It’s a long road, but it’s worth it.
“I’m sorry… what?” Sonya whispered,
“Look,” Jimmy took a deep breath, as he walked closer towards Sonya. “I know I’m asking a lot but… I just really need you to talk to my mum – make her realise she needs help.”
“Isn’t there someone else you could ask? Someone better than me? Paul or maybe Leo, you said this all started with him and finding out he was her brother so…”
“I just… I really don’t… I mean, do you really think I’m the best person to do this?” Sonya asked nervously.
“Leo doesn’t care!” Jimmy snapped back, his voice breaking up slightly. “If he did, mum wouldn’t even be in this mess.”
“Oh, I’m sure that’s not true.” Sonya said, attempting to reassure Jimmy.
“It is, okay? I told him what she was going through. I told him that she’d changed – he’s known for weeks and he’s done nothing to help her. He could have talked to her or… I don’t know, something but he didn’t even try. He ignored her the way he has for months and is more focused on everyone else instead.”
“Well, I mean, Elly has been going through a lot-“ Sonya said, gently.
“AND MY MUM ISN’T?” Jimmy yelled, startling Sonya and causing her to jump back momentarily.
“Sorry.” Jimmy whispered as Sonya shook her head, gesturing that it was okay.
“It’s just… It’s been a year and he will put everything on hold for his friends but doesn’t care enough to even try to help his own sister?!”
“Do you really think she would listen to him after everything that’s happened?”
“Yeah… fair enough. Okay, but… why me? I mean, really?” Sonya asked.
"Because she’ll listen to you. You used to be friends and… Well, I remember… when we were living you, I overheard you talking about your son and how hard it was for you to get him back.” Jimmy responded softly.
“Oh, Jimmy that’s…” Sonya said quietly, laughing nervously. “That’s a bit different.”
“How? You wanted your son back, I want my mum back.”
“Sonya, please. I… I don’t want to lose my mum.” Jimmy said, as his voice started to break up.
“Is it really that bad?” Sonya whispered, concerned as Jimmy nodded, taking a deep breath in order to regain his composure before breaking down.
“No one cares. They don’t even seem to notice something’s wrong. They just… they keep encouraging her and she’s… she’s changing – it’s like she’s a different person every day. I don’t even recognise her anymore, Sonya.”
“Okay.” Sonya mumbled under her breath before clearing her throat and speaking in a clear and calm voice. “Okay, I’ll talk to her.”
“Thank you.” Jimmy said, smiling from ear to ear as he wiped the tear away from his right cheek.
“But… look, you need to keep in mind that, if your mum is in as bad a place as you say she is – this… this won’t have an easy fix. It’s… it’s going to be long and hard and brutal and… I just don’t want you to get your hopes up, okay? This might not go the way you want it to and you need to be ready for that possibility.”
“I know and I don’t care. I want my mum back – whatever it takes.”