AN: Whew! What a bust week. So many opens and closes at work. And I'm trying to fly through my schooling so I can start my next course. And I've also newly-discovered the TV show Covert Affairs with Peter Gallagher in it. It's in the fourth season right now, so I'm a little lost. But I just got the first season so maybe it will explain a little bit. Anyway, onto the story! PLZ R&R!
Disclaimer: See earlier chapters.
Chapter 10: Emergency!
Ryan slowly sat up as he heard the early morning visitors come onto the beach. He leaned back against the front wall of the life guard tower and sighed deeply. He watched as some people from the crowd tried to get some surfing in, and hoped that Sandy wasn't one of them. He didn't want to go back to the Cohen's just yet, but he did want to go to school. He didn't run away; not really. He just needed to escape everything for awhile. Especially after he took the plunge and left that letter for Sandy and Kirsten. He knew they were upset, and he just didn't want to have a long conversation with them about it just yet.
But Seth did deserve to know that he wasn't staying away for good. He took out the cell phone that he had taken before he left last night. It wasn't hard to find the hiding place that Sandy had put if after confiscating it from him a few weeks ago. He dialed the number and waited for him to pick up.
Seth slowly walked into the kitchen and saw both of his parents sitting at the counter before their cups of coffee. Neither one of them were saying anything, but they both glanced up at him as they heard him come in.
"What's going on?" he asked them as he went to get himself a cup of coffee.
"We had a very long night, son." Sandy told him. "Ryan-"
"He wrote that letter, didn't he?" he sat down across from them at the counter.
"How'd you know about that?" Kirsten looked up at him.
"When I went upstairs last night, I went to check on him just to make sure he was ok. He told me that Nicole wanted him to write a letter. He said he would try to do it. So did he write it?"
"He wrote it. He left it in our room last night."
"Was it that bad?"
"It was intense." Sandy told him. "We're not going to tell you about it until we talk to Ryan about it."
"I'm going to see if he's awake yet. He's going to be late for school." Kirsten grabbed a bagel and poured another cup of coffee before heading up the stairs.
"Dad?" Seth looked over at him. "Will things ever be the same again?"
"Eventually." Sandy told him. "If we do things right, maybe they'll be even better than they were before."
"Is that even realistic?"
"Probably not at this time." Sandy sighed. "I have to grab some papers I need for work today. Go get ready for school."
Seth walked up stairs to his room as he heard his cell phone ring. He picked it and clicked it on.
"Ryan? Where are you?"
"I'm at the beach."
"You ran away?"
"No. I just needed to get away for a little bit. I promise I'm coming back."
"I understand that you needed to get away."
"Have they figured out that I'm gone yet?"
"I don't think so."
"Sandy!" Seth heard his mother yell from down the hall.
"Dude, I think they just figured it out." Seth told him as he heard his dad rush up the stairs. "Do you want to talk to them?"
Kirsten silently walked upstairs towards the guest room with the breakfast for Ryan. She knew that it would be difficult to talk to him today, but for him to not even come downstairs for breakfast? Now that he was back in school, she knew that he would probably just try to sneak out of the house before they had a chance to speak to him about his letter. She walked into the room and put the small plate of food down on the side table as she saw a lump underneath the covers on the bed and not moving. She reached out to shake the lump, but was startled when all she felt was soft covers. She pulled the blankets back and saw a pile of pillows.
"Sandy!" She called frantically and she heard him rushing up to her.
"What's the matter?" he looked around and saw the pile of pillows on the bed.
"This is what I found a few seconds ago." She informed him. "I'm going to call around and see if anyone has seen him."
"Mom, dad," Seth came into them with the house phone in his hand. "Ryan's on the phone. He says that he didn't run away and he promises that he's on his way back."
"Ryan?" Kirsten took the phone from him. "Are you ok?"
"I'm fine, Kirsten." She heard Ryan's soft voice.
"Where are you?" she demanded.
"On the beach. I slept in a lifeguard tower."
"We're on our way to get you."
"No. I'm on my way back now. I promise."
"You get yourself back here in a half hour or I'm coming to get you myself, do you understand?"
"I understand. I'll be there soon." Ryan told her as they both hung up.
"So where is he?" Sandy asked her.
"Apparently, he slept in one of the life guard towers last night. But he says that he's on his way back here."
"Why did he leave in the first place?"
"Isn't it obvious?" Seth looked at them. "He was worried about your reactions to the letter. He said he just needed a few hours. Probably to prepare for the big talk he knows that you're all going to have."
"I think that there's more going on that we don't know about." Sandy told them both. "And until he feels up to sharing with us, we can't really do anything."
