A/N: To everyone that is reading my story, I'm truly sorry for not updating like I said I would last night. Sadly after I did my discussions for college, personal issues came up. It resulted in me being really stressed out and I'm not able to write when I'm stressed out like that.
I have more shout outs for those that reviewed. Thank you to FedoraLover23, bconn369, HattaGirl, Shaileen Cullen, Emaelin, ComicalEpiphanies, and Rori Potter. I know I haven't replied back to all of your reviews yet but I will be shortly. Also, a shout out to my main proofreading friend, who said my last chapter was "Sick" after he read it. I'm glad I was able to impress him. He has yet to read this one but my other friend has and he is still staying that it's very good. I'm grateful to them and to everyone that is reading, reviewing, and sending the alerts.
On a personal note on the last chapter, I don't hate Ben. I actually really like his character. I will be bringing him back sometime in the future. I'm not making him out to be a bad person since I think there is more good inside of him.
Chapter 4 uses the song Already Over. Listening to it makes me want to cry. The song, in my opinion, perfect. Again, you can find the lyrics and song online and I suggest reading the lyrics and listening to the song. Enjoy! ^_^
Chapter 4 - Already Over
Auggie walks into the hospital room, holding a cup of coffee in his left hand. He finds his way to the chair next to Annie's bed and sits down. He leans back and shuts his eyes.
"You're a lucky women Annie. I'm proud of you. You hung in there and you're still fighting. You were born a fighter. I love that I can call you my friend but I wish I can call you my wife."
Auggie sits forward, reaching for Annie's hand. He brings it to his cheek, keeping it there. Suddenly, her hand twitches a little. Auggie stands up, still holding her hand.
He feels the bed move very quickly.
Auggie moves both of his hands forward and find her shoulders. She is sitting up, sweat all across her face. Annie moves her head to her right to find Auggie's face covered with concern.
"Auggie, where am I?"
"You were shot. You are in the hospital. It's been five days."
"Why was I shot?"
"Joan will explain that right now."
Annie looks to the doorway of her room to find Joan standing there.
"I see you're finally awake, Annie. Glad to have you back to life."
"You almost died from that shot. Thanks to Auggie, you were saved. Now about the shooting, it seems a local gang started a turf war. You were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"A gang turf war in a graveyard?"
"Sadly yes. Do not worry, though, because it was taken care of. Now I have to head back to the office. You are on leave for at least two weeks to heal. Auggie will be taking care of you at your house. Tell your sister the truth about the turf war. There is no need to hide it from her."
Joan turns and leaves the room. Annie sighs.
"Something wrong Annie?"
"No nothing is wrong.
"Liar. Why did you yell my name then?"
"Ummm I dreamed about Ben."
Auggie's face reflects no emotion. He just sits back down; holding up his hand with one of his hands, knowing this is going to take awhile to explain.
"So, what happened with Ben?"
"It's over. I am done having him control my heart.
Auggie stands up and walks towards the door.
"I'll be back. I need more coffee."
Auggie hears the ruffle of sheets and her feet on the floor. He turns around suddenly just in time to hear her foot slide on the floor. He reaches out his hand and finds her arm, catching her before she falls completely to the floor. He tugs her close to him, hugging her to death.
"Annie, you should be more careful. You are not well to be out of bed."
"I don't care. I need to talk to you right now."
Auggie backs away.
"I did a lot of thinking in that dream. Ben allowed me to get rid of my hate for him and for what happened a few years ago. He also helped me realize that you truly care for me. 'Annie...Annie...Don't you dare die on me...You're everything to me, Anne Catherine Walker...You can't leave me alone in this world.' Do you really mean that?"
Annie watches his face go to total surprise.
"You...You heard me say that?"
"I did. You have been by my side from day one when I walked into the CIA and I found you waiting for me. You stayed up all night when I was lost in Munich. No once have you not protected me. Even when I got shot, you saved my life. I knew the answer all along but I refused to see it. Ben consumed my heart and I couldn't let it go. I was too scared to get hurt again. Now, I'm ready to move on. Everything is Ben is already over."
Annie reaches up and puts her arms around Auggie's neck, bringing his head down to hers, kissing him. She backs off to find a look of pure shock.
"Auggie, I love you. I have always loved you and I will forever."
Auggie smiles, steps forward, and hugs Annie.
"You are my world forever, Anne Catherine Walker."
A/N: Sorry for the chapter being so short but I think it conveyed the song with the length it is at. From here on in, the story will be centered on a couple days while Annie is healing. Next chapter will be a really cool one for those that are major fans of Auggie. I will say one other thing on the next chapter: You will see a new side to him.
I hope to have the next chapter up later tonight or tomorrow morning. Until then, please review. ^_^