She had done it. She had really done it!
Citrusella had spent a whole five minutes locked in the quiet room alone. Dr. Mario and Nurse Toadstool had praised her and even given her hugs before sending her on her way.
She headed down to the day room to decompress and hold a mini-silent-celebration. She was drawing a sunny, happy picture of Sugar Rush when a voice popped up behind her.
"Hi!" She turned around, not expecting the little girl voice she heard. She saw Glory.
"Hi. I didn’t know you could talk…"
She looked down. “That’s because I don’t like speaking English to people I don’t like. I just use Eelish instead. And I don’t like Toadstool or Carter.”
"So… you like me?"
"Yeah. Or I trust you, anyway."
"Wow. Say, you seem happier than normal, too."
"Yeah. Part of that’s ‘cause I don’t like opening up to people most of the time. The other part of it is that I’ve been doing real good with Dr. Mario. And he probably changed my medicine, too."
Citrusella nodded, not sure what to say.
"Hey, I heard you were gonna race in Mario Kart!" Glory said excitedly.
"Really? Where’d you hear that?"
"I hang around in the visiting room. I never get visitors, but I like sitting in there sometimes."
"Well, yeah. I hope it’ll happen."
"Hey, if Dr. Mario promised you, I know he’ll come through. Wish I could drive…"
"Maybe you could learn when you get out."
"Yeah. There are so many things I wanna do when I get out."
"Well, changing my name, for one."
"Don’t you like Glory?"
"That’s actually not my legal name, but no, I don’t. And I hate that stupid Toadstool for giving it to me."
"So, what would you change your name to?"
"I dunno. I was thinking Heather, maybe."
"Nah, I hear a lot of people named that are rude."
"What, you think I couldn’t live up to it?"
Citrusella giggled. “What about Candy?”
Glory raised an eyebrow, laughing quietly. “Can you only think of sweet names, there?”
She sighed. “Okay, what about… Tahlia?”
Glory thought. “Tahlia… I like it.” She smiled.
"Tahlia it is, then?"
Tahlia and Citrusella continued to talk and play in the day room until Carter came in and she reverted to her native Eelish.
All was well.