The Accident

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Scarlett Drake has been dating Jax Neal for a few years now but she's had enough of him. She was a perfect student and child. Jax has changed her in terrible ways. She's always out late and drinking. When she goes to a party to break it off with Jax, what will happen... she get's totally wasted and they have an argument Scarlett storms off and Jax follows. He drives Scarlett home but when they get into a car accident, what will happen next? Find out in this short story :)

Submitted: November 15, 2016

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I don’t understand… where am I? What’s going on? Why do I hear all these loud noises?

Why can’t I move my neck? Why can’t I feel my legs? Where’s Jax? Is my dad and Audrey

here? I heard someone enter the room.

“Hey sweetheart, it’s good to see you awake,” the voice spoke.

“Daddy? Is that you, I can’t move my neck. Is Audrey here?” I cried.

“Yeah she’s here Scarlett. Come say hi to your sister darling.” My dad spoke.

I saw a little head pop up from a chair and walk over to the side of my bed. “Hi sissy,” Audrey chirped.

“Hey peanut, I’m going to be out of this hospital real soon, so don’t you worry” I babbled.

Audrey smiled at me and began to walk back to her chair. I could hear her playing with

the two new Barbie dolls I bought for her last week. She was obsessed with them so I worked a few night shifts at the diner in town to buy them. My daddy grabbed a chair and sat next to me. He handed me the little remote to make the bed move. I started to rise up and could finally see my family. The walls were painted an off white color and the window had bright red curtains. There was a vase of flowers to my right and a nightstand to my left. “What happened Scar?” my daddy asked, “I thought you were done with that boy?!” Great, now I have to tell my daddy I didn’t break up with Jax. This whole entire party was about trying to break up with him but I couldn’t get the perfect chance.

“I am, I just didn’t know how to break it off. He said there was a small party and that we

should go to it. I asked him if it was one of his friends throwing the party because it usually involves drugs and alcohol but he said no. You know I’ve been trying to change Daddy. So I had a friend drive me over there and drop me off.” I told him. I began to feel a sharp pain in my legs. I pulled the blanket off and saw a cast on my left leg and a brace on my right. I really hated the fact of being injured and my daddy looking after me. I couldn’t really remember what happened.

“Can you tell me what happened?” My daddy asked.

“I went to the party and walked inside the house. There were about maybe 50 people at

the house. Drinking, smoking, playing games or just making out. It smelled like down right alcohol, so I went to look for Jax and find out what kind of party this was. I saw him in the kitchen making out with some blonde chick so I grabbed him by his arm and pushed him away. “What the heck are you doing with that chick!?” I screamed.

“Well I thought you weren’t going to show and word got out that you didn’t want me

anymore” he slurred.

“See, I was trying to become a better person but you’re just a low life and my father was

right about you. I should have never dated you Jax! You’re nothing but trouble, and I used to be such a great person until I met you” I snapped at him. Jax tried to reply to me but I spit in his face and walked away. There were so many people in the house and I wanted to avoid them all. I ran outside and sat on the porch.

“Hey are you thirsty?” some random guy asked me. He walked inside and came back

out with a case of beer. “Here you go, we got plenty more so drink up” he said. So I did, I grabbed a beer and began to drink them one by one.

“Wait pause the story, you were drinking?” my dad asked. I’ve told you so many times

that you need to stop that habit Scar. You’re underage and I warned you that something like this could happen. You don’t need to end up like your uncle” he claimed. My uncle was in an accident for drinking and driving and he killed 3 people.

“I know daddy but it just hurts me. He might treat me wrong but, we’ve been together for

three years now. I never thought it would get this bad and now it has and I’m ready to leave him,” I decided. Tears started to stream down my face. Jax was the only person I ever loved but he treats me so badly. I know he loves me but he’s not good for me. He’s drunk every week, he yells at me, he attempts to hit me but he never does and I’m afraid he will.

