When I wake up in Niall's room, I look out the window. It's dark. Crap. I carefully extract myself from Niall's arm, trying to not wake him up. He wakes up anyway. "Ally, where are you going? It's the middle of the night," he says. "I know, I just thought maybe I should get back to camp..." I trail off, seeing the disappointed look on his face. "I guess I could stay until morning," I add, smiling. He smiles too. "Good. I don't want you leaving until it's light out." I crawl back until I'm snuggled right up against him. His chest rises and falls slightly, and I fall asleep again soon with Niall keeping me warm.
That morning when I wake up, I'm reluctant to leave. "Just go," Niall tells me. "I'll stay here and rot in the hospital." He smiles when he says it, like he's joking, but it rubs me the wrong way. "Niall!" I practically yell. "You are not rotting in this hospital. Soon enough, you'll be perfectly fine, and then you can leave." He nods. "Sorry Ally." I shake my head. "No, it's fine. I just don't want you to think like that." He beckons me over to his bedside, where he kisses me on the cheek. "Will I see you tomorrow?" he asks hopefully. I nod. "Yeah, definitely." I hug him, wave, and leave. Back at camp, everyone asks where I was last night. "The hospital," I reply. "You spent the night there?" Emma asks incredulously. I nod. "By accident. I just fell asleep." Lacey looks up from her phone. "We were thinking of going to see him later." I smile at her. "He'll like that." Liam pulls me aside. "Ally, we need to talk," he says. "Yeah?" I say, worried. "I'm really worried about Niall," Liam admits. "Why?" I ask. "He seems okay right now." Liam sighs. "Right now, yeah. But I've been through this with him before. And I'm scared that...something might happen to him. I couldn't bear it, Ally. Nothing can happen." Liam breaks down crying. I hug him. "Nothing is going to happen to him, Liam. If he's survived before, I'm sure he can do it again." Liam wipes his eyes. "But that's just it, what if he can't do it again? What if he's weak and can't fight it this time?" I never even thought about it like that. "The last word I would use to describe Niall is weak," I say reassuringly. "He'll be okay. I know it." Liam nods and thanks me. "I just...I feel like I can talk to you about this because you two are...well, I don't really know what's going on between you guys. But you know what I mean." I shrug. "I don't know what's going on between me and him either," I admit. "He really likes you," Liam says. I smile a little. "I kind of figured." Lacey calls over to us, "Guys! We're going to see Niall! Are you coming?" I shake my head, and Liam tells her he's going later. "I actually have to get to photography," he says. "I have to go to tennis," I reply. We head off in separate directions after seeing Lacey, Emma, and Zayn off. I'm practicing serves when Mrs. Laney, the head of the camp, approaches me. "You're Ally, right?" she asks. "Yes," I say, lowering my racket. "Is there a problem?" She looks down. "You're friends with Zayn, Emma, and Lacey?" I nod, worry gnawing at my insides. "I'm sorry to tell you this, but they've been in an accident." I pause. "An accident," I reply slowly. She nods. "A car accident. I don't know how bad yet." I swallow hard. "Liam...does Liam know?" I choke out. Mrs. Laney says no. "I was going to him next," she says. And then I'm running. Running to find Liam, running toward my friends. Are they alive? I hear Mrs. Laney calling after me, but I ignore her. This can't be happening.