When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that
came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later
that I realized that it wasn"t exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I
mean, up in space you got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to
live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever and bam.
Coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these
perfect families but the truth is that most babies are procts of drunken
evenings and lack of birth control. They"re accidents. Only people who have
trouble making babies actually plan for them. I on the other hand, I"am not a
coincidence. I was engineered. Born for a particular reason. A scientist hooked
up my mother"s eggs and my father"s sperm to make a specific combination of
genes. He did it to save my sister"s life. Sometimes I wonder what would have
happened if Kate had been healthy, I"d probably still be up in heaven or
wherever waiting to be attached to a body down here on Earth. But coincidence or
not I"m here.
I"m sorry, Jesse. I"m sorry I took all the attention when you were the one who
needed it the most. Dad. I know I took your first love from you. I only hope
that one day, you get her back. Mom, you gave up everything for me. Your work,
your marriage, your entire life just to fight my battles for me every single
day. I"m sorry you couldn"t win. And to my baby sis, who was always so very
little. I"m sorry I let them hurt you. I"m sorry I didn"t take care of you. It
was supposed to be the other way around.
My sister died that night. I wish I could say that she made some miracle
recovery but she didn"t. She just stopped breathing. And I wish I could tell you
that there was some good that came out of it that through Kate"s death we could
all go on living. Or even that her life had some special meaning like they named
a park after her, or a street or that the Supreme Court changed a law because of
her. But none of that happened. She"s just gone a little piece of blue sky now.
And we all have to move on.
Life is different now. A lot has changed in the last few years. Mom went back to
work rebuilt her practice and is now making a very nice living. Dad took an
early pension and now spends time counseling troubled inner-city youths. And
Jesse"s doing best of all. After Kate died, he turned his life around. He went
back to school and got himself a scholarship to a fancy art academy in New York.
And even though we"ve grown up and moved away, every year, on Kate"s birthday,
we all take a vacation together and it"s always to the same place. I"ll never
understand why Kate had to die and we all got to live. There"s no reason for it.
I guess. Death"s just death. Nobody understands it. Once upon a time, I thought
I was put on Earth to save my sister. And in the end. I couldn"t do it. I
realize now that wasn"t the point. The point was, I had a sister. She was
fantastic. One day，I"m sure I"ll see her again. But until then our relationship
In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical proceres she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister.