Gage didn't get why Manny couldn't be completely honest with him.
"Why didn't you just say so?" Gage found himself not really wanting to go anywhere with Manny, even if his plight sadden him so. He'd spent his entire Thanksgiving not knowing that Manny was his brother. But Manny was back at the grocery store, just as Gage was getting off work with Sage. He told him everything, then.
"Its not like I want to take you out of state, you know." Manny sighed. "Angie's at the Children's Hospital."
Gage nodded as if he understood.
"Well?" Gage pushed his curls out of his face. "I want Sage to come with me." She was like family to him. He trusted her, like no one else. After all, she did look out for him, and she had a car.
She promised they'd be at the hospital as soon as they had some lunch. So soon enough, Manny left as if he got what he came for. He gave Gage directions which in turn he gave to Sage for safe keeping.
"I don't know what I did to him?" Gage was a little nervous about the idea of being Angie's only hope. "Why do you think he hates me, so much?" He asked Sage back home while she was warming up his favorite, tomato soup.
"It might not be you at all." Sage told him.
But he couldn't help but let the tears sink in, and as soon as he saw Angie at the hospital, he couldn't help but sink into more tears. He agreed to the test.
At the hospital he met their aunt, who was obviously, the only grandmother Angie knew. Even so Gage knew none of them. He felt a little helpless. Really, the hospital was the last place he wanted to be. The sickening odor made him gasp. But he stood strong. He squeezed Sage's hand. He never wanted to let her go.