Yes this is Lauren. My sister is sick and couldn't write this chapter. I knew she would hate me if I didn't use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar. So I decided to write nicely. She couldn't write this chapter because she is REALLY sick and she asked if I could write it. But she's getting better. She told me to write this in the author's note, "I'm really sorry, I can't help being sick. If I could, then I wouldn't be sick. Right?" Here's the chapter, wish me luck. I studied the previous chapters and decided the best way to end this. Hope she will forgive me…
The doctor had escorted me out of the room a few minutes ago. I was now sitting with Jerry, Eddie, Milton, and Rudy, who showed up when I came out. He was still trying to get the answer out of us about what had happened. He didn't know about Jack being kidnapped.
We simply told him that Jack and his mom went on vacation and Jack got hit by a car. Jack's mom, was here earlier and then she went home. Total lie, I know. Rudy saw right through it too.
But we were not going to tell him what happened. He'll kill Jack, us, himself, and the re-kill all of us beyond the grave.
"Are you Kim, Jerry, Eddie, Milton, and Rudy?" A doctor asked, walking up to us. We nodded our heads.
"Well, I thought you should know what's wrong with… Jack." When he saw our faces, he laughed.
"Oh no, it's not bad." We all calmed down.
"So, what's up with him?" Jerry asked.
"He has a few broken bones. Some ribs too. Major concussion, lead poisoning, and his head is badly damaged. There is also the problem about the stabs in his arm…"
"What?" I asked, alarmed.
"But, we were able to treat most of his injuries. Bones are set, and stitches were placed in his head and on his arm."
"What about the lead poisoning?" Milton asked.
"Oh, that's not too bad. It's probably the least infected thing on his body." The doctor said.
"No need to worry."
"That's good. But will he be okay?" Rudy asked.
"And when can we see him?" I asked.
"He'll be fine young man. But, about you seeing him…" Just then, a nurse came running by, pulling the doctor away.
"What's happening?" I yelled, running after the doctor. As we all got to the door, Jack was being wheeled out of his room. He was fidgeting madly, and he had a breathing mask on his face.
"What's going on? Jack!" I screamed trying to run after him. A nurse pulled me back.
"Let me go! Let me go! Jack!" I screamed, tears running in my eyes. The nurse pulled me back to the wall. I slid down it and cried against Rudy who sat down next to me. He pulled me into a hug and I cried until my eyes were dry.
I fell asleep right there on the floor, with my head on Rudy surrounded by my friends, minus one.
"Kim, come on wake up." Rudy said. He shook my shoulder but I couldn't move. I was so tired. Rudy sighed and he picked me up. He carried my over to the chairs and set me down, positioning himself so I could use him as a pillow.
When I woke up again, all five of us were positioned so we were all lying on each other. I enjoyed the moment, so I tried to fall asleep again. But I heard someone cough from in front of me. I opened my eyes again, to see the doctor standing in front of us, looking at our bundle. I shook my friends awake.
"Um, I hate to tell you this. He's dying." The doctor said, with a face so believable, that I almost considered it.
"What?" Rudy asked, getting up from Eddie's lap.
"He can't survive. The lead poisoning in his hand was a lot more severe than we thought."
"But… how?" Milton asked.
"I'm terribly sorry. He's awake now, if you would like to see him." The doctor said, motioning to the hall behind him. We all got up, not knowing what else to do. I was shocked, and I could tell the rest were too. The doctor stopped in front of a closed door.
"Again, I'm really sorry." He said, motioning to the door. When no one made a move to open it, he reached out to the knob and turned it.
Inside, Jack was lying on a bed. He looked bad. His face was pale, he had casts all over, stitches, and a cloth on his hand. A tube went into his nose to help him breathe.
I walked over in a daze, and sat down on the closest chair. Rudy next to me, and Jerry, Eddie, and Milton on the other side.
"K..Ki…Kim" Jack asked, opening his eyes faintly.
"Jack, please, don't leave me." I said, tears dripping down my face. I held the hand that was not bandaged. He squeezed it.
"Hurts…" He said.
"I know, just… don't give up, don't give in..."
"Kim?" He said, closing his eyes.
"I love you." He whispered.
"Prove it, shout it to the world. Let them know you're going to be fine." I said wiping another tear.
"I love you." He whispered again.
"Why are you whispering?" I asked.
"Because you are my world." He said, and closed his eyes.
"Jack?" I asked. He didn't answer.
"Jack!" I screamed
"Please, don't leave me!" He still didn't answer
"Jack!" I shouted. I cried, and held his hand for dear life. Rudy put his hand on my shoulder.
"We'll leave you alone for a few minutes." He said, He was acting tough, but I could tell he was about ready to break down.
