Where Are You Will?
(It is the first week of January. Will and Sonny have just spent New Year's Day together and are still on break from school. Will has been helping out at the Pub.)
Will walks into the Pub to start a shift and Gabi walks up to him.
"Will, do you have time to talk?"
Will looks at his watch. "Yeah, sure…my shift doesn't start for a while."
They sit at one of the tables. "This might be kind of weird…but well…we're friends…right?"
"Sure we are Gabi."
"I just need someone to talk to…I would usually talk to Abbey or Melanie; but now…well…"
"You can talk to me…what's up", Will smiles.
"You know I've been seeing Nick, right? I'm totally into him and I think he's crazy about me. "
"Yeah…I'm happy for you. I'm happy you found someone."
Gabi blurts out,"Nick asked me to marry him and I said yes."
"I know it's fast…but it feels right Will."
"Wow Gabi…are you sure? I mean this is a really big deal….and this is REALLY fast."
"Do you think I'm making a mistake?"
"Well…I think you should do what feels right for you."
"But what do you think Will….I need your honest opinion."
"I think marriage is a very serious commitment and you should think about it really carefully before entering into it. You've only just met Nick a couple of months ago…what's the rush. If you love each other …you have all the time in the world."
Gabi reaches out and grabs Will's hand. "Thanks Will…that sounds like great advice and I am going to think about it…I promise. " She stands and walks around the table to give Will a hug. "You're a great guy and a great friend Will Hourton."
(The camera moves behind Will and Gabi hugging and we see Nick standing in the shadows. His expression is menacing and fierce. His eyes are glazed over in rage.)
"You are going to regret crossing me cousin Will," he whispers.
Will finishes his shift and texts Sonny. "Done . Be home in 15"
Sonny replies, "Miss you. Made your fav for dinner. J
Will replies, "Yum, cant wait. See u soon"
Will starts walking home. As he continues to walk he feels a presence behind him but when he turns there is no one there. He looks around and the street is deserted. He continues to walk, crosses the street and is starting to pass one of his and Sonny's favorite red brick buildings near their apartment when he again feels a presence behind him. He turns and his eyes widen. He has no time to move as a stick strikes his head. We see Will crumble to the ground. We see a figure in a long coat grab Will and drag him between the red brick building and another building. We do not see the figure's face. The figure is not done with Will and continues to beat him with the stick until Will is bloodied and bruised. The figure stands over Will and then simply walks away….leaving Will alone on the concrete ground.
Sonny looks at the clock again. It's 7:30pm and Will was supposed to have been home 15 minutes ago. He picks up his phone and calls Will's cell. There is no answer as we hear Will's phone ringing as he lies unconscious.
It is now 8:15pm and Sonny is frantic. He still can't get a hold of Will and he just knows that something is wrong…he feels it inside of him. He doesn't know what else to do, so he calls his father and tells him what is going on. Dad Justin tells him he is on his way. Soon… Sonny opens the door to Justin.
"Dad , something is wrong…I just know it. Will you stay here in case he comes home while I go look for him?"
"Do you think that maybe he just got held up somewhere?"
"No dad….he said he'd be home in fifteen minutes for dinner…that was over an hour ago. He would have called or texted me…I'm telling you something is wrong."
"Ok Sonny…let's call Roman and see if he can help. Will's his grandson, I'm sure he'll do something."
Justin takes out his phone and makes the call and some other calls as well. Thirty minutes later; Roman, Lucas, Sami and Adrianne are all at the apartment.
Roman walks up to Sami, who is sitting on the couch. " We have guys looking for him Sami. We'll find him."
Sami nods, tears running down her face, Sonny stands up and walks to the door. "I am going to go look for him. I can't just wait here."
Roman stops him at the door. "If you want him found, the best thing for you to do is to stay here and stay out of the way Sonny."
"I can't", whispers Sonny.
