|Don't Leave Me
Author: daydreambeliever321 PM
When Will pushes himself to far, it's up to Bella to save him. Is Will going to survive? How is Sophie going to react once she finds out Bella is a mermaid? My take on Mermaid Magic; Will and Bella are already dating. REVISED VERSION, BUT SAME STORY. NEW SECOND CHAPTER!Rated: Fiction T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Will B. & Bella H. - Chapters: 7 - Words: 15,002 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 07-29-12 - Published: 06-20-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8238394
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A/N: I was watching "Mermaid Magic" on YouTube and I got this idea. Hope you like it! BTW, this is the revised version and I'm going to be adding another chapter in-between chap.1 and chap.2. The story will now have six chapters. It will still end the same and all that, but I felt like I had missed something, so I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to fix it! For old readers, thank you for taking the time to re-check this out! To new readers: Enjoy! :)
Disclaimer: I don't own h2o just add water.
"Watch this, sixty meters!" Will shouted angrily as he grabbed his goggles and began to slip on his flippers.
"Will, what the heck are you doing?" Sophie cried, "No you are NOT going through with this!" Will paid no attention to her however, and lowered himself into the water. The reality of what he was going to do hit me. He hadn't prepared at all for this dive; his heart rate was probably high, and his face was flushed with anger. I knew very little about professional diving, but it was obvious that diving under these conditions was madness, especially when attempting a depth of sixty meters.
"Will, please don't do this," I pleaded. He turned, "I'll be fine, it's okay." He said confidently. With a final glare at Zane, he dipped beneath the water and was gone before any of us could protest again.
The time passed. Seconds seemed like hours as we counted them off.
The number sixty balloon popped up. I let out my breath in partial relief; surely he would surface soon.
I had been nervous since the first minute. It was taking him too long.
I had to do something. I headed for the side of the boat, but Zane grabbed my arm. "Bella, no! What the heck are you doing?" He questioned sharply.
"He's in trouble; Zane, I can help him!" I cried, tugging at my arm, trying to get it free.
"Bella, this is Sophie, remember? She can't find out; you can't trust her!" He protested
I was desperate.
"What's more important: my secret, or Will's life?" I sobbed.
Zane was silent.
Then he let go of my arm and without hesitation I dove overboard. I heard a cry from deck as I hit the water; probably from Sophie, but there was no going back now.
I transformed in the usual ten seconds. Usually I think that it's not long enough, but now I cursed those seconds, knowing that they could mean the difference of life and death for Will. I felt sick just thinking about that, and I started swimming down the rope, keeping my eyes open.
I passed the sixty-meter mark. Where was he? Then I saw something a few meters away, drifting below the seventy-meter mark. It looked…lifeless. I swam towards it quickly, fighting the panic that had lodged itself in my throat. It was Will. He was unconscious and his face was as white as a ghost and had begun to turn a slight shade of blue. I had to act fast. There was no way he could make it to the surface without air. I grabbed his shoulders and pressed my mouth to his, breathing a breathe of air into his mouth. I didn't know if it was enough, but I had to start making my way to the top. I grabbed Will's arm and thanked God that things were lighter underwater. He was still unconscious as I began to make my way at a sickeningly slow pace to the surface. I knew that if I went to fast, he could get the bends, which would kill him. Every marker seemed like eternity.
Finally we broke the surface, Will remained motionless and I couldn't tell if he was breathing or not. I looked up at the boat. Zane was looking at me in shock as if he couldn't believe what I was doing; exposing my secret to someone we weren't sure we could trust. Sophie was staring at me like I was some kind of a monster that had her brother in my grasps.
"Zane!" I shouted, desperate. Now that Will and I were half way out of the water, I was starting to feel his weight.
"Zane, stop staring and help me!" I cried. Will's weight was starting to pull me under again, and I knew that he needed medical help fast. Zane shook himself and reached for Will's arm, pulling him on deck. Will's eyes fluttered open and he glanced at me briefly before letting out a soft moan and shutting them again. Sophie was crying; I'd never seen her look so scared before. I think it was a combination of her brother's close call and my mermaid tail.
"What's that thing on…" her voiced trailed off and she pointed soundlessly at me. Zane shook his head.
"There's no time to explain; we need to get him to the hospital now!"
Sophie nodded, and stared another few seconds at me, then knelt by Will and started unzipping his wetsuit top.
"I'll meet you at the hospital," I said quickly, "Now get going!"
Zane nodded and ran back to the cabin. I swam several feet away so as to keep from getting caught in the boat's propellers. The boat roared to life and sped off in the direction of the mainland. Sophie turned and looked at me again, shaking her head in disbelief. Then she turned back to her brother, and the boat disappeared into the distance. Tears pressed against the back of my eyes, and I stifled a sob as I dove beneath the waves, heading for the secluded spot on the beach where I would be safe from prying eyes as I dried off. I had saved Will, but I only hope that I hadn't been too late.
I was walking through the doors to the hospital ER room. Zane had texted me which hospital they had taken Will to and said that they were en route to the Emergency Room. Apparently Will had drifted in and out of consciousness during the ambulance ride and was now in an almost comatose condition. I was shaking as I stepped up to the front desk and cleared my throat.
