Blue climbed the stairs to her sister’s bedroom, hoping she was still home. At the top of the stairs Blue noticed Ivy’s bed was empty. Though it looked like it been slept in. Clothes were piled high in a chair sitting in the corner near the bed, and Ivy’s shoes were thrown all over the floor. Blue wondered to herself how could anyone live in such disarray. Then again she’ll soon found out herself. Blue walked to the other side of the room. She figured Ivy was out on the roof smoking. A habit she promised to quit after their grandfather died from Lung Cancer.
Blue pulled the curtain aside. There she was sitting on the roof like always, but she wasn’t smoking. Ivy seemed to be staring out over the neighborhood looking at the sunset. She looked peaceful, Blue thought to herself. Going unnoticed Blue stood gazing at her. Ivy’s honey blonde hair was starting to grow back at the roots and the bright neon pink was beginning to fade. Hopefully, Blue thought, her sister wouldn’t dye it again and just let it grow out. Blue loved the color of Ivy’s hair; she hated when Ivy began dying it to piss their mother off. To which Ivy always said she was “just expressing” herself, but Blue knew better.
“Jeezus, Blue!” Ivy was holding her hand over her chest. “You scared the shit out of me.”
“Sorry I didn’t want to bother you.”
“Yea well, I’m bothered.”
Ivy scooted over as Blue climbed through the window. Settled next to each other they watched the sunset over the neighborhood. Ivy traced her fingers down Blue’s arm, taking her hand till their hands were tangled together.
“Why are you up here anyway?” Ivy asked.
“I wanted to talk to you about something.”
“Guess whatever it is it’s not important.”
“Why you say that?”
“Because you still haven’t told me what it is.”
Blue looked down at their hands feeling at home- she didn’t want this to end. It was the first time in years they were able to sit down and just be. No fighting or trying to run away from each other or mom coming in and ruining it. She’ll be there for me, Blue thought.
Ivy was waving her left hand in front of Blue’s face.
“Where did you go?”
“I was just thinking.”
“I miss my big sister.”
“I didn’t go anywhere. I am always right here.”
“Yea but you are different. Defiant.”
“That’s what happens when you fail to realize you can’t always have it your way. You rebel.”
“Well are you done rebelling.”
Ivy looked out at the horizon. The tip of the sun was almost swallowed whole by the skyline. But what was left shown bright and red.
“Well?” Blue asked.
“Yea, I think I’m done.”
Blue leaned her head on Ivy’s shoulder.
“You still didn’t tell me why you came up here.”
Blue sat up- gazing at their hands.
“Um… I’m um… I’m pregnant.”