An Unknown Fact
This is Rebecca again with yet another story. I just thought I'd mention Lilly again. I thought it would be cool to figure out that Lilly
had a long lost twin. I hope you enjoy the story. I wanted to bring
Lilly back since it's the one year antiversery of her death. Hope you
Sydney Hansen smiled as she finished reading the last chapter of
"Lilly's Crossing" She had found the book at the library and thought it
had looked good. Syd closed the book and started to get up when she
heard a voice behind her.
"Syd don't act like Lilly didn't exist," came Lyndia's voice.
"Admitt it Syd, you can't go one day without thinking about Lilly."
"Mother that's not true," Syd said. "OK, I admitt it, I have thought
about her a lot over the past week. It is the one year antiversery of
her death. I miss her Mom, I don't know why but..." Syd was cut off.
"You miss her for the same reason you miss me dear. You miss her
because you cared for her. Lilly made a mistake and she knows it. Oh,
yeah she said to tell you hello," Lyndia said sitting down in a chair.
"You talked to Lilly?" Syd asked, giving Lyndia a look that said
tell me more.
"Yes, we have lunch together everyday," Lyndia said.
"Why wasn't she there when I was, you know in a coma?" Syd asked.
"She was out shopping with her mom," Lyndia said. She got up to
leave. "Sorry to cut this little chat short dear but I have to run. I
promised Lilly's mom I'd take her to a movie while she goes and gets her
"Mother, you never told me how she's doing," Syd said. "I want to
"Sorry dear, maybe some other time," Lyndia said and then she was
"Mother!" Syd screamed.
Syd awoke with a start and sighed. She soon realized that last week
had been the antiversery of Lilly's death and Syd had been in a coma.
Syd sighed and dressed quickly. After dressing Syd went into the kitchen
to find Joanie up and making breakfast.
"Morning," Syd said sitting down at the bar. "Joanie did you know
that last week was the antiversery of Lilly's death?"
"Syd I completely forgot. With you in the hospital and everything
else that was going on it totally slipped my mind," Joanie said turning
to face her sister. "I'm sorry Syd."
"It's OK, hey I didn't remember until Mom told me this morning," Syd
said getting up and pouring herself a cup of coffee.
"Do you think Mom knows Lilly?" Joanie asked getting Hannah, who had
started to wine out of her high chair.
"I suppose," Syd says putting her coffee cup in the sink. "Where are
Dad and Robbie?"
"Dad is already downsatirs and Robbie is no where to be seen,"
Syd checked her watch and grabbed her coat and purse. "I have to go,
Izzy probably needs help opening up." Syd kissed Hannah on the forehead.
"Bye Syd," Joanie said.
Syd waved and headed for the clinic. When she got to the clinic she
found Izzy at the front desk a stack of files in her hand.
"Good morning Dr. Hansen," Izzy said cheerfully.
"Morning," Syd said heading toward the office. "What do you have for
"A sixteen year old in two named Emily complaining of a stomach
ache, a four year old in one who busted his head open," Izzy said.
"I'll take the sixteen year old, thanks Izzy," Syd said heading
toward room two after putting her stuff away in the office. Syd pulled
the curtin aside and saw the girl who looked exactly like Lilly. Syd
tried to clear her head to make sure she wasn't seeing things. She took
two deep breaths and slowly walked into the room. "Hi I'm Dr. Hansen,
you must be Emily?"
"Yeah, I've had a really bad stomach ache for the past few days. I
tried taking something for it but I keep throwing everything I eat and
drink, including the medicine,' Emily said.
"You probably have that nasty stomach flu that's been going around.
Have you had a fever at all?" Syd asked as she listened to Emily's heart
and looked into her eyes and nose. Syd thought that Emily's voice
sounded exactly like Lilly's. Emily looked identical to Lilly and Syd
wondered if there was a secret Lilly hadn't told Syd.
"Yes, it was 99.9 an hour ago," Emily said.
"Why don't we check and make sure it hasn't gone up," Syd said. She
stuck the thamomentor in Emily's ear. "Don't worry, this will only take
a second. So, Emily do you live around here?"
"No, I jsut moved here from Oklahoma about a week ago. I'm not even
enrolled in school yet. I was adopted when I was a baby and my parents
wanted me to see as much of where I was born as possible," Emily said.
Syd took the thamomentor out of Emily's ear and checked her
temperature. "You're fever's rising. I'm going to put you on some
medication that should make you feel better soon." Syd filled out the
proscription. "How old are you Emily?"
"I jsut turned seventeen last month," Emily said getting off the
"I would like to see you back here within a week," Syd said. She
wanted to get to know Emily and see if she knew if she even had a twin.
Syd handed Emily the proscription.
"Thanks Dr. Hansen," Emily said. "I'd better be going, I told my mom
I'd be back at the apartment by ten."
Syd watched the girl leave. Emily looked exactly like Lilly and Syd
wondered if Lilly had had a twin she hadn't known about or had kept
secret? Syd tried to push the thought out of her mind so that she could
concentrate on her other patients.
