We all followed Olivia outside to get familiar with our new surroundings. It’s autumn time in Appaloosa Plains and the air has a slight coolness in it. I watched small patches of dirt slightly flaring up as the gentle breezes blows. I was amazed of how beautiful this little country town was. I think Olivia may be from somewhere else due to her not having any kind of a hick accent. Judging by her appearance, I’m convinced that she isn’t from here. “Eric! The new patients are here!” Olivia shouted as we stopped in the middle of the ranch. I could hear the horses naying while a little puppy is yelping in the barn. “I’ll be there in a sec’” Shouted Eric from in the barn. We all waited for Eric to step out to greet us.
Moments later Eric came exiting from the barn with 2 horses following him. My eyes lit up then I saw a Sugar berry horse as they are very rare to find. If you don’t know what a Sugar berry is, it’s a berry animal. I could tell right away the horse is a Cotton Candy breed, the most beautiful breed of Sugar berry horses. I was excited to finally be face to face with a Sugar berry horse. I always dreamed of owning one if I had a ranch like this when I was a kid. “Howdy y’all? I reckon ya’ are enjoyin’ yer self here now?” Said Eric with a thick country accent. We all nodded. “Hi honey, I want you to meet Star Maraschino, Allure Melón and Emerald “Emery” Avocado. “It’s my pleasure to meet you all fellas here at my ranch. I hope my lady and I can give you folks the right treatment ya’ll need.” Said Eric with a smile.
I was very curious about the Sugar berry horse who was now grazing on some hay in the background. “Excuse me, Mr. Eric but is that a cotton candy horse?” I asked. Eric turns his head a little. “Why yes I reckon that’s a cotton candy. You know your candy breeds, don’t ya?” Said Eric. I smiled and nodded my head. “Would ya like to meet her? That there is Jellybean Star. The girl there wasn’t cheap, cost me a pretty penny but worth it. Hope to breed her one day once I git me anotha’ Sugar horse.” Smiled Eric.
Olivia dismissed us so we could venture around the ranch. This will be my new home for the next 60 days and with seeing Jellybean here, I’m kinda excited about it. I followed Jellybean into the barn and waited for her as she ate some hay in her stable. Once she was done, I tried to pet her. I held my hand out and she quickly nuzzles my hand with her warm and wet nose. I giggled a little cause it tickled. “Aren’t you friendly.” I said as I stroked through Jellybean’s long mane.
I stood there for a few moments petting Jellybean and getting acquainted with her. “She likes you.” Said a voice from behind me. I quickly turned around to see who it was. “Hi, I guess you’re new here. I just got in 3 days ago.” Said the flame berry guy. “Yes I’m new here. I just came in today. You think Jellybean likes me?” I said. The flame berry nods his head. “Yeah, she wouldn’t let me pet her for the longest but I think were friends now.” Said the guy.
“Where my manners.. My name is Phoenix Del Mango. What’s yours if you don’t mind me asking?” Asked Phoenix. I found myself gazing into his beautiful orange eyes. I don’t believe that I ever met a flame berry as handsome as Phoenix. How could a guy so gorgeous like him end up at a place like this? I had to stop myself from staring at him so much before he thought I was crazy or something. “I’m Allure Melón.” I smiled at Phoenix. “Allure… why that’s a beautiful name. I can see why that name was chosen for you.” Smiled Phoenix. I tried my hardest not blush after Phoenix’s comment. “Thanks.” I said with a shy smile. “I take it that you like horses.” Asked Phoenix.
I told him that I did and how I always wanted one when I was a kid. “I guess you’ll be a better rider than me huh?” Asked Phoenix. I shook my head no. “I’ve never rode a horse before. I always wanted to but I’m from a big city, there’s no horses there.” I said. Phoenix chuckle a little and places his rough hand on my shoulder. “Then maybe I could teach you when we have the time.” Phoenix winked at me. I smiled and told him “sure”. Phoenix had left the barn leaving me alone with Jellybean. I’m curious if he’s a worker here or a patient. He seemed very nice to be a patient here. Even if he was or not, he wouldn’t to get close to me and my drug habit. I’m damaged…
It was getting near dinner time and I sat down to watch TV with a Acai berry. She didn’t say much to me and stayed quiet for the most part. We were soon joined by Sunny. I was surprised that she stayed after her work day was over. “Are you getting comfortable, Allure?” Asked Sunny. I nodded my head. “Great! I hope you’ll get all of the help that you need here. Dinner is almost done so you ladies should get washed up. You’ll be joining us, will you Jupiter?” Said Sunny. I watched Sunny how she looked at Jupiter when she asked her if she would be joining everyone for dinner. Sunny had a concern look on her face as she asked Jupiter. “Yes.” Said Jupiter softly as she looks down on the floor. “You can do it, Jupiter. It’s going to be okay.” Said Sunny.
