19 - Breaking Down Walls
The car had barely stopped when James jumped out of it and ran towards the entrance of the hospital. Within a few minutes, he was standing in front of her door.
He froze, staring at her name on the door with his hand on the knob. The world paused around him as his heart and mind tried to grasp the reality of the situation. He didn't know what condition he would find Shine in and he wasn't sure if he was ready for it.
"Son, would you like me to knock?" Rick asked behind him.
James shook his head and took a deep breath. "I'll do it, Dad." He said and knocked three times.
He heard the quiet scuffles of footsteps and felt the doorknob turn before it opened.
"James... I'm sorry." Ann whispered.
The young man nodded his head and managed a small smile. "Don't mention it, Ma'am. How's Shine?"
Shine’s mom looked down and stepped aside to show her daughter lying on the bed, still unconscious.
James gasped and took a step back as he felt a sharp pain hit his chest. His breath stopped for a moment as he laid eyes on her.
"Shine..." He sobbed.
With a heavy heart, trembling lips, shaky knees and tears incessantly falling from his eyes, he dragged his feet, one agonizing footstep at a time to the bed.
His knees gave way once he reached her and fell kneeling on the floor as he tightly held her hand.
"Shine..." He whispered as he kissed her hand and his shoulders rocked heavily with sobs.
He wept as he closed his eyes and prayed. "Lord, please don't let this be the end. Please... Give us more time. Let her come back to us please... Let my Sunshine come back to me. Please..."
Their parents helplessly watched the heartbreaking scene between their children.
When James had calmed down, he sat on the bed beside Shine and wiped his tears. He carefully reached out to caress her hair and face as his other hand held her hand firmly and raised it to his lips, repeatedly planting lingering kisses on it.
"My love, I'm here. Please wake up now. You know what? I fixed the beach house. It looks great again. Dad, Rina and Angel all helped me. It's ready, just waiting for us to come home and fill it with love and joy," he said as he placed another kiss on her hand then touched it to his cheek.
"Wake up, my love. Let's go home."
He closed his eyes and sobbed quietly as the longing in his pleas to Shine filled the room.
"J-James..." She moaned softly as her fingers moved and her eyelids quivered.
"Shine? Thank God!" He cried as joy and hope filled his heart. "My love..."
Ann and Ted rushed to her bedside as Shine finally opened her eyes and gazed at James.
"Love..." She smiled weakly as her heavy eyelids fluttered.
"I'm here... I'm here..." He answered.
"Where's... My white cheese?" She whispered.
James and her parents couldn't help but laugh amidst their tears at her question.
"Ma'am..." James called and looked at Ann.
The fear of losing the love of his life solidified his resolve. He was not going to let anything or anyone get in his way of loving her again. He knew from that day on that he would be fighting everyday to keep her, pushing boundaries, cutting ropes, and breaking down walls but he was ready and nothing could stop him now.
"With all due respect, I would have to break our deal because from now on, I will never ever leave Shine’s side ever again."
Ann nodded and smiled. "As you should. She needs you. I know that now and I see how you really love each other. And James?"
"Call me Auntie. With everything we've been through and everything we'll go through together, we're all family now."
James smiled. "Thank you, Auntie."
She was pouting as she sat on the bed while he hugged her and touched her cheek, trying to make her look at him.
Nicole’s giggles can be heard in the background as the young man tried to woo his girlfriend.
“My love, I'm sorry. Please look at me.”
“No! I told you that I won't welcome you back if you don't bring me white cheese.”
“My love… Please forgive me. I didn't mean to. I rushed over here and didn't get the chance to bring them. I'll have them delivered here right away. I promise." He coaxed her like a child but she still pouted and looked unconvinced.
He sighed dramatically and put on a puppy-eyed expression then spoke to her softly. "I really miss you. I miss you so much, my heart hurts so much. I feel like it's going to bleed out."
"Since when did you become so dramatic? I said I wanted white cheese not your cheesiness." She glared at him.
He pouted then looked at her with a heartbroken expression. "Didn't you miss me too?"
She rolled her eyes at him then muttered. "Of course I missed you." She sneered then squinted her eyes as she looked at him. "Fine. Kiss me already."
He grinned then leaned in to enthusiastically kiss her lips.
“Oh gosh! These two!” Nicole gasped and quickly turned the camera off.