Author: NinaK.05 PM
What if Johanna had died in a totally different way, when Kate was younger and her life changed completely? New home, new school, new friends... And then she meets Rick Rodgers, future writer, who decides to help and intends on solving the mystery behind the sadness in her eyes. A/U!Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Kate B. & Rick C. - Chapters: 14 - Words: 17,363 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 11-02-12 - Published: 07-01-12 - id: 8276032
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A/N - This chapter is based on a true story. I only own the characters you guys don't recognize. Hope you enjoy!
Crashing and Abandoning
"Benjamin James Beckett, put your seatbelt on!" Johanna yelled while trying to focus on the road. She had been planing that trip for a long, long time. She was finally taking her kids to a cabin by the lake, which her husband had rented for them to spend Christmas in. 'Jim will meet us there tomorrow...' she thought sighing as she watched her son pouting on the back-seat.
"Ben, just do what mom said. It's for your own safety."
"No, Katie. No!"
"Then Santa won't bring you a present this Christmas. He never brings them to those who pout and are naughty." Katie threatened, turning around on her seat to look at him.
He struggled, but managed to tie himself up. She couldn't help but smile. Then, she heard screams, other than a loud crash, before everything went black.
The lights hurt her eyes when she opened them briefly. The room she was in was too bright. 'Why does everything hurt?' she thought. Someone squeezed her hand slightly and she blinked desperately, before managing to open her eyes and look at whoever that person was.
"Daddy." she whispered, watching as the man by her side let a couple of tears slide down his face. "Where am I, daddy? Where's mom?"
The man didn't answer, just squeezed harder. He shouldn't cry in front of her, but he just couldn't stop himself. He stood up and left the bright white room. It gave enough time for Katie to analyze it. There wasn't much. A window, a couch, the bed she was laying on, a couple of doors... But what called her attention was the beeping sound coming from the heart monitor. 'I'm in the hospital.'
A nurse came in after knocking loudly on the door. She had a sweet sympathetic smile on her face. She checked the monitors and the wires that attached them to me. "It's good to see that you're finally up, honey." she said, while checking if my pupiles were responsive. "I'm Karen McKenzie and I'll be your nurse during the day. Nurse Hamilton will take over the night shift."
Kate didn't really care. She wanted to know exactly what happened, and if her dad wasn't going to tell her, whatever. She'd hear it from the nurse, instead. "What happened? Where's my mom? Where's Ben?"
"Your father didn't tell you?" Kate rolled her eyes at such a stupid question. If she was asking her, obviously he hadn't told her anything. "Humm... you were involved in a car crash. You have three fractured ribs, a broken arm, a concusion and a parted lip. Pretty banged up, I know, but you'll be okay. You should heal soon. You were very lucky."
That explained the pain on her chest and on the back of her head. She didn't care much about the arm though. It wasn't the one she wrote with and it wasn't hurting at all. "Okay, but what about the others?"
The nurse backed away a bit. Worry slowly spreading over her face as she whispered. "They didn't make it".
Kate didn't go to the funeral, she was stuck in that hospital. Her father barely visiting her since the day she was told about her mother's and brother's deaths. On the day he went to pick her up, he delivered more bad news.
They didn't talk at all during the long drive home. When it pulled over and she got out, she saw suitcases on the stairs leading to the porch. "What's going on, dad?" she asked.
"These are your clothes, Katie. There are a few boxes upstairs for you to pack whatever you want to take with you. I'm sending you to New York, to live with your grandparents. The suitcases are going with you, I'll send the boxes later." he said, looking down at his feet.
"W-W-WHAT?" she yelled. "WHY, Daddy? I wanna stay with you, please don't do that!" Kate was crying and so was her father, but he was still looking down at his feet."Answer me!"
"I can't stand to look at you anymore, Katie! You remind me too much of her! I need you to go, it will be better for both of us, I promise, but I need you to do it. For me, please."
"Okay" she whispered, still surprised, before rushing to her bedroom and choosing what she'd take from home.
The flight was long, but she didn't care. She was going to meet two people she had never even heard about. Her mother had never talked about them. They had been mentioned, yes, but Katie had never heard any stories.
After they had landed and Kate had picked up her baggage, she looked for someone holding a sheet of paper with her name on it. It took her a while, but she managed to find a couple with it. A tall gray-haired man with a huge smile on his face and a blonde woman, with a frown. I smiled back to, who I figured, was my grandfather.
He looked at a cell-phone, then at me, than back at the cell-phone, and his smiled went wider. He elbowed the lady next to him. "That's our Katie." she heard him say, before been pulled in a tight hug and welcomed to the city.
Hope you enjoyed this! For those who are reading the other stories, I will update soon. I won't let them fall behind! I'll be working on new chapters for this one and hope to be able to update again this week. Please, let me know what you think!