Nurse Jackie

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It's karaoke night at Kevin's bar, and when Jackie arrives it seems clear that both she and Gracie have gained a little equilibrium. Jackie's name comes up on the karaoke list, and she is in absolutely no fucking mood... Until Kevin nudge-winks that it was a special request. Grace sits at the bar, smiling hugely at her mother, and of course Jackie has to go for it. She just wants to see her mother sing.

"When this old world starts getting me down/ And people are just too much for me to face..."

She smiles, and Grace watches her, and she feels stronger for a second. She's home.

"I climb way up to the top of the stairs/ And all my cares just drift right into space..."

Grace stares, joyfully, and then something occurs to her. Wrong song, wrong life. Her smile slips down off her face, and she looks away. Jackie sings harder and harder, trying to pierce through the shadow, get her to look up again, roll back the tape just that one second before she lost her again: nonresponsive, glassy. She'd sing forever. She pushes against it like a wall, until her voice breaks. Grace doesn't look up, but she keeps going.

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