The Show

Juliette Carter has it all, the best friend, the boyfriend, and the career. The 20 year old actress has just landed a perfect job in a new tv show. Who are her mysterious coworkers? How will her career pan out? How will the rest of her life pan out?

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3. Gone

Jules, what's wrong?” I just sat there shocked. “JULIETTE!” Reese yelled, shaking me.

 

Max was hit by a car.” I spit out.

 

What?”

 

MAX WAS HIT BY A CAR!”

 

Aw Jules.”

 

I have to go.”

 

I'll drive you.”

 

No. I have to go by myself.”

 

Jules, you're in no condition to drive.”

 

You can't come. You two hate each other. I love you both, but I have to be there for him by myself.”

 

Alright.”

 

You can stay here, or go to your house. I don't know when I'll be back.” I gave Reese a passionate kiss before I left.

 

Once I arrived at the hospital I ran up to his room. I walked in to see him with a tube in his mouth. He had an IV and his head was bandaged. He had a cast on his leg, arm, and foot.

 

Dammit Max.” I mumbled under my breath.

 

Juliette Carter I presume?”

 

Yes, and you are?”

 

I'm Dr. Chase Parker.”

 

Hello.” I said shaking his hand. “Is he going to make it?”

 

It's too early to tell. Honestly, it doesn't look good right now. But we're doing everything we can.”

 

Thank you.” I said giving a sweet smile.

 

I couldn't just sit there and watch him struggle to survive. I decided to go down to the gift shop. I found his favorite magazine, or maxazines as he like to call them, and bought it.

 

Hey Max! I got your favorite Maxazine, it's got some stories about me! You might be

mentioned in one or two of them.”

 

I sat down in the chair and read some of the stories to him. “Juliette Carter Accepts TV Show With One Direction!” I read to him. “Oh! Here's another one! Carter and Ryan Getting Closer. Marriage In Their Future?” Nothing. He still just laid there. Lifeless. I couldn't do this. I walked out of his room.

 

Dr. Parker?” I said tapping him on the shoulder.

 

Yes ma'am.” He said turning around.

 

Is there any decision I have to make about him? Like a surgery or something?”

 

Not at this time.”

 

If he doesn't show brain activity within a week I think we should pull the plug. It literally kills me to say this. But if he's brain dead and he does recover, he won't be himself. And he won't be able to act. It's something we've actually talked about. It kills me right now, but I have to say this.”

Alright. If in one week he shows no brain activity, we'll pull the plug.”

 

Thank you. If he dies is it going to hurt?”

 

It shouldn't. Since he's brain dead, he can't feel pain. Normally not being able to feel pain is a

condition we call congenital analgesia, however, you can't just develop this, so don't worry, if he does wake up he will feel pain again. But that's a big if.”

 

Alright, well do you think that he'll just suddenly develop brain activity? Or is it going to be something that takes a long time.”

 

Well you're only giving him a week. So it doesn't matter what I say.”

 

Oh but it does. I'll extend that time period if you say that I should.”

 

I cannot tell you one thing or another, all I can say is, it might take a while, but the longer he goes without brain activity, the more messed up he'll be.”

 

Doctor. What should I do?”

 

Two weeks.” He mumbled under his breath.

 

Doctor, in two weeks if Max doesn't show brain activity, let's pull the plug.”

 

Alright.” I had to fight back my tears. “I'm sorry.” The doctor said giving me a hug.

 

It's not your fault. Don't apologize.” I said walking away. I couldn't stay in this hospital. I know should, but I just couldn't sit there as he slowly died. When I pressed the button to the elevator I heard the distinct sound of someone flat lining.

 

Code Blue! He's coding!” I heard coming from Max's room.

 

No!” I said running into his room.

 

Charge to 300!” Dr. Parker commanded.

 

Charged.” A nurse responded.

 

Alright, clear!” He said as he shocked Max. I saw his body flop around. “Nothing. Alright, charge again!”

 

Charged.”

 

Clear!” Still nothing.

 

Max! I need you! Please!” I shouted from the doorway.

 

Get her out of here!” Dr. Parker screamed as he started doing CPR. “Come on!” He shouted. Two male nurses pushed me out of the room.

 

Please ma'am we need you to calm down. We're sorry, but your fiance probably won't make it.”

 

He's not my fiance.” I said harshly. I was bawling and trying to fight my way back into his room. Come on Max! You can't leave me! You have to see me get married, you have to get your big break! “COME ON MAXWELL!” I yelled at the top of my lungs.

 

“Ma'am. We need you to calm down! They can't do their job when you're freaking out like that!” The nurse yelled at me.

