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Aunt Emma Flashback and Being Found Out
Sep 13, 2017
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When an older man bumped into me from behind with his basket, I was jerked out of my daydream, back to waiting in the pharmacy line.copyright protection56PENANAasHZytHSKw

"So sorry, young lady."copyright protection56PENANA7IKXLdId4x

"It's alright," I tried to smile at him.copyright protection56PENANAbpTlat6Hxy

I was impatient as I had to hurry and get ready for the dance. It took me a whole afternoon to get ready. I tapped my foot as the lady ahead of me asked the pharmacist endless questions. I heard her ask something about voices with her new medication.copyright protection56PENANA2H0KGyeorZ

Feeling ashamed, I tried to stop eavesdropping and my mind wandered again to the memory of my odd aunt. When I call her odd, it's not in a bad way; it just means she's different. When I was a little girl, my Aunt Emma had taken me shopping. It was near Christmas. I remember the day clearly. I even remember the song  and some of the lyrics that played over the store intercom. "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas...It's the best time of the year..."copyright protection56PENANAUyHEwsReGW

I trailed behind my humming aunt in my cashmere coat. People would stare at us. Some smiled and some whispered as we walked by. My aunt was wearing a mini skirt, halter top and rhinestone high heels, but no coat even though it was 40 degrees outside.  copyright protection56PENANAMRmFdw9jdG

I adored her. I thought she was so ladylike and beautiful.copyright protection56PENANARgoS05qftS

Aunt Emma had been piling frozen turkeys into her cart when the manager walked up to us. She started to cry when the manager said she couldn't buy 15 turkeys. She called my mom on her cell phone. Someone had called the police and they came before my mother had time to get there. They found Aunt Emma sitting on the dirty floor of the baking aisle, talking to someone who wasn't there. I was standing next to her trying to see what she was seeing.copyright protection56PENANAenrV2XoUc4

Now, ten years later, I sighed, wondering why I lost touch with her as the pharmacist said, "Next."copyright protection56PENANAQYWdE9JOsX

I paid for my medication, took the bag from the pharmacist and said thank you.copyright protection56PENANAvkdTceYDtr

As I walked home, I knew I had to see my aunt. She was in a mental hospital but my parents called it something nicer. I imagined how I would give her a huge hug and make up for lost time. I thought about how I would be a better niece. I would love her but I wouldn't judge her.copyright protection56PENANAvIPWDRU2L6

I smiled as I unlocked the front door to the house and walked in.I set the bag down and looked up the phone number of the hospital. I would see her next week. She would love to hear about the dance.copyright protection56PENANA6C52PKczyE

*****Back at the Dance*****copyright protection56PENANAw3ZKXbYVOs

Suddenly, I was back in the humiliating position of being on my hands and knees on the floor at the school dance. I saw the pill bottle still rolling. I watched Luke's shiny dress shoe gently stop it. Luke picked the bottle up, looked at my name on it, and handed it to me. His handsome face looked confused but concerned. He started helping me pick everything up. copyright protection56PENANAnkbcgO4aRQ

A crowd of kids had gathered and started whispering, but Luke, Brandon and Maddie tried to block their view as much as they could by encircling me, but I still heard them talking about me as if I were invisible.copyright protection56PENANAhYsn0i7dRF

"What were those white pills all over the ground?" copyright protection56PENANASoIR8G27BR

"Who knows. Probably uppers or downers."copyright protection56PENANAAZbLcrzgCr

"You mean drugs?"copyright protection56PENANA7UpAhqSoDK

"Yeah, dumbass."copyright protection56PENANA4v8Mmgton4

"She's so together. Why would she take drugs?"copyright protection56PENANAfX4rIgTixv

"How should I know?"copyright protection56PENANAKEq9eHz75c

Principal Jensen walked over to us and cleared the crowd. He told them to go back to dancing. Then he asked if I was okay and continued around the dance floor monitoring dance moves.copyright protection56PENANAR9IZW4gptE

Luke and I stood up.copyright protection56PENANAuJCyakP3Dm

"I never knew," Maddie said, shocked and surprised. She looked a little hurt.copyright protection56PENANAzn1ZxgG6nM

"I'm so sorry guys. I just-I didn't want anyone to know." I felt a tear slide down my cheek. Furiously, I wiped it away.copyright protection56PENANAjfW1fT6vjz

"Hey," Luke's voice was gentle. "It's okay." He put his arm around me.copyright protection56PENANA9OiLnt6cwK

I brushed the dust and dirt from my dress.copyright protection56PENANAz68B5GRLMe

"Are you alright?" Brandon asked.copyright protection56PENANAy6tv8IoeeH

Maddie looked upset. "My best friend since seventh grade kept a huge secret from me. You didn't trust me, Julianne and that really hurts."copyright protection56PENANAOow7aTAh67

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