Zoey was sitting at the kitchen table in Daphne’s house. After her appointment with the dentist Zoey had decided to have a coffee chat with her sister.
“How are you doing?” she asked casual.
“I’m doing fine, Z” Daphne answered.
“Are you still taking your medication?” Zoey asked insisting. Daphne frowned, annoyed. “For goodness sake, Daphne, it’s for you own good and ours. The doctor didn’t prescribe you these pills for nothing”
Daphne stood up angry. “I know what they are for” she snapped. She sighed. “I feel good, Zoey. Emmanuel is really good company. He makes me feel good”
Zoey got up too. “He makes you feel good, because he reminds you of Martin” she said realistic. She walked towards Daphne and lay her hands on her shoulders. “But he’s not Martin. You have to treat him like your husband and let him go”
“I told him he’s free to go if he wants to” Daphne said, breathing fast. “But he doesn’t want to. He said he wants to stay with me”
Zoey shook her head. “I’m sorry to be the one to say this, but has it occurred to you that he’s just feeling sorry for you?”
“That doesn’t matter” Daphne said. “He’s staying with me, that’s what matters”
“But it’s not healthy” Zoey said sharp. “Do you even realize what you could’ve done? You almost ruined his life by going to the police last night”
“But-” Daphne said, but Zoey cut her off.
“You need to start thinking about other people, Daphne” Zoey said. “You feel good now, but how long will it last?” She took a deep breath. “In the clinic they can make sure you take your meds”
Daphne shook her head. “No, Zoey, please don’t take me to the clinic” she begged. She clawed her fingers in Zoey’s sleeves. “Please, don’t take me back there”
Zoey tapped Daphne’s arm reassuring. “Don’t be afraid. I won’t take you there” she promised. She took Daphne’s face in her hands. “I won’t take you there. Listen, why don’t you go take a nap? I’ll stay here to let Cas in. Gerard’s home, he can take care of Alex”
“Yeah, alright” Daphne said and she sniffed.
“Now, come one, away with those tears” Zoey said motherly. Daphne dried her eyes and smiled weak.
“I’m so lucky to have you” she sobbed.