“The world is dizzy,” I giggled. I was laughing but the pain was so bad I went black for a second.
“Darcy Edwards! How could you trip her?” Aunt Jane shouted walking over to me.
“I did not trip her! Clumsy tripped herself,” Darcy grumbled.
“Darcy didn’t trip the girl,” Mr. Hank spoke up. “He would never do that to sugar.”
“I believe this town has raised Darcy to be a respectable young man and since we’ve known him all his life I believe it is safe to say that Darcy did not trip the girl on purpose if he even did trip the girl,” Mr. Stewart said.
“Ew! Her foot is blue!” Judy (or maybe it was Jody) cried.
“We have got to get you to a hospital,” Momma said worried. Darcy tried to stand up and screamed like a little girl.
I burst into giggles.
“What is all this racket?” A woman asked walking down the steps. Momma’s face fell when she saw this lady.
“Mrs. Walters, it seems we’ve had an injury,” Ms. Donna said.
“To my pride,” Darcy said under his breath. I kicked him with my one good foot.
“Donna, I told you children would be trouble!” Mrs. Walters shouted. She looked at me and then my Momma. She then marched up the steps.
“I’m sorry everyone but I will have to close the restaurant so we can take the children to the hospital,” Ms. Donna said. Everyone nodded their head in agreement.
Mr. Steve picked me up and helped me to Momma’s car. He did the same with Darcy. Ms. Donna hopped into the front seat and gave Momma directions to the hospital.
“This is all your fault, clumsy,” Darcy said.
“How can you say that?” I asked outraged. “You tripped me! Whether you meant to do it on purpose or it was an accident, only God knows.” I waved my hands wildly.
When we got to the hospital my foot was swollen and a darker shade of blue. Darcy complained as he hoped into the hospital. At least he could walk in. Some man had to help me into a wheelchair.
The doctors gave me some pain medicine and said I was in shock. I didn’t think I was in shock but I guess since my eyes were all over the place.
“That is a nasty break,” The doctor said looking at the X-Ray. Momma took one look at the X-Ray and said there was no one I was seeing it.
I requested to see it and when I did I passed out.
I woke up in a hospital room and my foot was in a cast and everything hurt. Why did we have to leave our home in Miami and come here?
“Glad to see you’re awake,” The doctor said walking into the room.
“How could Darcy’s knee cause me to break my toes and cause two breaks in my foot?” I asked. Knees were hard but not that hard.
“Oh it wasn’t just the knee. Your foot hit the ground hard too. I believe this is what happened. You tripped and started to fall backwards. Darcy was still walking and your foot hit his knee. This is when your toes broke. Then when your foot hit the ground hard and that caused the two breaks,” The doctor said. I sighed.
“Don’t worry. You’ll learn how to use the crutches and then you can go home,” The doctor said smiling.
Home? Home was not that B&B I can tell you that. And home wasn’t Miami either. I had no place to call ‘home’.
“How you feeling?” Momma asked walking into the room.
“Pain,” I said. Momma laughed.
“I remember once I fell from the monkey bars and broke a toe. I guess that can’t compare to breaking your foot,” Momma said. I nodded.
“I promise you’ll go home today,” Momma said. Something sparkled in her eyes when she said home.
She may have found home but I was still looking.
News of a broken foot travels fast in Florida.
When I got back to the Sunshine B&B there were flowers, balloons, candy, and teddy bears from complete strangers. Darcy got a couple of cards.
“Natalie, where are you?!” Regina shouted when she came back from her last day of school before Christmas break. I wasn’t to start school until the New Year and I was rather glad.
“I’m in the family room!” I called. I had to sleep on the couch because Ms. Donna didn’t want me to risk using my crutches on the stairs.
“Your foot is the talk of the school! Everybody fells so bad for you. Well anyway they wanted Nelson, Darcy, and I to ask if you were up to going to the Christmas Party tonight,” Regina said. “Darcy said you wouldn’t want to come but I told them you love Christmas.”
“I’ll have to ask my mom but I would like to go,” I said. Actually I wanted to go just to spite Darcy.
“We have so much to do! We have to find you the perfect outfit since you can’t show up in your pajamas!” Regina shouted. “This is your Florida debut!”
I wanted to laugh. Just about everyone person in town had come by to see how I was doing.
Regina skipped up the stairs and I laughed. If only I knew how crazy my debut would be I would have forgotten all about spiting Darcy.