Today is the last day with the boys before I leave tonight at midnight. I’m really going to miss them. We have honestly become best friends. We exchanged numbers because they wanted to keep in touch and be able to still talk to me easily.
We decided to go to a laser tag place and then get lunch and decide what to do after, later on. We got into different teams than last time so now it was Harry, Liam and I and then Zayn, Louis and Niall. The alarm sounded and I took off through a tunnel.
After getting closer to the base my vision became blurry and I stopped and leaned against a wall. I felt a buzz and I saw Niall shoot me but his expression went from happy to worried. The room started spinning faster and then everything went black.
I woke up from a nice peaceful dream because of someone sobbing. When I opened my eyes I saw my mom sitting in a chair next to me. I looked around and realized that I was in a hospital. I got out of the hospital bed and tiptoed towards the door I pressed my ear against the cold wood door, I heard voices but couldn’t make out what they were saying or if I knew them.
I opened the door and I guess it made a noise because the people turned towards me and it was the boys. Niall’s and Louis eyes were red and puffy like they were crying. Louis rushes towards me and picked up me up and spun me around. I laughed and instead of putting me down and letting go he put me down and wraps his arms around me and crushed me into a hug. “We were so worried.” He whispers. I look up and a few tears fall from his eyes and I hug him.
“Sorry.” I say and he chuckles. The other boys take turns giving me a hug and we go into my hospital room. A nurse comes in and by that time my mom is already up. She shoos the boys out of the room and she checks my vitals and a whole bunch of other stuff. I have to stay an extra day because of the doctor’s order but the boys have to leave in three hours so we have to say our goodbyes.
“We’ll call anytime were able.” Liam assures and I smile.
“We got you something. We were planning to give it to you at the airport but that won’t happen now.” Niall says and I smile sadly.
They hand me a box that’s covered in light pink wrapping with the ribbons on it that represent cancer. Inside is a pink sweatshirt and it’s an acrostic1 jacket and the word is Hope. It says my Heart is open to the potential that exists when I strive to survive. The h in heart, o in open, p in potential and e in exists are all-vertical and in big white letters and the other words and letters are black and cursive and they are much smaller than the Hope. Also there are __ bracelets lying in the bottom of the box. Each one has the boys name on it and a sentence on it.
‘Liam- Stay Strong.’
‘Louis- don’t give up.’
‘Zayn- we believe in you.’
‘Niall- we’ll be here until the end’
‘Harry- Kick Cancer’s butt.’
Then the last one was the one that they were selling, ‘Hope For Payton.’
I started tearing up and the boys wiped the tears away.
“This isn’t goodbye.” Louis tells me before kissing my forehead and being taken to the limo by security. I may only be fifteen years old but I will always remember this week.
1. Acrostic- a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in
Each line form a word or words.