Seth had a guilty feeling as they all filed out of the room and made their way downstairs to wait for Ryan to return.
Ryan coasted up the Cohen's drive and parked his bike on the side of the garage. He knew that he should go inside and let them know that he was back and that he was all right, but he needed a few more minutes for himself. He started to walk to the bottom of the driveway as he pulled out a lighter and his pack of cigarettes out of his back pocket.
"Hey, Chino!" he turned around and saw Luke and Summer approaching from across the street.
"What are you guys doing here?"
"I was going to take you and Seth to school." Summer told him. "If the Cohen's say it's all right, that is."
"I just stopped by to visit." Luke told him. "We still have a while before school starts. Are you allowed any visitors?"
"I'm not sure. You'll have to ask the warden." He mumbled.
Summer and Luke started towards him as they all heard squealing tires. Before Ryan could react, a sports car came speeding towards them. Summer screamed as Luke pulled her out of the way, but they couldn't get to Ryan in time. They watched as if in slow motion as the car careened towards Ryan and he slammed into the windshield before rolling off and landing on the concrete.
"Oh my god," Summer rushed over to Ryan as the car sped away.
"Can you tell if he's breathing?" Luke reached them.
"Yes. I can hear him breathing." Summer told him.
"Go get the Cohen's." Luke told her. "I'll stay with him."
Summer ran into the house as Luke tried to get a response from Ryan.
Seth was sitting with his parents in the kitchen as they all waited for Ryan to return. Kirsten kept glancing down at her watch to see if his time was up and she could go out and get him herself. Suddenly, there was a loud crash from outside and they all leaped up as the door burst open and Summer rushed into them.
"You guys-You need to come out here." she tried to catch her breath.
"What happened?" Sandy asked her.
"Ryan-He was just hit by a speeding car."
"What?" they all rushed out the door and down the driveway where Luke was crouched next to an unconscious Ryan.
"What happened?" Sandy demanded as he knelt down beside them.
"This car came speeding towards him." Luke told him. "He didn't have time to react. He slammed into the windshield before the car sped off."
"Did you get a look at the car?" Kirsten knelt down on the other side of Ryan as Sandy took out his cell phone to call for an ambulance.
"I saw it."
"I saw it, too." Summer said. "It was a yellow sports car with black lines down the sides. And I saw the license plate number."
"Did you recognize it?" Seth asked them, not being able to approach too close to Ryan after seeing him so motionless.
"It was Oliver's." Summer stated. "I'm sure of it."
"The police will want to talk to you when they get here." Sandy told them as he hung up his phone and they all heard a low moan coming from Ryan.
"Stay still, sweetie." Kirsten told him. "You're going to be ok. Help is on the way."
"Hurts," he managed to get out. "Oliver-"
"Shh," she took his hand. "I can hear the sirens. They're almost here."
They all watched as an ambulance came down the street and it pulled up beside them as well as a squad car. Sandy had to pull Kirsten away from Ryan because she was refusing to leave his side as the EMTs tried to tend to him.
"Let them do their jobs, honey." He told her.
"He's so still." She whispered.
"I know." He held her as they all watched the EMTs check Ryan over and got him transferred onto a gurney.
"Is he allergic to any medications?" one of them looked up at them.
"No, nothing." Sandy answered.
"Is he going to be ok?" Kirsten watched them strap Ryan down to a backboard and place one brace around his neck and another soft brace around his left leg.
"We need to get him to the hospital." The other attendant told them. "Only one of you can ride with him."
"You go, Kirsten." Sandy told her. "We'll meet you there."
"Ok." She climbed into the back of the ambulance behind the stretcher and took Ryan's hand. "You're going to be ok, Ryan. Just hang in there."
The EMTs worked around her as they checked Ryan's vitals and tried to get him to stay conscious. He screamed out as one of the EMTs jarred his injured leg.
"Sorry about that, kid." One of them told him. "We're almost there."
"K-Kirsten," Ryan tried to turn his head to look at her and winced in pain.
"Don't try to move."
"I wasn't running away." he told her.
"I know." She gave his hand a squeeze as she saw them pull up to the hospital emergency room doors.
Kirsten tried to follow behind them as they rushed Ryan into the hospital towards the operating rooms. A nurse held her back as she tried to follow them behind the swinging doors, telling her that she couldn't go any further. She didn't realize that Sandy had taken the nurse's place until she found herself in the waiting room with Seth.
"It's going to be ok." Sandy held her. "Ryan will be fine."
A few minutes later, a doctor wearing some scrubs came out to them and had them sign some papers so they could get Ryan into surgery for the injuries that he sustained to his leg. Sandy quickly signed them in all the appropriate places and the doctor rushed back to his patient.
