Aeliyah's POV Apparently I had cried myself to sleep, because I
jolt awake to the sound of my phone buzzing. I suddenly get an odd
feeling in the pit of my stomach like something's wrong. I pick the
phone up, gasping when I see the caller ID is Alex. Immediately I
press accept, desperate to hear his voice. But it's not his voice
that answers. " Hello? Is this... Aeliyah?" a deeper voice asks
into the phone. Strictly business. Now I'm confused. This didn't
sound like his dad, I've met him before. " Um.. Yes, is there
something wrong?" I ask, my heart beat speeding up. " Actually, I
don't mean to bother you, but yes. You know Alexander Gray, right?
You were the last call he missed. I assume you are in some relation
to him?" he says uncertainly. " Yes, yes he's my boyfriend. Why? Is
he hurt?" I ask frantically. " Alexander was in a car accident. He
was rear-ended, and his condition I pretty severe. I was informed
to let anyone I could know about the accident." he explains and I
suddenly feel light headed. " Which hospital?" I breathe into the
phone. " St. Paul's," he answers and I hang up, racing to pull my
shoes back on. I grab my purse and sprint down the stairs, where my
mom and dad have been waiting for me to eventually come down. "
Honey, what's wrong?" my mom asks and tears fill my eyes. " Alex,"
I say and her eyes widen. Without a single question, she takes her
keys and tosses them to me, following me out to her car. My dad
comes after us eventually, after calling Aunt Margie to come look
after Sophie. She's asleep, and he waits by the door until Aunt
Margie, who only lives two minutes away, pulls into the driveway.
He climbs in the car at the last minute, confused that I'm driving.
" Honey, are you sure- ahh!" he yells as I peel out of the driveway
as fast as the car will let me. I floor it in the direction of the
hospital, just twenty minutes away, yet feeling like twenty hours.
Every turn I make is made without the use of brakes, not once, and
there are more red lights run than stopped at. My head spins like
crazy, naturally imagining the worst. " Aeliyah, you need to slow
down a bit," my mom says and I look down, realizing I'm nearly 15
mph over the speed limit. I slow down immediately, thankful we
didn't run into any cops. Finally I settle for a few miles over the
speed limit, making us get to the hospital a few minutes earlier
than we would have. We run inside, me in the lead as we sprint up
to the counter. " Patient?" the girl behind the counter asks. "
Alexander Gray," I reply and she nods and looks at her computer. "
Room 304, just down that hall, should be on the right," she says
and I mumble an incoherent thank you before taking off full speed
again. I make it to the door and knock on it loudly. A nurse
appears, coming out into the hallway and shutting the door. " Is he
okay?" I ask immediately. " We're doing tests on him rght now. If
you don't mind me asking, who are you?" she asks. I know how it
works, if I don't say I'm immediate family, they won't ever let me
in to see him. " His wife," I reply after a minute and my dad
gasps. My mom, seeing the reason for my lie, turns him away and
begins whispering to him. The nurse eyes me warily but nods and
looks at her clip board. " Arlight well, as you've heard, I'm sure,
he suffered a car accident. His car was parked when he was hit, so
the damage could be worse, but he was in the passenger seat when he
was hit and he was thrown through the windshield." she explains and
I wince. " From what we've discovered so far in the tests is
Traumatic Brain injury, a fractured skull, a broken shoulder, a
strained spine, 2 broken ribs, whiplash, and some severe cuts and
bruises to the entire right side of his body." she tells me and I
cringe, a tear slipping down my cheek with each word she says. "
Can I see him?" I ask desperately. " Not yet. He's still undergoing
tests but you're welcome to wait. It should only take a few hours."
she tells me and I gawk at her as she disappears inside the room
again. A few hours? How am I supposed to wait that long? What if
something happens to him before I can see him? What if something
goes wrong? I sink to the floor right beside the door, sobbing. My
dad comes over and sits next to me, easing an arm around my
trembling shoulders. " Aeliyah," he starts softly. I jerk away from
him, scooting a few feet away. " Dont touch me. This is your fault.
If you hadn't told him to leave, we wouldn't be here. Alex wouldn't
be here. If something happens to him, I'll never forgive you." I
hiss and bury my face in my arms. I can feel his eyes, full of
hurt, boring into my back as I turn away from him. I take my phone
from my pocket and call Alex's dad Brian, Carrie, and then Rhett,
Alex's best friend. Rhett is the first one to show up, marching
down the hallway with worry clouding his eyes. When he spots me I
jump up and he walks faster and wraps me tightly in his arms. I sob
into his shoulder as he holds me, assuring me that Alex will be
fine. He sits beside me and I nervously tap my foot. " Aeliyah,
this guy has a harder head than anyone I know. He'll be fine, trust
me," he says with a light chuckle, and then realizes this isn't the
time. Alex's dad shows up next, hugging me tightly like Rhett did
and then taking a seat on my other side. Finally Carrie shows up,
explaining she was in class. Oh yeah. I forgot. Rhett was too. He
must have already been ditching anyways. We all sit together,
silently praying that he'll be fine. After what seems like years,
the door finally opens. " Mrs. Gray?" the same nurse asks. Brian's
mouth opens to explain to her that his wife is gone, but I stand
up. He closes his mouth as I walk to the nurse and answer to Mrs.
