What did they do to you?


The true story of the teenager Grace and her mother, Sarah continues. Grace, a young teenager,  pestered her father to take her to visit her mother at the mental health hospital. Jack surcomed to her wish, but regretted taking her as the experience upset Grace. It’s not that Grace had not seen her mother in the throws of a Bipolar episode, she was upset because it seemed that the treatment had made her mother’s mental state worse. Beverley Joy

Book Excerpt – The Wilted Rose Part 3 – The Wilted Rose

Grace hesitated, then took a few steps into the room. Her mother’s face was drawn and weary, and there were deep dark circles under her eyes. Her hair, once upon a time lush brown and wavy, was now wiry with hints of grey.


Grace reached down and placed her hand over her mother’s. Her limp hand didn’t move under Grace’s warm touch.

‘Mum? It’s me, Mum. It’s Grace.’

Sarah slowly turned her head but didn’t lift her eyes, her empty gaze lingering on the floor. Grace looked up at her father standing nearby.

‘She doesn’t recognize me, Dad.’ 

‘She has been through some very intense treatment recently, sweetie.’

Grace shook her head.

‘What sort of treatment is it?’ she exclaimed. ‘Look at her! I hate this place, Dad! I want to take Mum home with us!’

Jack took a step forward, holding his hands up, and shaking his head.

‘I’m sorry, but we can’t do that, Grace. Mum has to stay here to get well again.’

‘Get well from this? How will that ever happen?’ Grace waved her finger at her mother. ‘Dad, look at her! She’s like a zombie! What have they done to her?’

‘Grace, calm down,’ Jack soothed, touching her tense shoulders. Sarah turned her empty gaze back to the window.

To be continued…

Kate Kelsen Author © All Rights Reserved

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