Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Bad End to a Good Evening

Hi, this is Summer with an update on Greens and Roses news. This was a fun evening for our family... well, until the end.

For the past few months, Maia has been dating another teacher who works at the same school where she teaches. Her name is Gia, and she's originally from Italy. We've talked to her when she's met up with Maia at the house, and she seems really nice. Normally the two of them go out a couple of times a week, but things are getting more serious, so Maia invited her over to spend some time with us tonight.

We had a really good time. Gia is really funny, and she's a good cook - she showed Maia how to cook pasta alla carbonara, and the two of them made it for the family. It was really good! I had never had it before, but I really liked it. Gia said she'd come over and show us how to make other Italian dishes in the future, which I'm looking forward to.

After supper, we played games for awhile: Scrabble, Monopoly, and Apples to Apples. Our vampires girls came home for that part; they weren't around during supper because we didn't want to have to make up a story for Gia about why they weren't eating the food. The four of them went pigeon hunting while the rest of us had supper, and we just told her (which wasn't a lie) that they were eating somewhere else tonight.

At some point, if Gia and Maia get married or Gia moves in, we're going to have to tell her about the vampires. For now, we thought it was better to just... not have the subject come up. Cécile, Marie-Grace, Clare, and Tabitha got to join us for the games, which was a good compromise, and we all had fun.

Eventually, it had to end. Gia said she had to go prepare some lesson plans for her classes tomorrow, so she thanked us for having her over, and we thanked her for the carbonara. Then we said our goodnights, and we figured we wouldn't see her again until tomorrow.

Twenty minutes later, the doorbell rang... and rang, and rang, and rang, like someone was leaning against it. Inna and I went to the door, and when we opened it, we found Gia on the porch again. She was pale as a sheet, and her sleeve was ripped to the shoulder. Blood was dripping from a huge bite on her upper arm. She was obviously going into shock, and looked like she could barely stand upright.

Inna immediately went and got her car keys; it was clear we were going to have to drive her to Emergency. Maia and I helped her to the car, and the rest of the girls went next door to stay with the Greens while we were gone. We didn't waste any time driving there - fortunately the hospital is only a few blocks away - but while we were on the way, Maia asked quietly, "What happened?"

I was afraid she was going to say it was a vampire. Or maybe 'some crazy bloodsucking biter person,' since she presumably doesn't know vampires are real. I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do if we were in a small car with a freshly-turned vampire who didn't know she was a vampire. Could that even happen? Could you be a vampire and not know you were one?

We all breathed a sigh of relief, though, when Gia didn't say it was a vampire. She said, "I was attacked by a big dog."

I couldn't help thinking that was the cover story we had used when Kiwi had vampire wounds. Was Gia just not telling us what had happened? There were some dark-coloured animal hairs on her blouse, though, and Inna told me later it didn't look the kind of injury that would be caused by a vampire. I guess it really was a dog.

We weren't at the hospital for very long. There wasn't much of a wait. The doctor cleaned the injury, put in a couple of stitches, and then bandaged it all up. Gia didn't have to stay overnight, so we drove her to her apartment building, made sure she had everything she needed, and then left her to get some rest.

It's unfortunate that our fun evening ended at Emergency. Hopefully next time we have someone over for the evening, it won't finish with a scary random dog bite!



  1. Hi Summer! Gia sounds really nice and I love Italian food! I'm sending my regrets for her injury. I wonder how she got so terribly injured! Get well soon Gia!

    Love, Reese <3

  2. Summer says:

    Thanks, Reese! We all really like Gia. She's a sweet person, and we had a lot of fun with her.

    I'm still not sure how a dog managed to do that much damage. For one thing, it would have to be a huge dog, to be able to reach to bite her almost on the shoulder! And why would it just attack her out of nowhere? I'm sure she wouldn't have done anything to provoke an animal.

    Hopefully Gia will feel better soon. She said she was going right to bed when we said goodbye to her at her apartment, but we're going to check on her tomorrow to see how she's doing. We'll tell her you wished her well.


  3. That sounds scary! I'm glad Gia is alright. Do you guys know of any big dogs in your neighborhood? All I can think about is that big, black dogs are supposed to be an omen of death. I hope that isn't true in your guy's case. Keep us updated!


  4. Summer says:

    That's a frightening thought, Emily! I hope it wasn't some kind of bad omen.

    There aren't any big dogs in our neighbourhood at all that I know of. Our dog, April, is the biggest we've seen, and she's more like medium-sized. We also aren't aware of any dogs that are mean.

    Scary stuff!


  5. Werewolf?? Could it be, are you going to add another dementian to your family. We are wondering now .. cannot wait to read more posts and find out. Scary having something out there that would bite her that bad ..


  6. Summer says:

    Hi Brya - we didn't even think of that! I wonder if werewolves are real? I can turn into a cat, after all, so they probably are.

    I'll mention that possibility to the girls. :-)