"It hurts!" Zack screamed.

"I know it hurts, but you're gonna be okay," Carey replied, trying to calm him down.

"Just give me some! Please, just a little bit!"

"We can't do that Zack," Dr. Wall said.

"Why not? I know why! I already know!"

"You know what?"

"You're trying to kill me. All of you! You just want to get rid of me!"

"You know that's not true," Carey responded, tears filling her eyes.

Cody, who was in his room, was listening to the conversation. He was sitting up against his door with tears falling down his face. The past couple of days had been worse then when Zack was in a coma.

A few hours after Zack had gotten home from the hospital is when it all began. It started with a headache, then anger kicked in, and a couple of hours after that it was like every side effect seemed to hit at once. Everyone on the same floor as them were calling in, making complaints about the noise. Cody ended up having to call London. London had to call the front desk and tell them to move everyone else to a different floor.

"I'm having a heart attack! I'm dying!"

"No you're not Zack," Dr. wall said, "It's just chest pains."

"Just? You wouldn't be saying that if you were feeling what I'm feeling! I gotta get up! I need to get out! I need to leave!"

"No Zack!" Dr. Wall held Zack down, "Carey can you help me please?"

Carey held onto Zack as well, keeping him on the pull-out couch.

"This should only last a couple more minutes!" Dr. Wall yelled to Carey over Zack's screams, "It seems to come over him in waves."

He was right. Within a few minutes Zack had calmed down.

"I need water," Zack said as he tried to catch his breath.

"I'll get it," Carey replied as she walked away.

Zack wiped the sweat off of his forehead, "How much longer?" He asked the doctor as tears fell down his face.

"This could go on for a few more days," Dr. Wall replied with sadness in his voice.

"I don't think I'll make it," Zack whispered to him.

Dr. Wall shook his head, "I don't think you will either... I know you will. You're stronger than you think Zack. You've made it this far. I know you'll be fine."

Carey came back and handed Zack the water. He took a few sips then handed the styrofoam cup back to her.

Zack gripped the sheets tightly as the muscle spasms came back, "It's starting again!"


Bailey sat out on the sky deck, staring up at the stars. She cried silently as she thought about how Cody used to sit out there with her.

"Is someone sitting here?" A boy asked. She wiped the tears from her face and turned around. He was pointing to the beach chair beside her.

"What?"

"Um, is someone sitting here?"

"Uh, no," She replied to the boy, then continued to look at the stars.

He sat down beside her. "I'm Sean," He said after a couple of quiet minutes.

"Bailey," She said with a small, fake smile.

"Nice to meet you. I just started here a couple of days ago."

"How do you like it?" She asked. She didn't really care to know the answer, she just asked so he wouldn't think she was rude.

"It's pretty awesome. I got a really cool roommate. Good classes. And you can't really beat the view."

"Yeah, it is beautiful here."

"Yeah it is. So, how long have you been going to school here?"

"A couple of years now." Bailey sighed, "I don't mean to be rude but I just got out of a relationship not to long ago and I'm not really in the talking mood right now."

Sean nodded, "I understand. I went through the same thing about seven months ago. Worst part is that she didn't even give me a good reason."

"Same here!" Bailey said as she pointed to herself. "We were together for a year and then BAM! He says he needs "space"! What a jerk! I gave him plenty of space!"

"It sucks!" Sean agreed.

"Yeah it does!"

"Well, I guess I'll stop bugging you now," Sean said with a smile.

Bailey laughed, "You're not bugging me, I'm just not in the best mood."

"Understandable," He replied as he stood up, "Maybe, if you feel like it, we could hang out sometime. We can talk about being dumped."

Bailey smiled, "Sounds good."


Sean went back to his room.

"So how do you like her?" Sean's roommate asked.

He smiled, "She's fucking hot dude! And that story you told me to tell her, you know, the girlfriend one?"

"Yeah?"

"I'm like ninety-nine percent sure that it worked. I asked her if she wanted to hang out sometime and she said yes."

"I told you! She's newly single which mean that one: She's angry, two: She's on the rebound, and three: She's very vulnerable," He said with a smile. "Now, you want a smoke?" He asked as he held a joint out to Sean.

"Sam, you never disappoint."


Five days later Zack was finally sleeping soundly on the couch.

"I think the worst part is over," Dr. Wall said to Carey as they sat at the table and drank coffee.

"Thank you for all your help," Carey whispered. "How much do I owe you?"

"You owe me one boy who stays off of drugs for good."

"What?"

"As long as Zack stays clean, that's payment enough for me."

"At least take a little money," Carey said, "You helped us so much."

Dr. Wall shook his head, "I won't hear of it."

Carey's cell phone started to vibrate, "It's Mr. Mosbey. He'll want to know how Zack is doing. I'm gonna go out in the hall."

As Carey left Zack began to wake up. Dr. Wall got up to check on him.

"How are you feeling?" He asked Zack.

"Tired."

"And?"

Cody came out of his room, but stopped when he saw that Zack and Dr. Wall were talking. He stood in his doorway, listening to there conversation.

Zack stared at the doctor, "How do you know there is an "and"?"

"Because I'm a doctor."

Zack sighed and motioned for the doctor to sit by him, "I'm still craving it. Right when I woke up, I wanted some."

Cody couldn't believe what he heard. He went back in his room, quietly closing his door behind him.

Dr. Wall nodded, "That's expected. See Zack, quitting drugs is kind of like going on a diet. You still want the cookies, chips, and ice cream, but you tell yourself no because in the end you know you are better off without it."

