Chapter 5 Mount Sur Mar, 6 Months Later
Fantine walked slowly down the street, the cold mid-December night air cutting through her thin sweater like a knife. She stopped as severe coughs racked her body, recently she had developed a pretty bad cough and was feeling more under the weather. Soon she reached the empty lot were most of the prostitutes set up shop. Suddenly Fantine felt very light headed, she leaned back against a wall and slid down resting her head on her knees.
"You ok honey?" Fantine looked up, two of the older hookers were kneeling next to her.
"Yes, I'm fine, just tired."
"Honey you look like shit." The other women lay her hand over Fantine's forehead, like a mother seeing if her child has a temperature.
"Sweetie you're burning up. You need to go home and get some rest." Fantine shook her head struggling to stand.
"I can't, I have to pay for my daughter." The other women grabbed Fantine when she almost lost her balance.
"No arguing, go Home." Fantine realized that she was losing the argument. She nodded sullenly before walking off, she was feeling really bad.
Before going back to her apartment Fantine stopped at a corner store to pick up some cold medicine. When she exited the store she didn't notice several men standing in the ally next to it.
"Well look at we got here." Fantine looked up at the speaker, she recognized him
as Bamatabois a regular amongst the girls, but he had never been with Fantine and she wanted to keep it that way.
"Aren't you a pretty one." He said stepping closer to Fantine, who stepped back. She was not pretty, her hair was still extremely short and she was deathly pale.
"Sorry, I'm not selling at this moment." Fantine replied turning to go. But the man lunged forward and grabbed her by her wrist.
"Since when does a common whore say no, cause they don't." He said with a sneer.
"Let go of me." Fantine said yanking her wrist from his grasp, but the other man shoved her against the wall.
"It seems like you need to cool off." He then grabbed a hand full of snow from the ground, and shoved it down the front of Fantine's shirt. She screamed and tried to push the man away,
"You Fucking Son Of A Bitch." She cried slapping the man hard across the side off his face, her nails digging into his cheek. Bamatabois brought his hand to his face. When he took it away and saw the blood, he grabbed Fantine and threw her to the ground.
"Now your gonna pay you little whore." Fantine looked around desperately for someone to help, she saw several people watching from the distance all of them to afraid to come forward and try and stop the fight.
"Please someone help me!" Fantine cried as loud as she could.
"Shut Up!" cried her attacker kicking her in the ribs. Fantine tried to lunge at him again, but she was too weak.
"Break it up right now." A voice commanded from behind Fantine, she turned to see Captain Javert standing behind her.
"Thank god you're here Captain, this prostitute attacked me while I was leaving the store. Look you can even see were she attacked me, the little slut drew blood." Bamatabois said, Javert stepped closer to see the side of his face. He then turned to look down at Fantine, who was still on the ground.
"You did this?"
"Yes, but I swear it was…" She didn't get the chance to finish as Javert grabbed her and roughly lifted her from the ground.
"Your under arrest." Fantine looked at him wide eyed.
"But I didn't do anything wrong I swear!"
"You were disturbing the peace and by my guess soliciting, you're under arrest." Javert replied taking out his hand cuffs and fastening them around her wrist.
"I assume that you will be pressing charges against her sir." Javert said turning towards Bamatabois.
"Hell yes." The man replied. Then another voice stepped in.
"Wait just a moment Javert." Javert turned and saw Mr. Madeline making his way through the quickly growing crowd.
"I was just talking to someone who witnessed the fight, and they say that this man started it." He said pointing to Bamatabois. "She did nothing wrong."
"But Mr. Mayor…" Javert started to say, but Mr. Madeline cut him off,
"It is also clear that this women is in need of Medical Attention." And if on cue Fantine doubled over in a fit of coughing, when it was over the snow was sprinkled with the blood that she had coughed up.
"Someone call an ambulance." Mr. Madeline said leaning down next to Fantine, who was still doubled over.
"Are you alright?" he asked, his voice full of concern.
"Does it look like I'm alright?" Fantine said tears rolling down her cheek.
"I've been selling myself for nearly six months, because your foreman fired me! I have a daughter to pay for, and they canned me like I was NOTHING!" Mr. Madeline turned to Javert.
"Take the handcuffs off." After Javert had removed the cuffs from Fantine's frail and thin wrists. Mr. Madeline turned back to Fantine
"Why didn't you come and see me?" he asked.
"I tried, every time I went they said that you were to busy." Fantine replied before going into another fit of coughing up blood, which turned into vomiting. It was obvious that she was extremely sick. Five minutes later the ambulance arrived. The paramedics checked over Fantine, then they loaded her into the ambulance.
"Mr. Mayor, will you come with me?" Fantine asked weakly removing the oxygen mask from her face. Mr. Madeline turned to the paramedic who had replaced her mask, he nodded and climbed into the back of the ambulance. And then they were off to the hospital.
When they reached the hospital Fantine was taken into the emergency room, while Valjean waited in the waiting room. This had turned into a longer night than he had thought it would be. About an hour later a young doctor with blond hair pulled back into a messy bun came out and walked towards Mr. Madeline.
"Mayor Madeline I'm Dr. Isabel Simplice, I understand you came in with Fantine."
"Yes I did." Valjean replied. Dr. Simplice motioned for him to follow her.
"I noticed that she doesn't have anyone listed as an emergency contact."
"That would be me for the time being." Valjean said, "As far as I know the only family Fantine has is a young daughter who lives out of town." Dr. Simplice nodded and looked at the chart in her hand.
"It appears that Fantine has severe pneumonia, in both lungs." Dr. Simplice paused before continuing. "And it seems she may have HIV AIDS. We've sent her blood for testing, but I need to know if she got any body fluids on you."
"No, I only met her tonight when she was arrested." They stopped outside of her room, Valjean looked through the glass window, and saw Fantine lying in a bed an I.V. bag hanging above her.
"No matter what, she has a long fight ahead of her. One that she may not come out of." Valjean looked back at Fantine. She was fired from his factory he would do what ever he could do to help her through this ordeal.
Kay so this is by far my best chapter yet, they will be getting better. All I can think about lately is Les Mis probably because Universal Pictures released the screen play for the movie and it was amazing, why can't it be December already!? Next update as soon as possible. Keep up the reviews! :)
P.S. Dr. Simplice is Katherine Heigl.