Justin comes over and puts his hand on his son's shoulder. "Listen to him son."
Sonny turns and walks into the bedroom. He sits on the bed and lightly touches Will's pillow. He brings it up to his face and inhales. A lone tear slips down his face.
He reaches for his phone and dials Will's number once more.
(Now we see Will lying on the ground.)
His phone is ringing and we see him open his eyes and slowly reach for his phone. He pushes the button and brings it closer to his face.
(There is a split screen on camera and we can see both Sonny and Will.)
Sonny realizes Will has picked up. "Will!"
There is no answer.
There is still no answer. His bedroom door has opened…they must of heard him yell Will's name. He puts his hand up to signal everyone to be quiet.
Then Sonny hears the most beautiful sound he has ever heard in his life. He hears Will's voice lightly whisper, "Sonny".
"Will, are you ok?"
Another barely audible whisper, "No…"
Sonny closes his eyes, "Where are you Will?"
There is no answer. We can see Will struggling to remain conscious.
"Will! Where are you?"
Sonny strains to hear something. He can hear Will laboring to breathe. Then he hears Will's voice again.
Sonny's voice cracks, "Will, look around you."
There is no answer.
"Will! Will! Answer me ….please!"
There is no answer. (We see Will lose consciousness and we no longer see him.)
Sonny looks at everyone," he says he's hurt, but he doesn't know where he is. He's not answering me now."
Roman says, "Keep talking to him. He may have lost consciousness. If he answers you, ask him what he sees around him."
Sonny turns to the phone. "WILL! WAKE UP WILL!"
There is still no answer and then the connection is broken. Sonny tries to redial, but there is no answer.
He leaves the bedroom and heads for the door. Roman stops him and reminds him that if he wants to help Will he needs to stay out of the way. "If you want to help keep, calling him and maybe he will answer."
"He's out there somewhere …. hurt…I can't just stay here."
"I'm not letting you interfere with finding my grandson, Sonny. " He looks up at everyone, and focuses on Sami. "Everyone stays here… and stays out of the way."
Adrianne reaches out to her son, but Sonny recoils from her touch. He doesn't want anyone near him right now. He just wants Will… He raises tormented eyes to his mother and walks away. Hours pass and Sonny has not gotten through to Will and he has not been found. Sonny's eyes look almost empty. He is quiet and silent. He lies on the bed on Will's side of the bed. He is holding the sweatshirt that Will wore to bed last night. He whispers, " Where Are You Will?" He picks up his phone and pushes redial for what seems like the hundredth time.
He sits up and his heart stops as the phone is answered.
(We once again see a split screen of Will and Sonny.)
A whisper of sound…."Sonny"
"Will what do you see around you?"
"WILL PLEASE! FOR ME…. FOCUS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?"
He finally hears Will's whisper, "close to home..red brick ….building."
"Will…I love you."
We see Will once again lose consciousness and Sonny hears no answer.
Sonny runs out of the bedroom. "I know where he is! He is about two blocks north of here near a red brick building." Roman gets on the phone and relays the information. Sonny runs to the door and Roman once again stops him. "No Sonny…let me take you to the hospital ….we can meet Will there. I have already sent an ambulance to the location."
Sonny struggles with Roman to get out the door and Justin places a retraining hand on his son. Roman's phone rings. He listens and hangs up after saying thank you. Roman turns to everyone. "They have him and the EMTs are working on him and getting ready to transport him. Let's go to the hospital."
"How bad is he hurt?" asks Sonny.
Roman looks at him. "All I know is that he was unconscious and he looks like he was beat."
We see Sonny's eyes fill with horror and the scene ends.
Sonny, Sami, Lucas, Roman, Adrianne and Justin are all in the waiting room. By the time they arrived at the hospital; Will was already in the emergency room, so they still haven't seen him.
Sami is pacing, "It's been an hour…why haven't they come to say something?"
Sonny is leaning against a wall. Justin walks over to him."Are you ok?"
