Gone Before Tomorrow

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Chapter 1: Just Another Day...Right?

Derek

*BEEP BEEP BEEP* I turn over and groggily turn off the alarm on my bedside table. I rub my eyes and run my hand through my shaggy brown hair to get it out of my bright blue eyes and think ‘wow I really need a haircut.’ I laugh a little before swinging my legs over the side of the bed and pushing myself to standing. I stretch and make my way to my dresser grabbing a pair of dark jeans, a white t-shirt, and a dark blue hoodie. I walk past my roommate Matt on my way out and hear him murmur something before letting out a loud snore. A small smirk slides onto my face as I exit our shared room and make my way to the showers.

I take a quick shower and dress before beginning to walk back to my room. As I near the door,however, I see a familiar black haired figure in the doorway and decide to take a little detour. I look at my watch and see that it’s only 8:45. ‘I have some time’ I think before wandering absentmindedly down the now empty hallways of the hospital. I stop when I reach room 288 and stare surprised at the door. It was open. ‘Nobody has been in there since...’ I clench my fists instinctively at the thought as I peer into the room.

A body lay in the bed, their breathing causing the sheets to move up and down ever so slightly. I stuff my hands deep in my pockets and look around making sure the coast is clear before making my way into the room. I walk over to the bed and look down at its occupant. It was a girl who looked about my age, maybe a year or two younger, with bright red hair and a smattering of freckles across her nose and cheeks.

‘Why are you here?’ I think looking her up and down the best I can considering the only thing left exposed by the sheets was from her shoulders up. I reached out to move a piece of hair that had fallen in her face but then i see the time on my watch 9:00 “Oh shit” I mumble pulling my hand back and rushing out of the room.

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