I own none of the characters of October Road
Got this idea from watching an old episode of Las Vegas a few weeks ago that Geoff Stults (AKA- Eddie Latekka) guest starred in. I have had this chapter written since the day I saw the episode, debating with myself whether or not to post and posting won – so I hope you enjoy a story of true love.
"Mr. Latekka we have your latest test results." Dr. Turner said.
"I'm ready." He said bravely. He knew from the look on Dr. Turner's face that the news was not good. His parents each reached over and took one of his hands.
"The MRI showed three cancerous masses on your brain I'm so very sorry." Eddie's mother, Laura began to quietly sob.
"Can you remove them?" Jack Latekka asked Dr. Turner desperately.
"Unfortunately the placement of the tumors is inoperable."
"So what the hell can you do?" Jack snapped.
"Dad, relax." Eddie said
"We can offer radiation and chemo to try and shrink the tumors."
"Will it work?" Eddie asked him softly.
"The type of tumors that you have are very aggressive so the radiation and chemo may slow down the growth but not kill them."
"How much time do I have?"
"Six to nine months." Laura's sobbing increased.
"Is that with the chemo and radiation?" Dr. Turner nodded. "How much time without it?"
"Maybe six months."
"Is it bad, the chemo?"
"There are multiple side effects caused by chemotherapy. You will lose your hair, lose weight, and become weak and tired. You'll constantly be nauseated and throwing up among other things."
"Let me make sure I'm understanding this correctly. I can get chemo and radiation that might slow down these tumors but I'll be miserable until I die correct?"
"Most of the time yes, you will be miserable."
"And what happens if I don't get the treatment?"
"Eddie that's not even an option." Laura spoke up.
"Mom, let Dr. Turner talk."
"If you don't get the treatment over time the tumors will continue to grow and affect different parts of your brain. Your headaches will increase in frequency and severity. You'll develop seizures and possibly lose some body control as different parts of your brain are affected by the tumor and eventually your memory may be altered."
"You may not recognize people around you, memories will be forgotten, things like that."
"But not the whole time right? Some of my time will be good?"
"Most of it yes. I can give you pain medication for the headaches and medication for the seizures."
"I don't want the treatment." He announced.
"Don't listen to him. He'll take the treatment." Laura said.
"Would you like a few minutes to discuss this?"
"Mr. Latekka this is a huge decision. You may want some time to think about it." Dr. Turner encouraged.
"No, I don't need to think about it. I don't want the treatment."
"Eddie baby please." Laura begged
"I'll give you guys a some time."
"Thank you doctor." Jack said.
"Sweetheart, you have to get the treatment." Laura told her only son.
"No mom, I'm not doing it."
"It will give you more time."
"But not quality time. I'll be sick and that's not how I want to go out, I want to spend what time I have left living." His mom looked at him with tears streaming down her face. "Mom this is my decision and I would like you to support me."
"Baby, I don't want to lose you."
"It's going to happen with or without the treatment." He told her gently. "Mommy I'm going to need your support. I can't do it without you." Her sobbing started again as she embraced her son.
"Okay Eddie. Whatever you want, I'll support you." She told him when she calmed down.
"Can I have some time alone please?"
"Of course son." Jack said pulling his wife away from Eddie. "We'll go grab some coffee."
Once he was alone the gravity of the situation and his decision came rushing to the surface but he refused to cry because tears wouldn't change anything. He was going to be dead in six months and the timing couldn't be worse. The day before his life went to hell he finally told her he loved her.
He and Janet Meadows had been friends for years. It started out innocently enough. She was the bartender at the bar that he frequented. First it was just drink orders but slowly a treasured friendship developed. He realized that he wanted something more when he saw her leave the bar one night with some loser from The Duf. He was at the bar the next day, at the start of her shift asking her out. He smiled as he remembered the look of surprise and then joy that crossed her face and he knew at that moment that he wanted to be the one who made her that happy for the rest of her life. She casually accepted his dinner invitation for dinner that night and thus was the start of the best relationship of his life.