"How'd it go with the police?" Kirsten looked at Sandy.
"Summer and Luke gave them their statements. They're on their way to the Four Seasons to question Oliver."
A nurse from reception came and handed Sandy a stack of forms to fill out for Ryan, and Kirsten helped him with what little information she had about Ryan's medical history. Seth came back from the cafeteria with coffee for everyone, and joined his parents in waiting for word on Ryan. Kirsten held Sandy's hand tightly as the doors from outside burst open and Summer and Luke rushed in.
"Oh my god," Summer went to them. "Did you hear what happened with Oliver at the hotel?"
"My friend hasn't called me back yet." Sandy said. "What happened?"
"The cops cornered him in his room." Luke told them. "Marissa was there. He had a gun with him; held it to his head."
"He tried to kill himself?" Kirsten gasped.
"He didn't." Summer told them. "The hotel security got to him before he could do anything drastic."
"Does Marissa know about Ryan?" Seth asked.
"I called her; that's how I found out about Oliver. She'll probably be down here once the police finish questioning her."
A few hours later, they were all still in the waiting room as they tried to wait patiently to hear anything about Ryan. Marissa had shown up awhile ago and was sitting next to Summer; they both were farther away from the others. Sandy had started to pace as the doors finally opened and a doctor came out to them.
"Are you all here for Ryan Atwood?"
"I'm Sandy Cohen." He shook his hand. "This is my wife, Kirsten."
"I'm Dr. Graham. I'm in charge of your son's care."
"How is he?" Kirsten asked.
"Mr. Atwood has sustained multiple injuries. He has a couple of cracked ribs, lacerations to his face and he has a torn ACL. We'll talk more about his physical therapy once he wakes up. We were concerned that he would have a severe head trauma, but it looks like it's just a minor concussion. We'll run more tests when he wakes up."
"When do you think he'll be ready to get out of here?" Sandy asked as he received a sharp look from Kirsten. "We all know that's going to be the first question he asks us."
"Pending no major problems, I'd say a couple days."
"Can we see him?" Kirsten asked.
"Of course." He scanned the waiting room. "Just family for now."
Seth jumped up to follow his parents back to the patient rooms. The doctor led him down a long corridor and finally stopped in front of a door. They followed him in and saw a couple nurses finishing up getting Ryan settled.
"Oh god," Kirsten gasped as she saw the bruising spread all over the side of his face. His left leg was elevated by a couple pillows and they could see the dressing covering his torso through his hospital gown.
"He's been in and out since we brought him in here." One of the nurses told them. "He won't be fully awake until tomorrow sometime."
"We'll give you some time alone with him." Dr. Graham told them as the nurses finished covering Ryan with a light blanket and they followed the doctor out.
"Oh, sweetie." Kirsten took his hand and brushed his unruly bangs out of his face. "You're going to be ok."
"We're all right here, kid." Sandy ran his hand up and down his other arm.
"Wake up soon, Ryan." Seth added softly.
"Mmm." They heard come from the figure on the bed.
"Ryan, are you awake?" Kirsten asked as she saw his eyes slowly open.
"What-" he rasped out as he took in his surroundings.
"You're ok. You're at the hospital. There was an accident."
"Oliver," he mumbled sleepily.
"Don't worry about him now. He's been arrested."
"I'm sorry." His eyes closed again. "I should've never written that letter."
"It's ok, sweetie." Kirsten whispered as she looked at Sandy. "What are we going to do about this whole situation?"
"I'm not sure." Sandy told her.
"We're going to need to get some back up to help us get through to him." Kirsten sighed. "Maybe Nicole or the other counselors at the support group."
"Whatever it takes." Sandy assured her as they all continued to watch Ryan sleep off the medications that the doctors and nurses had given him.
AN: So what'd you all think? Will the Cohen's be able to get through to Ryan? What is Seth keeping from his parents? Will Ryan forgive Marissa and take her back? What will Sandy and Kirsten say to Ryan when he finally wakes up? Stay tuned to find out! PLZ R&R!
Also, there is one reviewer who keeps asking if I'm going to put Taylor in this story. I've said this before and I'll say it again, TAYLOR WILL NOT BE IN THIS STORY! This is a mostly Cohen+1 story. It's going to mostly focus on the Cohen's trying to fix their relationship with Ryan.
Lastly, I've come up with a new and unique storyline for another OC story. If you want to read a basic outline of the story, go to my livejournal page and read it. My username is bobbiejod1. If you're interested, check it out and leave me some feedback either on there or in your reviews. Just let me know.