Maisie got in the car. “I‘m done.”
Nolan put his hand across her back and leaned in. “What‘s wrong?”
She frowned, “I didn‘t know that she was so far gone.”
Nolan hugged her. “She got what she deserved.”
Maisie looked down, holding back what she wanted to say.
Nolan noticed that and then held her face up. “Did you want to say something?”
“I still have a question. How did Maxine find out about us?” Maisie looked at him.
Maxine didn‘t know them, but how could she know so much about Pearl and Linda?
Nolan rested his chin on the top of her head. “Imitating someone, playing a character, then getting too far into character. That‘s why she looked into our past. That‘s not unusual.”
Maisie didn‘t reply.
Even if she had a troubled life, and what happened to her was terrible, she lost all sympathy when choosing such an extreme path
Lisa had to go through life with trauma because of her madness.
At the hospital...
Lisa‘s legs were bandaged after two rounds of surgery. Her bones had fractured, and she needed a steel plate. She was just 13, but her legs were broken, and she had to go through the torture. One could only imagine the pain she endured.
Maisie and Daisie went to visit her and saw that her face was less swollen but still bruised. She needed crutches when she walked.
Daisie slowly walked to her bed and looked at her. “I‘m sorry, it was my fault. I shouldn‘t have let you wear my clothes.”
Lida looked at her and squeezed out a smile. “It‘s alright.”
Daisie held her hand. “You‘ll get better.”
She smiled but didn‘t say anything.
Maisie stood outside the room and walked forward when the nurse came over. “Please move this child to a private room. I‘ll bear the cost.”
The nurse nodded and smiled. “Sure, ma‘am.”
Daisie walked out of the room. “Mom.” “Did you have a good chat?” Maisie touched her hair.
She nodded. “Lisa‘s legs will get better, right?”
“Of course they will.”
Maisie held Daisie s cheeks when she saw how guilty she looked, “Daisie, this isn‘t your fault. No one could have predicted the future. The fault was on the person who did this to Lisa, and she‘s already behind bars.”
She brushed away the tears of Daisie, who then fell into her arms. Maisie hugged her and consoled her while touching her hair.
Daisie visited Lisa after school for the next few days and would bring her presents and food. The bedside table was almost fully covered.
Daisie sat there having a good conversation with Lisa when Lisa‘s parents walked in. They were surprised that her room was upgraded to a private room, and her mother had a huge reaction. “How could you change to such an expensive room? We‘re burning money!”
Lisa‘s father asked her to calm down.
Lisa looked down but didn‘t say anything.
Daisie stood up. “Sir, Ma‘am, my mom was the one who upgraded the room. She‘s footing the entire bill.“.