"Yes?" The lady behind it looked up.
"Um, I'm looking for Will Benjamin; he should have been brought in a little while ago."
The lady rifled through some papers. "Yes, here we are, what relation are you to Mr. Benjamin?"
"I'm his girlfriend," I said, a catch in my voice.
The lady looked at me sympathetically. "Don't worry dear; I'm sure he's going to be fine. Why don't you go in the waiting room with his sister? The doctor will go there first as soon as he has any news." She gestured towards a door to the left.
I nodded, "thank you," I said softly and then turned and walked through the door.
There was Sophie. She was sitting in a chair, her head in her hands.
"Sophie?" I said nervously. She lifted her head up like a flash and jumped up.
"How did you get here?" She asked. She didn't look scared or anything, just confused.
"I took a cab; I wanted to see if Will's okay."
Sophie shook her head. "Never mind Will for a second, what happened out there in the water?"
I gulped. "What – are you talking – about?" I stammered nervously.
Bella, don't try and lie about it. I saw something. Did I just imagine it, or did you become a…" her voice trailed off.
There was no point in trying to hide anymore. She had seen too much, and if I didn't explain things now, it would only get worse.
"A mermaid?" I finished for her. She nodded.
I was silent for a few seconds. She thought that she had imagined it. Considering all the stress she was dealing with now it probably wouldn't be too hard to convince her that she was indeed imagining things, but something inside me told me that she needed to know. I couldn't explain it, but I felt for the first time in my life that I could trust her.
I took a deep breath and motioned to the chairs. "I think you'd better sit down." I said. She sat, and I took the seat beside her. I tried to make it seem as simple and nonchalant as I could. (NOT easy, "I fell into the water one day during a magical full moon and now every time I touch water I grow a tail, and oh by the way I can also make water hard and turn it into jelly, nothing out of the ordinary really if you think about it." Yeah, I repeat, NOT easy.) Anyway, Sophie listened to every word I said and then shook her head in amazement.
"I don't believe it," she said in shock, "but yet I saw it."
"Trust me; it's true." I sighed.
"Wait, but you seriously have powers?" She asked suspiciously. I nodded.
"Watch," I said, walking over to the other side of the room where there was a small water cooler. I filled one of the small cups and brought it back to my seat.
"Hold this," I said, handing her the cup. She looked a bit apprehensive, but she took the cup. I placed my hand in front of the cup and twisted my wrist, bringing my palm up. The water immediately jelled.
Sophie's jaw hit the floor. "I don't believe it." She gasped, looking from the water to me, and then back at the water.
"And yet there's more," I said, slightly amused. I gave my wrist a sharp twist and the water hardened.
"Oh my god." She slowly reached her finger into the glass and touched the water.
"How did you do that?" She asked incredulously.
I shrugged. "Magic," I said quietly, re-jelling the water. I a few seconds it had returned to it's liquid form and I threw the cup in the wastebasket.
"You realize that this has to be kept a secret, right?" I said. I knew this was the turning point. If she wouldn't keep my secret then I was done for, and so were Cleo and Rikki. It wouldn't take much time before people realized that they were mermaids as well.
She stared at me again. "Is the water thing the only power you have, nothing else?" She questioned slowly.
"Nothing else, I swear." I said, raising my hand.
"And does Will know?" She asked finally.
I nodded silently. "For the past three months."
"And he's okay with it?" She pressed.
"Actually he seems to prefer it," I said with a smile.
Sophie smiled back, "Why am I not surprised?" She said, shrugged her shoulders lightly. "The ocean is practically his second home." She looked at me. "Bella, I can tell that you mean a lot to him, and I'm sure that this secret must be important to him as well. If for only his sake, I won't say anything. I'd do anything for him."
I placed my hand on her arm, "so would I," I said softly.
She gave a sad smile, "I think you've already proven that."
We sat in silence for several minutes, each thinking our own thoughts. Then something struck me.
"Hey, where's Zane?" I asked. "Isn't he here?"
Sophie shook her head, "He had to leave. Rikki's out of town for the next three days; I think she went with Cleo to visit a family member or something, and we both can't be away from the café at once. He offered to go so I could stay here. He made me promise to call him once we find out anything."
I shook my head incredulously. I knew Will and Zane didn't exactly like each other, but I guess almost killing Will kind of shook Zane up. I had never seen him actually care about another person except for Rikki. As I was thinking, a doctor walked out through the swinging doors to the right of the waiting room. My head snapped up, and I looked at him anxiously.
"Sophia Benjamin?" he inquired, reading off his clipboard.
That's me," Sophie said eagerly, "is he okay?"
The doctor looked up and motioned to the chair she had just vacated. "I think you'd better sit down."
I saw the blood drain from her face. She stiffly sat back down next to me and gestured for the doctor to continue.
"You're Will's sister, correct?"
She nodded numbly.
He looked pointedly at me. "And you are…?"
"Will's girlfriend," I finished for him.
"It's okay; she can stay," Sophie said quickly.
