Moments later, before another word was spoken, Angelica dropped to the floor.
“Angelica’s dead. She’s not breathing. Do something, Luke!” I screamed. My heart thumped so hard that I couldn’t breathe. I crouched next to her, quivering.
Luke gave her mouth to mouth. I am surprised he knew how to do this. It didn’t work at all; she was dead. She had stopped breathing. Her heart was not pumping and she had no pulse. I cried and cried. We had known each other for five minutes and then she died in my arms. Cruel, cruel world, what did you do?
“Mildred, I’ll ring our parents,” Luke said in a shaky voice.
“Yes, I’m not leaving without Angelica ever again.”
“It’s all right. It’s not your fault; you’ll be fine.”
“I want answers, Luke. That’s all I want. My world has come crashing down. She was my twin sister. How could you not see it was my fault?” I yelled.
Luke hugged me hard, pulled out the mobile phone from his pocket that he owned, and rang his parents, my mother, the police, and then the hospital as I watched him with great despair and loss. The police and ambulance arrived first. As I couldn’t speak in my state, Luke tried to explain the situation as best as he could, but the officers seemed confused.
“I don’t know if I can believe you, son. We might have to follow this up in court. I have never heard of a mind-reading machine in my life. Are you sure Mildred was not having a bad dream? Are you sure both twins hadn’t known each other? Bit late now, I guess to find more out about each other.”
“Sir, I understand the confusion, but I am telling you the truth,” Luke snapped.
The Hostiles and my mother turned up. Luke tried to tell his parents everything, but no one understood him. The ambulance removed Angelica’s body and left without another word. I then decided to screech at my mother.
“How could you have not told me I had a twin sister?”
“Shut up, Mildred. It’s none of your business. You know, I wasn’t going to come, but your idiotic boyfriend told me it was important.”
“Yes, it is. She was my sister, and I just found out. DID I HAVE A FATHER?”
“Mildred, stop talking, would you? I hated you and your twin sister. I hated your father.”
The police stopped my mother and me and dragged us in different directions. Luke and his parents followed behind me.
“My mother hates me. My lost twin sister died. What else could go wrong?” I said, tears streaming down my cheeks.
“You can stay with us if you want,” Mrs Hostile replied.
“Are you a kind mother that will let me have a funeral for my sister and tell me what happened back then?”
“I know you’re upset, but you shouldn’t talk to me like that. Of course, I will do it for you.”
“Thanks, Constable. You can go now Mildred and Luke,” Luke’s father replied.
“I’ll need to get you both to sign some adoption papers first, and you will all appear at court tomorrow. Mildred, your mother will be there too, but you will be on Luke’s team and his parents. We will contact Angelica’s parents, and they will be on your mother’s team.”
“That’s fine, Constable. Do we have to pay anything?”
“No. Mildred’s mother and Angelica’s father will have to pay for the funeral costs. Both Tina and John will be fined for keeping their twin daughters apart from each other. Also, doctor’s fees and other stuff too. You will all have to be there tomorrow at nine sharp.”
Luke’s parents both signed the adoption papers and took me home to my new house. I had butterflies in my stomach and my heart was racing like a horse in a horse race. I wanted to just die. I couldn’t breathe properly, and it was as if I had seen a ghost.