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Boy Meets World has come and gone, and it has been 5 years since Cory and Topanga left for New York with Shawn. But Shawn had never favored living in the garage above their house, dating woman and woman, and never finding another Angela. He packed up, without warning, gave Eric and number to reach him at, and left to Europe. Cory and Topanga were shocked. With no number to reach him at, their friendship faded. For the first time in his life, Shawn was truly alone, no Cory to fall back on. The gang had fallen apart, no one but Alan and Amy realizing that Eric had everyone's phone numbers and kept in small contact with everyone.
Eric was sitting in his apartment living room, trying to focus on more homework. He never understood why he had stayed in school, but he did. His dating life had decreased immensely since high school days, and he still was not sure what he wanted to do with his life.
'I'm almost 30 years old...' he thought to himself that night, 'And I still am a failure". The thought hurt him, but he tried to push it out of his mind.
The phone rang. Eric smiled, glad for the distraction. It could be his job, maybe that cute girl in his government class...
"Heello, Eric speaking"
"Hey Eric, it's Dad"
"Oh," Eric said, disappointed.
"Eric, listen. I have really bad news. You need to call everyone"
Eric was quiet for a second. "Dad... what's wrong?"
"It's Feeny. Feeny... well, he's in the hospital Eric. He might not make it this time"
Eric was stunned. Feeny had been in and out of the hospital for multiple reasons in the past 2 years, but never anything serious. Never anything fatal.
"Son, he had a heart attack"
Shocked, Eric finally realized he was sitting on the ground. He didn't remember moving, but that was not his important thought right now.
"Eric? You still there?"
"...Yeah..." he choked out.
"I need you to call everyone, Eric. You're the only one with everyone's number still"
There was a silence, but Eric hardly noticed it.
"You're a good man, Eric. A good man"
There was a click on the other line, and Eric Matthews almost missed the best compliment his father had ever given him.
'Some good man' he thought. 'I can not keep my only true friend from dying'
Scared at the thought, Eric reminded himself that Feeny was forever.
'He cannot die' Eric thought. 'He is Feeny'