This is the final part of an 11-part short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and is posted on her blog https://circlecadventures.blogspot.com/
I’ve never been so happy in my life!
“Look what I found, Ellie!” Andi rolled a wheelchair in. Ellie sat up on the settee and a big smile curled her lips. “Where in the world did you get that, Andi?”
An unusually serious expression filled Andi’s eyes and Ellie could tell a story was coming. “This is the one I used a few months ago.”
As Andi filled her in on the events relating to her horse Taffy’s death and her own near fatal injuries, Ellie was shocked.
She wiped away the tears that compassion had wrung from her, and gave Andi a quick hug. “I’m so sorry, Andi.”
Andi returned the embrace, and smiled in a way that showed not only her ability to move on from the accident, but think with pleasure about the times she had enjoyed, even if a slight pain lingered.
Ellie glanced dubiously at the contraption that Andi had brought in. “Do you think the doctor will let me use it?”
Andi shrugged. “Why wouldn’t he? You were supposed to stay off of it, but he never said anything about not using a wheelchair. And after two weeks, surely it would be okay.”
Ellie looked from her splinted foot to the wheelchair. “How am I going to get in it?”
Andi pushed the chair as close to the settee as she could. “If you scoot into the wheelchair, I’ll support your foot.”
Ellie hoped the doctor wouldn’t be angry, but she was so tired of being stuck inside, that she gave Andi a delighted grin and followed her instructions.
When she was settled comfortably in the chair, Andi lowered her foot gently onto the rest. “There!”
Ellie held on to the arms as Andi pushed her quickly through the house and out onto the porch. A waft of fresh air blew over Ellie’s face and caught her hair. Auburn curls streamed in the wind and Ellie pushed them back with a laugh.
Andi leaned over the back of the chair, and Ellie looked up. “Thank you so much, Andi. This is wonderful! I’ve missed being outside.”
Andi directed the chair toward a ramp off of the porch. “I got Riley to put this up again, it’s the same one I used.”
They rattled down the boards and out into the yard. Dark clouds bunched up in the distance, muttering low threats.