Brother and sister sat in the living room, on the same couch. He held her hand in between his. ”Luna… ” he had started and paused, breathed in then out.

”Is everything ok? ” Little Luna asked reading her brothers face.

He was silent at first, then he spoke. ”Princess I wish I could say everything was ok. But I would be lying if I said that. ”

”Whats wrong? ” She asked looking at him.

He looked back, looked into her pretty innocent eyes. She didn deserve any of this, she didn deserve to be robbed her entire family, she didn deserve to grow up without a mothers guidance or a fathers love of a sisters care. She deserved none of that, Phil wished he wasn the one to be breaking it to her. He himself hadn come to the terms with what had happed. How could anyone.

It had been more than 18 hours since it had happened but it was still very fresh to him, flashes of the bodies burning and the car exploding played on a loop in his mind.

”Its about mom… and dad and umm, and Steff. They ahh- ” He broke off. ”They- ” He looked deep into her eyes and saw her worry, her concern, he saw the terror that haunted her. She could sense something was wrong. She could feel it. He let go of her hand and stood. He couldn , no way was he going to look at her and break that kind of news to her. It was in his place to break the news but he just couldn . He was terrified of her reaction. What was he to do when she broke down?

”Jane! ” He called and a servant walked in.

”Yes sir, ”

”Take her. ” Phil told her and she walked to Luna but before she could get to her, Luna bolted and held her brothers cloth. He looked down at her, her eyes were begging him to tell her what was going on. ”Phil wheres mommy? ” She drawled with close to wet eyes. He looked up in an effort to fight the tears and push them back.

Jane managed to take her out of the room and Phil turned to the large window and stared outside at nothing in particular.

Leo walked in. ”You didn tell her, did you? ” he asked standing next to him.

”I couldn . ”

Lionel James had been in Phils life since he was a toddler and at the moment, he was the closest thing to a father that Phil had.

”Ill take care of that. ”

”How? ” Phil asked turning to him.

Before Leo could answer, the door burst open and Jamies face peeped in, ”You need to come see this! ” There was some trace of urgency in his voice.

Phil and Leo exchanged looks and hurriedly walked to the door. What could it possibly be?

They got to the viewing room and there she was, frozen, looking at the now dark television screen. Her eyes were unblinking and her gaze fixed.

”What happened? ” Phil asked as he went down on one knee and held her hands. Before anyone could answer, Luna collapsed into his arms. Phils heart started to race as he shook her, ”Luna! ” He called as he shook her, trying to get her to open her eyes, but she didn . ”Luna… ”He called again. ”Get her nurse! ” He ordered, but to no one in particular, one of the helps disappeared to go get Lunas nurse.

Phil carried her to one of the couches and gently placed her on it.

”What happened to her? ” Leo asked.

Jane was present, evidently terrified. She searched for her tongue to reply to Lionel. ”Sh…she umm, the TV was umm, the TV was on. ” Poor Jane was almost shaking. ”She saw what happed on the news. ” Jane finished.

The look on Phils face was almost furious. ”You are telling me she learned of the death of our family via telly? ”

”I didn mean- ” He didn let her finish.

”Do you realize how reckless that is? ”

”I know sir, I am terribly- ”

The nurse walked in carrying her first aid bag. ”Can I have the room? ” She requested and they all left, except Phil.

She worked quickly, but accurately. She rested Luna in an inclined posture and checked her pulse, felt her forehead to check for fever.

After a minute and a half, she turned to Phil. ”She is in shock. ” She announced. ”Her finding out like that must have been traumatizing for her. ”

”Is she going to be ok? Does she need a hospital? ” Phil, worried as hell, asked the nurse.

”At the moment I wouldn recommend that, shell be up at- ”Before she could finish, Luna was awake.

Phil went to her and sat next to her, he took her hand and felt her shaking. He couldn really blame her.

She was the first to speak. ”Is it true? ” That was her first question.

He didn have to answer. She looked into his eyes and there she found her answer.

”Luna I… ” he broke off. ”Luna Im sorry you had to… ” He talked to her, but she wasn listening. She just saw his lips move up and down but she couldn hear anything. Every sound around her seemed to have faded away.

She fell into trance.

** ** **

”Luna… ”Phil called looking his sister in the eyes. He took her hand. ”Luna! ” He called again.

