said desperately, "I was just a child. Those people.. that family, they gave me everything I wanted; everything we wanted. I was just a child.. if you'd been given the chance you would have taken it, too!"

If he believed her or not.. if he still blamed her or not.. either way she couldn't wait around any longer to find out. With a heavy sigh, she started up the stairs and gently knocked on the first door to ther left, just as her brother said.

"Josh?" She called out, pushing the door openly gently so only a small crack of the inside was revealed. She could see a corner of a bed, but couldn't tell if anybody was on it.

"Josh are you there? It's.. it's Annie."

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 04:24:48 PM »
He rolled his eyes grabbed another drink and went to sit on the couch while he smirked. He would not answer to his sister hell he even tried to get an answer out of all these years and he never did. Josh was sitting on the bed not answering and leaning back on the wall. He was gently rocking back and forth starring straight ahead and he did not seem to hear her at all. There was something really wrong with him.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 04:35:36 PM »
No sound. No movement, even. Annika poked her head around the door and spied Josh sitting on the bed. The rocking movements he made looked very guarded and disturbing.. like a child frightened of something in the night, it looked to her like perhaps Josh was hiding from something terrifying.

"Oh, Joshua!" She felt her eyes flood with tears as she rushed to her brother's side. But she reminded herself to be careful and keep a safe, friendly distance. At least until he was himself again.

"Josh, it's Annie." She smiled at him warmly, standing beside the bed with her hand extended. She hoped he'd take her hand or at least respond to her smile and her voice but.. there was just no telling.

"It's Annie, Joshua. Don't you remember me?"

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 04:38:54 PM »
He could barely hear a voice like sometimes he could hear them but he could never respond. This time was no different. He did slow down his rocking back and forth but never looked up at him. Michael appeared in the doorway watching the two. "I never get a response out of him. Don't expect anything big." He said leaning against the door and crossing his arms. Annie leaving took a big toll on him and there was no telling if he would ever get out of this.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2009, 05:14:45 PM »
Annika jumped slightly when Michael spoke. She was listening so hard, watching Josh so intently just waiting for a response.. just a flicker across his face that maybe he knew who she was but nothing.

"Michael, did I do this to him?" She asked her brother tearfully.

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2009, 05:16:16 PM »
"It was the fact that you were pulled from his arms. Every night for a few weeks he woke up screaming to you being pulled away. Then he went to this state that you see now." He motioned to her brother sitting on the bed and sighed.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 05:49:08 PM »
Annika nodded, trying to look more professional then she felt. In truth, she felt broken and like she just wanted to climb up beside of Josh and rock back and forth with him.

Her emotions betrayed her when she looked back at her poor twin, and she crumbled to the floor by his bed and began to cry.
"Oh, Josh.. I'm so sorry. If I'd have known.. I would have done something."

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2009, 05:52:21 PM »
Michael watched her go into a heap near their brother. "I will leave you two alone. Maybe if you spend a few hours in here then he will respond or something. Just don't get your hopes up." He whispered took one last look at Josh and then walked back out of the bedroom. Hopefully something will work and she would get some response out of him.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2009, 06:07:59 PM »
She was silently weeping there for a long while. When she had managed to work up enough courage, Annika lifted her eyes and stared across her. She was viewing Josh from the left side, and she moved herself around until she could see him from the front. They had the same eyes but his.. they looked so distant.

"Josh." She coaxed gently, standing up and then sitting again, this time on the bed. She wasn't too close but was much closer. She hoped he wouldn't react badly to affection because.. well.. she needed it.

"Josh, I'm here, Bub. It's Annie." She move closer, sitting directly in front of him now, her legs crossed and her hands carefully, slowly, reaching out for his own. "I came back for you, Josh."

