Saturday, July 20, 2013

Supporting Characters: Part 2

     Last time, you met Tyler.  Today, I’d like to introduce Sarah Wexley.  Though I never officially announced her name in, Journal of the Undead: Littleville Uprising, Sarah is often in the thoughts of the Wexley family.  She was Alan’s first wife and the mother of his children, Matt and Emma. 
     Sarah’s story is a tragic tale.  Her dream of becoming a concert pianist was shattered when she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome in her late teens.  Sarah felt as if her life was over but her doctors were confident that she would recover.  After a long battle, filled with countless physical therapy sessions, she rebuilt her strength.  Slowly, the paralysis diminished while function and sensation returned.  Statistically, the chances of a GBS relapse are very slim so Sarah hoped she would be able to leave her painful memories in the past. 
     A mutual friend introduced her to Alan Wexley, who, at the time, was working toward his doctorate.  After a whirlwind courtship, the couple married and Sarah was overjoyed.  Later, Alan earned his PhD and Sarah learned she was pregnant.  After giving birth to two beautiful children, she finally felt like her life’s true purpose was revealed.  Sarah was deliriously happy for several years but, when she least expected it, GBS reared its ugly head.  This time, the symptoms were rapid and aggressive.  The paralysis prohibited her breathing and she died before the ambulance could get her to the hospital. 
     It was the rare and sudden death of her mother that spurred Emma’s desire to become a doctor.  Though Emma speaks of it more, Matt’s heartache over the loss of his mother is just as palpable.  Alan tries to conceal his pain but his second wife, Jillian, does little to mend his broken heart.  The ghost of Sarah’s life and love will follow her family for the rest of their lives

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