”She can hear you- ” Lunas nurse wanted to speak but Phil cut her in.

”Don tell me what she can and cannot do! ” He threw at her, to everyones shock. ”What I want you to do is fix her! ” He added looking at the nurse with unsmiling eyes.

”Mister Torres I can do anyth- ” The nurse was speaking but Phils swift movement to her made her stop.

”I lost my family and you haven the slightest idea how that feels like. I can lose her too. ” One could almost feel the bitterness in his voice.

”You won lose her. It will- ”

”You better make sure I don ! ” Phil finished and stormed out of the room.

Ashley walked after him but Lionel held her back. ”Let him be. ” He advised.

”He obviously needs someone to talk to. ” She protested.

”He needs time to think this through, its not every day you lose your entire family just like that. Give him time to process all of it- ” Lionel was cut short when a man dressed in black was escorted in by one of the helps.

Lionel recognized him, but he introduced himself nonetheless. Gary Tenwell, the managing director in the company owned by the Torres family. With him he had two strangers whom he introduced as therapists, both female. One for Phil and one for young Luna.

”What happened is tragic even for a grown-up to bear, let alone children. The company finds it imperative that the two children have a meeting with the therapists. ” Tenwell had told them and they agreed it was a sane idea.

”So where are they? ” He asked looking around the room.

Carman was the one to answer, ”Ms. Luna is in her room with her nurse, Jane will show you to it and Sir Phil went to his fathers office, right this way. ” He led the therapist to the hallway on the left as Jane led the other to Luna.

Carman stood in front of the office door at the end of the hallway ”In here. ” He said and walked away to let the therapist do her magic. He exhaled and knocked softly on the door, no reply. He knocked again, this time calling on Phil. No reply.

She slowly turned the door knob and peered in but didn see Phil. She fully opened the door and looked around. He wasn there. She heard some movements on the left side of the office where the balcony was. She slowly walked and then she saw him.

”Oh God! ” She exclaimed in a whisper as she covered her mouth with her palm.

”Phil… ” she called softly, slowly advancing towards him.

Phil was standing on the other side of the balustrade, the dangerous side.

The office was in the first floor of the house. Down below was solid concrete and chances of walking away from a fall unharmed wherever slim.

”Phil please just come back in. ” the therapist pleaded as she continued her slow advance. ”We can work through all this. ”

”Go away! ” Phil told her.

The room was suddenly full. A gardener had spotted him standing dangerously on the edge of the balcony and rushed into the house. They rushed to the office and froze when they saw him, the only thing that was keeping him from falling was the grip he had on the balustrade.

”Please Phil, you don have to do this. ” The therapist continued.

”Oh My God! ” Ashley exclaimed on seeing him.

Lionel walked closer. ”Don do this son. ” He started.

”Why shouldn I? Im dead inside anyway. ” Phil threw at him looking down.

”Phil please. ” Ashley begged with wet eyes.

”Don do this man. ” Jamie tried.

”Think about Luna. ” Leo added.

”You will take care of her. ” Phil said to him. ”You have to. ”

”Phil just come down from there and we can talk about this, you
e not thinking straight. ” Leo said. ”If not for you then do it for Luna. She needs you Phil. She just lost both her parents and sister. You- ” Phil cut in as he turned and looked at them. His eyes red and swollen.

”Don you get it?! ” He shouted at them. ”My life ended last night as I saw my family go up in flames! ”

e life isn over Phil, it continues because of Luna. Don rob her a brother. She needs you Phil. ” Leo repeated.

”We all need you. ” Ashley added.

”Just take my hand. ” Leo stretched out his hand for him. He was only a meter away.

Phil looked into his eyes. ”Promise me you will take care of her. Please. ” He pleaded.

”Come and we will take care of her toget- ”

”Promise me! ” He shouted at Leo.

”Ok, ok, I promise but you have to come dow- ”

”PHIL NOO!! ” Jamie and Ashley shouted in unison as Phil loosened his grip on the balustrade.

Leo had tried to grab him but had only touched his collar. They all bolted to the protective railing and looked down and there he was. He had landed on a car and crashed on the windscreen. He lay motionless.

And he was bleeding. Was he dead? They didn know.

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