A whole year; they'd been beyond my reach for an entire year and the days just seemed to be getting longer and harder to handle. I visited them every day and watched over them as they rested but how much longer can I continue to endure this? For so many months they were all that I'd had and now I felt like my whole universe had imploded. My true family; the one I'd chosen, my boys. They weren't down the street anymore. I couldn't send them a message and ask them to come and visit. Slowly, as the days turned to weeks and then months, my pain had numbed along with every other emotion and I could function on some level but I hadn't smiled since the day that Dr Roberts had knocked on Nathan's door and informed me that somehow Volto had won. (Previously known as A Twist to Sleeping Beauty) Disclaimer: I don't own The Academy, Ghost Bird, or Scarab Beetle. The Academy, Ghost Bird, or Scarab Beetle and their characters are the property of CL Stone, and are not my intellectual property. There is no financial gain made from this nor will any be sought. This is for entertainment purposes only.