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2009, 06:13:01 PM »
The words seem to reach him somehow and he made a slight flicker in his face. Nothing big but there was some kind of movement. He did not move when she touched his hands. It would take a long time for him to come back. Pill bottles scattered everywhere to stop the depression from getting worse. Now he was starring at her but he did not even see her. Like he was looking right through her. The pain he had felt had finally caught up with him at least now he did not feel much of anything.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2009, 06:32:25 PM »
Annika was staring back into eyes so much like her own but seeing no sort of life in them. Josh was lost. Maybe not forever but.. she couldn't find a way to pull him back and it was all her fault.

"If you can hear me, Joshie.." She started softly, giving his hands a gentle squeeze, "I'm right here with you now. And I'm not going anywhere until you're better.. until you're you again. Michael may not like it but.. I promise you, Sissy is not leaving again."

It was a bold move, but one she very desperately wanted to make. She stood up and walked to the side of the bed, and wrapped her arms around Josh's neck. She wasn't expecting a response of any kind, but just a small glimmer of hope in the back of her mind wanted him to take comfort in the action.

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2009, 11:03:30 PM »
Wait but what about when he was back to his old self again what would happen to her then? Would she leave again something told him she might. When she hugged him he made a small movement toward her cheek. It was like a little cuddle but that was all. A small movement no sound just that. At least it was something from him right?

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2009, 06:34:16 PM »
Annika felt the small gesture and smiled brightly, pressing her cheek to her twin brother's.

"That's right, Josh." She murmured encouragingly. "You know I'm here, don't you? Mike wasn't giving you enough credit.. I'll bet he didn't even try to bring you back to your old self, did he? But I'm here to help, so don't you worry any longer."

The reason she'd finally come searching for her brother's sprung back to her mind, and she pulled away from him with a heavy sigh.

"My mothe- well, I mean the woman who adopted me. She passed away last week. Her husband, my adoptive father, died three years ago. They never adopted anybody else and I was sort of left on my own again. I hope you don't think I'm too selfish for wanting a family, Josh. But I'm back now to fix whatever I can.. and I hope one day, you and Michael can both forgive me."

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2009, 08:26:04 PM »
It wasn't that he could not forgive her it was because he could not get out of this trance. It was like he was lost in his own mind. It was such a small gesture upon her cheek that maybe it wasn't something at all. He blinked to moisten his eyes but that was it. Downstairs Michael was making dinner and an aroma filtered through out the house. Josh was fed through a special tube in his stomach now that he could not eat on his own anymore. Michael would feed him later.

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2009, 08:39:39 PM »
Annika inhaled deeply through her nostrils and offered her twin a soft smile.
"I'm going downstairs to see what Michael's making, and I'll come back up in just a minute for you again, alright?"

Since he didn't reject her affections, at least not yet, she leaned over and softly kissed his cheek before exiting the small room. She met up with Michael in the kitchen to see him cooking, and inhaled again.

"Smells good." She said conversationally. "Would it be too big of an assumption on my part to think that you want me sticking around for dinner? And.. if I can stay, can we, you and I, go up into the room Josh is at and eat with him? I'm thinking.. if we act normal, and just talk, you and I, around him.. maybe it'd help him out more?"

Offline darkvamplips

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2009, 08:43:23 PM »
Josh had heard what he said about her new family and that made him a little more tense but was sad at the same time. She had gone through heartache just like he did. But he could not respond to her even if he wanted to. He did not want her to leave and go see Michael. 'Please stay.' He thought to himself and could not make his lips move to talk the words. The kiss made his cheek slightly move when she left. It had been so long since he felt something like that. Even if Michael did not want her she could still stick around. He was not completely heartless. "Alright I guess." He shrugged and was stirring the last bit of food.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2009, 08:59:22 PM by silverroses2009 »

Offline LolliTopic starter

Re: Blood is Thicker. (Silverroses&Lolli)
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2009, 09:02:32 PM »
Annika smiled happily at her brother and motioned towards the pot of food he was stirring. Truly, it smelled wonderful.

"Would you like any help? I can make some home-made bread that'd make your eyes bleed." She laughed slightly, "In a good way, of course."