"Please be okay? Please be okay?" I whispered to myself, rocking back and to on the sand and holding her hand to my lips. Her eyes were shut and she was still, Michael waved the ambulance in, the sirens stopped and the doors of the ambulance flew open as men in green overalls ran across the sand.
"What happened here?" The paramedic asked, I moved over so he could get near her head.
"Her names Molly, she's 17, she fell and hit her head on the rock, we haven't moved her because we didn't want to make it worse, she's just this minute gone..." I frantically mumbled to the paramedic, desperation in his eyes.
"There's not enough of us to lift her onto a stretcher" the paramedic sighed.
"We'll help?" Asked Calum, gesturing around the group.
"We need 3 of you..." Another paramedic said, walking across the beach with the stretcher. He lay it on the sand next to her.
"Me and Ashton will stay, Calum and Mikey will you take those two back and make sure they pack their bags and leave my house?" I scowled at them, Amber sobbed. "Nathan, do you wanna come?" I asked, turning to him, he nodded timidly. I looked down at the paramedics at work and wanted to break down.
"I'll call Louise..." Jay sniffled, standing up and looking over Molly.
"Over my dead body..." I said stepping towards him.
"No mate, he's right, if Molly's mum should hear it from anyone, it should be him..." Mikey said, shooting him a dirty look. He's right.
"Have fun breaking her heart, thats two in one night, must be some sort of record for you surely?" I spat, scowling at Jay.
"Are we ready?" The paramedic asked, gently positioning his hands either side of Molly's head. I tore my glare away from Jay and focused on what was really important here and that was getting Molly the help that she needed. We positioned ourselves around her and gently lifted her onto the stretcher. I looked down at the jagged rock, painted red and then to the paramedics hands that were dripping with Molly's blood- I think I'm going to be sick? I stepped back queasily and watched the paramedics fasten Molly into place, being extra careful to support her head.
"Are you three chaps ready?" The paramedic asked.
"Yeah!" We said, adjusting ourselves and getting ready to go. There were four handles on the stretcher, the four others got a handle each and I took hold of her cold, weak hand. I let go of her hand so that they could lift her onto the ambulance bed. I peered out into the darkness, saluting at Mikey and Calum who gave sad smiles and shooting the most filthy look I could muster at Amber and Jay. I sincerely hope I never see them again, I took one last look, let the two drivers step past me and closed the doors.
I turned around to see that they had secured a breathing mask on her.
"Poor baby..."Ashton sighed as I took a seat on the bench next to him. He had a light grip on her flimsy hand.
"I know..." I sighed, bowing my head.
"I've known her for years, she's a tough cookie!" Nathan gave a little laugh from the other side of the ambulance and I gave him a sympathetic smile.
"I wonder how her mum is...?" Ashton sighed.
"Devastated, I bet her and Dad are on their way as we speak..." I sighed, thinking about how heart broken Louise must have been when she got the call from Jay...scumbag.
The ambulance made a violent swerve to the right, they were going pretty fast, they must be worried. We came to a stop and the doors were flung open. There were several doctors outside of the doors, the three of us stepped out before they went in to get Molly. She was wheeled straight in through the doors.
"Molly, a 17 year old petit female, pulse 180, heart rate, 160 and a large amount of blood lost through the back of the head" the doctor stated loudly, someone walked along side us making notes on a clipboard.
"You're going to have to stop here..." The doctor said turning to us, I nodded glumly and watched as Molly was rushed through a set of double doors. The silence that now descended on the room was soon interrupted by doors squeaking open and stifled sobs... Her mum. She broke away from Dad and ran to me.
"Is she going to be okay?" She asked as I hugged her.
"I don't know, I really don't..." I sighed, bending down to hug her.
"Ash, Nath..." Dad smiled, nodding in acknowledgement in their direction and then his eyes were fixed on mine. A stern look on his face and a cold gaze meeting my own. I couldn't worry about that now, I just hugged Louise and promised her as best as I could that everything was going to be okay. I was telling her over and over again that she'd be alright, for her, but also for myself...
A few hours had past, we sat in the corridor and the five of us looked up every time anyone walked past expectantly, only to be greeted with a sympathetic smile.
"How could you let this happen Lucas?" Dad hissed in my ear, quiet enough so that noone heard. I turned to look at him and the grim look he had on his face, and I just couldn't answer him. I agree, how could I let this happen?
A Doctor pushed open the double doors, they swung several times before meeting and closing. He stopped in front of us, I just about found the strength to turn and look at him.
"Molly has received some serious, serious damage to the back of her head. She's been in surgery for the past 3 hours and we've just about managed to re-align her skull. She's currently unconscious in her bed, unlikely to wake up until the morning, but if any of you or all of you would like to see her, please follow me this way?" The doctor smiled pacing off down the corridor. The five of us couldn't move quick enough to get to see her.
