"Are you in any way affiliated with Mr. Liam Payne?" The lady says over the phone.
"Yeah he's my boyfriend, is everything okay?" I ask her, my stomach flipping; nervous for what she might say
"....you're boyfriend is in quick emergency care, I am unaware of his condition at the moment but this is the number he gave to call." I start to shake.
"What hospital is he at?" I ask.
"Midway health." The lady replies
"Thanks" I say and hang up before the nurse says anything.
I grab my keys and run to the door but then I spin on my heel and go to the kitchen and open one of the drawers that has pens and scissors and stuff in it. I scribble a note to Michael and I run out the door, gesturing the photo, and feeling a little guilt as I lock the door because I still haven't opened up to Liam about much with my family and my past. My mind races as I drive to the hospital and my stomach still flips. I turn on the radio to try and distract myself because I've heard being an emotional driver is equally as dangerous as being a drunk driver.
You're gone and I gotta stay
High all the time
To keep you off my mind
High all the time
To keep you off my mind
Spend my days locked in a haze
Trying to forget you babe
I fall back down
Gotta stay high all my life
To forget I'm missing you
I arrive to the hospital sooner than I had expected, I owe that to the radio for distracting me. I park the car and I run into the hospital not even remembering if I locked the car but I could care less.
I run to the desk and say "Liam Payne's room please?" The lady at the desk goes on the computer and it feels like an eternity before she says "wing C, room 302"
I say "thanks" and start to jog down the hall to Wing C, and when no ones around I run full pace. I count the numbers next to the doors as I run and pick up the pace as I see room 302.
"Sir do you have any contact information, is there someone we can call to let them know you're here?" The EMT asks. I recite to her Zayn's cell number and then I pass out.
It feels like I've been passed out forever but it's probably only been thirty minutes. I'm already in a hospital room, and it's cold. IV's hooked into my arm and bandages around my arms and I just sigh. What's that phrase -comes with the territory- and I guess that's correct because being a firefighter comes with this stuff. I hear loud thumping in the hall and the thumping belongs to Zayn's heavy black boots. He stands in the room doorway seconds after I hear the thumping of his boots in the hallway. In his eyes is a mix of bittersweet emotion. He's sad; my condition, he's rejoicing; again; my condition. I could have died, that's a given. "Oh babe" is all he says and runs up to my bed and tries to give me a hug, being gentle because I give the appearance of being fragile because of all the different raps and things on me, and he tries to avoid the cords and tubes that I'm unfortunately connected to.
" 'm fine Zayn." I say to him
"but it looks like you hurt" he says with a sad look.
"Eh, nah 'm okay." I say and try to smile to let him know not to worry.
"Where's Lou and Harry and Ni?" He asks me.
"Don't know, hospital didn't call them." I say
"You only had them phone me?" He asks with an apologetic look
There's a knock on the door and the nurse comes in and says "he recited your number to the EMT right before he blacked out" and smiles
Zayn's eyes get a warm look and asks me "what's Lou's number?"
"I don't know" I say to him, curious why he would ask.
"Harry?" He asks again
"Don't know that one either..."
His eyebrows wrinkle and he tries one more time with "your mums?" And I shake my head and say "haven't a clue.."
He runs a hand through his hair and he smiles at me.
"This is gonna sound cheesy but I could care less.... Liam that touches me. You took the time to remember my phone number, and no one else's." And he smiles again, and grabs my hand from his spot at the end of my bed.
"I knew eventually something like this would happen so I couldn't ever leave you in the dark of my whereabouts if I ever got hurt from a fire" I say to him and then, again, hear another pair of heavy boots running in the hall. Michael is in the doorway with his now hot pink hair, skateboard in hand and he looks like he'd been running.
"Yeah thanks Lace, see ya" I say as I walk out of my friend Lacie's house. I run a hand through my newly hot pink hair as I walk down the pavement, heading home. It takes me awhile to get there but the walk is nice. I head up the stairs to the third floor where Liam and Zayn's flat is. I go to open the door, but it's locked. Hmm. Usually it's not, Zayn would be home because school ends at 2:30 and it's well past 3... I reach up to the frame surrounding the flat door and I find the spare key that Zayn told me about. I open the flat and leave the key back on the top of the frame. I greet Loki; rather Loki greets me with jumps and a wildly wagging tail. "Hey Lowkeey" I say, smiling at the dog. I walk into my room and throw my backpack on the cot I sleep on. My skateboard is in the corner and I hasn't ridden in awhile so I grab it and change my shoes from flip flops to my lace up boots. I go to the kitchen and grab a bottle of water out of the fridge, and notice a note on the counter. "Michael I am at midway hospital, Liam is in emergency quick care" and it's signed "-z".
I throw the bottle on the counter and I run out the door, grabbing the spare key and locking the door behind me and running down the stairs as fast as possible. I am so glad I grabbed my skateboard because I could never walk that quick enough. I skate there, hoping that Liam is okay. Liam and Zayn aren't just my place to stay, I feel like they're my family. I have only known them for a little while but we just sort of clicked, and they took care of me when even my family didn't, and it worries me because I care about Liam and I care about Zayn and that's why I'm heading to the hospital.