BEING STUCK IN the hospital for how ever long I had left was not one of my plans. But more importantly, I hated the fact that I had to be plugged to so many machines just to stay alive.
The room I was given was fairly larger than most hospital rooms. It had white walls with a large window overlooking the outside garden, a small flat screen television perched on the wall with a little refrigerator by the bedside. It also had two chairs placed in front of the telly with a small table which was about it.
I hadn't seen James since he stormed out of the office yesterday and I know he is upset with me and he just needs time to calm down but I miss him. Mum and dad came over yesterday to sign the papers and they even brought me a few clothes and some novels to read to pass the time.
This is my new home, I said to myself as I looked around the room for what felt like the hundredth time in less than 24 hours of me being here.
There goes my chance of ever becoming salutatorian, I sighed as I took the remote and mindlessly flipped through the channels.
"Good morning," Sara smiled as she walked into the room with a tray of medical supplies. "How are you feeling today?"
"I feel like someone who has been hospitalised," I joked. "It honestly sucks to not have anything to do or having to worry about an upcoming pop quiz or exam," I sighed.
Sara walked over to the bed and checked the blood bag before she injected a chemical in it.
"There's a beautiful garden out back and another indoor one, a library and a cafeteria," she answered, "you're always free to go there but with your IV tube that is," she smiled.
"The hospital has a library and this is when I'm finding out after all this time!" I exclaimed as I put a hand on my chest. "I thought we were friends Sara."
"Oh shush young lady," she said as she rolled her eyes playfully, "I only told you about it because I like you unlike those other patients I have to deal with who always complain each and every minute. They drive me crazy."
"Then why did you choose to be a nurse?"
"Just because some patients are unbearable doesn't mean all of them are," she simply answered.
After she was done checking the machines, she gave me a smile and told me she'd be back in the evening to check on me again but until then, I was free to do whatever it was that I wanted.
I got up from the bed and pulled the IV tube with me as I walked around the hospital looking for the library. It took me nearly twenty minutes to find it and when I did, I grabbed The Great Gatsby and walked to the indoor garden she told me about.
The garden actually wasn't far from my room and it was breathtaking, just as Sara had said it would be. I found a spot under the large Marple tree and sat down getting lost in the book.
I don't know how long I sat there, but I eventually felt hungry and thirsty and I gently stood up and made my way back to my room.
"Where have you been young lady?" was the first thing I heard once I opened the door to my new room.
Asher was sat in one of the chairs watching a football match which I suspected he had already watched.
"Nice to see you too Asher," I said rolling my eyes as I sat at the edge of the bed.
Asher took his eyes from the TV long enough to look at me. "You had me worried. I came here to see how you were and how the hospital life was treating you only to not find you lying in your bed like every sick person should," he turned to look at me as he finished talking.
"Sorry to worry you but I was in the garden reading this," I said showing him The Great Gatsby.
"You're lucky I love you otherwise I would have stormed out of here if it wasn't for Sara telling me you might be in the library or garden."
I rolled my eyes and stood up.
"Where are you going? You just came back and you need to be resting."
"Sorry dad, but I'm hungry and I'd like to get some food before I die," I replied flatly.
Asher smiled and pulled up two bags with the name McDonald's written on them. "I brought food and all your homework," he said grinning, "just because you won't be going to school doesn't mean you have to flunk all your classes."
A smile appeared on my face. "You know that that isn't healthy for me and I shouldn't be eating it right?" I asked raising an eyebrow.
"I know, that's why they will never know it was from me," Asher replied with a cheeky grin.
"This, this is why I'm best friends with you," I said as I walked towards him and took the chair next to his. "I can't believe you brought me all my homework."
Asher chewed on the inside of his cheek and looked anywhere but at me as he handed me a bag of food. "I mean I didn't get all your homework. NickwillbebringingyourMathandCivicEdone," he said all in one breathe that I couldn't catch most of what he said at the end.
I took a bite from the burger and popped a chip into my mouth. "Can you repeat that, I didn't catch that last bit."
Ash sighed, "I said, Nick will be bringing your Math and Civic Ed homework for you."
I choked on my chip and ended up coughing so hard that he had to pass me a bottle water and rub my back. "For a second there I almost thought you said Nick was coming over," I said once I had calm down.
"What did you tell him?"
"I just told him you've been hospitalised and won't be coming back to school until further notice," he replied with a shrug and bit into his burger.
"Why the hell would you do that Asher Denise Daniels?"
"Don't you dare use my middle name, you know I greatly hate it and you don't like it when I use your middle name, Erin," he glared at me from his burger. "Nick kept asking about you and I couldn't keep running away from him each time I saw him, now could I?"
"I'm sorry," I sighed and placed my food on the table, "I know you have good intentions but I don't want him finding out that I'm sick and I will probably be dead before graduation."
"You are way past keeping your illness a secret," Ash said. "He is going to find out sooner and trust me, it's not too long from now."
"I know you're right, I mean look at me, I'm plugged to a freaking blood IV tube and that's the most obvious thing ever," I answered with a small laugh.
"Yeah it really is obvious," Ash laughed, "you look like a little old lady with serious back problems," he said as he continued laughing.
I joined in laughing and I found myself forgetting all my problems just for that little bit. I was laughing with my best friend and the fact that I might die soon was pushed at the back of my head.
"No, I've got a better one," I said still laughing, "I'm like Dracula whose down to his last meal."
"And his fangs all fell out," Asher added and we both burst out into uncontrollable laughter.
"Why are we finding this humourous?" I asked as I wiped a tear, "it's not even funny at all."
"I guess we're just trying to laugh all our pain away and pretend it's just a huge joke," he answered as he sobbered up. "I honestly don't want to think of you dying so soon and leaving me all alone in this crazy world."
There goes the fun. "You want to know what my biggest fear is about all of this?" I asked him.
"What? That you might miss the last episode of Shadow Hunters?" Asher asked smiling.
"No you moron, okay maybe a bit but that's not it," I replied as I rolled my eyes. "It's the fact that if I told Nick the truth that I have sickle cell anaemia, he might leave and never want to have anything to do with me and I think I may be in love with him," I confessed quietly.
"I know," I answered with a sigh, "and he has been through so much already. I know this may sound selfish of me but I really don't want to lose him yet, he is one of the best things that has happened to me in so long," I finished just as a loud thud was heard from the door.
Asher and I both turned to see what caused the noise and I swear I felt my whole world end right there and then.