Their first date was amazing. They talked for hours at the restaurant until the waitress politely asked them to leave because it was closing time. He then took her to the lake where they sat on the dock continuing the conversation that started at the restaurant until the sun rose. After taking her to breakfast he ended the date with a very soft and tender kiss, the first of many that they had shared.
The last four months that they had been together have been the best of his apparently very short life. He loved everything about his new relationship. He loved the hours of conversation about nothing and everything. He loved that she wasn't too girly, she didn't need to primp for hours, she didn't freak if one of her beautiful curls was out of place. She was content to stay home and watch a current game on TV or go paint balling but she also demanded romance from him. At first his friends questioned Eddie's new relationship because Janet was unlike any woman he had ever been with but once they knew that it was the real thing, at least for Eddie, they accepted and supported his choice and they had all seen a change for the better in their friend. In the past he had always preferred tall, thin, busty woman willing to accept one night of sex with no commitment from him and Janet wasn't anything like that. She wasn't tall, she wasn't busty, she wasn't thin and she wasn't willing to accept a meaningless one-night stand from him. She was on the shorter side, chubby and to him her breasts were the perfect size, not to small, not to large and he couldn't wait to put his hands on them. He found everything about her absolutely beautiful. She had told him on their first date that she would not be one of his conquests nor would she be a bang buddy. In the past he would have gotten up and walked away from her but when she told him what she wouldn't accept what he used to want he knew that he no longer wanted any of those things. He wanted something meaningful.
For the past six months he had been getting headaches every day but he would take some Advil or Tylenol and it would relive the pain temporarily. Janet was worried about the amount of headaches he was getting so he eventually quit telling her when he had them and although she didn't question him he had a feeling that she knew that he was still having them. The night he got the headache that sent him to the hospital Janet was going out of town to see her grandparents. He was supposed to go with her but that afternoon a waterline busted in his parents bathroom and he needed to help his dad fix it. He was totally bummed out because Janet had booked them one room at a hotel and they were planning on finally sleeping together.
"Everything looks good J." Eddie said slamming the trunk. He had checked the air pressure in her tires and her oil. He wanted to make sure that she would be safe on her journey.
"Wow. You discovered exactly the same thing that I did when I checked the tires and oil." She told him with a smirk.
"I just want to make sure you'll arrive safely." He said, wrapping his arms around her waist, pulling her to his chest.
"I was single not too long ago Eddie and just because I have a boyfriend doesn't mean that I forgot how to take care of myself."
"I'm so sorry that I can't make it, that I ruined our plans." He said through closed eyes. His headache was slowly getting worse.
"Family comes before sex Eddie and you're parents need your help." She placed her palm on his cheek. "You're head hurts doesn't it."
"It'll be fine." He forced a smile. "You better go. I don't want you driving too late." He covered her hand that was on his cheek and kissed her. When they broke apart she climbed in her jeep and rolled down her window. "Call me when you get there."
"I will." She leaned forward and kissed him. "Bye."
"Janet." She looked at him expectantly. "I love you." Her eyes widened. He had no idea why he chose that moment to tell her but he really wanted her to know how he felt before she left.
"I love you too Eddie."
Instead of getting better his headache worsened that night at his parents house. When his mom found him on the bathroom floor clutching his head, moaning in agony they rushed him to the ER. Two hours later they told him that he had a mass on his brain and they transferred him to Boston. That was three days ago. He thought of everything that he would never get to do. He would never grow old with Janet. He would never have a family of his own with her. He would never see her dressed in white coming down the aisle towards him. As he thought about all of the things he would never do he felt tears beginning to form. He took a deep breath to keep them from falling. There may be a lot of things he would never be able to do but there were just as many that he could still do while he was alive and by god, he was going to do them. He wasn't going to sit around, saying goodbye to everyone, feeling sorry for himself waiting to die. He was going to enjoy what time he had left and he was going to enjoy it with the woman he loved.
Janet sighed as she pulled into Sully's. She was tired from driving home from Rhode Island and she really didn't want to work but Sully sounded so desperate on her machine so she couldn't say no. All she really wanted to do was cuddle up on the couch next to her boyfriend and watch TV but since she hadn't heard from her boyfriend she might as well earn some extra money.
