Wheelchair Girl

When teenager Cassie Harris is on the way home from a date with the gorgeous Jace Fairchild, she finds things don't exactly go the way she wants them to. She wakes up in hospital to find she's been in a car accident and with the news that she's paralyzed from the waist down. With the help of her family and best friend Jessica Holmes, she finds that she can still live life to the full - even in a wheelchair. But, will she ever get to go on that second date with Jace? And will he ever fall for her?

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2. Chapter 1

 

Beep! Beep! Beep!   The sound of a constant, faint, light, beeping sound woke me up from the dream-like state I was in. I felt goosebumps rise up on my arms and shivered slightly. As I started to recover from my dream-like state I was momentarily in, I started to hear voices around me. It sounded like down the hall there were a few people talking in hushed voices to each other. There was a light sound of wheels too. I didn't really know where I was - I couldn't tell. I tried opening my eyes, surprised when a blinding white light hit them. I struggled to open them up again and after I did I heard a chocked sob escape from someones lips. I tried to look at who it was, but instead got a burning pain in my neck. I took a few very deep breaths, never taking my eyes off the white celing with bright, circular lights fitted inside. It took what felt like five minutes before I could try and move my neck. This time I succeeded to find my mother crying on my older brother's arm and his face having a sorrowful look on it. Men and women were walking around in scrubs and I noticed I had wires attached to me. It soon hit me where I was - the hospital. I tried to speak, to tell my mum it was okay, but no words came out of my mouth. She turned to face me, tears streaming down her eyes. " Cassie, sweetheart, I'm so glad you're alive!" my mum squealed, putting her hand on my leg. Unfortunately I couldn't feel it, making my heartbeat quicken as I, once again, panicked. Oblivious to my face, she started patting my leg - another gesture I couldn't feel. My heartbeat quickened at this point and I quickly scrambled up, hurting my ribs, back and head. A look of worry fell on my brother's face as he watched me scramble up to a sitting position.  "Darling, what's up?" my mum soon asked me, obviously noticing the look of panic and worry on my face. I squirmed a little more until I was comfortable before answering her. " I... I can't feel my damn legs! And I don't know why! I remember the car crash and everything! But... not anything to do with numbness and no feeling in my legs." I sobbed the last words, becoming very frustrated. Mum hugged me again before the doctor came in. "Oh, I see you're awake now, Miss Harris. How are you feeling?" He asked me. He was tall with dark brown hair, and looked a little older than twenty-two. He was wearing a white coat, with pens in the pocket located near his chest. He gave me a small smile and flipped over his clipboard. " Now, Miss Harris, do you remember any of the events of your road traffic accident?" He asked, going over his notes. I shrugged. " I remember swerving away from a car going over the speed limit. And he hit me anyway. And, I remember jolting forward and breaking my seat.. And that's about it.." I told him, hearing my mother's choked sob from next to me. My brother apologised and took her out of the room, obviously as an attempt to calm her down. " Right, Cassie, your car rolled. You got yourself out of the car and then fainted. Someone reported the crash and we got there just in time to stop you losing too much blood. Your ribs and neck are bruised, and, however sorry I am to say this, you're paralyzed from the waist down.." as he said the words I could see he instantly regretted it. A wave of emotions hit me as I received the news. I felt tears sting the back of my eyes and I tried to move my leg, but it was true - I couldn't. I was paralyzed from the waist down and I'd never be able to move again. "Now, it may get better in years to come. Or it may not. We don't know. All we can do right now is assign you a wheelchair and let you carry on as normal. I'm sorry, Cassie, but you'll never be able to walk, drive or run again. I'm so sorry." he said, an apologetic look on his face. He then told me a nurse would be in to help me get dressed and that they'd assign me a wheelchair and then I'd leave.   It was a small walk from the hospital to my house for my brother, and a slow ride for me. He kept speaking to me about how long it'd be until I had to go back to school and kept informing me that it was all my choice, but I didn't want to listen. I didn't want to go back and be the freaky wheelchair girl at the school. Jace certainly wouldn't want to be with me then. Jace. My mind rushed as I thought of him, and I quickly turned my cell phone on. I found that I had fifty different text messages, and five missed calls. I opened the first, seeing who the sender was. No surprise in it being him. 'Cassie, are you okay? I heard the news. What the hell happened. Text me back, please. I'm worried out of my mind right now. Jace xx' There were ten more texts exactly like this one, and then I came across a text from my best friend Jessica. 'Cassie, where the hell are you?! Everyone's asking me questions. Jace told me exactly what happened. Call me after you're home. I'm coming over. Stay strong, girl. Much love. Jess. x' My eyes welled up with tears as I read the rest of the messages. I automatically missed them both. My brother took my phone off me, smiled, and then carried on walking me back home.    When I got back it turned out mum had got the same messages from Jessica, and so she invited her over. As Jessica walked in with her honey-blonde ringlets and bright blue eyes, she stared at me. It made me feel slightly uncomfortable and a small blush formed on my cheeks. "Holy hell, Cassie, what happened?!" she asked, rushing over and hugging me. I winced as she wrapped her arms around my ribs and she quickly pulled back, looking at me apologetically. "Apparently my car rolled.. And, well, I'm paralyzed from the waist down. Jess, its horrible! I can't do anything I want to do - drive, walk, go out with you guys again.." I cut myself short as tears spilled down my face. She hugged me again, this time more gentle, and wiped the tears from my eyes. "Shh, Cass, don't cry.. It'll be fine. We can still go out.. I'll even take you to the movies next weekend if you want?" she asked, cheering me up slightly. I hugged her and nodded. Her phone buzzed and she walked off to answer it. My brother, Caleb, walked up to me again. "Look, Cass, it'll all be okay. Don't worry yourself like that." he said, smiling and hugging me. I nodded, smiling back at him. Jessica walked back through the door, a grin on her cheeks. "Its Jace. He's coming over."
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