The doctor nodded and continued, "Well, your brother is very fortunate. Another ten seconds or so and his brain would have been dead for lack of oxygen. He's barely alive as it is, but he's responding well to our treatments and with proper rest and care he should be back to normal in no time."
"So he's going to be okay?" I asked, a catch in my voice.
"Yes, he'll be fine if there are no complications. We'll be keeping him here for the next few days under observation, but he's currently out of danger."
"Oh, thank God," Sophie gasped, wiping her tear-filled eyes. "Can I see him?"
"Yes, you can, one visitor at a time and not for too long. He needs to rest as much as possible at this stage."
He stood up, "which ever one of you is going to go first, come with me; I'll show you his room. Oh, and by the way," the doctor added. "Will regained conscious briefly during our examination and was mumbling something about a 'Bella' and a 'secret'. He blacked out again after that, and he didn't say anything else. He's resting comfortably now, but are either of you Bella?"
Sophie shot me a worried look and I stood up, my face having gone completely white by this point. "I'm Bella," I said quickly.
Sophie looked at me, "you should go first; he'll be wanting to see you."
I looked at her in surprise, "are you sure? You've been waiting and worrying here longer than I have."
She nodded firmly, "I'm sure," She leaned forward and pulled me into an awkward, yet warm hug. I had never been more surprised, but I hugged back.
"Now go on," she said, giving me a little push in the doctor's direction. I gave a weak smile and then turned to follow the doctor, who had begun to make his way towards the door.
We walked down several hallways before the doctor stopped in front of one door.
"Here's his room," he said, "you can go on in."
I thanked him quietly and stepped through the door. It shut with a slight *click* behind me and I heard the footsteps of the doctor as he walked away.
"Will?" I said softly, walking further into the room.
Then I saw him.
He was lying on the hospital bed, asleep. He looked white as a ghost and there was an IV drip attached to his arm. I quietly pulled a chair up next to his bed, took his limp hand in mine, and pressed it to my face. I could feel tears rolling down my cheeks. I don't think I could bear it of something were to happen to Will. He's everything to me; I'd rather die with him then live without him. I released his hand and set it down carefully on the crisp white sheets. I sat in silence for a few minutes; staring at his face, memorizing every detail and thinking about how close I had come to never seeing it again.
I was thinking about going to get Sophie; I didn't want to make her wait too long, when I heard a sound that seemed to have come from Will. I froze and stared hard at him. Sure enough he shifted restlessly and his eyes fluttered open. He blinked a few times and then shook his head slightly, wincing in the process.
"Bella?" He mumbled weakly, squinting at my face.
"Yeah, it's me," I said, a smile beginning to spread across my face. He attempted to sit up, but fell back on his pillows feebly.
"Take it easy," I scolded gently. "Do you know how much you scared me?"
He managed a small grin. "Sorry," he mumbled groggily, "what happened?"
"You got mad at Zane and tried to dive too deep too fast I think. You blacked out."
Will looked confused for a few seconds. "If I blacked out, how did I get back to the surface?" He croaked.
"Well...ummm," I wasn't quite sure how to explain that. Should I tell him it was me who had rescued him? I didn't want him to freak out about Sophie knowing my secret. Unfortunately, Will answered my question for me.
"Wait – I saw you in the water...for a second...With your tail – Sophie – Bella!" His eyes got wide, and he looked at me in shock.
I placed my hand on his and quietly put my finger to his lips. "Shhhhh babe, it's okay. I explained everything to her in the waiting room and she promised she wouldn't tell."
He sighed in relief, but then broke into a coughing fit.
I looked at him worriedly. "Are you okay? Should I call someone?" I said quickly. He placed his hand in the air and shook his head slightly. Finally he stopped coughing and looked at me with awe.
"You seriously risked you secret for me?" he questioned hoarsely. "What if Sophie hadn't kept it? What if she had told someone? What if she does anyway? What if – "
His voice was cut off as my lips crashed into his. I pulled away after only a few moments though; he didn't need anything that required him to hold his breath at this point.
"What if you hadn't made it?" I finished. "I would never have forgiven myself for letting you die when I could have saved you." There were tears in his eyes, and I could feel them running down my cheeks as well.
"I love you." I whispered softly.
"I love you too," he whispered back, his voice cracking slightly. He reached out and pulled me into a tight hug. He finally let go and eased back onto his pillows. I sat down again and we were both silent for a few seconds. He closed his eyes and I just rubbed him hand gently. After a few minutes had gone by, I looked at my watch and saw that I had been in here for almost twenty minutes. I stood up slowly, releasing Will's hand.
"I'm going to go get Sophie." I said. "She's so worried about you."
Will's eyes opened, and he reached for my hand again. "Don't leave me, please?" He begged weakly.
I leaned over him and kissed him gently on the forehead. "I'll be back soon," I promised. He nodded sleepily and closed his eyes again; he was exhausted. I tiptoed silently out of the room and closed the door quietly behind me. Once outside I breathed a sigh of relief. Will was okay, and my secret was safe.
A/N: what do you think? Should I continue? I'm still working on my other story, but I really like where this is heading. Review and let me know! Thanks for reading!