Audrey got up from her chair and sat on the bed. “It’s okay Scar, you don’t have to be

sad. We love you” she revealed. The room fell silent when the Doctor walked in. He checked my monitor and left. I continued on with my story. I had about 10 drinks or so. I lost count after my 6th and I really didn’t care about it. I wanted to get wasted, get totally messed up. I walked back inside to grab a drink with more alcohol.

“You shouldn’t be drinking Scarlett, you’re daddy doesn’t like it when you do. He thinks

I’m a boor person and I am. I don’t want to ruin our relationship,” Jax said.

“You can’t tell me how to live my life and I don’t want to date you anymore. I abhor you

and I never want to see you again. You treat me like crap! I’m sick of it,” I cried. The air was beginning to become vehement. Everyone was staring at us. We continued on screaming at each other. “I’m sick of you! You’re a low life and I don’t want to be seen with you. I changed everything for you! I let my father see me as a drunk and not as the smart girl I used to be. You ruined me! You always cheat on me. I HATE YOU!” I screamed. My ex-boyfriend, Jax Neal stood there in awe. He looked at me like I was a ghost, invisible.

“I HATE YOU TOO! You’re nothing but a goody goody. You don’t understand me! I

want to go out and explore the world and get drunker than ever! You want to sit here all day and be a perfect princess. That’s not me doll face. And I get with other girls because you’re not enough for me!” he yelled back. Tears began to run down my face, everyone saw what effect this argument had on me, so they turned the music up louder so they couldn’t hear us. I began to chug 3 more drinks. Jax tried to stop me but I slapped him in his face and hit him with my can. I couldn’t stand being at the party with him. I grabbed my purse and left. Why did I have to pick this one? Why this boy? He makes me so happy but so sad at the same time and I don’t know if I can take this anymore.

“You walked home?” my father asked.

“No, I began to but then Jax picked me up” I answered.  Continuing with the story, I

started to walk down the road. I got about maybe two miles away until a car drove past me and then stopped.

“Get in the car baby” Jax shouted. I began to walk away and he got out the car. “Don’t

ignore me you stupid girl,” Jax hissed, “I didn’t mean that, just get in the car and let me take you home to your daddy,” I turned around and faced him. He looked less than human. His looked disgusting, he had a bestial look upon his face. I can’t believe I actually dated him. I walked past him and got into the car. I turned the radio on and played my favorite station. Phoenix, Arizona may not be the best place but they had good radio stations. Jax got in the car and we began to drive to the house.

“Excuse me miss” the doctor interrupted, “I’m Dr. Hendrickson and I’d like to talk to you

about Jax Neal.” My father looked at me and nodded. He grabbed Audrey by her hand and led her out the door to get a snack. “Your boyfriend” he said. The doctor had beautiful eyes, he was also very tall. He was also very handsome.

“Ex-boyfriend” I interrupted.

“Your ex-boyfriend Jax, he’s in surgery right now and we’re not sure he’s going to make

it. If he does make it through the surgery then he will need around the clock care for seven months. I was wondering if there was anything that we could do for you?” he asked. I sat there rethinking the words the doctor said to me.

“Yes, there is something you can do,” I went on, “Release me.”

“Miss Drake, Scarlett. We cannot release you. You have injured your neck and legs and

there is nothing we can do about that. You need to heal. You can be released when your father signs the forms and when we believe you aren’t in any harm,” Dr. Hendrickson replied. I sat there and waited for him to leave. I ignored everything he said to me, I just wanted to go home. My father quietly walked back in with Audrey in his hand. We continued on with our conversation.

“We need to stop for gas” Jax said. I sat in the car at the gas station waiting for him to

return. I could tell the drinks were affecting his driving. We began to drive off again. There was silence in the car but it was ephemeral.

“Do you really think I’m not enough for you?”  I asked.

