- Chapter 28 | Stay With Me
R Y D E R
It was Monday night and I was at Blackfall watching Ray fight. I have to admit that for a girl, she is really good. I wonder who she really is...
The guys couldn’t make it tonight, so I was by myself at the bar watching the fights. Tonight I didn’t want to fight anyone because I just wasn’t in the mood for it.
A little after Ray’s last fight I decided to leave, so I walked to my car that I parked at the end of an alley.
I was about to get in and leave when I thought I heard something weird, so instead of getting into my car, I started walking towards it and noticed two guys and a girl.
One guy was holding onto the struggling girl while the other guy was holding up a gun.
“...We have a little fun with you.” Is what I heard the guy with a gun say before I started running.
“Hey! Let her go!” I yelled and that distracted the two guys for a second.
When they were looking at me and not paying attention to the girl, she kicked them and broke herself free.
By the time I got to them, I noticed that the girl was Anastasia and she started fighting them off as I went to help.
We are both fighting the two guys for a little while when we both finally knocked them out. I was out of breath because they were pretty strong.
Once I turned my head to look at her, she had a scared look as she stared at something behind me and I look at her confused.
“Ryder!” She yelled running towards me and I turn around just in time to see another guy fire his gun at me twice.
I wait for the impact of the gun but I don’t feel anything except myself hitting the floor. I opened my eyes and see Anastasia turn toward me, holding her stomach with a worried look before she falls.
“No..no..no! Please No!!” I yell catching her.
I softly put her down and kiss her forehead. Looking to my left I see a gun that I can reach that was from one of the other guys and I grab it. I fired two bullets at the man who shot Anastasia and watched him fall the the ground lifeless.
“R-Ryder...” Ana says, almost closing her eyes.
“N-no! Don’t close your eyes.” I yell taking my shirt off to put on her wound. She’s loosing so much blood no matter how much pressure I put on her wound.
I quickly picked her up and ran to my car, taking the gun with me. She slowly started closing her eyes as I laid her down in the back seat.
“C-c’mon! Stay with me.” I said, but things aren’t looking too good.
I ran to the driver seat and sped through red lights to get to the hospital.
I parked right up front and got out, then went to the back of the car, opened the door and picked her up. Then I slammed it shut as I made my way towards the hospital doors.
“Help! Please! She’s been shot!” I yell to anyone as I run through the hospital doors with her in my arms.
Her eyes are closed, but she opens them slightly and reaches her hand up wiping my wet cheeks.
I didn’t even notice that I started crying. “I didn’t m-move out of t-the way in time... I-I’m sorry..” She chokes out before her eyes close again. She tried to save us both, but the bullets are too fast.
The nurses come with a rolling bed and take her from my arms as they place her down.
When they started taking her to the ER I tried to follow, but they stopped me.
“You can’t go in there.” A doctor said and I shook my head.
“I have to!” I yelled trying to get past him because I can’t leave her alone.
“I’m sorry.” He says before two security guards take me to the waiting area.
“No! No! I have to be in there with her!” I yell, but they don’t let me go.
They leave me in the waiting room and I lean my forehead against the wall with tears falling from my eyes.
I’ve never in my life cried for a girl or for anyone actually.
I bang my hand on the wall next to my head as I then turn around and slide to the ground.
That’s when I decide to call Reece and see if him and Carson can come by. On the phone, it rings three times before he picks up.
“Hey dude.” I heard Reece say.
“C-can you and Carson c-come to the h-hospital?” I asks shakily because I can’t even think straight right now.
“We’re on our way is everything okay?” He asks worried.
“It’s all .. All my fault..” Is all I manage to say because it is. If I would’ve seen the third guy before, then I could’ve prevented this from happening.
“Wait.. What’s all your fault? Are you ok?” He asks sounding worried.
“I-I’m fine..” I say even though I know it isn’t true and I’m sure he can tell too.
“So what’s all your fault?” Carson asks, they most likely have me on speaker in the car.
“A-Anastasia.” I choke out as more tears begin to stream down from my eyes like a waterfall. Some people may think I’m over reacting, but I can’t lose her.
I’ve lost my dad already no matter how much I hate him and although we just started getting closer, I feel a connection with Ana. She makes me feel things that I can’t describe.
“We’re heading to the waiting room right now.” They say and I see them coming around the corner as they then kneel down to me.
“It’s ok, tell us what happened.” I think Reece said, but I’m not paying close enough attention to tell.
“There were three guys... and Anastasia.. fight... he had a gun.. pushed me.. shot.” Is all I say and they still seem a little confused still.
“Here let’s help you up.” Carson says helping me stand up. They lead me to a chair and sit on either side of me.
“Now tell us again.” They said and I take a deep breath.
“I saw her down an alley and there were guys trying to rape her, we fought them off but I didn’t see the last guy who had a gun. He shot at me, but Anastasia pushed me out of the way and got shot.” I said wiping some tears.
“You really like her? Don’t you?” Reece asked and I nodded because it’s so true. I like her so much.
“More than I’ve liked a girl before..” I sighed and put my head in my hands.
“If she doesn’t make it out of this.. I-I don’t know what I’d do.” I say because I know it’s all my fault that she’s like this.
“It’s not your fault.” They say trying to comfort me.
“Yes it is! It’s all my fault because I should’ve seen that guy! And if she dies it’s all on me! I should have been the one to get shot! Not her... It should’ve been me...” I yell before my voice becomes quiet as I finish the sentence shaking my head and they both seemed surprised at my sudden outburst.
“It going to be alright. She’s not going to die Ryder, she’s a fighter.” Reece says putting a hand on my shoulder.
“I know.. But it should’ve been me..” I sigh and shake my head.
“Did you call her family?” They asked and my eyes widen. How could I have forgotten that, oh my god.
“No, I’m going to go talk to the front desk for a minute.” I say standing up quickly as I rush over to call her parents.
“Ok, we’re going to wait here.” Carson says sighing.
I just nod my head at them as I get to the front desk.
“What do you need sir?” The lady at the front desk asks.
“I was wondering if you can call the parents of Anastasia Stone here, because I don’t have their number.” I said and she typed something into the computer before glancing back up at me.
“Are you the boy who brought her here?” She asked and I nod.
“Yes, I’m her boyfriend. And how is her condition?” I ask because nobody has told me any news and I can’t stand not knowing how she is.
“She is still in the ER and her heart rate is slow, but she is showing signs of making it through.” The nurse said with pity in her eyes.
“Thank you, and can you call her family now so they can get here fast?” I ask because they need to be here.
“You’re welcome, and I will call them right now.” She says picking up the phone.
“Thank you.” I say thankful, and walk back to where the guys are.
“Did they say anything about her condition?” The guys ask and I glance at the doors to the operating rooms sadly.
“They said that her heart beat is slow, but she will probably make it.” I said and they slightly smiled.
“That’s good news then.” Reece said and then a doctor walked into the room.
“Anastasia Martinez Stone?” He asked and all three of us immediately stood up.
“Are you her family?” He asked and I shook my head.
“No, I’m her boyfriend. Her family is on the way.” I said, hoping that he would tell me something about her condition even though I’m not family.
“Okay, do you want to know her condition now or wait for her family.” He asked and I didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Now please. Is she going to be okay?” I ask anxiously. She has to be okay.
“Okay, so there is good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?” He asked. Bad news.. Oh no, please don’t let it be that bad. I can’t lose her..
“Good news..” I said hesitantly.
“Okay, the good news is that she made it through surgery and is okay.” He said and I let out a breath that I didn’t even know I was holding.
“What’s the bad news?” Carson asked and I was scared to find out.
“She’s in a coma.”