Begin the story here.
Lucy woke disoriented. Grass tickled her toes. Only the faintest memory of what happened the night before lingered. The scent of bile for instance, was still in her nose. A little damp along her left side, which lay in the grass, Lucy had to peel herself from the ground. It did not bother her much, she realized when she stood up. Her back did not ache, and she felt rested. But she worried what Daniel would do when she walked back inside. Coffee not made yet again this morning. He was sure to already be up, leaning over the counter with a sour look on his face for her. She squeezed the soft grass between her toes again, steadying herself once more before she entered the house.
He was sitting on the sofa, gazing deep into the television screen. He flinched slightly as her shadow filled the sliding door. The door stayed open all night. But he refused to turn his head or look at her.
“I called a doctor for you,” Daniel said.
For a second, she just nodded.
“Why did you do that?” She snapped.
“Why wouldn’t I” he snapped back.
“Because,” she started to explain, but he cut her off.
“Because I was worried, and you weren’t doing anything about it.”
“I can make these kinds of decisions for myself, don’t you think?” she replied.
“No, I don’t think you can.” Suddenly he rose up, looming over the coffee table with the remote still in his hands.
“You think you get to decide for me?” She whispered. His anger made her feel small. So did his large shoulders, which heaved up and down with his quickening breath. He was starting to look red in the face.
“Obviously not.” He shouted..
“But I,” she mumbled out.
The remote went spinning toward her. She ducked And it cracked the window pane of the sliding door with a smack before it thudded on the carpet. Scared now, she didn’t dare get up.
Daniel sat back down on the sofa. His hand folded in front of his lap. He sighed deeply..
“You scared the hell out of me, you know,” he said to the carpet.
She got up slowly from her crouch and started to walk around the couch to sit beside him. Finding her gone in the night could not be easy for a man like Daniel.
“You should go take a shower,” he said just as she rounded the corner. “They should be here soon.”
Looking back at him for an instant, she realized he was dismissing her. One foot in front of another, she headed upstairs to the bathroom to be as far away from him as possible.