How would Laura's worldview change if her actions caused a man's death?
Laura stepped back, aghast. "Why you... you...!"
"You fartface!" She stuck her tongue out at the door and ran back into the room she'd been in when James found her. She sat on the hospital bed and swung her legs, pouting. Stupid James. Why did Mary like the jerk, anyway? He was mean to everybody and he yelled a lot. He didn't seem to like Mary much, either.
She picked up the teddy bear she'd found and hugged it. Mary had hugged her a lot. Rachael, the nurse, has as well, but it wasn't the same. Mary was like a mom. The best mom Laura had known.
She looked at the teddy bear and decided it looked too much like James. She threw it on the floor and stomped on it. James would be a horrible dad. He was loud and stupid and he probably smelled funny.
Laura opened up Mary's letter again.
Please give him a chance.
Laura didn't want to, but Mary had asked her, so. She got up, stomping the teddy again for good measure, and went back.
She unlocked the door and pushed it open. "Hey fartface! I'm opening the door now, okay?"
He didn't answer. It was really dark in the room, and it smelled funny.
The stupid jerk was probably trying to play a trick on her, to get back at her. Well, she wasn't going to be fooled. She wasn't as stupid as he was. Besides, she had the key.
She took a few steps into the room, and her foot hit something. She looked down, and the something was James. He was lying on the floor and not moving and. And. And--
Laura ran away, ran out of the hospital, ran down the street. I didn't mean it I didn't mean it I didn't mean it; She ran until her legs were too tired, and then she sat down and cried.
The streets were foggy and quiet, and for a very long time everything was still.
And then Laura saw something move out of the corner of her eye.