"Do you really think you should be coming in here?" Dad hissed, I stopped taken aback.
"John, don't be so ridiculous?! It was Luke that looked after her and got her here in the first place. Of course he's welcome in here?" Louise said, stepping away from John, walking over to link my arm and walking me into the room with her. But I wish she hadn't, I wanted to throw up at the very sight of her.
She had tubes up her nose, a tube round her neck, a drip in her hand that was pumping some thick orange fluid into her, she had various wires connecting to all different machines that surrounded the bed.
"Awh no..." Ashton gasped from somewhere behind me. I looked at her face, black and blue and the majority of her hair had been hacked off for the operation. This was enough for Louise, she couldn't stand the site of it, she broke down in front of us all.
"My beautiful, little girl" she sobbed.
"I'm going to have to take her home, are you coming now or?" Dad asked, while cradling Louise.
"Later" I said sadly, unable to take my eyes off her. Dad placed his hand on my shoulder, took one last look around the room, shook his head and walked off. The door shut behind them both and we listened to Molly's mums quiet sobs trail off down the corridor as they went. The door opened and a nurse walked in.
"I brought you some chairs?" The nurse smiled, placing two blue plastic chairs just inside the door and leaving.
"You take that one mate?" Ashton pointed to the large comfy chair next to Molly, I nodded. I would have argued but I wanted to be sat as close as I possibly could be to her and hold her hand. Ashton and Nathan went and sat around the other side of the room.
We sat in silence for the majority of the time, I had hold of Molly's hand with both of mine and could not bring myself to let go. Nathan had hold of her other hand and Ashton occasionally and very delicately stroked her head.
"We best make a move mate? It's 1am" Ashton stretched.
"I'm gonna stay here" I yawned, there was no way I was leaving her here incase she woke up early, she'd be terrified on her own.
"Well I'll take Nathan back with me then and then run him back here in the morning?" Ashton turned, looking to Nathan, Nathan nodded appreciatively and the two of them stood up, Ashton kissed the back of Molly's hand and Nathan bent down and planted a light kiss on her forehead. I could see how pained they both were by what they were seeing, especially Nathan.
"Thanks for your help lads..." I smiled appreciatively.
"Always a pleasure!" Ashton smiled sweetly.
"Let me know if you need anything Luke?" Nathan said, handing me a piece of paper with his number printed nearly on it.
"Course I will, you'll be first to know mate" I smiled as they made their way to the door, before gently closing it behind them. And then I was left alone with Molly.
After some time, the door creaked open and a nurse peered round the door.
"Lights out?" She whispered, smiling brightly at me. I nodded, she flicked the switch and I was sat I darkness, clinging onto Molly's hand with everything I had...
I felt myself drifting off to sleep. I didn't want to leave her, but I had to sleep, I drifted off with her small hand cupped inside my own.
"Luke?" A timid voice croaked.
Am I dreaming or...? I opened my eyes and there she was, still asleep in the darkness. I settled back down into the chair and closed my eyes again, holding her hand tightly
"Luke?" A voice called again, this time male, this definitely wasn't Molly. Amber and Jay were stood in the doorway.
"What are you doing here, you're not welcome here..." I scowled. Amber was staring at Molly and crying.
"We... We wanted to see her, we didn't think you'd be here..." Jay whispered shakily.
"Well I am, she'll be terrified, I'm not leaving her..." I hissed angrily.
"Luke, please can we speak to you outside? If she can hear us, this'll be very distressing for her..." Jay sighed, looking glumly at Molly.
"Fine, but only for a minute" I groaned, squeezing Molly's hand and stepping out of the room.
"We want to apologise Luke, we brought her some flowers..." Jay sighed as Amber handed me a bunch of roses.
"What, and you thought this was going to make things all better did you... Wrong!" I shouted, tossing the flowers over my shoulder and down the corridor.
"I'm so sorry Luke, I really really am..." Amber sniffed.
"Sorry doesn't even come close..." I scowled. Suddenly, a loud beeping noise could be heard pouring out from under Molly's door. I rushed back into the room with Amber and Jay in tow, the machines were going crazy and Molly's body was shaking and writhing. Various doctors flooded into the room.
"You need to leave... Now!" A doctor asked, placing his hand on my arm.
"No, please... I need to stay with her?" I asked nervously, looking over his shoulder as people got to work on Molly.
"I'm really going to have to ask you to leave Sir..." The doctor said, placing his hands on my chest and guiding me towards the door. Amber and Jay were already outside.
"Please, NO! PLEASE!" I begged shakily as the door was slammed shut and locked in my face. I slid down the wooden door as the curtains were drawn blocking my view from the small glass window. I began to cry, I felt a comforting hand on my shoulder, it was Amber, I didn't care any more, I turned round and buried my head into her as she hugged me....