Keri brandt had seemed to have it all. She had just completed her freshman year at colege. She was looking froward to summer. She was going to be working ata sumer camp most of the sumer.
She had some time off before then.her parents and siblings and her were going to go on vacation first. They were going to rent a cabin in another sate. She was looking froward to spending time with her family. She was not exactly home sick but was happy to see them.
She knew that going off on her own was part of life. It was part of growing up. She wanted to enter adult hood but she knew her relationship would her family was enrering a new phase. During this vavation she could reconect. Time could slow down at least for a short time.
It was a couple weeks after she came home from colege that the family left for vacation. No one knew that life would never be the same.
While on the intersate a driver in a semi had a heart attack. He tried to pull over. The semi could not stop on a dime. Keri’s dad was driving the mini van. He tried to clear the van away from the semi. The van was hit.
The van slid and hit a tree. The kids screamed. How could they not. Keri was knocked unconscious.
She woke up . she felt grogy. She had no idea where she was. For a split seccond she did not know who she was. She then Remember the crash. She saw the iv tubes. She wore a hospital gowan.she got agitated. Alarms went off.
“Kere your ok. Its me its your sister Melissa. ” she said.A nurse came in. “Your ok keri. ” melisa said. Melissa hugged her sister.
Melissa was four years older then keri. Melisa was maried and had a child. She was called and raced hear. Melissa calmed her down.
“I remember a car crash.”keri said.”you have a gash on your head.we gave you a few sitches. You have some sitches on your knee. Your going to be fine. You will be sore for a while. Like i said you will be fine. ” the nurse said.
“How is everyone else?” keri asked.”tracy got some scrapes and bruses. She is ok. Kevin has a broken arm but other wise he is fine. Victoria and Katherine have some scrapes and darin has a broken leg. ” the nurse said.
“What about mom and dad?” keri asked. Neither the nurse nor Melissa wanted to tell her. Melisa and the nurse talked non verbally. Finaly melisa felt like she had clearence to tell her the truth. Keri knew something was up.
“Kere mom and dad did not make it. They were killed almost instently. Im so sory. ” Melissa said. Keri tried to fight back the tears. It was a losing battle. She eventually gave up. Keri and melisa huged.
“I am realy sory. If there is anything you. Need. Please tell me. We have a very good pastoral staf. I can get them if they you need them. ” the nurse said.
Keri was kept for observation but was allowed to leave the next day. She changed from the hospital gowan to a black shirt ,gray skirt and flip flops. She was whealed to the front. She met up with her siblings.
They drove home. It took a few hours to get home. Melissa and keri took turns driving. ” look i will do whatever i can to help out. Don and the babby will come up once we work out the details for the funeral. We will have to be work out mom and dads esate. We will have to figure things out with the kids. ” Melissa said.
They went home. They all were tired.the youngest kids went to bed.darrin was 14 years old. Kathrine was eught,victoria six kevin was four and Tracy was two.
After a while the door rang. She answered it. It was tim. Tim was a friend of keri at colege. “What are you doing hear?’keri asked. “I wanted to check up on you. I am so sorry. ” tim said
She gave him a hug. He held on to her. They were not boyfriend and girlfriend. They had never been. They were friends. He wanted it to be more. He never felt free to do that.
He let cry for a bit. She leened into her soulder. They said almost nothing for twenty minutes or so.”i am so glad that you are hear. “She said. “Your not alone keri.”tim said. “Thanks” he said.
After the funeral, big decisions had to be made. The house was willed to Melissa. Melissa and don rented an apartment. Don worked at a compony as a mid level manager. Don could transfer to the branch in the city where the house was.
It was decided that Melissa and the baby would go to the new house. Don would see them over the weekend until the transfer went though.
Melisa and keri would raise the little kids . keri would transfer to a cominity colege near the house. She and tim kept in contact. Tim checked up on her as much as he could.
Evenualy tim graduated from colege and moved closer to them. They got together. They got maried and moved near the home. They helped raise the kids. They had children of there own.
Tim helped her get though the greef she was going though.he did everything he could to help. It was not perfect but they made it work.