Chapter 10: Check Up & Funeral
I fought to open my eyes. When I finally got them open I squeezed them back shut from the blinding bright white light that was dangling down in front of me. “Alayah?” Kaden’s voice filled my ears. I turned to look at him.
“Hi,” I simply said. How long had I been out? He sent me a soft smile.
“Hey,” He responded as soon as the doctor came into the room.
He came over and took my temperature and checked my heartbeat. “Miss. Kennedy,” the doctor began. I nodded my head signaling for him to go on. “Are you aware of what happened before you blacked out?” He asked.
“Aunt Charlotte di—is gone,” I said to him, not wanting to fully believe she is gone.
“Correct,” the doctor said. “Now, do remember how you felt before you blacked out?”
I thought for a moment, memories began to surface. “Yeah,” I began. “I felt really dizzy when I got to the hospital, but I ignored it. Then my head started hurting really badly out of the blue. Then after finding out what happened, I was really upset and the dizziness and headache got worse and the next thing I knew was that I blacked out.”
The doctor looked at his clipboard he was holding. “What’s wrong with me?” I asked a little timidly. I didn’t want there to be something wrong with me, more than there already was.
Kaden and the doctor shared a quick glance before Kaden gave him a slight nod. “Miss. Kennedy,” the doctor began to speak again.
“It’s Alayah or Leah.” I corrected him.
“Alayah, we aren’t sure what’s wrong. It could be because you shifted for the first time yesterday and the stress of your aunt put together overwhelmed you or it could be something else. We don’t have much experience with your kind yet Alayah, so we are really unfamiliar with what’s happening because this situation is a rare occurrence.”
I blinked, trying to take in all the information. “So I’m really just in here for nothing then? You really can’t do anything to help me, then release me so I can leave. I’ve got preparations to make.” I told him, pushing the covers away and ripping the IV out of my arm, not caring if it was bleeding or not.
“Leah, you need to rest.” the doctor’s voice said.
“No, I’m leaving, so Mr. Doctor I suggest you get those release forms ready.” I snapped back at him.
“We can’t exactly do that Luna.” the doctor said back. Luna again, seriously!
I turned back to face him. “Don’t call me Luna and why can’t you release me?”
The doctor paled a little bit. “Calm down Alayah or you will shift. You aren’t in control of your shifting yet.” Kaden said. I had forgotten he was in the room for a moment.
I sighed. I walked back over to the bed and sat down. “Why can’t you release me?” I asked the doctor as calm as possible. I didn’t want to shift, to endorse that pain once more.
“You don’t have a legal guardian to sign the papers. I don’t know if you have any more family to be able to release you. You are only 16 Leah, therefore you can’t release yourself.” the doctor said.
I glanced at Kaden. “Can’t Kaden sign the release papers? I just want to get out of here.” I grumbled. “Say he is like my boyfriend or something and let him sign the papers, I don’t care what you have to do, I just want out of here.”
“I’ll see what I can do Luna.” the doctor said before leaving the room.
I let out a huff. “I’m not a Luna! I don’t even know who that guy is!” I said.
“He is the pack healer from your aunt’s pack. He works here.” Kaden spoke up.
“Oh,” I said softly at the mention of my aunt.
I wrapped my arms around myself and replayed the memories of my aunt in my mind. “I’m so sorry Leah,” Cassie said trying to comfort me.
“It’s okay Cassie,” I said to her.
It was a good 15 minutes before the doctor came back into the room. “Here are the papers Alpha Bates.” He said giving them to Kaden.
Kaden quickly signed the sheet before handing it back to the doctor. “I’ll turn this in and you two can leave now if you’d like. Rest Leah, we don’t want to see you in this situation again.” then he was gone.
“Let’s go,” Kaden said. I hopped off the bed and headed out the door. I noticed I wasn’t far from what used to be Aunt Charlotte’s room. I quickly walked past it, wanting to suppress the memories for now.
I hit the elevator button and walked in when it arrived. “Alayah, are you okay?” Kaden asked as we rode down the elevator.
“I don’t know,” I simply said to him. He wrapped his arm around my shoulders and pulled me into a side hug.
“I’ll get better,” He whispered. I nodded my head.
“When can we do the funeral?” I asked fighting back the tears. The elevator dinged and we walked out onto the main floor heading for the exit.
Kaden glanced in my direction. “Whenever you want.” He said.
“Tomorrow,” I said to him. He looked at me for a moment, I was afraid he would say no.
“We can do that, it won’t take long to get everything that is needed.” He replied.
I nodded my head. “Thanks,” I said to him.
“You’re welcome.” He replied. We both soon slipped onto his motorcycle and rode off back to the pack house. The funeral was tomorrow. I wasn’t prepared at all, but I knew I had to do this.
