Jocelyn sprinted as fast as her
legs would carry her. Lungs burning, she turned her head just in
time to see the basketball fly over her head and bounce a few
feet in front of her. She snatched the ball and took two easy
steps toward the basket and made the lay-up. <BUZZ> They
did it. They won the State Championship. <BUZZ> 'Why is the
buzzer still going off?' Slowly, the fans and her ecstatic
teammates faded into nothing. The gym turned abruptly into her
bedroom, the trophy she held, into her pillow. Jocelyn opened her
eyes and allowed them to adjust to the darkness of her room. She
rolled over to look at her alarm clock. 'Forget this. I am going
back to sleep.' She thought to herself. She eased back into her
pillow and closed her eyes.
Within minutes, she was
sleeping. As she drifted off into a dream, Dave Batista appeared
in front of her. Wow he looked amazing. His short brown hair
gelled, and his big brown eyes gleaming in the light. He wore a
white tank top that accentuated his tan, muscular chest and
arms. His jeans were faded and fit very relaxed on his hips. Dave
was her biggest crush. She liked everything about him. He opened
his mouth and all that came out was <BUZZ>. Jocelyn drifted
back to consciousness and glared murderously at the horrible
Her twin sister Alyse
came into her room and jumped on Jocelyn's queen sized canopy
"Hey sleepyhead, it's
time to get up. Mom wants us downstairs because if we want to get
to the gym this morning we need to go in like 15 minutes." Alyse
flashed her pearly whites, apparently she had been up for a while
and had already had a shower because her long blonde hair was
dripping on Jocelyn's face.
"Will you get off of me?
I would like to take my shower in the bathroom, not on my
"Oh sorry, I had a towel
on but it fell off when I tripped going up the stairs. So I just
put it in the hamper."
Jocelyn's face lit up as
the thought of Alyse in her big, fluffy, pink bathrobe tripping
up the stairs. They both started to giggle. Jocelyn stretched her
6 foot frame and swung her legs over the side of her bed.
"I suppose I will finish
letting you get up so that you can get into the shower, besides I
have to get dressed," said Alyse, padding out of the room in her
"Alright I should be out
of the shower in like 5 minutes. I will be downstairs in 10.
Could you have a bowl of cereal ready for me?"
Jocelyn climbed off her
bed and walked over to her closet. She selected her black gym
shorts and a tournament t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. She
also extracted her favorite hoodie and sweatpants to wear over
them. She then walked into the bathroom and peeled off her
clothing. She turned on the water and stepped into the shower.
After thoroughly washing herself, she shut off the water and
grabbed a towel to dry herself off. When she got her clothes on,
she walked downstairs. She entered the kitchen and she saw a bowl
of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and a tall glass of orange juice sitting
at her spot at the table. She smiled, sat down and started
eating. Her mother entered the room and she had a scared look on
"What's the matter mom?"
Jocelyn got a concerned look on her face.
"It's your grandmother.
She was taken to the hospital because she had a severe asthma
attack and collapsed. She passed out from lack of oxygen, and she
has not regained consciousness yet." she said choking back
"Oh my goodness! What
hospital is she at?"
"They took her to
"Well, are we going to
"Of course, but I don't
think Alyse or I should drive, will you do it?"
"Yeah, just let me tell
Taurin and Dave that I can't come to the gym today."
"We will be out in the
Jocelyn had lost her
appetite. She put her dishes in the sink and went upstairs to
grab her cell phone. She opened a new text message and addressed
it to Taurin.
cant come 2 the gym 2day my g-ma is in the
hospital…. i will call u l8r with the details.'
Taurin Williams had been
Jocelyn's best friend since kindergarten. They were inseparable.
Even Alyse and Mrs. Meyers considered her a part of the family.
She sent the message and put on her Uggs and jogged into the
garage. As she eased into the driver's seat and looked into the
backseat where her mother was crying silently and Alyse was
sitting there with a blank look on her face. Her phone started to
vibrate so she picked it up and it was Dave.
"I heard about your
grandmother. I'm sorry."
"Thanks. I needed to hear
"Well I just wanted to
call and see if you needed anything. Maybe a friend?"
"I don't know. You don't
have to come to the hospital. But then again, I can't stop you
from coming can I?"
He laughed, "No you
can't. Do you want me to bring Taurin?"
"Sure. But only if she
wants to come."
"You know she will," he
chuckled, "What hospital?"
As Jocelyn gave him the
information he needed, she thought that she really did need him
there to help her get through this. Taurin would help but it
wouldn't be the same without Dave there.
She closed her phone and
started the car. She backed out of the garage and headed in the
direction of the hospital. While she was driving, the radio was
off and all she could listen to were her mother's not so quiet
sobs and her own mind attacking her from every angle trying to
get her to cry. Jocelyn pulled the blue SUV into the hospital
parking lot and found the closest spot to the entrance. She got
out and went around to help her mother from collapsing. Alyse
just slid out and walked straight to the hospital doors, not
waiting for Jocelyn who was struggling under her mother's weight.
"Mom, calm down. Grandma
will be fine."
"How. Do. You. Know?" she
managed between sobs that racked her entire body.
"I just do."
Jocelyn struggled to stay
strong for her mother's sake. Once alone, she knew that nothing
would stop the tears from overwhelming her. They stood there,
Jocelyn trying to get her mother calm enough to walk.
Only when Mrs. Meyers
calmed enough to be able to support some of her own weight did
they slowly make their way to the hospital, where once inside,
Jocelyn found her mother a chair to sit in. She left her mother
and found a nurse's station. She approached it and noticed a
small blonde woman who had to be at least 50 years old and asked,
"Excuse me, but do you know where Galenda Clark is?"
"Oh, I'm so sorry dear,
she passed away a few minutes ago."