An Act Of Care 2- Holding On
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^_~ (in other words I don't own
Hey Arnold! And I'd appreciate you not suing me since I don't have any money to
Note: I just wanna say thanks to all of you who read and
reviewed my first part! I wasn't even
expecting more than 3 and I have more than 10!
Even though some people consider 50 reviews as an accomplishment, I'm
happy with 'least 5! ^_^ so thanks
much, and I'm sorry if some of you didn't agree with the rating, I just rated
this R to be on the safe side. Oh and
BTW this basically is just what's going on from the incident in the first part
up until what the third part will be all about. Cuz originally I was gonna keep going on this, but I found if I
did that, then part two woulda been probably a little too long, so this is just
to break it up a little…but reviews are still appreciated, and of course any suggestions
on how to write better 'n stuff. Thanks
There was blood all over my hands,
staining my shirt as well as my heart.
I felt so nauseated by what has just happened, and what is still
happening. Helga could be very well
dying in my arms! The thought is almost
enough to make me pass out. I needed to
get help but I couldn't leave her.
Paramedics are running around, but why do they seem to look over
me? It's like I'm not here, its like
Helga is too late to save. No!
"H-hey! I need some help over here!" I yelled, and to no avail. A paramedic rushed over to another girl, one
whom I didn't know, and she was slightly injured. I yelled again, and again, I persisted until finally someone
"Move away!" he ordered, his eyes
riveting towards the scene of the room.
For some reason I found myself hesitant to move from her, I
almost…didn't want to let her go, as if I was the sole person who held onto her
had she not been able to hang on herself.
But I did what I had to, I released her into his muscular arms that
carefully swung her up and cradled her, starting to run out of the room. I followed, my eyes fixated on her limp
body, it was horrifying. Horrifying
to imagine she may never clench another fist at anyone, difficult to even think
she ever had!
Now Helga G. Pataki lay as innocent
as ever, so innocent in fact, like she had never been guilty of cruel behavior
or mixed manners. For some reason, I
found it hard to believe she was the same Helga, or more so, the real
The man carried her and set her
down on a stretcher, and I watched in awe, as she was strapped in. Some other assistants helped pull the
stretcher into an ambulance. The guy
was about to shut the door, when I perfectly envisioned a travesty of what
could have happened. The door slammed
in my face, the ambulance driving off, barely reaching the hospital in
time. The doctors operating, nurses
fetching small utensils, but to no benefit; Helga would die, and the last
memory I'd have of her was as a weak, devastated and hapless little girl who
died…I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd be completely responsible. She'd die because of me.
I could not let her die, of course,
I had to be with her. Before the guy
shut the door, I immediately stepped in.
"Please, let me come with?" I
pleaded, and maybe with the conviction of tears I now witnessed supported my
effort to ride with her. The man nodded
and I jumped in, taking a small compact seat aside from Helga. I looked as the paramedics hooked up I.V.s
into her, hearing the clink-clink of the small bag of clear liquid knock
against the metal bar that held it up.
I watched the gauze and cloth placed on her wound, ghastly turning a
fire red that seemed to burn through the pure whiteness of it. I sat in pure shock listening to the beeping
of her heart monitor; sudden skips of her heartbeat that caused the nauseating
feeling in me to nearly erupt.
I felt the ambulance whirl beneath,
it was going horrendously fast and I know I wanted it to. The sirens loud beam of sound blasting
through the clearing streets, and the flashing red and blue lights I wished I'd
never have to see first hand, impacted my mind with a ringing.
It seemed hours before the hospital
was reached; yet it was only minutes.
Then there came a sudden jumble of paramedics trying to get Helga out of
the ambulance, and another group of nurses and a doctor came to help. I leaped out of the vehicle, almost
falling flat on my face, but I remained in my stand, and sprinted to catch up
They were moving so quickly, I was
glad for it yet angered by it. I passed
through the entrance to the emergency room, followed them down the long hall
filled with irritating lights and hollow footstep echoes and tacky paintings
hung on the walls. At least five more
sets of swinging doors gliding open and closes behind me now, and I approached
the final room. About to enter, I felt
a cold hand rest on my shoulder, firmly halting me in my tracks.
"Can't go much further than this,
kid, you'll hafta go in the waiting room now." Said a raspy voice. I turned and saw a much elder man in a green
doctors suit, with an unshaven face and rusty colored hair. He looked professional I guess, and though I
was determined to protest, I thought I'd stay out of trouble and head on to the
In the waiting room it was weakly
warm, and as if I wasn't shivering enough, the cold stationary temperature now
thrived inside and outside my entire body.
Too frantic in my optimism to sit, to distraught in my guilt to stand, I
couldn't decide if I wanted to slump down and slip away or remain strong for
Helga and try to sustain staying in this nightmarish world known as reality.