“Wake up Alayah, it’s the day of your aunt’s funeral,” Kaden’s voice crept into my mind.
“Don’t you think I know that? Plus we have to do it later today, I have school.” I replied keeping my eyes closed. I didn’t want to leave the warmness of my bed.
I heard the bedroom door open and shut. I felt someone shake me, which shot a little tingly feeling throughout my body. My eyes flew open and I found myself staring into Kaden’s dark brown eyes.
“I already called that school for you, they have excused you for the next two days.” He said. I let out a small yawn. “You know you’re going to have to leave that school at some point right?”
I lifted my head up and stared at him. “I know, might as well do it now then later, but I really wanted to graduate!” I said to him. He let out a soft chuckle.
“I bet everyone does. You can still do school, but online if you’d like.” He said.
“I guess that will do,” I whispered. I swung my legs over the side of the bed. “What time is it?” I asked.
Kaden glanced at the clock behind me. “Around 11:30.”
“I’ve got to get ready,” I said getting up, but then I stopped. “I don’t have any clothes to wear, they are all back at her house.”
As if on cue, Maggie and Kayleigh walked into the room. “Why do you think we are here for?” Maggie said laughing, which cause me to laugh a little.
Someone else bounced into the room. It was Eden. “Can I help?” She asked. I laughed and picked her up.
“Yes, sure you can,” I told her. She clapped her hands before looking at Kaden.
“Get out Kaden! Unless you want to be dressed up too.” She threatened. The corners of Kaden’s mouth quirked up.
He began to walk out of the room. “I’m good Eden, but I think I can dress myself.” He shut the door and left. When we were sure he was gone we all busted out laughing.
“Good one Eden!” I said high fiving her. She giggled.
Maggie and Kayleigh looked at me. “Time to dress up!”
They were finally done with me. For a girl going to a funeral, I looked pretty damn good. “It’s raining outside Leah,” Kayleigh said.
“It’s the perfect setting I suppose for a funeral.” I sighed. “Let’s go.”
We all four walked out the door and headed downstairs to meet everyone else. Once everyone was in the living room we left to go to what used to be Aunt Charlotte’s house.
There wasn’t any use to take a car, so instead, we walked rather quickly through the woods. Aunt Charlotte’s pack would be coming today as well. No fighting is supposed to happen today, and I’ll make sure of it.
I stood behind the rest of them as we walked. Kaden soon followed my lead. “Hey,” He said as he followed in step beside me.
“Hi,” I said quietly.
“How are you holding up?” He asked. I shrugged my shoulders.
“I don’t know. Hurt, sad, scared of what’s supposed to happen next.” I replied.
He sent a soft smile my way. I smiled back at him. “Only a few more meters before we are in the backyard,” I said as soon as I noticed the tree I used to go to every day.
“How do you know?” He asked a little confused.
I pointed to the tree. “You see that tree?” I asked him. He nodded his head. “That is the tree I’d go to every day, whether it was to read or just to get my frustration out. That’s how I know we are almost there.”
Soon enough we were in the backyard. Not much has changed except there is a coffin and many, many unfamiliar faces. I gripped the closest thing near me, which ended up being Kaden’s hand.
“You can do this,” Kaden whispered. I nodded my head.
“I hope so.”
When both packs had shown up, it started to rain harder than it was before. People put up umbrellas. I didn’t bring one, but it’s not like I wanted one in the first place. I wanted to feel the rain as it poured down my face. It reminds me of how I feel right now, sad.
The service was over before I knew it. “Would anyone like to come and speak about, Charlotte Kennedy?” the minister asked. Many faces looked towards me.
“Do you want to go up there?” Kaden said.
A few others went up there, but I didn’t. It’s not like I didn’t want to, it’s just that I couldn’t! It would hurt too much.
After about an hour the crowd dispersed. All that was left was Kaden, Kayleigh, Maggie, Kyle, Dean and me.
I walked close to the coffin, put my freezing fingers against the cool box. “I wish you were here instead of gone,” I whispered. “You were the only family I knew, and now you’re gone. I hope wherever you are, your safe.”
I walked back beside Kaden and wrapped my arms around him, crying. He whispered soothing words in my ear. “It’s going to be okay.”
I nodded my head against his chest. “Take me home, please,” I said to him.
“Anything for you.” He whispered. “Want me to carry you?” I nodded my head and he picked me up.
The cool rain fell all around us as we go back to the pack house. I told Kayleigh and Maggie to go raid the house to find my things and bring them to the pack house.
“Kaden, will it get any better?” I asked as he carried me back, we were about halfway there.
“Yes, it will. You just have to believe it will and soon that belief will come true.” He said. I nodded my head.
I snuggled into his chest, trying to get warm. “Don’t ever leave me,” I whispered under my breath as my eyelids began to drop.
“Wasn’t planning on it.”