"No", whispers Sonny.
Nurse Maxine comes out and Sami and Lucas rush over to her. Everyone else gathers to hear. Sonny walks over and stands behind Lucas and Justin. She addresses Sami, as she knows that Will is her son. "The doctor's have asked me to tell you that he is stable at the moment. Right now we are most worried about his head injury. He regained consciousness in the ER and became very disoriented and agitated. He kept screaming that it was sunny, we-"
"He was calling for me!" Sonny interrupts her in anguish.
Nurse Maxine looks confused. Sami explains, "this is Will's boyfriend, Sonny."
Nurse Maxine answers, "Oh…I'm sorry…we had no idea. We have sedated him because we need to do a cat scan. He needed to be completely still for this. We have started the cat scan, but it will take at least a couple of more hours to finish. That is really all I can say. Someone will come inform you when the cat scan is done."
Sonny walks away...Will had been calling for him and he wasn't there….he leans his head against the wall. We can see the veins popping out on his neck. He pulls back a fist and punches the wall.
Justin quickly comes over and turns him around, "this isn't helping Sonny." He takes Sonny's hand to make sure he is ok. "If you hurt yourself…that is not going to help Will."
Sonny looks up at his dad. Justin pulls him into an embrace. Sonny sobs, "he was calling for me dad….and I… wasn't there."
Nurse Maxine finally comes out with Dr. Cameron. He informs them that the cat scan has come out ok. "We think he is out of the woods. He is sedated and on a ventilator. He is only on the ventilator because we had to sedate him so heavily. He has no broken bones, but some seriously bruised ribs. He has many lacerations and bruises, but those will heal. He will be in some pain when he wakes up but he is very lucky that it wasn't worse…."
"Thank you for everything", Lucas tells him.
The doctor nods and walks away.
Sami turns to Nurse Maxine, "Can I see him now?"
"Yes…actually his room has a window…I can open the blinds so that you can see him." She is looking at Sonny as she says this.
They all follow Nurse Maxine and when they are closer to a door, Sami turns to look at Sonny. We see a flashback of her remembering when Nurse Maxine said that Will was calling for Sonny.
"Nurse Maxine….let Sonny go into see him…"
"I can't do that…only immediate family can go in."
"I'm his mother…and I'm telling you that what my son needs right now is Sonny."
Nurse Maxine is still for a couple of moments, she looks at Sonny and then nods. Sonny walks up to Sami and hugs her, "thank you" he gets out.
Sonny goes to open the door, but Nurse Maxine stops him. "I need you to understand that he is heavily sedated…he won't be waking up any time soon…he has a tube breathing for him and he's pretty bruised up."
Sonny nods and she opens the door.
Sonny slowly walks up to Will's bed, Nurse Maxine opens the blinds and everyone looks on as Sonny ever so slowly reaches out to touch Will's face. Will is covered up with a sheet and all we see is his face, which is pale and bruised at the same time. There is a tube going in his mouth and there is a bandage around his head. Tears fall down Sonny's face…unchecked. He leans over and whispers Will's name.
Nurse Maxine stops at the door. "Remember honey, he is so heavily sedated that he can't wake up right now."
Sonny can't hear her…or chooses not to…He leans closer to Will until his lips are touching Will's ear. "Will I need you to open your eyes. I need to know you're going to be ok. Please baby…I can't…I can't…just please open your eyes for me …."
Nurse Maxine is at the window with the others looking in on the couple. There is not a dry eye among them.
Sonny places his hand in Will's and begins to caress it gently. Sonny suddenly feels Will's index finger move slightly and Will's eyes slowly….gently…flutter open.
Sonny smiles at Will and kisses his eyes…"thank you…..I love you…..", whispers Sonny. Will's eyes flutter and close.
Nurse Maxine says, "That is not possible."
Justin turns to her and says, "With these two…nothing is impossible."