Across The World || Dan Howell

Dan and Phil move into a bigger apartment because they decided to take in an exchange student. Meanwhile, Avery is on her way to London to meet her host family, who happens to be Dan and Phil. What happens when she gets there is more than she expected.


14. The Accident

Chapter 12

"The Accident"

~ The Next Day ~

Avery's POV

"Tell me how it happened again", Rachel said from her end of the phone.

"I'd rather not because one: I've told you a million times and 2: He's right next to me", I laughed.

"Alright", Rachel laughed.

"When are you and Phil getting back?", I asked.

"We'll be back sometime tonight", she said.

"Mkay", I said, "Well, I've got to go. Dan and I are going to the cinema to see The Forest with Charlotte and Louis".

"Alright. Talk to you later", Rachel said.

"Okay. Goodbye", I said.

"Bye", she said. Then we hung up.

Dan and I had just arrived at the cinema. When we walked in, Charlotte and Louis were already there.

"Hello!", Louis said.

"Hi Louis, Charlotte", Dan said.

"Hi Dan. Hey Avery", Charlotte said.

"Hello", I said.

"Well, shall we go?", Louis asked.

"We shall", I said.

Louis and Charlotte had already bought our tickets, so we immediately went and found our seats. We picked seats closer to the back of the theater because we didn't feel like hurting our eyes by sitting close to the front.

"One of my biggest fears is trees so I'm going to be terrified", Dan said.

"Same here", I said.

Phil's POV

"Are you sure you have to go now?", my mum asked.

"Yeah mum we should be getting back", I said.

"Alright, but just so you know, you can come any time", she said.

"Definitely", Rachel smiled.

"Mkay. See you later mum", I said as I hugged her goodbye.

"Bye, Phil. Bye Rachel", my mum said.

"Bye", Rachel said as we walked out the door and got a cab back to the apartment.

"I really like your family", Rachel smiled as we were on our way home.

"That's good because they like you too", I said.

The rest of the car ride was pretty silent. When we were about 10 minutes away from the apartment, that's when it happened. That's when we were hit on my side. The last thing I heard before I blacked out was sirens wailing in the distance.

Avery's POV

We were about halfway into the movie and Dan and I were both petrified. 

"This movie is terrifying", Dan whispered.

"I don't know if I can keep watching this", I said. Then my phone started vibrating. It was Rachel.

"Saved by the bell. I'm gonna take this", I whispered to Dan.

"Mkay", He said.

So I stepped out into the hallway and answered the call.

"Hello?", I said.

No answer.

"Rachel?", I said.

"Avery...", she said slowly.

"Rachel are you okay?", I panicked.

"We...we were a drunk driver", she said.

"Are you guys okay?", I asked worriedly. 

"N-no...Phil...he...he isn't moving", she said weakly.

"Where are you?", I asked.

"We're on Dan and Phil's street...3 blocks from the apartment", she said.

"We're coming right now", I said before I hung up.

I rushed back into the theater and said, "Dan, we've got to go and we've got to go now".

"Why what's wrong?", he asked.

"It's Rachel and Phil. They've been in a wreck", I said.

Dan jumped out of his seat and ran out of the theater, taking me by the hand. He quickly called a taxi and we were soon on our way.

"Dan?", I said.

He didn't answer. He was just staring straight ahead with a blank expression on his face.

"Dan?", I said again as I waved my hand in front of his face.

"Hm? What? Sorry I was thinking", he said.

"What were you thinking?", I asked.

"I...I just...I just don't want Phil to die", he choked as a few tears fell down his face.

"Dan, don't think like that. He'll be okay", I said as I let Dan lay his head on my shoulder. We rode the rest of the car ride in silence.

When we got to Dan and Phil's street, we saw 2 ambulances and 3 police cars. We got out of the taxi and ran over to the scene.

"Excuse me, you're not allowed to be here", the officer said.

"Those are our friends!", Dan yelled so he could be heard over all the noise.

We pushed past all of the police officers and paramedics and we saw it. The entire right side of the car was practically all caved in.

"Where...where are they?", Dan asked the nearest medic. The medic just pointed to some other medics who were helping Rachel onto a stretcher. She had a black eye and what looked like a broken arm and a broken leg. There was a good chance she had some broken ribs as well.

"Rachel! Rachel are you okay?", I asked as we rushed over.

"Do I look okay to you?", she said.

"Even when you're badly injured, you still manage to be sarcastic", I said.

"Where's Phil?", Dan asked.

"He's in the other ambulance", Rachel said.

Dan and I made our way to the back of the other ambulance and sure enough, there was Phil, unconscious on a stretcher.

"Is he going to be okay?", Dan asked.

"Well, we don't know. He suffered severe head trauma as well as a broken leg and a few cracked ribs", the medic said.

Then another medic came up to us and said, 'We need to get these guys to the hospital. Only one person can ride in the back with them".

"I'll go with Rachel and you go with Phil", I said to Dan. He just nodded and got into the back of the ambulance with Phil.

I went back to the ambulance that Rachel was and got in the back with her. 

"How is Phil?", Rachel asked.

"He has severe head injury along with a broken leg and broken ribs", I said.

Rachel didn't say anything. She just closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

"Rachel, he'll be okay", I said.

"I hope so", she said.

We arrived at the hospital and Rachel and Phil were immediately taken inside, with Dan and I following close behind.

"You will have to wait here", a nurse said.

"But-", Dan began.

"Sorry it's the rules", she said.

So Dan and I couldn't do anything but sit back and watch Rachel and Phil disappear behind the double-doors. 

We went and sat in the waiting room. Well, I sat. Dan just paced back and forth.

Again, doctors came in and out of the waiting room, but none of them had any news about how Rachel and Phil were doing.

Wee had been waiting in the waiting room for about an hour when a doctor came in and said, "Friends of Phil and Rachel?"

"Yes. Yes that's us. How are they doing? Are they okay?", Dan said.

"The girl is fine. She only had a broken leg and a broken arm which are being fixed", the doctor said.

"And...and Phil?", I asked.

"Unfortunately, he has slipped into a coma", the doctor said.

Author's Note:

There's Chapter 12! Although it is quite sad, it is one of my better chapters and I hope you liked it :) Thank you so much for reading this story I'm so proud of it :) Please fan, like, comment, favorite, and share :)

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Love you xx



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