Lucca's Story Part 2
The day after my eighth birthday, my father, Taban started constructing a new invention of his. He just loved science and was always up to making new inventions. This time he was going to create a big machine. I didnt know what it was and he didnt want anyone to know what it was either. He would reveal the big secret only once it was finished. He worked on it for some time, about a week before he got a break. For one week he would only come to dinner and would go to bed so late and get up so early I almost never saw him.
My father only stopped because he had promised to take me to Cronos birthday party. He hurried me over and left immediately as I was inside. He didnt even take the time to wish Crono a happy birthday.
I had a good time at the party, forgetting for a while my fathers attitude. When it was time to leave, I volunteered to help Crono and his mother for the cleanup. Once Crono and I were alone, I talked to him.
"Crono, what should I do?" I asked him, after explaining my fathers attitude.
"I dont know," Crono replied. "Maybe you should try and talk to him about what you feel. Then he wont be as preoccupied."
"No, thats not it. Science is his whole life."
"You can still try," Crono suggested.
I thought it over while going home. My dad was one of the only men in Truce who was interested in science. He was the only genius. In fact, I kind of wanted to be known, like him. The problem was, I completely disliked science.
When I got home, I reached a conclusion: I was going to talk to my dad about his attitude when he worked. But as I opened the door, he rushed to me, crying, "Its complete! Finally! Lucca you wont believe it! Ive finally finished my invention!"
"Dad, wait, I need to talk to you," I said desperately as he rushed out the door.
"Not now, Lucca! I have to go tell my friends about this!" He rushed off, without even saying goodbye.
I wanted to cry. I ran up to my room and shut the door. My mother, who had heard me, came up a while later. "Its okay, honey. Tell me whats wrong," she said softly, holding me in her arms and stroking my hair so I would calm down.
"Its just its just that I want daddy to pay more attention to me, to you. Hes always in his new projects, always busy. And I wanted to tell him that, but he didnt even have time for me. What should I do mommy?" I asked her, tears running down my face.
"You know, when I first met your father, I knew what it would be like. He was always busy. But when you were born, I can tell you, I wont forget the look on his face. He was the happiest man in the world. And he loves you, Lucca. He cares for us both more than anything else in the world." She looked at me, making me smile. When she saw I was better, she said, "Lets go down to the kitchen. Help me bake some cookies."
Once the cookies were ready, we both went to the living room. I started playing a solitary card game, and my mom went to dust my dads machine, which was in the middle of the living room. Suddenly her skirt caught in the machine.
"Oh no! My skirt! Its stuck!"
Suddenly, the machine started up. The conveyor belt started pulling my mother down.
"Lucca, help! My skirt wont get out!"
I was scared like I would never be in my life. My mind raced. The belt kept advancing towards the two poles on the machine. I could see blades just before the poles. My mother was getting closer and closer and I was unable to help. I started screaming, realizing my mother could die. I remembered a sheet of paper with my mothers name lying on the kitchen table, but I didnt know what it meant. My mother was getting closer! I screamed and screamed. I called desperately for help, but no one heard me. I was crying. I couldnt think straight anymore. I tried to get the skirt out. I thought about cutting it so my mother would be free. But I didnt find any scissors. I couldnt remember where they were. And they whole time I was crying and screaming for help. My mother and I tried to rip the skirt apart, but neither one of us had enough strength.
My mother pushed me out of the way; she fell down on the belt and screamed. Her skirt was being ripped to shreds as it passed through the blades. Then to my horror, my mothers feet were being ripped apart. Her legs passed through the blades. She was screaming in pain and horror.
My father burst through the door; hed heard the screams and he had come back. He ran over to the control panel and punched in some buttons. The machine stopped immediately. But it was too late for my mothers legs. My father took my mother in his arms and carried her unconscious body outside. He mounted his horse and left. He told me to go to Cronos house and wait for him to come back.
I ran, sobbing to my best friends house. Cronos mother answered the door and took me in, trying to calm my sobs. I choked out what happened; Cronos mother was horrified. Crono himself was as shocked as she was. They tried consoling me, but it didnt work. I wanted my father to come back and tell me everything was okay, tell me it didnt happen, that it was just a very, very bad dream.
But it didnt work out that way. I passed the night at Cronos house, finally managing to fall asleep. The next morning, my father arrived. He told me what the doctors had said: my mother would live, but she would never be able to walk again. I started crying. I was glad my mother would live, but I was also sad; never being able to walk would mean she couldnt take me to the store with her anymore, she wouldnt be able to put me to bed. There were a lot more things.
My father took me to the hospital that afternoon. I saw my mom. I saw only half her body. Her legs were completely gone. She could barely move. I was so shocked; I had never seen a crippled person before. I was afraid. I forced myself to not cry, though.
After a few days, my mother came out of the hospital; she was in a wheelchair. It took us all a couple of months to get used to the situation. After the incident, I vowed to myself I would be a great scientist and inventor. I would create a lot of useful things for humans. I worked by my fathers side, always learning more.
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