"Thank you so much for coming in Janet." Sully said as soon as he saw her.
"You owe me."
"I know it. Think you can fix the backup at the bar?
"What kind of question is that? Of course I can." She said smugly. Thirty minutes later there was no longer any lines at the bar and all of the patrons of Sully's were happily enjoying their drinks.
"Hey Nick." Since dating Eddie his friends that had once been just polite costumers have become friends to her.
"Have you heard from Eddie? He's not answering his phone and he hasn't been seen or heard from all weekend. His truck is at his parent's house and they're not home either."
"I heard from him on Friday when he left me a voice mail telling me that he had a family emergency out of town. Aside from a few text messages I haven't heard anything else."
"I hope that everything is okay."
"Me too. Can I get you something Nick?"
"A beer would be great."
An hour later she felt her phone vibrating in her pocket. She pulled it out and saw Eddie's name on the caller ID. She quickly flipped it open. "Hey." She answered.
"I'm on my way home. Can I see you tonight?" He asked, jumping right into the conversation.
"Sure. Susan called off so Sully called me in so I'm at the bar. Why don't you swing over here when you get back."
"I'm not really in the mood to for Sully's."
"Okay. Do you want me to head over to your place when I get off?"
"How about your place? Can I just head over and wait for you there?"
"Sure no problem. You know where my spare key is. Make yourself at home and I'll get there as soon as I can."
"Thanks J. I'll see you soon." As she closed her phone she was worried about him. He didn't sound like himself. She couldn't put her finger on it but she knew that something was going on with him.
Finally Sully's slowed down enough that she could leave. She had a massive collection of nervous butterflies that had taken up residence in her stomach when she pulled into her driveway and saw Eddie's truck. Pushing them aside she rushed inside anxious to see her boyfriend. She giggled as that thought entered her mind, boyfriend. She actually had a boyfriend, an extremely hot boyfriend who she had crushed on for years, a boyfriend that loved her. She had fallen in love with Eddie but was terrified to tell him, she was afraid that those words would push him away so she was surprised as hell when he was the first one to say those three precious words. Walking into the house she smiled when she saw Eddie crashed out on her couch. Thanking God for small miracles she headed upstairs for a shower to wash off the stench of beer, smoke and grease from her body. As soon as she was clean she threw on a pair of sweats and a tee shirt, threw her hair up on top of her head and headed back downstairs. She loved the fact that she was comfortable enough in their relationship that she didn't feel the need to always have to perfectly put together, that Eddie loved her if she was wearing her makeup perfectly applied and a dress or if she was wearing her comfy clothes with no makeup.
He was still sleeping when she got back to the living room and she really hated to wake him because he looked so peaceful but she wanted to talk. She gently shook his shoulder. His eyes quickly fluttered opened and he grinned when his eyes focused on her. He pulled himself up, reached for her hand and pulled her onto to the couch next to him. "I've missed you." He whispered thickly before pressing his lips to hers. She giggled as he used his weight to push her back onto the couch. "I've missed you." He repeated seconds before his lips found her neck causing a soft moan to escape her mouth. He slipped his hand under her shirt and it traveled up to her breast. Her nipples were already hard in anticipation when his fingers closed around them. She gasped in surprise as he rolled it between his fingers.
"Eddie…" She whispered in the dark when he pulled his hand away from her breast and his mouth away from her lips.
"Come on." He pulled himself off of her, grabbed her hand and led her to her bedroom. "Is this okay?" He nervously asked her. He wanted her so bad but he didn't want to push her if she wasn't ready.
"It's perfectly okay." She told him lovingly reaching out for his tee shirt and pulling him towards her.
"One thing you should know before we do this." He told her as he pulled her ponytail holder out of her hair causing her curls to fall. He gently ran his fingers through her hair, still wet from her shower.
"What's that?" She asked pulling his tee shirt up over his head.
