stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance
The pitter-patter woke Sheila the first night. A rush of footsteps tumbled through her
apartment, back-and-forth past her bedroom door – a staccato like fat drops of rain hitting a tin roof.
She sat up and pulled the sheets over her knees, up to her chest. She tucked her ratty t-shirt tight to
her body, hugging herself. The alarm clock …