At the Barkary Joanie was putting freshly cooked dog bisckets into a
jar when the door opened. Joanie smiled when she saw Burt, carrying his
"Hi, what are you doing here?" Joanie asked giving him a quick kiss
on the cheek.
"I was jsut on my way to the station and thought I'd swing by. I
came by to see if you wanted to grab lunch later?" Burt asked.
"Sure, we can go eat at O'Neils," Joanie said. She closed the jar
and gave Burt a hug. "I wanted to thank you for being so supportive when
Syd was in a coma. You really helped me out a lot and I"m sorry I
haven't been the worlds best girlfriend lately."
"I understand, believe me. My brother was in a coma when I was
fourteen. He wasn't as lucky as your sister though," Burt said.
"Burt I'm sorry," Joanie said, her tone softening,
"That's OK, it was a long time ago," Burt said. He haded for the
door. "I have to get to the station. I'll see you at O'Neils at noon."
"Great," Joanie said smiling.
Back at the clinic Syd sighed as she hung up the phone. She had jsut
called the DCYF to see if they could track down any other living
relatives that Lilly might have had. the DCYF had not located anyone and
Syd was frustrated. How was she going to find out if Emily was Lilly's
twin. Sighing, Syd grabbed her coat and purse. She needed a break and
lunch would be a good excuse to get away for awhile. Syd asked Ixzy if
she still needed her and Izzy told her no. Syd informed her coworker
about the posability of a former patient having a twin.
"And Lilly is dead?" Izzy asked.
"Yes, she was killed in an accident over a year ago," Syd said. "I
have to know if this girl is her twin. Maybe I can get a little
background on whre she was from. Emily said she was adopted when she was
a baby and jsut moved here from Oklahoma a week ago."
"That's going to be hard information to get. Emily may not want to
talk about her personal life," Izzy said. "Go on, I've got things under
"Thanks Izzy, I'll be back within an hour," Syd said heading toward
the door. She turned around. "If I'm not back within an hour, page me."
"Will do," Izzy said waving.
When Syd arrived at O'Neils she saw Robbie behind the bar and waved
to him. Robbie motinoed for her to come over and Syd walked over to the
bar and sat down.
"What are you doing on this side of town?" Robbie asked. "I figured
you'd be at the clinic?"
"I was but I decided to take my lunch break a little early," Syd
"Great, so what can I get you?" Robbie asked.
"A hamburger and a water," Syd said.
"Sure, be right back," Robbie said and hurried off toward the back.
Syd gazed around the busy bar. O'Nails seemed busier than normal.
Then Syd saw a familior face. Emily was sitting near the bar at a booth
with a lady who Syd guessed was her mother. Then Emily got up and was
heading this way.
"Dr. Hansen, I didn't expect to see you here. Don't worry I'm not
eating I'm just here with my mom," Emily said. "Are you on lunch break?"
"Yeah, listen Emily can I talk to you for a minute?" Syd asked not
wanting to lead into the question directly.
"Sure," Emily said. She sat down beside Syd.
"This may sound a little weird and kind of personal but do you know
if you had a twin. I remember you telling me you were adopted?" Syd
"Not that I recall but I think my mom said something about me havng
a twin. She said something about us being seporated," Emily said. "I'm
not really sure if I do or not? Why do you ask?"
"No reason, I was jsut wondering. You just an aweful lot like
someone I knew," Syd said hardly notcing that Robbie had brought her
"Who?" Emily asked. "I'm jsut wondering."
"Her name was Lilly Gallagher, she was from Oklahoma as well. She
had been an orphan since she was nine. they put her in foster care but
she ran away and came here," Syd said taking a sip of her water.
"I haven't seen anyone that looks like me yet but I"ve only been
here a week," Emily said. "I don't really know anyone yet?"
"Oh, Lilly was killed in an accident over a year ago," Syd said.
"I'm sorry I didn't meant o sound nosy. When I saw you in the clinci
this morning, you kind of reminded me of Lilly. Actually at first I
thought I was seeing things."
Emily laughed. "I can understand how that can happen."
"Thanks for talking with me, I know you probably want to get back to
your mom," Syd said.
"No problem, it was fun. Maybe we can hook up some other time and
you can tell me more about Lilly," Emily said.
"Yeah, and don't forget you come see me in a week," Syd said.
"I won't and I let my mom know," Emily said standing up. "I got my
proscription filled already and have already taken it. That's why I feel
well enough to be here." Emily waved and went to join her mom.
Syd smiled and turend back to her food. She saw Robbie give her a
strange look. "Don't ask it's a long story?"
"Who was that?" Robbie asked as he cleaned the counter.
"A patient of mine, I think she might be Lilly's twin," Syd said.
"Lillly had a twin?" Robbie asked.
":I don't know, that's what I want to find out," Syd said. She took
a bite of her hamburger. "Maybe Joanie has a picture she took of Lilly
one time when they went on their shopping sprees?"
"Speaking of which, here she is now," Robbie said.
Syd turned around and saw Joanie coming toward them. She checked her
watch, Eleven-thirty, Syd only had thirty minutes before she had to get
back to the clinic. "Joanie, over here."
Joanie waved and headed toward the bar. "Hi Syd, what are you doing
here. Are you on your lunch break already?" Joanie hung her coat on a
chair and sat down.