"Great, now I'm hungry too."

Dr. Wall laughed, "An appetite is good. Just remember, once you're on a diet for a while it becomes easier and easier to resist the unhealthy foods. You may still crave it from time to time, but it gets easier to say no. Just take one day at a time. If you ever feel like you're about to give in then talk to your Mom, your brother, or call me. Do whatever you have to do."

Zack nodded.

Carey came back inside and Dr. Wall went over to her, "I have to get back to work today. I don't think he'll have anymore side effects, he'll need to take it easy for a while though. Just make sure he knows that you and Cody are here for him. That's what he needs the most."

"Thank you doctor. You've been a blessing."

"No problem. You have my number if you need anything. I'll come by to check on him in a week or so."

"Okay. Thanks again."

Dr. Wall took his things and left.


"Okay guys, I gotta go to work," Carey said. She got her shoes out of the closet and quickly slipped them on, "I'll be back by midnight. Love you."

"Love you," They both replied.

Cody was sitting on his bed studying while Zack was doing the same on the couch. Zack was now enrolled in homeschool, and Cody would be returning to the ship in one week. Zack had now been clean for three weeks. Things were going okay, but Cody hadn't said a word to Zack since he came out of coma.

Zack was getting tired of the silent treatment and decided to go talk to Cody. He got up from the couch and walked to Cody's bed.

"Cody, I just uh... I wanted to apologize for everything I put you through. I'm sorry."

Cody nodded, "Okay," He replied without even looking up from his book.

"Okay? That's it?"

"Uh-huh."

Zack grabbed the book from Cody and threw it across the room.

"What the hell was that for?" Cody asked angrily.

"You haven't spoken to me since I woke up in the hospital! I know there is something on your mind! If you have something to say, then say it!"

Cody got up from his bed and glared at Zack, "Fine. I think you have been a big, selfish, immature, stupid, jackass! You lied to me over and over again on the ship, then you act like I'm the bad one because I cared enough about you to tell Mr. Mosbey. Then you come back here and instead of getting help you become even more of a jackass. And you know what I have been doing during all of this? I've been crying. It may sound stupid to you but I cried every night on the ship," Tears began to form in Cody's eyes, "Then when I got back here I watched Mom cry. She would sit by your hospital bed and cry silently. She thought I didn't notice but I did. And when she would leave to get a drink or some food I would sit and talk to you and I would cry! I would tell you to just make it through the night. Please, just make it another night! Then when you do make it, and you get home, I have to watch in horror as you go through withdrawal. I watched what these drugs did to you then afterwards I hear you say that you still crave it! I just don't get it! I mean after all you- no, we went through! I still wonder if you ever somehow got the chance to get drugs again, you would take it.
But you asked me to forgive you... Yes, I forgive you, I forgive you for lying to me, I forgive you for putting me through shit," Cody gritted his teeth, "And I forgive you for taking heroin and overdosing. I also forgive you for making horrible friends who ruined the relationship I had with the girl that I truly loved," Tears fell onto Cody's cheeks, "I shouldn't forgive you, but I do. Because no matter what crap you put me through, you're still my brother. And no matter how much I want to hate you, I can't, because I'm still worried sick about you. I love you, Zack. No matter what you do, I will always be here for you."

Zack was crying now as well. "You done?" He asked.

"Yeah."

"Cody, I can't tell you that I never crave the drugs, cause I would be lying. And sometimes I do feel like if I had the opportunity to take the drugs, I would. I wish I didn't feel that way, but I do. But I want you to know that I love you too. I'm sorry I didn't think about you or Mom before, I should have. I'm sorry."

Cody, not sure what to say, just said the first thing that came to mind, "I'm glad you're not dead."

Zack laughed and pulled him into a hug, "Me too."

A few seconds later Zack heard his phone ringing. "I left it in the kitchen. I'll be right back."

He looked at his phone to see who it was but the number was blocked. He answered anyway.

"Hello."

"I know who you are," The muffled voice replied.

"What? Who is this?"

"I also know where you are."

Zack heart was racing, "Tell me who the hell you are right now," He whispered, not wanting Cody to hear.

"I am your worst nightmare."

Zack heard laughing in the back ground. Then the sound of a less muffled voice saying, "Shh. Shut up!"

"Sam?" Zack asked.

"Damn! How did you figure it out so fast? I know, it was the idiots with me wasn't it?"

"Why are you calling me?"

"Well," Sam replied, "I am in Boston, believe it or not. I'm with a few friends and I wanted to see if you would want to join us for a little party... If you know what I mean," He said with a sly voice. "So, you wanna join us?"


THE END! I know, you must hate me! Does Zack go or no? AHH! Originally I was going to do a sequel, but after thinking for a while I realized that it's really unnecessary. This is better off as a stand alone story. That being said, whether Zack goes or no, is up to you. That's how I wanted to end it, without a definite answer. My writing style is like that 99% of the time. I like leaving things open so everyone else can make their own ending. However I don't do that all the time.

I usually put down names of all the people who reviewed, but there are so many different one this time and I don't want to exclude any reviewer... So, to all of you: Thank you so much! With this last chapter I should reach 100 reviews! You made this story my most reviewed story yet! I honestly love reading every single review. I didn't have super high hopes for this story when I started because I had worked on Shattered for so long but you all proved me wrong and kept me writing! Thank you 100 times plus more! God bless!