My cheeks reddened as a tear slipped past my palms. Oh, great, I thought; now I’m crying. I’m glad no one’s here to see this.
I grabbed a tissue from the box on top of my desk and wiped my eyes. I glanced up at the painting of a mermaid above my desk. Emerys had made it for me when I was little. I probably wasn’t older than seven then, though she was already a teenager.
We used to be close. She used to play games with me. Much more so than Cat ever did. But, Cat was basically an adult by the time I was born. It’s all her fault that Em and I drifted apart. Once Cat married Robert and moved out of our house, Em started playing the role of big sister. She told me I needed someone besides our parents to look out for me, as Cat had done for her. Like I really needed someone to look out for me.
I walked over to my window and stared out at the water. Sometimes saving people felt like a curse, a burden that we always must bear. I glanced down at my watch. My turn in the water would start in a few hours; I might as well sleep for a bit, since I would be in the water for the next six.At least it would be a break from the drama downstairs. Didn't Emerys realize that I was just trying to protect us all?