"Yeah, do you have a date with Burt?" Syd asked.
"Yes, but he won't be here until twelve," Joanie said.
"Hey, sis what can I get you?" Robbie asked.
"A hamburger and a water," Joanie said.
"Are you and Syd sharing the same brain today, that's the exact same
thing she ordered," Robbie said.
"Cut it out Robbie," Joanie said.
"One burger coming up," Robbie said and he disappeared into the back
"Joanie can I ask you a question?" Syd asked her sister as Joanie
ate some of Syd's fries.
"Sure, what's up?" Joanie asked, her mouth full of fries.
"Do you have a picture of Lilly by any chance?"
"I think so, Why?" Joanie asked.
"I had a patient come in the clinic this morning. She looked exactly
like Lilly, I'm talking identical. I think Lilly might have had a twin,"
Syd said taking a sip of her water.
"You think Lilly could have had a twin?" Joanie asked, not believing
what she was hearing.
"Yeah, the girl's name is Emily. When I talked to her a few minutes
ago she said she was adopted and jsut moved here from Oklahoma. That's
where Lilly was from, remember?" Syd asked.
"Yeah, yeah, She said she was going to Florida origionally but
landed here becasue that's how far the truck driver was going," Joanie
said starting to catch on to what Syd was saying.
"She's here Joanie, sitting over there near the window," Syd said
pointing toward the right side of the bar.
"Wow, she does look like Lilly. You're right, I would have easily
mistaken her for Lilly," Joanie said turnign back around to eat her
food. "So what are you going to do about it?"
"Well, first I'm going to see if I can track down any past medical
records of Lilly's and then I'm going to see if they match with Emily's.
The mother couldn't have given them up right away."
"It's possible," Joanie said.
"Yeah, but Lilly said that her mother died when she was nine and she
didn't mention anything about being adopted," Syd said as Robbie cleared
"Maybe she didn't know?" Joanie said takng a bite from her
"Maybe, I'm going to try to find out more when I get back to the
clinic." Syd looked at the clock. "Speaking of which, that's where I
have to head now. I'll see you at home." Syd grabbed her coat and purse
and headed for the door.
"Tell me what you find out and I'll give you the photo of Lilly
tonight when I get home," Joanie said.
"OK, bye," Syd said and was out the door.
On her way into the clinic Syd felt someone tap her on the shoulder.
She turend around to see Emily standing behind her.
"Emily what are you doing here? Do you still not feel well?" Syd
asked, concern in her voice.
"No, it's not that, I feel fine. I was thinkng about what you said
back at O'Nails and I told my mom about it. She said that Lilly was
adopted too and that she met the mother who adopted her."
"Lilly's mother is dead," Syd said walking into the busy clinic,
Emily right behind her.
"Oh, well I think I am her twin. If you have a picture of her I
think I can tell," Emily said.
Syd thought for a moment. Joanie said that she'd had one but Syd
didn't know if she did. Then Syd remembered she had a photo of her and
Lilly at the park. Syd went back into the office, Emily following. She
reached into her locker and pulled out the photo.
Emily stared at the photo. She felt as if she were looking into a
mirror. "You were right Dr. Hansen, I do have a twin Lilly was my twin.
Thiank you so much for helping me find a lttle piece of my past. I've
been trying to find my birth parents for years. You just gave me a
clue." Emily gave Syd a big hug. "Thank you."
"You're welcome, and promise me that you'll keep in touch, I'll give
you both my numbers." Syd wrote down her work and home phone number and
gave it to Emily.
"I will, and I have to go tell my mom the news," Emily said and
hurried out the door.
That night Syd was asleep on the couch when she felt a tap on the
shoulder. She awoke to find her mother standing beside her, along with
"You had quite a day dear," Lyndia said. "Thanks to you Lilly now
knows she was a twin."
"Yeah, you helped me out a lot Syd, again," Lilly said. She gave Syd
a hug. "I'm so glad to see you again."
"I've missed you so much," Syd said squeezing Lilly's hand. "Do you
know who your real mother is now?"
"Yep, she's a reporter and lives in New York," Lilly said. "Keep an
eye on Emily for me and I'll keep an eye on you."
"Thanks and I won't let anything happen to Emily," Syd said as Lilly
sat down beside her on the couch.
"I can't believe Hannah is walking. How is Joanie and Robbie?" Lilly
"Joanie is fine, she actually has a new boyfriend named Burt but I
don't want to get into all that," Syd said.
"Syd are you okay, I heard you were in a coma a few weeks ago?"
"I'm fine, and I ddin't see you when I had my little encounter with
life before heaven,' Syd said.
"I was busy, but your mom told me you'd been there," Lilly said.
Then a beeper went off and Lilly unclipped it from her pocket. "That's
me, mother calling. Guess I"m late. I hve to go Syd but I'll try to be
"bye Lil, it was so nice seeing you again," Syd said giving her a
Syd awoke with a start. Now she knew the whole story behind Lilly
Gallagher's life. Syd smiled and closed her eyes once more. She was
happy to know the ending of that story and a new one was about to begin.
© 2000 Rebecca
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