 

The beeping stopped and the doctor walked out of Max's room. Please be good news! I thought to myself. I had a feeling it would be ok.

 

“Ms. Carter.” The doctor said pulling me aside.

 

“Mhm.”

 

“We're sorry. We did everything we could. His body was just too weak, he couldn't handle all the injuries. We're so very very sorry.”

 

“Don't apologize. It wasn't your fault.” I said fighting back the tears. I leaned against the wall and just let my body fall to the ground. “No. No. Max. You were supposed to be at my wedding, hell you were supposed to be in my wedding.” I said to myself. I heard the elevator ring and someone got on it, but as I looked up I saw Harry standing there. He looked up and saw me and squeezed out of the elevator door.

 

“Jules!” He shouted. “Oh my gosh. What happened? Why are you crying?” He said wiping away my tears.

 

“Maxwell.” I said between sobs.

 

“Who's Max? And what happened?” He said sitting down beside me.

 

“My bestfriend. And he got hit by a car. He's....dead.”

 

“Aww. Jules I'm so sorry.”

 

“Don't apologize!” I snapped. “Wait. Why are you here?”

 

“The boys were messing around and Zayn accidentally pushed Louis and he fell and hit his head off the corner of the coffee table. Liam insisted we come here instead of just putting a band aid on it. And I decided to explore.”

 

“Oh.”

 

“Is Reese here? I'd love to meet him.”

 

“No. Reese and Max didn't really get along.”

 

“Oh. Well if you need someone to be here with you, I'll stay. The boys can go without me.”

 

“No, it's ok. There's no real reason for me to be here anymore.”

 

“Then come on.” He stood up and put his hand out to help me up.

 

“Thanks.”

 

“Let me drive you home. You're in no condition to drive. I'll have the boys follow us home, and then I'll go home with them.”

 

“No, you don't have to go out of your way.”

 

“I want to!”

 

“I don't want to be any trouble.”

 

“Stop! I insist!”

 

“Alright...” The entire ride home I cried, but this cry was much different from before this was a silent cry.

 

“Jules, I know you're upset, but is there anything I can do to help.”

 

“No.” I said softly.

 

“You sure?”

 

“Yepp.”

 

“We can postpone shooting if you want.”

 

“No we can't. And Max wouldn't have wanted that anyway.”

 

“Juliette, I just want you to know I'm here for you. I know you have your boyfriend...”

 

“Fiance.”

 

“Congrats! Anyway, I know you have your fiance and all, but I'm here if you wanna talk.”

 

“Thanks.” The rest of the way home was quiet. When we arrived at my house I gave Harry a quick peck on the cheek. “Thanks again.”

 

I noticed that Reese's car wasn't in my driveway anymore. Great. I lost my best friend and my boyfriend isn't even here to comfort me. I walked in and climbed straight into bed. I just laid there and cried. I don't even remember falling asleep.

 

I woke up to a phone call from Reese.

 

“Hello?” I said half asleep.

 

“Hey beautiful! How'd you sleep?”

 

“Not good. Max is...Max is...Max is dead.”

 

“What?!”

 

“Early this morning. Around 2:00.”

 

“Jules, I'm so sorry.”

 

“Don't apologize.”

 

“Well is there anything I can do?”

 

“No. I have to get to the studio. I'll talk to you later.”

 

“Bye Mrs. Ryan.”

 

“Not yet Reese.” I said hanging up the phone.

 

Reese's POV

 

“Dammit Steve! You were only supposed to hurt him, NOT kill him!”

 

“What? He's dead?”

 

“Yes! So if you get caught, you will not only get caught for a hit and run, but murder!”

 

“You told me too!”

 

“You have no proof!”

 

“Word of mouth.”

 

“Oh please!”

 

“If I go down, you go down.”

 

“Was there anyone around you?”

 

“No.”

 

“Any cameras?”

 

“No.”

 

“We should be ok.”

 

I can see the headlines now. Hit Movie Star Reese Ryan Convicted of Murder!

 

“Shut up Steven!”

 

Juliette's POV

 

I arrived at the studios and I guess I was early because only the boys were there.

 

“Am I early?” I asked confused.

 

“We got filming pushed back an hour!” Liam said shyly.

 

“Why's that?”

 

“So we could do this for you.”

 

How To Save A Life- The Fray

 

Step one – you say, "We need to talk."
He walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk."
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

 

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
'Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
Pray to God, he hears you
And I pray to God, he hears you

And where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life
How to save a life

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life

 

I was crying by the end of this song.

 

“Thank you boys.”

 

“Jules, why are you crying? Did you not like it?” Zayn asked giving me a hug.

 

“I loved it.”

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