An hour passed. Out of nowhere, another thought crossed my
mind- Grandpa. I haven't talked to him;
I wonder if he's heard about this…I wonder if it's on the news. I stumbled over towards the front desk.
"Excuse me, ma'am, may I use that
phone?" I asked. She turned her eyes,
busy on her work, and looked at me. Her
face stayed sober and she gave a quick nod, returning to her paperwork. "Thanks." I gulped, sliding to the
phone. I picked it up, my hand was
shaking and it would have fallen if I didn't get a better grip. I dialed for Sunset Arms. It was ringing, ringing, but no answer. Where was grandpa, and grandma, anyone?
I was growing impatient and hung
the phone up silently.
"Arnold! Oh, there he is! Arnold!"
I heard someone cry, and I faced grandma running up to me, tears falling like
drops of rain as she embraced me.
Then I saw grandpa coming, who
hugged me too. I tried hugging them back,
but the pressure from grandma's hug was immense. When she loosened her grip I gave a half smile. It was the first thing closest to a smile
since this morning.
"Hi grandma, grandpa." I answered,
trying not to sound so gloomy but obviously failing. They both gave me a sympathetic glance, looked at each other,
then back at me.
Not knowing what to say or do, we
all stood in a moment of silence, until Grandma broke it with a heavy, tired
sigh. We walked back over to the
waiting room, noticing several other people there now.
"So short man, ya gonna sit?"
Grandpa asked, motioning towards a seat.
I shook my head no, and continued to pace back in forth in a routine
pattern. Much like the questions did in
my head, routinely repeating one after another, maybe just in a different
form. Like 'Is Helga going to die? What will happen if she does? I'd be responsible, she died because she saved
me…' then BAM! It came on call and hit
hard, one of the more difficult paradox's I've yet to wonder. Why did Helga take the bullet for me?
I don't know but as of now that
question was touchy, I chose to push it in the back of my mind and focus more
on other things, like her life.
Conveniently enough, I saw Bob and Miriam Pataki, Helga's parent's show up
at the front desk. Bob was in an
outrage, his face red and wrinkled together from his grumbling. Miriam looked awfully drowsy; her eyes
drooped, lounging around the room like she didn't have a clue as to what was
going on. Then again, not many of us
did. Besides the point though, I edged
a little closer to hear the conversation.
"Where's my daughter Helen!" Bob
demanded, raising a fist. Miriam yawned
and put a hand on Bob's shoulder.
"It's Helga, dear." She said,
letting out a weighty sigh.
"Yeah whatever," he replied,
assuming his angered state of mind over careless (but then, was there a
"Well there was a little girl
brought in around an hour ago. A miss
Helga Pataki. Would you be her
parents?" the lady at the desk responded.
"Duh! I wouldn't have wasted gas to drive all the way here if she
wasn't, and its bad enough I did anyways!
So where is she!" he inquired, slamming a fist on the desk. The lady jumped, her loose frames of her
glasses slid slightly down her nose as she looked up.
"Let me check." She said with a
glare. "Yes, she's with Dr. Hammilton
now, he should be out to give a full report on her status shortly. Now, if you'll kindly have a seat in the waiting
room." She suggested, pointing over to where I was standing. I caught Bob to look right at me, and there
was a sense of hatred in his stare. He
muttered to himself and starting walking towards me. I felt beads of sweat form on the top of my head.
"You, head boy! What do you know about my daughter, Helena?"
he asked me furiously, and as he neared, I got the scent of alcohol in his
"You mean Helga?" I said meekly,
taking a step back.
"Arg, whatever! What happened?" he said, shaking his fist.
Before any response could be given
time froze essentially, I noticed a tall man in a green suit with an unshaven
face and rust colored hair walking steadily towards us from the E.R. Only his suit wasn't so green now, it was
spotted with a rich burgundy color from stains of blood, and it drenched his
shirt. Every step he took, his face
became graver and graver, and his eyes misted over keeping direct contact to
mine. Every step he took, was like
hearing a giant pendulum swing, hitting the sides of a huge clock. Tick.
Tock. A dead walk for a dead
silence that lived between realities atmosphere for me now. And more importantly, every step he took was
like a wave of fear passing through me.
He knew the answer of Helga's life; he held the key to unlocking this
unbearable secret. Will she live? Will she die?
Closer and closer, louder the
ticking got, more ferocious the fear in me welled.
Helga…what is the final verdict?
There! sorry for the "suspense" there lol…..eehhhh…*Sweatdrop*
yeah. Well what did u think? I know its
not much, but the third part will be coming up soon and it'll have more stuff
happen in it. Well take care, bye
bye! And thanks again for reviewing,
support helps, especially since I don't have like…any self-esteem. (I'll spare ya the sob stories and just
finish this up so you can get on with life) ^_~ okie dokez. FYI the 3 masked villains will be revealed
in an upcoming part (obviously hehe) but I still got some stuff to write in
between that time.