Note: Set 2 days after Rachel's party in 'Blame It On The Alcohol'

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Dylan slowly saunters into the room where he has been practically living the past 2 days and yet every time he looks into it, his heart breaks into even smaller pieces. He can only watch on as the almost metronome like beep fills his ears. No matter how quiet it may seem to others, to Dylan it's like a drum is being hit right next to his ear, it's that loud for him. But no matter how loud it is, it's a sign that his mother is still alive. He takes a quiet step forward, trying not to disturb the beeping in his ears. And another. And another. One more and he has reached the chair that sat next to his mother's hospital bed.

Sat in it, he takes one look at his mom underneath all of the wires and tubes above her body and the fractures and breaks below the surface; the woman who has comforted him in times of need, who has made him laugh in times of sadness, who has kept him grounded in times where he has felt like he has floated away. But now Dylan could not be shackled to the ground with more chains, locks and weights: this was all too real for him. He had lost his father only days beforehand, he could not lose his mother too. If she left him, Dylan knows part of his heart will be forever torn from him, never to return to him again. He was about to reach for her mother's hand when his own hand came into view. Only it wasn't a hand; it was a beaten, bruised and battered pulp with bandages trying to cover the damage. But to Dylan it's like the bandages aren't even there. He can see the carnage that one second of misfortune has caused. It has caused pain, suffering and loss. And if he had to go through any more turmoil, he would just be a black hole.

He looked to his mom with drained, droopy eyes as her motionless body rest on the hospital bed.
"Mom." Dylan hoarsely whispered, not even bothering to clear his throat as tears ran down his ashen skin onto his mother's own.
"I can't lose you, Mom. I can't..." he said, trailing off as his eyes squeezed shut. He let out a desperate sob before he tried to speak again.
"I just lost Dad, I can't lose you too. You're my mother. You can't leave me, not like this. There's so much I need to show you. There's so much I need to tell you." he strained before wiping his face with the already yellowing bandages.
"You still haven't met my friends yet. And I need you to meet Brittany, she's...she's one of the best things on this Earth, Mom. I have never felt so alive until I met her...you would love her. She likes meeting other people's parents. I mean, sure she's not the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer but...she's still kind and caring and sweet and funny...I know you'd love her. But I need you to stay here...with me and Eric. We can't lose you after losing Dad, Mom. It would be...it would be too much." Dylan said before taking a deep breath, composing himself as he spoke again.
"And Quinn. I would talk to her but I can't. I can't talk to anyone right now but...you would love Quinn. She's a lot like you. She's...independent, not afraid to speak her mind, she's beautiful and a powerful woman...sometimes I see her and I think she's just a little you with a few nuts and bolts here and there, some of them a little loose." Dylan then said, letting out a rare smile given the situation. He then sighs before looking down.
"After what happened, I...I've stopped performing for a little bit. I don't plan on stopping forever, you'd hate me if I did but if you and Dad aren't here to see me then I honestly don't see the point in it Mom and I know you'd hit me right now if you could but...I started performing for you and Dad and if you're not here then...I honestly don't think I can carry on with it. I don't think I'd have the willpower." Dylan said before sighing and looking back to his mother.
"I'm going to go and check on Eric. I'm supposing Andrew will be there worrying on his own." he said, standing up and leaning forward to press a gentle kiss upon the woman's forehead.
"I love you. And stay strong for me, okay?" he asked before heading out.

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Dylan was in the corridor when he felt the world spin before him and he had to hold on to a side wall to steady himself. He had to take a deep breath and close his eyes, trying to refocus them. He opens them and looks up to see a young male nurse stood in front of him.
"Are you okay?" he asks. Dylan just swiftly shakes his head and holds it before standing up.
"Yeah, yeah. Just a little bit unsteady, you know?" Dylan asked to which the nurse nodded before peering into the room the young boy had just came out of.
"Is that your mother in there?" he asks. Dylan just nods. The nurse just gives a solemn look and gently pats him on the shoulder.
"I wish you the best of luck." he said. Dylan could only nod before the nurse walked away. Dylan just sighed and rubbed his head before beginning to walk down towards the end of the corridor. As he began to walk, one song filled his mind and as the gentle guitar line played in his head, he could only project the words out as he continued.

Another day, another life
Passes by just like mine
It's not complicated

Another mind, another soul
Another body to grow old
It's not complicated

He then looked back to his Mom's room with a stray tear running down his face as he asked her a question he knows she won't be able to answer for a while.

Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?

He then turned the corner as he gently sung (or almost whispered) the chorus, looking at all the different rooms as he passed. Some had elderly patients sat up and talking to tearful families, some had young teenagers about his age laying down with wires springing out from their skin and masks covering their mouths. Dylan could only walk on by as he briefly observed each room.

