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Chapter 4

"LIAM!!!" Buffy screamed as she saw the truck slam into the RV. Liam stepped on the brakes and quickly placed his right arm in front of Buffy to stop her from crashing forward.

"Are you okay?" Liam asked Buffy.

"Liam, oh god, Liam," Buffy looked straight ahead in shock at the wreck.

"Buffy," Liam called out to her once again. "Are you okay?"

"Liam," Buffy spoke and quickly got out of the car.

"Buffy!" Liam shouted and quickly followed her out of the car and held on to Buffy who was trying to run towards the wreck. "Buffy, stop!"

"Liam's in there!" Buffy screamed as she tried to force herself out of Liam's grip. "Oh god, my baby's in there."

"Buffy, stop!" Liam hugged Buffy tightly to himself. He looked around and saw other people coming out of their cars. "Someone call 911!"

"I've got it!" A man, already on his cell phone, shouted back.

"Liam, we have to go get Liam, we have to go get him," Buffy struggled once more.

"Buffy, we have to wait for the paramedics," Liam calmly told her. Sirens were heard and in a few seconds, paramedics were going into the wreck.

"Sir," A policeman stepped in front of Buffy and Liam. "We need you to step away from the scene."

"Our son is in there," Liam told the policeman.

"Oh god," Buffy cried out as she saw Liam Jr. in a gurney being pulled by two paramedics.

"We've got a boy here, about six years, possible head trauma, weak pulse," The paramedic informed the others. "We're gonna lose him if we don't do something right now, move! Contact the hospital right now and tell them to clear a table."

All the other paramedics hovered over Liam Jr.'s body and rolled him into the ambulance.

"Buffy, Buffy," Liam spoke gently, not wanting to further Buffy's shaking. "We have to get to the car and drive to the hospital. C'mon, baby."

"No, Liam," Buffy shook her head and stared at the ambulance pulling away.

"We have to go now, Buffy," Liam gently told her. He turned the policeman and spoke to him. "Could you clear out a path? We need to follow the ambulance, that's our son in there. That's our car over there."

"Yes, sir," The policeman quickly worked.

"Now, c'mon, baby, let's go." This time, Buffy nodded and Liam led her to the car and put on her seatbelt and quickly ran to his side and drove after the ambulance.


"I shouldn't have let him ride with them, I shouldn't have let him ride with them," Buffy shook her head as she cried. They were already in the hospital, waiting for the doctor to tell them about Liam Jr..

"We both let him ride with them, baby," Liam looked at Buffy. "We didn't know this would happen."

"He's gonna be okay, right?" Buffy cried as she looked at Liam, pleading with her eyes to confirm what she just said. "He's gonna be alright. Please tell me, he's gonna be alright, Liam. Please tell me."

"He's gonna be alright, Buffy, he's gonna be alright," Liam hugged Buffy and let her cry her heart out. Liam repeated his reply, but deep inside, he knew things were never gonna be the same.

They stayed that way until the a doctor came out of the other room. The doctor stepped towards them and took out his mask.

"Mr. Matthews?"

"How's Liam?" Buffy asked immediately.

"I'm sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Matthews," The doctor shook his head slowly. "We did everything we can but we lost him on the table."

"No," Buffy shook her head. "No, no, no!"

"Liam suffered a whiplash as we call it, his brain collided into his skull and caused internal bleeding. There were no visible trauma on his body, the bleeding was internal. I'm really sorry for your loss," The doctor looked at them for a while and then left them alone to tend to their grief.

"He's lying, Liam, tell me he's lying!" Buffy looked up at Liam.

"Buffy..." Liam held her to him. He tried to find the right words to say but he knew that nothing would ever make anything right for them at that moment.


"We need a flight to LA," Liam talked to his secretary on his phone, his eyes closed the whole time. "No, we can't wait for the private plane. We need the quickest possible way there. For the next hour would be the best suitable time. And call William and tell him to contact Fisher and Sons and arrange for a funeral service."

"Yes sir."

"Call me back when you book the flight," Liam hung up the phone and opened his eyes. He looked at Buffy asleep on the bed and sighed. He walked to the bed and carefully sat down beside Buffy on the bed.

"I'm sorry, Buffy, I'm sorry I can't make things better for us," Liam whispered to her. "I'm sorry."

The shrill buzzing of Liam's cell phone made him stand up and step away from the bed.

"Sir? I already called Mr. William and he told me that it'll be arranged. And I already booked you and Mrs. Matthews first class tickets to LA, it'll leave in two hours, Mr. Matthews."

"Good," Liam nodded and hung up the phone quickly. He sighed and looked at Buffy, reaching out to gently touch her cheeks. His cell phone once again buzzed.

"Liam," William's voice came from the other end of the line. "Your secretary called me and told me to call Fisher and Sons. Did something happen?"

"Um, yeah," Liam stood up and left the room, leaving Buffy. "It's Liam. H-he's gone. There was an accident."

"Bloody hell. What happened?"

"Car accident," Liam could barely continue what he was saying.

"I'm so sorry, Liam, I really am. How are you and Buffy?"

Liam sighed. "I'm dealing, I guess. I don't know about Buffy though, the doctor gave her some sleeping pills to calm her down. I'm worried about her."

"I'll call you back, mate," William bid goodbye.

Liam entered the room once again and sat down beside Buffy's sleeping form. Her cheeks were wet with tears and all Liam could do was wipe them away. He didn't know what to do. He felt numb. His son was gone.

Their son was gone.

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