Cassiopeia woke up to crying. She followed the sound of the wails and found her mother, Karen glowering at her father. "Mommy, what's going on?" Cassiopeia asked, worried.

Her father looked up, tears pouring out of his face. "Mommy's leaving. She's not coming back." Karen said, gently.

Only then did Cassiopeia notice her mother's suitcase. "Mom, no! I want to stay with you!" she cried out, waking up her twelve year old sister.

"What's going on, Cass?" Navi frowned. "Mom. What are you doing? Why do you have your suitcases out?"

Karen sighed. She was hoping to avoid this conundrum. "I'm going to leave."

Navi growled. "You'd leave your husband and two daughters alone? Mom, Cassie is only five!"

Her mom pinched the bridge of her nose. "I will come back." she promised. Then, before anyone could respond, she walked out the door.

"No, Mommy!" Cass cried, running after her and tripping.

"Cassie, Mom isn't coming back." Navi said coldly, then went inside and slammed the door to her room.

2 Years Later

Cass walked home, humming a little tune. "Navi! I'm home!" she called, slamming the door. "Navi, dad called the school to tell me that he won't come home until tonight. Navi?"

There were traces of blood. "Oh, it's a scavenger hunt!" she exclaimed, following the traces to the bathroom's ajar door.

As she pushed the door open fully, she screamed. Navi was sitting in the bathtub, with her right wrist hanging out. There were seven deep cuts, from which the blood was dripping out.

Cassiopeia rushed out of the room, down the hall, and called her dad. "Daddy! Daddy!"

"Who is this?" her father asked.

"Cass! Daddy, it's Navi!"

"What about Navi?" Cassie's dad chuckled, thinking it was a joke.

"She's bleeding in the bathtub! Oh, Daddy, come home!"

There was no reply. Her dad had already left in his car. As the front door slammed open, her dad went into the bathroom. "Oh, Navi...why?" he whispered as he stoked her lifeless head.


After the funeral, Cassiopeia and her father moved to Huntsville. They had to live in a cramped apartment, and she had to work hard at a bakery, while keeping her grades up so that she could get a scholarship and a good job. They had a tough time, but Cassie suffered the worst. In two years, she had lost her mother, and her big sister, and had huge debts. Broken, she vowed to fix her family as much as possible.