"Can you ever forgive me, Emmett?" I asked, my trembling voice muffled by his cotton t-shirt.
"I'm the one who should be asking for forgiveness. Can you forgive me?"
It was seven in the morning when Bella woke up the next day. She blinked heavily against the sunlight that danced on her eyelids, reluctant to get up.
She stretched her back, which was aching from the long night in an uncomfortable position. Bella had slept beside Jasper's bed the each night holding his hand from a hard plastic chair.
Emmett slept soundly in a chair that was positioned to face the hospital cot from a corner of the room and Bella could hear his soft snoring.
She scooted her chair closer to the bed and examined Jasper closely to see if any changes in his condition had occurred since he was brought out of surgery late four nights before.
"Emmett!" Bella shouted as she felt the fingers she held in her hand twitch. Jasper's eyes darted beneath his eyelids and his breathing picked up a faster pace.
"Whuh- wadiz it, Bells?" Emmett murmured, his voice thick with sleep. "S'only seven." He told her after a groggy glance to the clock over Jasper's bed.
"I think he's waking up! Call the nurse!" Bella shouted excitedly, squeezing Jasper's hand tightly.
Emmett sprung to life, pushing a button that alerted the nurse that had been looking over Jasper. Bella was hopping animatedly beside the bed when Emmett came over to watch as well. The blonde's eyes flickered open as his eyes found a space on the wall where he looked blankly.
"Jasper! Oh, Jasper, you're awake!" Bella cried, hugging him him tightly. Emmett squeezed into the hug as well.
"Bella? Emmett, is that you?" Jasper asked, his eyes still trained on the wall.
"Yeah, you've been out for nearly a whole week." Emmett told him quietly. "We didn't know if you were even going to make it. Your mom came to Forks but she's resting at home. I can go call her if you'd like; she would want to know that you're awake."
"Don't worry about that now, we can call her as soon as we turn the lights on. Why is it so dark?" Jasper asked.
Bella and Emmett looked at the bright, fluorescent bulb that hung from the ceiling and lit the room. They pulled back from the hug and looked into Jasper's eyes for the first time since he woke up.
"The lights are on. Emmett, what's wrong with his eyes? Why can't he see?" Bella panicked, waving a hand in front of Jasper's face. He didn't blink.
"Bella? Where are you? I'm freaking out." He reached blindly and grabbed hold of Emmett's t-shirt, pulling his two hysterical friends closer. That was when the nurse made her appearance.
"Is this Mr. Hale's room?" the old woman asked.
"Yes, he's awake but he can't see." Bella informed her with a shaky voice. "Can you fix him?"
"Oh dear, I'm going to have to get Dr. Carlisle for this one." the nurse told them after flashing a pocket-sized flashlight into Jasper's unseeing eyes.
"You're going to be okay- It's going to be okay." Bella said, but it sounded like she was trying to reassure herself more than she was for Jasper.
They waited in an apprehensive silence for Carlisle to show up. Bella stroked Jasper's arm to comfort him but she could tell he was silently panicking despite her efforts.
After what seemed like hours of waiting, Carlisle burst into the room with a small flashlight device of his own.
"Okay, Jasper, I want you to open your eyes wide." he flicked his device on and moved it from one side of Jasper's face to the other. His eyes didn't follow the light.
"Damn it," he muttered. All three kids raised their eyebrows in surprise, Jasper was more in worry. They had never heard the doctor swear before, but then again they had never been effected with anything quite as serious as a loss of sight.
After performing some more tests, Carlisle finally slumped beside Jasper on the bed. It had taken him an hour to try every test he knew and they all showed him the same result.
"Jasper's cataracts have accumulated too many indissoluble proteins that have produced a shift in the balance between the proteins and the crystallin lens which, because of how densely packed they are, naturally become transparent. Because of this accumulation, the proteins have become aggregated and result in a blur of vision. This is a large mass of aggregated proteins, so it must have had a slow build up over a long period of time." Bella and Emmett just stared at Carlisle while Jasper looked at the ceiling without really looking at the ceiling.
"You mean I'm blind?" Jasper shouted. "I was fine before the accident, how can I be blind?"
"Yeah, why has this started now?" Bella asked, still trying to understand what the doctor had just explained to them in his own terms and scared after Jasper's outburst.
"I have reason to believe that the stress and shock of the accident may have sped up the process of aggregation and created a denser opacity in a shorter amount of time. Jasper's eyesight has been getting worse and he didn't even notice."
I was blind. I was blind and it was scaring the shit out of me, but I couldn't even see my friends or Carlisle to tell them that.
I turned to where I assumed Carlisle was through the blackness of my vision, or lack of vision. I asked him the question that I was positive was burning in the back of all of our minds.
"Is there any way to cure it, Carlisle?" I asked, tears forming on the corners of my eyes. "There must be some way to fix it." I said frantically.
I could feel myself being embraced by Emmett's burly arms and Bella's petite ones. I leaned in to find comfort in their touch.
"Thankfully, yes, but you would have to undergo a series of eye surgeries." Carlisle said. "It is a short process and it isn't painful. I can set you up to get the treatment as soon as possible."
We all breathed a sigh of relief and I nearly started crying again. I was so scared that I wouldn't ever be able to see Bella or Emmett again, after all we'd been through and especially right after we made up. Carlisle left the room to give us some privacy before the operation.
"So what made you decide to forgive us, Bella?" I asked suddenly, realizing that Bella hadn't cared about me this much in months.
"I could never forgive myself if you died before I could apologize properly, so I only had to forgive the both of you. I love you both so much and it only took this horrible accident to open my eyes." Bella admitted. I smiled at where I hoped she was. "And I take back what I said before. You will always be my boys."
I was unbelievably happy that I had both of my friends back, and even as I was carted off to get my eyes operated on, I could only think about how things could finally be back to normal... with the edition of Edward, Rosalie, and Alice, of course.
A/N: Well I'm done with all that mushy stuff now. Just wait until the next chapter where Emmett and Bella take Jasper out for one of their last days of summer break- while he can't see. Humor shall ensue.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having marvelous holidays! I also hope you appreciated all the research I did on BLINDNESS for Carlisle's speech.
Now, in honor of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:
Butterflies-LastForever, izzysunflower, avalosluvsmj, CullenLina, and gldlys for reviewing the previous chapter :)