A Star Shattered: Chapter Twenty
Tammy focuses the chapter on her niece, Stacey. Stacey was born on December 15th, 1980 when Tammy was just eight years old. Stacey could do anything she put her mind to and was incredibly intelligent, maybe even too intelligent for her own good. As Stacey got older, Tammy’s bond with her grew even more and they would go skiing almost every weekend. Skiing was something that Stacey picked up on very quickly.
Stacey had told Tammy that when she turned eighteen that she wanted to move in with Tammy and Chris. Stacey got her first car, a Jeep, when she was sixteen. One night, at two in the morning, Tammy got a call that Stacey had been in a car accident and it didn’t look good. Stacey needed surgery.
Tammy found out that Stacey was driving home from her boyfriend’s house and her father got nervous when she wasn’t home for the 11pm curfew. She never missed curfew. Her father drove a mile down the road and saw her Jeep up against a tree. Stacey had lost control of the car and smashed the tree head-on. Her head hit the windshield and had been unconscious since that time.
She was not wearing her seatbelt.
After two surgeries, Stacey’s brain wouldn’t stop swelling and it was deemed that only 5% of her brain would properly function if she recovered. Thus, she’d be mentally handicapped for the rest of her life. At 9am the next morning, the decision was made to take her off life support. She was only 16 years old with a bright future.
The tragedy was the second one that Tammy experienced with the first one being the death of her father. Tammy recalls a Florida trip with Stacey where Stacey did a prank where she emptied a shampoo bottle into a jacuzzi that Tammy was sharing with Chris and it made the area look like a blizzard had gone through.
There was another time that she went for a walk with Chris and proceeded to prank Candido by joking in front of an elderly couple that Candido was a pedophile, which embarrassed Candido and worried him that he was going to get the police called on him.
Chapter Twenty-One coming soon!