Lila stood looking at a picture of a horse that was hanging above her brother's fireplace. She jumped when she heard him coming in the room.

"Hi, Lila. How are you?"

"I'm fine. What about you?"

"Never been better. I guess you met my wife, Sali. She's the one who let you in." He smiled after realizing how strange that had sounded.

"Yeah. She seems nice," Lila replied distantly.

"She is. She's the best thing that has happened to me in a long time."

"It's good to see you happy again," Lila smiled and came back to the real world.

"Yeah. Have you found that special someone yet?"

"No. I, uh, I haven't really been looking."

"It's alright. You have time. You're only eighteen after all. I didn't meet Sali until I was twenty-three."


"Something's wrong."

"No, Mark. I'm fine."

"Lila, tell me. You used to tell me everything. We used to be very close."

"Yeah, we did, but that was before."

"Before what?"

"Before the accident," Lila tried to blink back the tears that were threatening to fall from her eyes.

"Oh," Mark replied sadly knowing exactly what she was talking about.

"So, this picture is beautiful. Do you want a horse?" Lila turned to look at the picture trying to change the subject.

Mark looked at her in shock. "Lila?"

"Yeah?" she said, turning to face him.

"That's the horse that... That's a picture of... That's a picture of the horse that killed Mom."

Lila gasped. "Oh my gosh!" Tears poured from her eyes. Their mother had been killed in a freak accident with a horse when Lila was three years old.

"It's okay, Lil. It'll be okay." Mark put his arm around his only remaining sister.

"But... it's because of that horse killing Mom that... that Jessi killed herself," she sobbed out. Jessi would have been twenty had she not killed herself when she turned fifteen, right after Mark moved out.

"Yeah, but now our sister is in Heaven with Mom where she belongs. One day we will join them, too."

"I know. I don't think it's that that made me cry."

"What do you mean?"

"It's just that when I walked in and looked at that picture... I... I felt a kind of... peace."