“You know I didn’t mean that,” Jax chuckled, “I love you.” Tears began to roll down my

face and I couldn’t hold them back. He was my first love and continued to lie to me still. I couldn’t take it anymore so I flipped.

“You don’t love me, and I know you don’t. You’re just trying to get me back and get in

my pants. You do it with every other girl.  I don’t want to date you anymore and you know that. You’re a waste of my time and a waste of space. I need to move on with my life. I can’t believe I wanted to marry you and have kids with you,” I declared. He took his eyes off the road and stared at me. I could tell I really got to his feelings. He began to scream at me.

“You mean this is all a lie? You never wanted to have a life with me? You faked it all?”

he asked.

“You’re the one who wanted all of this,” I screamed, “I can’t believe you. You’re the

worst person ever. I can’t believe I fell in love with you!” He tried to touch my face but I smacked him away. I knew messing with him would be mistake. He grabbed my wrist and tried to pull me over to him. “GET OFF ME!” I screamed. My nails were digging into his skin, I tried to pull away but he was too strong. I spit in his face and he let go of me. “I hate you! You’re a disgusting pig” I shrieked. I never saw it coming, I didn’t think he would ever lay his hands on me. He slapped me across my face several times. I tried to crawl away to the backseat but I wasn’t quick enough. We swerved between the lanes and I turned around to face the bright lights of a tractor trailer. The loud horn of the oncoming vehicle erupted. Jax swerved across the other lane and wrecked. I got flung forward to the windshield. Thick red blood was dripping down my head. It started to reach my lips and I could taste the silver taste. I couldn’t move my neck, I tried to but it hurt too much.

I couldn’t find Jax’s body, I assume he went through the windshield. I noticed a

small car across the road. They seemed to have called 911, I laid there on my back in pain. A woman began to speak. I could tell she was scared by the tone in her voice. She was scared Jax was dead. He wasn’t moving and she couldn’t find a pulse. I began to doze off, the last thing I heard was the ambulance sirens and I saw a police car pull up. Next thing I saw were bright lights on the ceiling. I didn’t know where I was but I assumed it was the hospital. I was laid out on a gurney and Jax was beside me on one too. I could see him breathing but I couldn’t see his face. The doctor’s allowed him to recognize I was in complete pain in my neck. I tried to see Jax’s face but when I moved it hurt so badly. A nurse walked over and injected me with something to numb the pain. I stared at the nurse standing above me. Her face began to fade away. “That was the last thing I saw, and now I’m here,” I said.

“I’m upset that you were drinking and you got in the car with Jax, knowing that he was

drinking also. That was very irresponsible for you to do something like that. You know that Jax Neal is a nebulous person, but I’m glad you’re okay,” my father commented. Audrey came over to the bed and gave me a kiss on the cheek.

“What was that for?” I asked in confusion.

“I’m just happy you’re okay, I didn’t want to lose my big sister. I love you Scar,” she

replied kindly. I sat up in bed and reached over the give her a hug, I began to tickle her and squeals spilled out of her mouth filling the room. I loved seeing my sister happy. She hasn’t been happy for a while now and I think it’s because Dad is always working and I’m with Jax every day or with my friends. Dr. Hendrickson entered the room interrupting our tickle session.

“Ms. Drake I have news for you,” he spoke out loud. My father sat down next to me. I

looked at Audrey and she went back to playing with her dolls. I didn’t know what he was talking about but I would soon find out. A part of me was scared but the other part of me didn’t care. He continued on with what he was saying. Dr. Hendrickson spoke, “Jax said he would like to see you, he’s out of surgery and making a great recovery. He’s in room 223.” I sat there thinking if this at all was a good idea. I could feel the look my father was giving me. He didn’t want me to do anything but he acquiesced. I asked Dr. Hendrickson if he could get me a wheel chair and to take me to his room. Getting into the wheel chair was a real impediment. Swinging my legs over was the real task. A couple of minutes later I sat outside room 223 thinking of what to say to him. What if he flips out on me? I don’t want to yell back at him. I’m tired of fighting.  I entered the room and he smiled at me. Jax had a black eye and he had a cast on his left arm and some sort of metal contraption on his left leg.

