"Hey kid, whats your name?"
"Amanda. Whats yours?"
"George. How old are you? And where are your folks? Kids shouldn't be moving around alone in this ward."
"Nice to meet you,George. I am eight. How old are you?"
"75. Kid, your parents?"
"I don't have any. I am from Good Shepherd Orphanage. You see that fat nun over the reception? She is Sister Cecilia. I came with her."
"Is she sick?"
"No. I am.Doctor said its terminal. Whats terminal?"
"It means, there is no turning back. Like me."
"Turning back from where?"
"Death kid. Death."
"But you are old. And I am only eight. Why should I die?"
"I dunno kid. Its fate."
"But I don't want to die, George. I still have to be picked up by some family. Like, you know, my friend Clarissa, went across the river to stay with her new parents. She even has a dog now. I miss her though.
Sister Maria says, if I say my prayers daily and do the chores, I too will go to some good family."
"Really? Did Sister Maria say why you weren't picked up till now?"
"She said I am a bit sick. And the families don't want sick kids.But if I take my medicine and say 100 Hail Marys daily, some family will take me too."
"Why do you want a family so badly? Listen kid, you will do good on your own. Family is not worth 100 Hail Marys ."
"Because everybody has one.I too want one who will take me to park like Toby's does. Or buy me a doll house like Bess's. Don't you have one??"
"Yeah, I do. A son and a daughter. But they are busy with their work and their own families.Nobody has time for a bitter old man."
"Do they hate you because you have the disease?"
"Maybe. Or maybe, they are glad that I am dying..finally. After all, I am just an unwanted baggage."
"George, did my mother leave me beacuse I am an unwanted baggage too?"
"I dunno kid. But you are a good kid. Not unwanted."
"George, are you scared of dying?"
"Yes kid, I am. Terrified."
"I am scared too. Can I hug you?"
"George, can I die with you? I was always alone. I don't want to die alone."
"Kid, I ...."
"Promise me, George."
"I promise I will not leave without you."