The Gift of Life

Part 1

I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

Song By Areosmith
Story By Saint Raven

"Are you alright, Kari?" T.K. asked nervously. "I'm fine, T.K." Kari said sweetly.

"Don't worry; I'm just here for a checkup after all."

"Are you sure? You haven't been feeling right lately..."

"YES, T.K.-"

The door in front of them opened and the doctor came out.

"Kamiya, Hikari?" Dr. Fusaki asked.

"Right here."

"Come on, time for your checkup..."

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you're far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

Dr. Fusaki raced out of the examination room, calling to the nurse, "Get me a wheelchair!"

T.K. jumped to his feet. "What's wrong?"

"Something very bad."

Dr. Fusaki turned to his nurse. "Get Hikari's parents here now!"

T.K. paled. Something very bad must be wrong with Kari!

Don't wanna close my eyes
Don't wanna fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

"What's wrong with our daughter, Dr. Fusaki?" Mrs. Kamiya said with trembling voice.

The doctor shook his head sadly. "It's very bad, Mrs. Kamiya. In doing the tests today, we discovered and confirmed that Kari has acute leukemia, a deadly type of cancer. We are giving her at the most four months to live."

Beside them, Tai broke down crying, as did T.K. standing outside the door in the hallway.

Laying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes
And thank God we're together
I just want to stay with you in this moment forever
Forever and ever

"Hi Kari." T.K. said as he entered Kari's hospital room. She looked so well and beautiful, relaxing in her bed.

"Did they tell you about what I have, T.K.?" Kari asked shakily.

"No, but I was listening and I heard." T.K. said quietly.

Kari suddenly broke into tears. T.K. hurried forward and held her in his arms.

"I don't want to die, Takeru." Kari sobbed into his chest. "Why does life suck so much?"

"I don't know, Hikari." T.K. said honestly. "But I'll help you fight this thing for as long as you want to."

"Thank you, T.K. I love you."

"I love you too, Kari, and I don't plan on losing you any time soon."

Don't wanna close my eyes
Don't wanna fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do I'd still miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Later that night, Tai walked into Kari's room to find her fast asleep, T.K. holding her in his arms, whispering to her. Tai crept up towards T.K. in the dim light, listening to what T.K. was saying

"...you can't die, Kari. I won't be able to take it. I love you too much to let you go without a fight."

Tai blinked. Maybe I should go-

"I'm gonna help you get through this, Kari. You'll live a long wonderful life, and when the time comes, I'll kneel down in front of you with a ring, propose, and you'll say "yes" and jump into my arms. And we'll be happy forever."

Tai froze. T.K. laid Kari back down on her bed and left the room, Tai following him.

I don't wanna miss one smile
I don't wanna miss one kiss
I just wanna be with you
Right here with you just like this
I just wanna hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment for all the rest of time
Baby, baby

"You really meant all that, didn't you, Takeru?"

T.K. turned around to see Tai behind him.

"Of course I did. I love her and I'll help her survive the cancer."

Tai groaned sadly.

"T.K., the doctors say very few people actually can live through this type of cancer. They're only giving Kari three or four months to live-"

"SHUT UP!"

Tai was shocked when T.K. screamed at him.

"YOU SHUT UP, TAICHI KAMIYA! I LOVE HER AND I'M NOT GONING TO LOSE HER TO SOME DISEASE!"

Then, T.K. turned and raced out of the hospital as the doors were being closed, for visiting hours were over. Tai's wrong. He HAS to be wrong! I can't lose Kari...

Don't wanna close my eyes
Don't wanna fall asleep
'Coz I'd miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Coz even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I'd still miss you baby
And I don't wanna miss a thing

To be continued...