"I need you to know that I love you so much Janet Meadows." He whispered huskily.
"I do know that Eddie. I really do." He smiled at her. "I love you too." This time she took his hand and led her to the bed. She turned the bed down and pulled him down on top of her. Within minutes their clothes were gone and his mouth was on her breasts. They tasted so soft, just like he thought they would. As his tongue began to circle her nipples she moaned and pushed his head against her breast. He quickly realized that she was not afraid to tell him what she wanted from him and that turned him on immensely. When he couldn't take it any longer he easily spread her legs with his knee and he slid inside her, eliciting a groan from both of them. He fit so perfectly inside of her, nothing ever felt so right before.
"Eddie…honey this really ain't working for me." Since he pushed into her he hadn't moved his penis at all. In fact the only thing he was moving was his lips on top of hers.
"I'm sorry sweetheart. I just want to remember this feeling for the rest of my life." Janet had never heard anything so sweet before. It actually brought tears to her eyes.
"Then take your time." For the next few minutes he continued to kiss her. He had never kissed a woman so much during sex before and he didn't want to stop, ever. He loved kissing her. He loved the how soft her lips were, he loved how her tongue sought out every crevice inside of his mouth. She was a great kisser, the best he had ever encountered. Knowing he wasn't being fair to her finally began to move inside of her with long smooth strokes. She automatically wrapped her legs around his waist encouraging him to thrust deeper within her. He drew out their lovemaking for over an hour and when they finally climaxed it was the most intense orgasm that either of them had ever experienced.
"What happened to your hand?" They were relaxing in bed, kissing and cuddling. While Janet was kissing his hand she noticed a bruise on the top of his hand.
"I need to show you something." He told her.
"Eddie, what happened to your hand?" She repeated as he got out of bed, walked naked over to his jeans, pulled something out of the pocket and then climbed back into bed.
"Can you turn on the light?" He asked her since the lamp was on her side of the bed. She pulled her tee shirt off of the lamp, where it had landed when he tossed it, pulled it over her head and switched on the lamp. She saw that he was holding a piece of paper in his hand and she also noticed a second bruise on his arm, this one on the inside of his elbow, a common place where blood is drawn.
"Eddie what the hell happened to your arm?"
"Let me show you this first and then I'll explain about my arm." She sighed irritably. "Work with me here, please?" She nodded. "While I was out of town I had some time to think about everything that I hadn't done yet in my life. I'm thirty years old and I haven't even begun to live. There are so many things that I want to do before I die and I want do them with you."
"I don't know what to say." She was so confused
"Here I made a to do list. Look at it." He handed her the folded up piece of paper. She slowly unfolded it.
1. Go to Vegas and WIN
2. See Wayne Newton in concert
3. Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon then hike to the bottom and camp out and make love to Janet under the stars
4. Go whitewater rafting
5. Go bungee jumping
6. Learn to surf
7. Run the bases at Fenway Park
9. Go to the veterans wall in DC and visit the Smithsonian
10. Make love to Janet on the beach of the Pacific Ocean all night, as the waves wash over us until the sun rises
Besides the fact that number three and number ten caused her to blush she had no idea what to think of this list. "Wow, this is interesting." She didn't know what else to say.
"I thought that next weekend you could take off work and we could go to Vegas because if we could win some money first then I can afford the rest of my list. Since we will already be in Vegas we can see Wayne Newton. From there we can go to the Grand Canyon and then we can go the Pacific Ocean and make love on the beach and I can learn to surf." He said excitedly.
"Eddie I hardly think I can get off work on a weekend. It's the start of the playoffs so you know that Sully's will be packed. Let's take some time and plan out an awesome vacation when we both can afford it and we don't have to rely on winning in Vegas." She didn't understand why he was rushing.
"I can't wait." He said softly.
"Why? Is Wayne retiring?" She joked. He reached out and took her hand. He looked so sad and serious that it scared her. "Eddie what the hell is going on?" She whispered fearfully.
"Janet I have brain cancer and I'm dying." He told her gravely.
"Six months. I'll be dead in six months."
"Oh my God."