“Bailey you alright?” Jayden whispered to me as he cradled me in his arms. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. My heart felt like it was racing, when it was barely beating. I couldn’t say I was cold
because I couldn’t talk. I could barley move. I was freezing but now I am frozen. Like I was frozen in time. I couldn’t fee my legs of my hands or really even my stomach. I was so cold, so cold. I
was scared but when I cried, the tears just froze to my cheeks. “Bailey?” He asked again running his hand down my cheek. All I could do was stare at him wordlessly.
“Jay is she alright?” Wyatt asked from where he was curled up in a blanket. Jayden shook his head at him.
“Wyatt if it doesn’t get warm in here quickly I don’t know if she will make it.” H whispered back. Wyatt closed his eyes fighting the tears trying to escape there prison.
“She has too.” Was all he said.
“Well we have to hope someone comes soon because I don’t think we can stay here any longer.” Colt said shaking his head pulling his blanket closer to himself.
“Can’t we take her somewhere else? Maybe some of the houses close to school?” One of the guys said looking at my pale face.
“If we take her into the wind it would kill her fast. No, it would kill all of us faster.” Colt said shaking his head.
“The best chance we have is if the Marines get here fast.” Derrick said from where he was sitting. Wyatt looked at him.
“He’s right, it’s our only hope.” He shook his head. “Man do I wish it wasn’t.” Jayden nodded pulling me up to press his lips to my forehead. I shook in his arms as my body fought to stay warm.
Jayden held me tightly to him as I started to cry in pain.
“It’s alright Bailey. Shh it’s alright.” He whispered stroking my hair. I shook my head opening my eyes with the last bit of energy I had.
“No it’s not. I’m cold.” I cried at him as my heart gave me a painful thump. I could barely breathe. Jayden rubbed my back trying to make some friction to try to warm me up. I closed my eyes trying
to get away from the cold that wanted to engulf me. Sleep took me into its warmth making it worth it……
I woke to the sound of footsteps in the hallway outside the locker room. I couldn’t move anything but my eyes. The wind was howling outside the school making me want to go back to sleep. Everyone
around us was sleeping; it looked like I was the only one up. I watched as the locker room door opened and a black nose come into the room. The nose pushed through making his head appear into the
room, his breath showing in the cold hair. His head turned towards me locking eyes with me. I knew him. It was Harley. My dog was here in the high school that was killing me. “Harley?” my voice was
barley a whisper. But he heard me. He ran over to me, his tail wagging as he nudged my face with his warm head. It took me all I had left to lift my hand and pet his warm head. He licked my face
before walking back to the door and barking loudly causing everyone to wake up in the room. “What the hell is going?” Colt asked rubbing his eyes. He looked at Harley who was licking my face even
though I didn’t answer. Jayden looked down at me.
“Bailey come on wake up.” He said rubbing my arm. I didn’t move. “Bailey?” He asked shaking me. Harley licked my face again trying to wake me up like he always does but it didn’t work. Not this
time. The burst open causing everyone to jump. Flashlights were shined around the room on everyone’s face.
“You guys alright?” The marines asked looking at all the guys faces. One of the marines rushed to Jayden’s side putting his hand on my face.
“She’s so cold.” He said.
“I’m sorry Mr. Williams I tried to keep her warm but it’s just so cold.” He whispered looking at Dad.
“Let’s get her out of here.” He whispered taking me into his arms wrapping me in a blanket. He held me gently to himself grabbing another blanket to wrap me up in as he got to the front door where
the trucks were. Harley followed him whimpering as they ran, staying out of the harsh wind. Dad rubbed my back like he did when I was a baby trying to wake me up as we got into the heat of the
humvee. “Come on Baby wake up.” He whispered as Harley licked at my exposed hand. I whimpered at the sudden change of air temperature. “Hey Baby.” He smiled at me rubbing my frozen cheeks.
“Daddy?” He nodded looking at the driver.
“Take us to the base hospital ASAP.” The drive nodded pulled out of the thick snow making his way to the main roads. He looked back at me leaning down to press his lips to my forehead. “I’m here
“I’m cold Daddy.” I whispered to him closing my eyes again the tiredness taking over me again.
“I know Baby, but I’m here for you not. It’s going to be alright now. Daddy’s here. Daddy’s here.” He whispered laying my head on his shoulder.
“Daddy’s here.” I whispered knowing I was safe now. I always remember when I was little those two words always making me feel better. When I was sick and could barley move any more I remember Dad
taking me into his strong arms and just whispering ‘Daddy’s here’ and I felt that little bit better. I closed my eyes as the feeling of being safe again, out of harms way safe in the arms of my
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