Billy goes away and then he comes back
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“Billy.” She repeated smartly. “I imagine this is a lot, to suddenly see your father in an hospital bed. It can be quite shocking.”
“You said somethin’ ‘bout an illness.” He interrupted her.
“He was diagnosed with Alzheimer five years ago.” Layla looked confused. “You didn’t know?”
Billy shook his head. “Haven’t talked to him in eight years.” He revealed to her.
Her eyes widened slightly. Looked at Billy’s expression, then at the man lying down on the hospital bed. “I feel like you had a good reason not to.” Layla added. “But at this time even specialized care won’t take him. He’s too far gone his illness and needs a familiar face around to help him settle at the bad times.” She paused, looked at him. “We are as of now discharging him into your care. You are legally obligated to take him, honey.”
He felt fear as an electrical shock from the floor up through his whole body, inside every single one of his bones. “Is he going to recognize me?”
Layla pondered. “Maybe. Maybe not. It varies. He may also recognize you in one minute and remember nothing on the other.” Was her answer. “Alzheimer is a very fickle thing.”
Billy just nodded, turning to her. “Where do I sign?”