Float down like autumn leaves
And hush now, close your eyes before the sleep
And you're miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

As another tear gently trickled down his face, he closed his eyes and memories of his Dad flooded back to him. The two of them smiling while watching Footloose just days before the accident, his father watching Sectionals as he danced with Brittany seeing as his Mom was in Connecticut on business, him and his father in McClusky's as they belted Chad Kroeger's and Josey Scott's 'Hero' and the standing ovation they received afterwards and then his father stepped up for a solo and sang his all-time favorite song: 'Whole Lotta Love' and then the standing ovation he gave his son when he went minutes after and powered out Elvis Presley's 'A Little Less Conversation'.

Another tear
Another cry
Another place for us to die
It's not complicated

His eyes scrunched shut as a tear fell down but as images of the crash flooded through his subconscious like he had a full view of how the scene unfolded, his eyes opened just as quickly as they shut.

Another life that's gone to waste
Another light lost from your face
It's complicated

He looked to his left to see Eric's room as he sang a question that weighed heavily on his mind.

Is it that it's over or do birds still sing for you?

Dylan turned into Eric's room and everything appeared to be going in slow motion as Dylan talked to Eric's partner Andrew who looked just as tired as Dylan with dark circles around his bloodshot eyes. But they talked between each other as well as talking to Eric who was still laid in the same position as he did when he wheeled in from a screaming ambulance 2 days ago.

Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And your miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

Dylan then walked out to see many male and female doctors and nurses run across the corridor and around a corner. Dylan managed to weave through them as he made his way back to his mother's room.

Ooh how I miss you
My symphony places the song that carries you out
Ooh how I miss you
I miss you and I wish you'd stay

As soon as Dylan turned the corner, he saw more hospital employees running into one room at the end of the corridor. He then realized who's room it was.

Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?

Dylan's body just switched on to autopilot, sprinting towards the room with everything still appearing to be happening in slow motion.

Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And your miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

As Dylan tried to fight his way into the room, a flatline on the heart monitor put him on red alert as he was being held back by many male doctors and nurses. He could only cry out that his mom was in there and he was still being held back, not being able to see what they were doing to his own mother.

Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And your miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

As the flatline continued for many seconds before the movements of the doctors and nurses inside became less frantic and more...solemn. Dylan then watched as they stepped away from the body and as a male one looked to his watch, he could only slump to the floor.

Ooh oh, ooh oh
Ooh oh, ooh oh

As Dylan continued to sob while hunched over on the floor, he looked up and saw a familiar face from not too long ago. It was the male nurse from earlier who'd asked if he was okay. He put an arm around Dylan and helped him up.
"What's your name?" he asked.
"D-D-Dylan." the hysterical blonde boy replied. The nurse nodded.
"Okay, Dylan. I'm Dr Toby Marshall. I'll take you over to the waiting area to get you a drink and then I'll take you to see your mom okay?" he asked. Dylan could only nod as he was gently led down the corridor.

Touch down
Like a seven four seven
Stay out and we'll live forever now

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Song used is 'Autumn Leaves' by Ed Sheeran. And the male nurse: Dr Toby Marshall is played by Brant Daugherty which is a nod to my second favorite current US TV show 'Pretty Little Liars'.

Okay, wow. I remember a warning from chapter 27 of Soulless Warlock's 'Sing A Little Scene Of Me' and it said: "Don't write a tearjerker scene while the song is playing". I agree on this wholeheartedly. This was pretty difficult to write. I have wanted to write this scene for a while and I've wanted to use this song for a while but combining them creates a big case of Writer's Misty Eye. Either way, I hope you liked this chapter.

Until then, farew-*static*

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We interrupt this author's note to give you breaking news.

Author Cola-Flavoured-Sherbet, had recently released a statement regarding her recent absence in updating her stories: summer concert story 'The Benefit Of The Doubt' and her behind-the-scenes 'So, Here's What You Missed'.

"Honestly, it's been very tough writing recently because I have had a lot of problems. I have just finished high school and I will be applying for college very soon. I have also recently just started a paid job and I have NaNoWriMo coming up too so just to warn my fans, posts in November will be very scarce as I will be taking part in my first NaNoWriMo. Also, my building has had some distributing problems with our main distributor for new stories and updates currently on lockdown with only little bursts of power coming from it. It should be up and running soon though. But seeing as I have finished high school, this year is about me finishing what I started. I will have my other job to do but I will be writing for my dedicated fans who have stuck by me the past year and a half."

Also the author had recently released a statement regarding casting of her Glee season four fanfiction 'Well...Here I Am'.

"Unfortunately, due to contractual obligations, Brian Charles Johnson will not be performing as a main character in 'Well...Here I Am' although we will be hoping to place him as a secondary character. We are, however, in talks of casting three young superstars to replace Dylan, Jenn and Alex as students at McKinley High for Season Four."

Fans have then reported frequent sightings of 21 year old 'Lemonade Mouth' actor Nick Roux, 25 year old 'Glee Project' runner-up Ali Stroker and 23 year old 'Pretty Little Liar' Lindsey Shaw going into AlphaBeta HQ: the building owned by the renowned fanfiction writer. Could they be the future faces of Glee: HarmonVerse?