Love At First Sight

Rachel was a normal 16 year old girl, her life was perfect. She had everything she could have possibly asked for; a boyfriend, a best friend, and and awesome dad. Then everything changed with the blink of an eye when an incident that happened 2 years ago come back to haunt her.

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13. Hospital

 

                Niall’s P.O.V.

“Yeah, I’ll see you later lads.” I was walking out the door of the studio, about to call Rachel, when my phone rang. I picked up without looking at the caller ID.

“Hello?”

“Is this Niall Horan?” I female voice asked.

“Yes? Who is this?” I felt a hand on my shoulder when Harry came into view with a questioning look on his face. I held up my index finger telling him to wait.

“This is Aiden, look don’t say anything until I get finished, okay?” He waited to see if I would respond and continued. “It’s Rachel, something happened at the carnival; I’ll explain everything later. Just get down to the hospital  now.” My whole body was frozen, I couldn’t move, couldn’t speak. I dropped the phone onto the ground without moving a muscle.

“Niall, what’s wrong?” Harry asked, but I didn’t listen to him. I just picked up the phone, a tear running down my cheek.

“I’ll be there,” then I hung up.  I turned to Harry, worry written all over his features. “Take your car and get Hannah, meet me at the hospital; it’s Rachel.” With that I took off sprinting to my car and drove as fast as possible towards her.

I ran through the halls, with tears running down my face, trying to not pay attention to the stares I was getting. “Rachel Kinsolving?” I asked when I got up to the desk. The lady sitting there gave me a sympathetic look and said, “She’s currently in surgery, you’ll have to sit and wait.” She smiled sadly and then added “I’m sorry.”

I didn’t say anything, I just nodded and went to go sit down. Not too long after, Hannah and Harry ran in holding hands. They looked around the room until they spotted me and came over, “Niall, what’s going on?” Hannah asked, tears covered her face.

“You know as much as I do,” my voice breaking at the end. That’s when he walked in, he’s why this happened. I got up, walked over to him and pushed him into the wall; my forearm on his neck. “Aiden, what the fuck did you do to her?!” I demanded.

“Just let me explain.” He said putting up his hands surrendering. I removed my arm and straightened my clothes.

“Explain,” I said trying not to cry even more. I could feel Hannah and Harry beside me but I paid the no mind.

“This guy, Emmet, he found me a few days ago; threatened me saying if I didn’t help him get his girl back he’d kill everyone I knew without a second thought. I didn’t know what to do, I panicked; so I took her to the carnival and he met us there. The whole time I was trying to think of a way to help her, to not let her die. But she had a better plan.”

“Wait, she knew about this?” I asked hurt, why wouldn’t she tell me?

“No, she came up with this at the last second; a spur of the moment thing. She didn’t even have time to tell me about it, I thought she had gone insane. I knew what he did to her, so I couldn’t figure out why she did what she did.”

“What did she do?” Hannah whispered.

“She told me how she wanted to go with him, and that the whole situation was taken out of context; she said that she’d asked him to do those things to her.” he explained.

“There’s no way she wanted to go with him, I saw with my own eyes how she cried about him!” Harry yelled.

“And Hannah and I have seen what it’s like when she wakes up from a nightmare; they’re always about him.” I demanded. “And who would ask for scars, not only on their body, but in their mind?”

“Guys, just let me finish.” Aiden put his palms up towards us. “Like I was saying, she pulled me over to my car and told me to leave. And that’s when I figured out what she was doing, I could see how terrified she was in her eyes when he wasn’t looking. She was trying to protect me. She wanted me to get out of there before her, so she knew I would be safe.”

“Sounds like her,” Hannah admitted . We all nodded in agreement, that’s something she would do.

“So you decided to just leave her to die?” I snapped, anger rising through me.

“No, when I figured that out I definitely wasn’t leaving. But then she hugged me and whispered ‘Call cops, then Niall.’ So that’s what I did, I drove up across the road, parked and called the cops. I sat there  waiting, making sure nothing happened until they got there. But when I saw the knife.. I was just too far away; I couldn’t get there in time.” A tear slid down his cheek, “I’m sorry, I really am.”