“Hey it’s good to see you,” he coughed.

“Yeah, you too,” I answered. The room was quiet. I didn’t know what else to say to him.

So I sat there in my wheel chair staring at the walls. The room made me feel despondent. The walls were pale and the curtains blocked out all the light. Jax had stitches going down the whole left side of his face. “Listen Jax, I’ve told you once and I don’t want to tell you again but if I must. I don’t want to see you again. I’m leaving and I won’t be back for a few years. I need to get away from this bad life. I need to get away from you,” I said. He looked at me and I could see the tears welling up in his eyes. I felt bad but I had to go. I don’t understand why I feel this pain. None of this is my fault. Jax is the one who did this. Why do I feel bad for him?

“I don’t want to see you go but if you want to then you can go. I don’t want to hold you

back. I’ve ruined your life and I know it. We should have never dated. When I found out you were this perfect girl, I just wanted you. I wanted to ruin you. Goodbye Scarlett Drake,” he confessed. I wheeled myself out of there as quick as I could and back to my room. I tried to stand up but I couldn’t, the pain was so severe from the crash. I fell out of the wheel chair and began crying. I was so overwhelmed that I forgot my dad was in the room.

“What’s wrong?” my dad asked me.

“I feel so terrible for leaving him, he’s broken. Literally dad. I wish everything could’ve

worked out,” I cried. I sat there on the ground bawling my eyes out, wishing I could go back in time and fix this catastrophe. My dad picked me up and laid me on the bed. I sat there in my gown. I reeked like the deer carrions my dad brings home from hunting. “I’m going to get a shower Dad, I smell like roadkill,” I laughed. He smiled at me and asked if a nurse could assist me. Afer my shower I laid back in my bed and fell asleep.

*FOUR YEARS LATER*

“Okay Dad, I love you. I promise I’m going to come visit. Yes the campus is very nice

and my roommate is even nicer. Okay, tell Audrey I love her. Okay bye Dad,” I chuckled. Life at college was okay I guess, there weren’t any bad people to pull me off track and I was out of reach from Jax. I lived all away across the states. I went to the nicest college, thanks to my mom.  There was no way he would ever be able to see me again and that’s how I wanted it. He was a terrible person and a terrible influence. I’m so happy to be away from him. I decided to have dinner at this small place that was just a few minutes away from my dorm. On the way back to my campus I noticed a car crash. I rushed over to the small car and checked on the passengers.

“Ma’am are you okay?” I asked in fear. Blood was dripping down her arm. “It’s okay, I

can help you,” I stated. I called 911 and we waited for them to arrive. The woman had two children in the backseat of her car. You’re going to be okay. Everything will be fine. Nobody is dying. We got them out safely and waited. I went to the other car and realized it was a drunk driver. Tears began to well up in my eyes. I looked at the scar across my leg. When the ambulances arrived I got in with the medics. One of the medics began to argue with me saying that I cannot ride with the children but I wasn’t taking no as an answer.

 “I saved these three people. I will ride with the two children to the hospital because I

need to. I am in medical school learning to become a surgeon. I am riding with you!” I barked. The medic moved over and allowed me to sit. We rode off and that was it. That was the night my life changed. The hospital offered me an internship when I wasn’t even finished with school. I accepted but said I would have to wait to finish my studies. The drunk driver was the only one to not survive. I’m so lucky to have lived through my accident. In some ways I thank Jax Neal for being my boyfriend. He made my life terrible but I turned it around. I hope many people realize that drinking and driving can change people. I have an amazing life with amazing people. My father recently told me that Jax got into another accident and died on the scene. I’m happy to have moved away and I’m happy to be a drunk driver survivor. 


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