Him, Eddie, Jerry, and Milton walked out of the room. I looked up to Jack. His face, so vulnerable. So weak.
"I'm gonna miss you…" I said. I stood up from the chair and sat down on the bed. I lyed down right next to him.
"Why'd you have to go?" I whispered. I cried on his limp shoulder, still holding his pale hand. I fell asleep like that. I didn't wake up until I felt Jerry shake my shoulder. I looked up at him. His face even looked red from crying.
"His mom… she's here." He choked back a sob. I looked from him to Jack, who hadn't moved.
"Come on." Jerry said. He grabbed the hand that wasn't clutching Jack's hand. Jerry tried to pull me to the door. But I pulled back.
"Kim, I know you want to stay, but come on." I nodded, and shook both Jerry's and Jack's hands off me. I walked back to Jack and gave him one last kiss.
"Ready…" I whispered to Jerry as I walked out the door. On our way we saw Jack's mom. She walked past us, and didn't say a word, or even look up.
I walked into the lobby and sat next to Rudy who was reading a magazine. But I could tell he wasn't focused on it.
Eddie was messing with his shirt collar, and Milton starred at a poster on the other side of the wall. Jerry sat down next to me.
"Kim, I know you're sad. But, you can't live your life like this. I know you can't forget the past. But all you can do is live from it. Live in the moment. Look towards the future." I looked to him, and gave him a hug.
"Thanks Jerry…" I whispered to him. I felt him give a slight nod.
"This is the song that Jack asked to be played at his funeral. He said it as a joke, but this is what he said." Jack mom said from the podium.
The song, Welcome to my Life by Simple Plan played through the speakers of the funeral home.
Rudy, Jerry, Eddie, Milton, I and sat on one side of the front row. The other side contained Jack's grandparents, and little cousins.
I picked at my frilly pink dress. I wore it at my sister's wedding. I was the flower girl, and it still fits me. But in other words, I hated it.
When the song ended, Jack's mom went back up to the podium. With tears in her eyes she made her speech. She talked about the good times, the not so good times. She talked about things that she used to do with him.
Then she called up her family. They made small speeches and sat back down. Jack's mom went back up.
"Would anyone like to say a word?" That's what she said. But to me, it sounded more like,
"Kim, would you please come up and say some words?" I raised my hand and Mrs. Anderson smiled.
"Yes, Kim. Please." She motioned me over. I walked up to the podium and Jack's mom sat down.
"Um, well. I'm Kim Crawford. I was one of Jack's friends. We were going to date, but then… yeah. I just wanted to say, I love him. He told me he loved me too, and that was enough. I going to miss him, but I can't change that. I wish I could but… I'm sorry." I wiped my tears and stepped down from the podium.
I walked up to Mrs. Anderson and she stood up, her face concerned. I walked up to her and motioned for her to let me whisper in her ear. I said what I had to say, and backed away. She looked at me, and smiled.
"Of course." I smiled. I turned around, walking past Jerry, Eddie, Milton, and Rudy's looks. I bent down over Jack's half opened coffin. I looked down on his sweet face. So innocent, but yet, dead this young.
I leaned down and kissed him. I stood back straight and turned to walk down the steps. After just a few, I heard something that I thought I would never hear again.
"Kim?" I turned around as the crowd gasped. I saw…
"Jack?" I whispered.
"Jack!" I screamed and ran up to hug him. He jumped out of the coffin and ran to meet me. We met in a hug. I squeezed him hard.
"How are you alive?" I asked.
"I don't know." He whispered in my ear.
"Jack!" The crowd screamed all running up to hug him. I was pushed away from the mob, but I didn't care, he was alive. But how, I didn't know.
I saw Jack being hugged about a million times by each relative, and a thousand more from each of his friends. I sat down in my seat, just as Jack parted from the crowd.
"So… Kim. Did you miss me?" He asked, with that sweet grin on his face.
"You know it…" I said and ran up to him. He ran to me. It seemed as if we were in slow mode.
I thought this would turn into one of those where-two-people-run-into-a-field-of-flowers-and-run-into-a-hug moments. It wasn't.
When we got close, we smacked right into each other.
"Thanks…" I said rubbing my head.
"Oh yeah, there's something I need to tell you." I said, as Jack crawled up to me.
"What's that?" He asked, pushing himself next to me. I started as if to say something sweet, but it made a turn for better or for worse.
"Next time you decide to die, at least leave a freaking note!" I screamed and playfully hit his head.
"Ow." He said, looking up at me.
"But that's why I love you." I said, kissing him on the cheek.
"That I don't leave notes?"
Sooooooo… how was it? Okay? Confused? Horrible? I tried. Anyway, Merry Christmas!