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Pet Name: Astrum_Mare
"What's wrong with her?"
"There's nothing wrong with her! She's just... different," I explained to the snobby Ixi and the rest of my classmates. They were making fun of my sister again and I'd just about had it! Poor Star; it wasn't her fault she was narcoleptic. She was just born that way.
Astrum_Mare, Star as we like to call her, was in the middle of a conversation with one of our classmates when she suddenly fell asleep; narcolepsy is a condition where a person suddenly falls asleep during their everyday activities. We could be playing catch and Star will just fall straight to sleep. The strange thing is that at night she can't fall asleep at all! How weird, right?
The bell rang signaling the end of another day. Star bolted upright in her seat and looked around, confused.
"It's ok, Star, it's just the final bell," I said, calming her down.
"Oh, thanks, Meillion. Did I fall asleep again?"
"Yeah, you did, but it's ok. C'mon, we should go get Loiseau."
We walked to our little sister's classroom and picked her up. While walking home, she talked about finger painting and puppet shows and the story she heard in class. Star fell asleep and we had to stop and wake her up. Sometimes, she was a real burden on us. Our owner Kirin was constantly watching her to make sure she didn't hurt herself when she fell asleep and I had to defend her from the bullies at school. Loiseau is still too young for it to affect her. I know it sounds bad, but I shouldn't be taking care of my older sister; she should be taking care of me. I want to be able to go out with my friends and have fun without having to worry about her. But with her condition, none of us can have a normal life.
"Mei, do you hate me?" she asked later that night. What could I say to her?
I hesitated and I could tell that she knew what I was thinking.
"I'm sorry, Mei. I don't mean to be a burden to the family..."
"I know you don't. It's not like you're doing it on purpose..."
"I know but you all are stuck looking after me all the time. I'm sorry that you guys have to worry about me," she sniffled. Great, now she was crying. I felt like a jerk.
"Aw, Star, stop crying. I'm the one who should be sorry. It's selfish of me to only care about myself. Kirin always tells me I'm so responsible for being an adult and taking care of you. I don't want to be an adult yet! I just want to be a kid still. It scares me that your wellbeing is in my hands. I don't want to fail you."
"You won't, Mei, and you never will! You're the best brother ever!"
"Thanks, you're the best too. Wanna play some video games?"
About ten minutes into playing Meepit vs. Feepit, Star fell asleep. I shut off the game and put a blanket over her.
"Sleep tight, Star."
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