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"A Long Road Ahead"

Chapter 2

Hunter felt like he was in a daze as he watched the paramedics load Alex onto a stretcher and put her inside a waiting ambulance.

He couldn't believe this was happening. He also couldn't believe that he had walked away with almost no injuries.

Hunter was so worried about his fiancé, he didn't even hear what one of the paramedics had just asked him.

"What?" He asked.

"Does she have any family?" She asked.

"Yeah. An older sister. Her name is Annie." He replied.

"Does Annie have a cell phone?" The paramedic asked.

"Yeah." Hunter replied, his gaze still fixed on Alex.

The paramedic nodded.

Gazing down at the love of his life, Hunter took her free hand and pleaded with her.

Alex had an IV in her right arm, but that wasn't what scared Hunter.

He had watched his fair share of ER and he knew that IV's helped people. What scared Hunter was how pale Alex looked. She also had many cuts and bruises from the impact when she was thrown sideways into the dash board.

"Alex, come on." Hunter pleaded. "I love you. You can't leave me. I need you. Annie needs you. You have to fight. If you could survive being captured by Danielle, you can survive this. I love you." He added, his voice cracking with emotion.

When they arrived at Paradise Valley Medical Center, Alex was rushed into a trauma room.

Unfortunately, Hunter wasn't allowed back there with her. He pleaded with the paramedics, but the doctors who had taken Alex into their care wouldn't let him back there. He explained that Alex was his girlfriend, but they still wouldn't granted permission to be with her.

"Her injuries are very serious," a doctor named Jeanie explained. "We'll come and get you when she's stabilized. Why don't you call her family and let them know what happened. They need to know."

"Okay." Hunter replied. He planted a soft, but quick kiss on Alex's cheek and squeezed her hand comfortingly. "I love you, Alex. You're gonna be okay." With that, he left to call Annie.

Sitting down in the waiting room of the hospital, Hunter took out his own cell phone and dialed Annie's familiar number.

When Annie answered, it was all Hunter could do not to break down right there.

"Annie, it's me." He began. "We got back, but there's...there's been an accident. Ya-you need to get down to PV Medical center right away. It's Alex." With that, he hung up, hoping Annie would get down here.

Annie's thoughts and heart were racing as she drove the twenty minutes to the hospital. Of all the things to happen to Alex this night, a car accident was far from Annie's mind. She couldn't' lose her sister now. She just couldn't'.

They had grown closer since the truck accident that had given Alex her powers.

The thought of losing her due to one person's mistake chilled Annie to the core.

Parking her red car in the first available spot she could find, Annie jumped out and headed for the hospital. She collided with Ray half way inside.

"Did you hear about the..." He started and Annie nodded.

"Yeah." She replied.

"Do you think Al's gonna be okay?" Ray asked.

"Ray, I don't know. I don't know anything right now. Hunter didn't give me much detail on the phone. All he said was there was an accident and Alex was hurt."

Ray nodded.

Annie sighed.

"I just hope she's gonna be all right."

Arriving on the fourth floor, Annie spotted Hunter right away.

He didn't' look too hurt, which Annie was grateful. She had come to care for Hunter deeply over the last few years.

"Alex?" She immediately asked the minute she spotted the young man. "Where is she?"

"She's in surgery." Hunter explained. "Jeanie came out fifteen minutes ago and told me they had to stop some internal bleeding. They also think something's wrong with her back. According to Jeanie, when Alex hit the dash board, her back hit first. They don't know how much damage was done. They'll know more once they can examine her closely."

Annie nodded. She couldn't believe this had happened. It wasn't fair. Hunter and Alex hadn't even been drinking.

According to the police report, the person who hit them had consumed more alcohol than Louis that night.

The only reason Annie knew about Louis's little charade was because of Ray.

When Ray had come back and told Annie Alex was okay, he mentioned the alcohol incident in passing.

Annie couldn't lose Alex now. She just couldn't. They were too close. They had been through too much together. Annie loved her little sister and she needed her.

It felt like an eternity before Jeanie came out and briefed them on Alex's condition.

"Alex Mack's family?" She asked as she approached them.

Annie stood up and nodded.

"Are you her older sister?" Jeanie asked.

"Yes." Annie replied. "Is Alex okay?"

Jeanie frowned.

"I'm afraid not. She's stable, but she has a long recovery ahead of her."

"What do you mean?" Annie asked anxiously. "What's wrong with my little sister?"

Jeanie sighed heavily as she started to explain. She glanced at Ray and Hunter before speaking.

"It's okay." Annie assured her. "Ray's practically our brother and Hunter is Alex's boyfriend, almost fiancé."

Jeanie nodded.

"Alex is out of surgery and in recovery. We're gonna bring her up to her room in a half an hour."

Annie nodded.

"How is she?" She asked worriedly.

Jeanie considered her next words carefully. She was different from most of the doctors who worked at PV Medical center. She actually cared about her patients and their families. She went the extra mile for them and she was well liked for this very reason.

"Alex's bruises and cuts will heal on their own. The most significant injury we're concerned about right now is her back. When she hit the dashboard, her back hit first. A lot of damage was done."

"What does that mean?" Annie asked.

Jeanie took a minute before answering her question.

"Annie, I'm sorry, but Alex will most likely be temporarily paralyzed from the waist down when she awakens. Physical therapy will help her regain the ability to walk. But what will help her most of all is support from her friends and family." She gazed at all three young adults in turn.

"You mean when she wakes up from the anesthesia right?" Annie asked.

Jeanie shook her head.

"No. I'm afraid Alex is in a coma."