Justin Larue watched his eldest daughter through tear-glazed eyes. He was in agony, not from his illness, but from all the terrible things he had done to her and needed her forgiveness. He had spent his life taking what he wanted and getting rid of the things he did not want, unfortunately, now she was one of the things he did not want. He realized a long time ago that his overbearing insensitivity used to control his family was a sickness. The way he had even forbidden his wife to care for their daughter and his chronic lying to his daughter and others had destroyed his life and the lives of those around him.
His impending death had caused him to look deeply inside. What he found there increased his need to cleanse his soul before he died. He was hoping that what he was about to do would be his redemption. Today was his last chance. Telling Margo the truth about her little sister would break down the wall that he had built between them. Justin cleared his throat before calling out to his daughter, "Margo please come here, I have something very important to say to you."
Margo apprehensively moved back from the window. She was angry with her father. She knew he probably would only hurt her again. Everything she had done to erase the resentfulness he had shown her throughout her life had not been enough. She walked hesitantly toward him, "Yes father." The sadness she felt was taking its toll on her. The stress from worrying about him was burdensome yet she felt she couldn't live without him.
"What am I going to do without you father," she whispered as she got closer to him. He was all she had with the deaths of her mother and infant sister. When Margo reached her father's bedside, she sat down in the chair beside his bed. Justin pulled himself up, thinking about what he was about to say.
"Margo you have grown into a very beautiful woman, and a damn good business executive. I am so proud of you. Please forgive me for sentencing you to a life void of love and blaming you for things I know you did not do. May God have mercy on my soul?" He stopped and buried his face in his hands and mumbled the next words so that she could hardly hear them but they unmistakably turned her world upside down. "Margo your sister is alive. I had to protect her from you."
Standing up and moving slowly away from her father's bed Margo looked disgusted and horrified. "You are a horrible man father, I hate you! I have spent every waking hour of my life since I left that damn hospital trying to get you to forgive me for something I had not done. I will never forgive you for lying to me and making me believe I was monster."
Margo moved closer to her father and leaned over him. When she opened her mouth to speak she was overcome by darkness and fell on the floor. Before Justin could react she sat up and by gripping the bedside pulled herself up. Once again she stood over her father, now with a fiendish look on her face. "Where is she father, where did you hide your precious baby girl? The one whose life you protected unlike how you've destroyed mine...and mother's."
Her father looked deeply into Margo's eyes and knew without a doubt he had made a grave mistake. He was regretting telling Margo that her sister was alive. He had believed up until that very moment that she would have joyfully embraced the news of her sister being alive.
"I will never tell you where she is. I will take that secret with me to my grave."
Margo reached out her hands and put them on his shoulders.
"I am not afraid of you Margo, get away from me."
She then slid her hands around his neck.
"Help, somebody help me!"
She began to squeeze, strangling him. He tried to press the call button on his bed. Margo slapped his hand away from it with one hand and immediately returned to strangling him.
"Yes you will tell me where she is father, even if I have to shake it out of you." she reached back up to his shoulders, and proceeded to shake him violently. He gripped a tiny picture he had in his hand and moved it towards his chest. The pain spread up his neck then to his face and down his left arm. It rendered him speechless and she returned her hands to his neck squeezing viciously. He released his last breath and stared into the murderous eyes of his daughter.