lol imagine maddie trying to have alicia exorcised??
OH MY GOSHHHHH LIKE??
not sure what’s going on with her at first? madison’s always overlooked alicia enough that it takes weeks (months?) for her to even realize something’s up? maybe travis tells her, new step-daddy notices before mom? alicia’s been acting a little weird lately, have you noticed? also i think we’ve got a moth problem, i keep finding them whenever i go down to the basement.
madison tries to take her out for new clothes, wants to have a heart-to-heart. alicia blows her off, spends a bunch of mom’s money, slams her bedroom door when she gets back home?
maddie wakes up and alicia’s standing at the side of her bed, staring down? heart stopping, restarting twice as fast? “jesus, alicia. are you alright??” except alicia just blinks. maddie talks to travis in the morning, she hasn’t done any sleep walking since she was a kid. maybe it’s just stress? travis suggests. sats, college applications? i’ll keep an eye on her, see about calling the doctor.
so many tests?? blood tests and sleep tests and mris? “she seems perfectly healthy, there’s nothing to suggest anything’s wrong with her.” but doctor, last week i caught her up at 3am eating raw hamburger on the kitchen floor.
dropping grades at school. stops getting out of bed. travis and madison go to church every sunday like a good pair of southern baptists. madison reads the scripture and says a prayer for her daughter before bed.
(alicia gets more motherly attention than she’s had in the past 17 years???)
talking to their pastor? not even catholic, but she’s watching alicia bleed from the eyes, nose, and ears the first time she thinks about it?? maybe it’s more than just illness, maybe it’s sickness.
maybe she’s possessed.
three different dioceses before she manages to convince a priest to come out and visit? alicia sits quiet, doesn’t meet his eye, and “i’m sorry, ma’am. i can bless the home if you’d like, but there’s nothing here to indicate any form of demonic possession.”
sitting vigil outside of alicia’s door with a candle? hours and hours of extensive online search about possessions? consultations with a voodoo priestess, an orisha priest? back alley ‘exorcists’ who promise they’ve studied under the vatican, they just got excommunicated for doing the right thing unsanctioned??
travis’ arms open when maddie starts to cry? nick screaming and raging until the exorcist’s assistant tries to hold him back? alicia’s wrist rubbed raw from where they’ve tied her down, her voice wrecked from the screaming, holy water dripping down into her eyes?
(the best part is when it doesn’t work? when madison’s paid half their life savings to some swindle from albuquerque and alicia frees herself from her bonds? sets fire to the tiny ropes and lets the house burn down around them??)
oh i could go so many places with this.