I stomped into my math classroom, even grumpier than normal. I'd woken up this morning with a pounding headache and my body ached all over. When I stood up to get dressed, I fell straight back down on my bed from dizziness.
I threw myself onto a chair at the back of the class and dumped my bag on the floor.
The class was nearly full when Cat came twirling and giggling her head off. At the front of the class Tori motoined Cat to come sit with her and Andre. Cat was about to, but then she noticed me sitting by myself and mouthed a 'sorry' to Tori and jumped in the seat next to me.
'Hey Jadey!' She said in her high-pitched, sing-song voice. I tensed up as my head started throbbing. She must of sensed that I wasn't in the best of moods, and just sat back in her seat. The class dragged on and on and the teacher was so loud, it felt like my head was going to explode.
At the end of the class the bell rang obnoxiously loud and I winced as another round of pain shot through my head.
'Want some aspirin?' Cat whispered to me as we walked towards my next class.
I nodded and followed her to her bright pink locker. She opened it up, took out two pills and a bottle of water and handed them to me.
'Thanks' I said and took the tablet's. We exchanged goodbye's and I headed to my next class.
The next two periods flew by and now it was lunch. I walked to our usual lunch table and sat down, I decided to skip lunch as I wasn't that hungry. It was no suprise that everyone was already there, I'd felt so bad after script-writing (my last class) I had sat in the janitors closet for five minutes to clear my head.
'Hey Jadey, how you feeling?' Cat asks, worry etched across her features.
'Yeah I'm fine,' I lied, but all I wanted was to go home and lie in bed. I was starting to feel a bit nauseous to but I tried to ignore it.
'Are you sure snow white, cos' your lookin' a little flushed,' Andre said, I smiled a little at his old nickname for me. He hadn't called me that since I started dating Beck. We aren't as close as we used to be.
I'm pulled out of my fantasy when Cat places her hand on my forehead. 'Jade, I think you have a fever, maybe you should go to the nurses office?'
'Cat I'm fine. I just need a little rest I'll be in the janitor's closet cutting up his trashcan if you need me.' I said, but as I sat up the horrible feeling in my stomach got worse. I was walking towards the Janitor's closet, when I realised that Cat was right. I was burning up. I walk into the girls bathroom, to splash my face with cold water.
As soon as I got inside, I saw it was empty. I took in a deep breath but regretted it when I inhaled the sickly sweet scent of hairspray and perfume. I dumped my bag on the ground and ran to an empty stall. I closed my eyes and threw up everything I'd eaten in the last 24 hours.
I was still throwing up when a warm hamd rubbed my back and lifted up my hair stopping it from getting dirty.
After about a minute, my stomach was empty and I walked out of the stall and hunched over the sink.
Cat flushed the toilet, and wiped my face with some paper towels.
'Thanks Cat,' I said as she handed me a mint.
'Jade, I think you should go to the emergency room.' She said, looking even more worried than this morning.
'Cat I'll be fine it's probably just something I ate.' I said, but I think I was trying to convince myself more than Cat.
'But Jade, didn't you see? You were throwing up blood!' She said tears coming to her eyes.
'Listen Cat, I promise if anything else happens I'll go to the emergency room. Now don't tell anyone about this alright?' I say, but inside I'm having a menal freak out.
I try to forget what happened when I'm sitting in the back of Sikowitz's class but I fail miserably. So eventually I decide to just block out everything.
I sit for about twenty minutes thinking about the symptoms and what could be wrong with me.
'JADE!' I hear someone shout and I snap out of my thoughts.
'What?' I ask confused.
'Sikowitz called you up onto the stage. Cat said.
I looked around the class and saw everyone staring at me. I joined Robbie and Tori on the stage.
Jade walked up to the stage, but she still had a dazed look on her face.
I'm worried about her, she has been out of it all day.
'Alright Jade, Tori you are angry young women who have just found out that your dating the same man. Robbie your the boyfriend. Action!' Sikowitz shouted and slurped up some more coconut milk.
The scene started but Jade didn't say anything. She just walked backwards and rested on the wall. I saw beads a sweat form on her head, and knew something was up.
Andre and Tori stopped acting and everyone stared at Jade. She was taking in deep breaths and her hands were clenched into fists.
'I told you Jadey! Your sick!' Cat shouted suddenly and everyone turned to stare at her. Then she looked ashamed and slumped down in her seat again.
I turned back to Jade as she clutched her abdomen, doubled over in pain and collapsed on the floor. The next five minutes were a blur.
All I remember was screaming and lots of worried expressions. Phones were pulled out and multiple calls were made. To Jades parents, and to emergency services.
He remembers seeing the paramedicts loading her onto a stretcher and being asked questions, but he just sat there in shock from the whole sutuation he didn't move.
It was like he was on another planet, but Cat's unmistakably high-pitched scream that brought him back to reality. His head snapped up and turned to find Jade coughing badly. But what he saw next haunted his memories forever.
Jade was coughing up blood.