“We have to wake her up,” said Janice, who couldn’t bear to look at her friend’s emaciated form, lying limp upon the blanket. She reached out a hand to touch her friend, but the doctor stopped her.
“No, what Eagle Girl needs right now is rest,” he said. “She needs calm, she needs peace. Can’t you see she has worn herself out with work? The dark circles beneath her eyes say it all. If we force her to get up and move around before she’s ready, she may fall prey to the deadly I-Must-Prove-Myself Syndrome and all our efforts to heal her will be in vain.”
“Oh, yes! I know about that disease!” said Cynthia with a gasp. “She has had it before, and so have I.”
“Then you know how deadly it can be,” said the doctor.
“She has tried so hard to save people, she has neglected her own needs,” said Janice. “And I’m afraid she bit off more than she could chew this last time. The moment she heard about the Bad News Media Feeding Frenzy down in Black-and-Blue Valley, she flew off immediately to intervene. She felt an urgency to make her views heard, in hopes of putting an end to the riots. It was quite a battle down there, from what I understand. ‘Dog-eat-dog,’ they called it.”
“We warned her not to go there alone,” added Cynthia. ‘You must protect yourself,’ we said. ‘At least eat something before you go.’ But she was in too much of a hurry. She wouldn’t listen to us.”
“Obviously, there are deeper issues involved here,” said the doctor. “It sounds like Eagle Girl has a great hunger to be heard.”
“Maybe that’s because her big brother, Iron Guy is so opinionated,” said Janice. “He dominates every conversation and never lets you get a word in edgewise.”
“There’s more to it than that,” said Cynthia. “I can tell. Every time he comes by for a visit, she clams up. When we try to talk to her about it, she goes on a hunger strike.”
“Whatever he did to her, she needs to forgive him,” said Janice.
“Yes, I know,” said the doctor. “But with the condition she’s in right now, you can’t just tell her to stop being mad at Iron Guy. That’s too pat of an answer. It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter, which has to do with why she’s angry with him. There may be guilt involved. There may be shame. Before she can forgive, she needs to know she is forgiven. But what she thinks she needs forgiveness for and what she really needs forgiveness for are probably different things. The poison of False Accusation has greatly confused the matter.”
“One time she told me that she felt as if the entire world was against her,” said Janice. “But she felt guilty for saying that and took it back. I could tell she was in pain, but she was fighting it.”
“When we found her, she had no strength left, which is why we brought her here to the Super Hero House of Healing,” said Cynthia.
“Are you going to get her something to eat?” asked Janice. Eagle Girl looked so gaunt. She needed nourishment.
“She is getting something to eat,” said the doctor. “These green pastures are supernatural, you know. As she rests on that blanket, vital nutrients are being absorbed into her skin. She is receiving comfort. She is receiving grace. Her back is being covered in glory. It will be a shield to her. Do you see it? The color is returning to her cheeks. She is starting to feel loved. In time, she will get up and you can give her something to eat. I have written up a meal plan to help her get started on the road to recovery. So, relax. The work has been done. Her healing has been paid for. There’s no rush. We’re going to take this one day at a time.”