For those of you who don't know who Mike was, he was my grandfather and did one of the voices in Redness Precedence (Hello, goomba!). Madness Day was a huge sucess for me, because I got frontpage, a 4.21 rating on Redness, and 250 dollars. However, on the morning after Madness Day, Mike was rushed to the hospital after losing control of his bladder. For two months, he hung around the hospital and rehab center. I visited him twice. On my third visit, we had found out that his family brought him down to Virginia. Then, three days ago, my brother called me and straightforwardly told me that Mike died.
I visited my grandma that day. I saw her and she hugged me and started to cry in my arms. I felt so bad, because she had already lost my grandpa, Jim. My aunt was there too, acting as if nothing had happened. I was so pissed by this, but should've expected it. She was the only of my grandmother's children who hadn't started a family and made a commitment to someone. On the car ride home, I heard "I'm Already There," a song Mike and I used to listen to. My mom pulled over and I bawled my eyes out.
However, before I left, I remember one thing my grandma said that I'll never forget. She said, "He loved you, Andrew. He loved you very much, and that goes without saying."