Before anyone could reply the doctor walked up to us, “H-How is she?” Hannah sobbed.

“Well, she’s still in surgery right now; there were some, uh, complications. The wound is very deep and she’s lost a lot of blood, we’re going to do everything we can; but her chances aren’t good. We’ve already lost her once, luckily we were able to bring her back but if it were to happen again; her chances won’t be so great. I’m sorry.” I slowly let those words sink in; I can’t live without her, I won’t live without her. I sank to my knees and sobbed into my hand, not caring who saw me. Someone pulled me into a hug, could tell it was Harry by his cologne.

“She’ll be alright, nothing’s going to happen.” I wasn’t sure if he was trying to convince me or himself.

“I never even told her I love her Harry, what am I going to do if she dies?” my tears soaked his shirt and I could feel his drop into my shoulder.

“She won’t, she’ll be fine.” I couldn’t answer, I couldn’t do anything but cry. It’s all his fault, if Emmet would’ve never came back, none of this would’ve happened. I don’t know how long we stayed there like that but next thing I know the doctor came in and said we could see her.

“Wait, Doc, did they find him?”

“I’m afraid not, but they’re still looking.” My heart sank at the thought of him running lose. I turned without saying a word and strode into her room.

“Has anyone called her dad?” I asked sitting in the chair next to her bed.

“Yeah, I did. He’s on his way home but he can only stay a few days” Hannah said whipping her tears away. I thought I was cried out but when I saw her body lying so still new tears formed and spilled over my eyes. I intertwined our hands and just stared at her chest making sure it moved up and down. She had so many tubes attached to her I couldn’t keep count; the doctor said they’re keeping her in a chemically induced coma so she’s not in too much pain. I just want to see her eyes, for her to reassure me everything will be okay; but I know that won’t happen anytime soon. A hand touched my shoulder, “Do you want me to get you anything?” she asked concerned.

“No,” I smiled weakly. “Thanks.” She nodded and walked out of the room. Harry and I sat in silence as I continued to watch her chest moving up in down evenly; checking for any flaw in her breath. I don’t know how much longer I can take of this.

I guess I fell asleep because I was woken up by a loud, constant beeping noise. I looked at my phone, that wasn’t it; then I figured it out when a doctor rushed into the room with a worried expression. I looked at the heart monitor on the other side of the bed; it was flat. “No,” I whispered. “No this can’t be happening.” I shook my head in disbelief, she can’t just leave me. I was shoved out of the way by nurses and doctors, I wanted to be with her but I knew they were trying to help. I started to scream, “Rachel don’t you dare leave me! Don’t think you can get out this easy! I need you here! You can’t just leave like that! OPEN YOUR EYES, dammit Rachel, open them!” I continued to yell at her but it was no use, she wouldn’t open her eyes.

“Time of death 3:15 am,” the Doc said looking at his watch.

“What?! You can’t just give up! Keep trying! You’re just letting her die!” the doctor walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder.

“Niall? Niall, come on.” He said.

“What are you talking about?”

“Niall, wake up.” Someone shook my shoulder and I jumped out of my seat.

“What the hell?” I asked confused, I looked at Rachel; she was still lying there, her chest moving up and down. 

“You were having a bad dream mate,” Harry said.

“That’s the understatement of the year. “How did you know anyway?”

“Well, considering you were screaming about Rachel dying, we just took a wild guess.”

Suddenly I heard screaming down the hall, I looked up to see some guy running- well, limping from a bullet wound- towards us with a gun. Harry grabbed Hannah and hid her behind him, while I just stood in front of Rachel. “Are you Niall?” he asked pointing the gun to my chest.

“Y-Yeah?” who is this guy?

“My names Emmet, I’ve been informed you’re dating my girl.” So this is the asshole that hurt her.

“You realize you put ‘your girl’ in the hospital?”

“Wouldn’t be the first time,” he smirked. My hand balled into fists, I felt so helpless standing her at gunpoint. Just then 3 cops where running down the hall in our direction. “Stay away from her,” he said. I  heard a loud bang and everything went dark. 

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