Chapter Fifteen:

Final Days:

Over the years the Brown family grew apart and in some cases even closer together. Delia had graduated from both high school and college and was back in New York. Ephram on the other hand stayed in Everwood and got really close to his dad while fighting the Timely disease for the third time. The sextuplets were almost sixteen and Adam had just graduated from high school. Nina, Sam and Stephanie all died in a car crash two years ago leaving Andy and Ephram all alone with the kids.

"Dude you look like Hell." Bright commented when Ephram came by one afternoon.

"I was at the hospital all night with my dad he's really sick."

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"What's wrong with him?"

"They don't know but they think that it's pneumonia."

"Do you know when he'll be allowed to come home?"

"Not yet they're still waiting on his test results. I have to go back later tonight."

"No offence dude but if you had to be back at the hospital later why'd you come back?"

"I had to get out of the hospital and I just started driving and ended up here."

"Are you sure you're going to be okay by yourself?" Mrs. Abbott asked in a motherly tone.

"Yeah I'll be fine."

"Are you sure?"

"Positive."

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"You look really run down for him only being in the hospital one night." Edna observed looking him up and down. "You're not getting sick again are you?"

"No thank God! It's just that everything is falling apart."

"Have you heard from Delia?"

"No I haven't heard from her in awhile. She was sick and couldn't make Stephanie, Nina and Sam's funerals but I have to tell her about dad."

"She doesn't know?"

"No after filling out the forms I totally forgot to call so I'm going to call on my way back to the hospital."

"What time do you have to be back?"

"The doctor said they should have his results by 6:00 so I should probably leave now."

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"Yeah you should we hope your dad feels better."

"Thanks me too. I'll see you guys later." Ephram commented before leaving for the hospital.

Once on the highway Ephram called the house to let the kids know where he was going to be. "Hello?"

"Hey Adam it's dad."

"Hey how's grandpa?"

"I don't know yet I'm heading back to the hospital now to hear the test results."

"When are you going to be back?"

"I don't know yet I just wanted to make sure you guys were fine and fill you in on what's happening with grandpa."

"You want us to whip something up for dinner?"

"You'll defiantly have to feed yourselves because I won't be back till late. Your grandfather's results don't even come back till 6 o'clock and I'll want to visit with him before heading home."

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"Okay we'll make up a plate for you too."

"Thank you but you don't have to worry about me I'll grab something while I'm here."

"You sure?"

"Yeah just make sure siblings eat. In fact there's some money in jar on the counter why don't you order a pizza it'll be easier because I don't know if any of you know how to cook."

"We don't know how to cook so we'll do the pizza idea. See you later love you."

"Love you too." Ephram repeated before hanging up. After that he decided to call Delia.

"Hello?"

"Hey Delia it's Ephram."

"Ephram? What's wrong?"

"Dad's in the hospital he got really sick last night. He called and asked me to take him."

"What's wrong with him?"

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"I don't know yet I'm on my way to the hospital to hear his results now. I'll call you when I hear alright don't worry he'll be fine."

"Are you sure?"

"He won't leave us and the kids with out a fight. I have to go I don't want to miss this exit but I'll call you when I find something out. Love you."

"Love you too."

"Hey Dad how are you feeling?" Ephram asked coming into his dad's room shortly after getting off the phone.

"A little better."

"Liar."

"How'd you know?"

"Because I get my lying skills from you."

"We have his results back. It looks like you have pneumonia." the doctor informed them coming into the room.

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"So he should be up and at um before long?"

"Should be, I have to make my rounds but I'll be back later to check on you."

"Thank God it wasn't anything more serious." Ephram commented once the doctor left.

"Yeah so what's going on with my favorite son and grandkids?"

"You're trying to change the subject."

"I just want to talk about anything else ok?"

"Alright you didn't push me so I won't push you. Adam is doing extremely well he got into Juilliard."

"What? With his violin skills I'm not surprised. That's great I'll have to remember to congratulate him."

"Yeah you will, I can't believe my baby is going to the school I had applied to."

"Time flies.'

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"Yeah." Ephram commented as the machines hooked up to his dad started to beep faster and louder. "I'll get a nurse." he added before running from the room.

"Ephram Brown?" the doctor called coming out to the waiting room two hours later.

"That's me what's wrong?"

"Your dad has taken a turn for the worst. He's not going to make it to the morning." at the sound of those words Ephram felt like the walls had closed in on him. He couldn't breath. He needed to see his father.

"Can I see him?"

"Yeah you can go on in."

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When he entered his dad's room a couple minutes later he didn't like what he saw. His dad's complexion had become two shades paler and he seemed to have lost a lot of weight in the last two hours. "Dad?"

"Hey you can come closer." his dad commented patting the bed. "Did I scare you?" he added noting the look on Ephram's face and his hesitation.

"Not you, it's just I don't want to lose you."

"Come here." Andy said patting the bed again. Ephram laid down on the bed and laid his head on his shoulders.

"Ephram, Ephram wake up" a voice called as Ephram felt himself being shock.

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"What happened?" he asked waking with a start.

"He's gone Ephram. He died peacefully in his sleep." the doctor replied as Ephram slowly sat up.

"What now? I mean is that it, he's just gone?"

"I'm so sorry for your loss."

"I have to get out here."

"We need you to fill out some forms before you go."

"Okay." thirty minutes later Ephram was driving home when he had to pull over before he completely lost it.

"Hey man how you holding up?" Bright asked as he and his family arrived at Ephram's house for Andy's wake.

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"Okay I guess all things considering I don't think it really hit me until I had to tell Delia and the kids."

"How'd they take it?"

"Bad I have only seen them that upset one other time and that was after everyone else died."

"I'm sorry Ephram."

"Thanks, I can't believe that he's gone. He's going to miss his grandkids growing up."

"It was his time Ephram." Herald commented placing a hand on Ephram's shoulder.

"If one more person tells me that 'it was his time.' or 'God's will' then I'm going to scream. How could it be 'God's will' that I'm the only family member that my kids have left?" Ephram yelled before he realized what he was saying. "I'm sorry I didn't mean to yell at you guys."

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"It's fine you're under a lot of pressure. You two were finally close."

"Yeah we were." Ephram said absent mindly before heading upstairs.

That night after checking on the kids Ephram was getting really for bed when he heard someone call his name. "Dad?"

"Hey buddy, it's okay don't be afraid." his dad said coming towards him.

"But how?"

"You need to let me go Ephram."

"I can't I need you."

"You can and you don't. Come on say it."

"Say what?"

"Goodbye that's why I'm here right?"

"No I can't, I don't want to loss you."

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"You won't you'll still have you'll memories and you know that I'll always love you. Come on say it."

"Alright I'll say goodbye but I want you or more rather need you to promise me something."

"What's that?"

"Watch over us, the kids in particular I need to know that you'll be watching us please."

"Of course I will I was going to anyway."

"I love you Dad and I'm going to miss you so, so much."

"I love you too you and your sister made my life worth living." next thing Ephram knew he was alone again.

Ephram didn't know what was going to happen after that day but he knew one thing for sure he's family and friends would be stronger and a little more wiser for all the pain and joy they've been though. He also knew one other thing for sure they had survived.