Her sister entered the apartment with burglar’s stealth.
April got out of bed, walked to her bedroom door, and stopped when she heard a voice that wasn’t her sister’s. May Sullivan, there might be hope for you yet. It was almost midnight, and her sister had company.
Grinning, April pressed an ear to the door.
“…don’t know about that,” May whispered.
“She isn’t good for you,” responded an unfamiliar voice.
“Kiley, you’ve always been biased when it comes to my sister.”
“Not biased, sweetie. Everyone knows your sister. She won’t help you find the courage that will allow your husband back into your life. Sharing a space with her will hurt—”
April opened the bedroom door. “My sister and I shared a womb for nine months, Kiley sweetie, and we survived just fine.”
“I should leave.” Kiley stood up.
“You should.” April walked across the living room and opened the front door.
Kiley rushed out.
April slammed the door closed.
“That was uncalled for,” May said.
“Uncalled for?” April got in her sister’s face. “That woman wants you ‘to find the courage’ to forgive the bastard who put the horns on you for two fucking years. That’s uncalled for!”
“Please don’t yell.”
“Damnit,” April shouted. “When did your soul die? Why is your carcass feeding everyone’s expectations? Can you breathe through that much weakness? Are you human, May S—?”
“Fuck off, April.” May slapped her sister.
May hit her hard, but it was the words—not the smack—that still rang in April’s ears.
“I’m sorry,” May said. “You were hysterical.
April hugged May, saying over and over, “You hit me.”
“I did,” May said softly. “And earlier, I drove my soon to be ex-husband’s car out of the garage that used to be ours and into the pool that’s now his. Is that human enough?”
April hugged her sister tighter.
1. to put the horns on someone means to be unfaithful.
2. I put Helen Mirren’s super inspirational advice in May Sullivan’s gentle mouth: “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words ‘fuck off’ much more frequently.”
Detail from “Nude”, by SunshineShelle