I can see that Sunny is more than someone who checks berries in and out of rehab. Sunny is concern of Jupiter’s well being. “Do you always stay late?” I asked Sunny. Sunny smiled and nodded her head. “I’m more than a rep. I actually care about you all. I’m actually living here too so I can stay close to certain berries who want me around. Having a berry staying here helps a lot. Other berries are more open to me than Olivia.” Said Sunny. Now knowing this about Sunny makes me more comfortable about seeking treatment here. I’m kinda curious if Phoenix is like Sunny too. A chime in the room alerted us that dinner was done and we need to head to the kitchen. “It’s time Jupiter.” Smiled Sunny as she holds her hand out towards Jupiter. “I’ll be there in a second.” Said Jupiter softly.
Dinner time was pretty decent. We all sat down and ate dinner together with a little small talk to get to know each other. Everyone was there but Jupiter who remained somewhere in the house. I watched Sunny as she stares down the empty chair where Jupiter should be sitting at. Sunny’s face started to frown up as she stares at the empty. My guess is that Jupiter has a eating disorder as Jupiter seemed a little intimated when dinner was mention. “She’ll be here.” Said Ruby who had stayed behind.
Most of everyone was starting to finish up eating when Jupiter finally graced us with her presence. Jupiter grabs a bowl of mac n’ cheese and sat in the empty chair. Jupiter carefully and slowly placed small potions of food into her mouth and ate it quietly. As others placed their empty bowls into the chair before clearing out, Jupiter continue to eat slowly. It was almost painful to watch Jupiter eat as she appears she was eating poison. I’ve never had a eating problem and I don’t know how could I relate to Jupiter as she struggles to finish her meal. Sunny stay behind, lurking near the doorway as she watches Jupiter. I returned into the kitchen to see if they wanted me to help out since we will be doing chores around the ranch.
Lavar Molasses, a Blackberry who is a worker at the ranch told me that I could help him with the dishes. As I helped Lavar in the kitchen, Jupiter slams her bowl on the table and runs out the kitchen in tears. I quickly ran after her to see if she was okay. I found Jupiter crying in Sunny’s arms. “I can’t do it! I can’t finish my food! I feel sick! I just wanna throw it all up! I can’t do this, Sunny! I can’t…” Sobbed Jupiter. Sunny consoles Jupiter by stroking her back. “It’s going to be okay Jupiter. You can do this.. You came too far to give up now.” Said Sunny. “But… I can’t… I don’t feel good. I need to throw up..” Cried Jupiter. Sunny looks into Jupiter’s eyes. “You’re fine Jupiter. You’re not sick. You can do this Jupiter. Last night you finish a salad. You can do this and you need to for your health. Let’s try to finish the rest of your meal.” Said Sunny. I wasn’t sure what to do so I offered my help. “Can I do anything?” I asked. Sunny told me yes and to go warm up Jupiter’s food so she could finish.
Jupiter finally finished her meal and the bathrooms were locked and the trash bins were removed for the night to prevent Jupiter from purging. If we needed the bathroom then we had to buzz Lavar for the key. It was bedtime for the ranch and we all headed to our rooms. The girls were all roomed together as the guys were all roomed together as well. I found my bed at on the right corner of the room. Of course it was the bed with the pink blanket which I didn’t mind. It seemed like whatever our color was, it was the same as our blanket. I figure this was Olivia’s doing but it’s okay. I laid in my new bed and closed my eyes tight. I was far from sleepy but I couldn’t help myself from thinking about Phoenix and Jellybean. Tomorrow is a big day for me as I start my treatment. I’m a little nervous but this is best for me I guess. Rehab is better than jail, right? I tried to relax my mind and soon I was fast asleep…
It had to be in the middle of night when I woken and found myself in a shaking mess. I was cold, then I was hot then cold again. I rolled out of bed and fell to the ground. My body began to shake violently as I crawled to the middle of the room. It’s been a few days since my last hit of Powder Cake. I felt like I was about to die as my heart began to race. I knew what was happening to me. I’m starting to have withdraws from years of being on Powder Cake. I began to tremble and sweat as I continue to crawl across the room. A light flicked on quickly and Olivia races to myself. “You’re gonna be okay..” Whispered Olivia into my ear.
Suddenly I’m being lifted up by Eric and carried into the kitchen. “Sweetie, you’re having withdraws. We are going to give something to help relax you.” Said Olivia calmly. I’m not sure how much time had went on but a cup of herbal tea was given to me. “Drink this hon, this will help your body flush out the toxins.” Said Olivia as she brushes my hair away from my sweaty face. I took the tea and quickly drank it. Olivia cradles me softy and hums a soft tune. As my thoughts and heart races, my body shakes, I just knew this a was going to be a hard night for me. This is my first night of detoxing and I hate it… I’m not sure if I can do this…