Gray. " Okay, your husband is coming along well. No other injuries
appeared, besides the ones I already told you. He should be waking
up any minute now, the morphine is going to wear off. You'll be
able to see him for a few minutes before we shift him back to a
recovery room whee he'll need rest before anyone sees him." I nod,
showing I understand, and she glances at the crowd waiting for
Alex. " Just the... Significant other right now." she explains and
they all nod. I slip inside the room and hear the nurse shut it
behind me, giving us privacy. What I see lying on the bed makes me
gasp and cover my mouth. Alex's eyes are half open, watching me and
my eyes flicker to the deep gash over his right eyebrow, the cuts
on his face, and the cut that runs straight through the side of his
lip. His face is pale, his hair a tangled mess on his head. " Do I
look that bad?" he croaks as tears fill my eyes. I run to his side,
suddenly overcome by tears, and throw my arms around him. I'm
careful to not be rough, burying my face in the crook of his neck.
He puts his left arm around me, sighing into my hair. " Im sorry.
It's all my fault. I called you and made you distracted..." i trail
off when he pushes me back so I can look at him. " You didn't
distract me. I pulled over because I couldn't see anything. It was
raining, and to be honest, I was a little more than upset. I saw
headlights in the rear view mirror and they were coming straight
for me. I tried to get in the passenger seat, to get to the door
and get out, but it was too late. None of it was your fault." he
says to me. " But my dad... I might have been able to convince him.
Or of I went after you or something. I could have stopped it. If my
dad didn't say those things," I explain to him and he shakes his
head, wincing at the pain. " No. It's nobody's fault. Not your
dad's, not yours, not anyone's. So don't even think about it. You
couldn't have stopped it even if you wanted to. Everything happens
for a reason. Alright? You shouldnt be mad at your dad. Hes only
protecting you because youre his daughter. Hes just protecting you.
Trust me." Although he's only a few months older than me, he
suddenly seems a thousand years wiser. " I just... I'm so sorry,
Alex." I cry, clinging to him again. " Hey, hey, hey, baby please
don't cry. I'm fine. See? I'll be okay. I'm fine." he assures me
and I kiss him softly. " I love you," I say against his lips. " I
love you," he replies, kissing my forehead. I lay my head on his
chest, listening to his breathing. " I had to tell them I was your
wife to get them to let me in," I say, taking his hand and putting
my face in the crook between his neck and shoulder. " I could get
used to that." he says with a smile, tightening his arm around me.
He plays with the fingers on my left hand, running his thumb across
the infinity sign on my first finger. " To infinity," he says
softly. " And beyond," I whisper, smiling. Too soon for my liking,
the nurse comes back in and tells me it's time to go. I kiss Alex
again, telling him that I love him and slowly backing out of the
room. " To infinity!" he calls as i put my hand on the door knob. "
And beyond," I reply and I see the nurse smile at us as she readies
his hospital bed to move. I slip out of the room quietly.
Immediately everyone jumps up and I explain to them what's
happening, how he's doing, and what his injuries are. We watch them
wheel him out of the room and he winks at me. I wave and he looks
pointedly at my dad before they turn him around a corner. I turn to
my dad and he obviously saw our wordless exchange. I wrap my arms
around his neck and hug him and he slowly puts his arms around me
too. " Im sorry. I didn't mean what I said. I was just upset." I
explain and it's true. I didn't mean what I said. He's my dad and
I'll love him no matter what. " Its alright sweetheart, but you
have nothing to be sorry for. I should be the one apogizing. I knew
I couldn't keep you two apart and I'm sorry I tried. It's obvious
to me know that nothing can keep you two from each other." he says
and I nod. We all make our way up to the new room Alex is in and
the nurse explains we can go see him because he insisted they only
give him a small dose of morphine so he can talk to his 'visitors'.
I let everyone else visit before me, and then go in last. " There's
my girl," Alex says with a smile as I walk in. I go to his bedside
aain and take his hand and he stares at me. " You look tired. You
should get some sleep. And something to eat." he says and I shake
my head. " Not until you're better," I say and he rolls his eyes. "
Aeliyah, you're not gonna starve yourself, or deprive yourself of
sleep because of me. Please." he says. " Im not hungry," I tell him
honestly. " Then at least go home and get some rest." he says. "
No. I'm not leaving you." I object, tightening my grip on his hand.
" Youre too stubborn. Fine, sit in this uncomfortable chair and
sleep here. Just get some sleep, will you?" he asks and I look up
at him. " Thats why I have you. You're like a big warm travel
pillow." I tell him and he puts his arm around me. "...Thanks?" he
questions and I laugh, laying my head on his good shoulder,
suddenly overcome with sleepiness. "Alex?" I ask, planning to ask
if he needed anything. " Shh, go to sleep, baby, shh," he stops me,
stroking my hair. My question forgotten, my eyes drift closed and I
fall into a deep, dreamless sleep.
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