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.


27. The Second Time

Chapter 24

"The Second Time"

Avery's POV

"Is he alive?", I asked the doctor.

"Well...", he began to say, "he hasn't woken up yet. We got the bullet out in surgery, but we don't know when he'll wake up. It's quite possible that he went into a coma".

My heart began to sink. First this happened to Phil, and now Dan.

"C-can we see him?", I asked, trying my best not to cry.

"Of course. Follow me this way", the doctor said.

The doctor led us through a pair of double doors and then down a long white hallway. After a few lefts and rights, we reached Dan's room. Room 232.

"He's right in there", said the doctor.

"Thank you, doctor...", I began to say.

"Oh, it's Smith. John Smith", the doctor said.

"Thank you, Doctor Smith", I said. 

Doctor Smith just smiled and nodded.

Phil and I walked into Dan's room and saw him laying there in his hospital bed. His shoulder was all bandaged and he was practically lifeless. It looked as though most of the color had drained from his face.

"Could you you please give us a minute?", Phil asked me as he tried his hardest not to cry in front of me.

"Of course, Phil. I'll just be outside", I said. He just nodded his head as if to say "thank you".

Phil's POV

"Could you you please give us a minute?", I asked Avery.

"Of course Phil. I'll just be outside", she said. I just nodded as she left the room.

I walked over to Dan's bedside and sat down. I looked at his colorless face for any sign of life. Nothing, so i tried talking to Dan.

"Hey mate", I said, "I hope you're doing alright. I guess I should tell you what's been going on. When you and I tried to save Avery from Angelica, you were shot. But don't worry. The police arrested Angelica and her friends".

No movement came from Dan other that his chest rising and falling.

"But right before you got shot, you asked Avery to marry you if you lived through this, and she said yes. You have to live, mate. You just have to", I said to Dan.

"Please. Please wake up soon. We all miss you. I miss you", I said lastly.

Avery's POV

I walked out of the room and shut the door quietly. Then I made a phone call. A phone call that had been long overdue.


"Rachel?", I said

"Avery! I haven't heard from you in so long! How are things?", Rachel said.

"Well...", I started to say.

"What's wrong? What's been going on?", Rachel asked worriedly.

"What was the last thing you heard?", I asked.

"The last thing I heard was that you guys were in Ireland", Rachel answered.

"Well...we're in France now", I said.

"What?! France?", Rachel said.

"Yeah. No matter where we were, Angelica kept finding us somehow. All the odds seemed to be against us. A little after we got to France, Dan got sick and Phil and I went to get him medicine. Phil and I were at Starbucks when I realized that I had left my wallet at the place where we got the medicine. When I went back to find it, that's when she found me. How? I don't know. But when Dan and Phil tried to save me, Angelica...she...she shot Dan", I said, holding back tears.

"She shot Dan?! Is he alive? Is he alright?", Rachel asked.

"Um...I don't really know. They got the bullet out in surgery, but he hasn't woken up yet and the doctor said that he could've slipped into a coma", I said.

"Aw Ave...I'm so sorry. Please never hesitate to call me if you need anything", Rachel said.

"I won't. Thank you", I said.

"I have to go now, Avery. But call me later okay?", Rachel said.

"Of course I will. Bye, Rachel", I said.

"Goodbye", she said before she hung up.

Right at that moment, Phil walked out of Dan's room.

"You can go in there now. I'm going to give Dan's mum a call", said a teary-eyed Phil.

"Mkay, Phil", I said.

I walked into Dan's room to find nothing had changed. He was just as still and lifeless as before.

I sat in the chair on Dan's bedside and scooted closer to him. I took his hand in mine and I didn't say anything for awhile. I just sat there, holding his hand.

"Hello, love", I said, "I miss you.  Phil sure misses you. Well, we all do. And your mom has no idea that any of this is happening. The doctors say they aren't sure when you'll wake up, but  I know you'll wake up soon. You just have to".

I sat there for about another half hour just sitting by Dan's side and holding his hand, saying nothing.

Lastly, I got up and whispered in Dan's ear, "When you wake up, we'll start planning the wedding".

Phil's POV

As soon as I was alone in the hallway outside of Dan's hospital room, I decided to call Dan's mum. After all, we hadn't talked to her since we told her we were "taking a vacation" to Ireland.

"Hello?", Dan's mum said from the other end of the line.

"Hello, Mrs. Howell", I responded.

"Oh hello Phil! How's the vacation in Ireland?", she said cheerfully.

"Actually, Mrs. Howell, we didn't go to Ireland for a vacation", I said.

"What do you mean?", she asked.

"Have you ever heard of a girl named Angelica Jensen?", I asked.

"Yes. Yes I have. I know that name and I know it well", she said.

"She was the real reason we went to Ireland. She found us in London and she found us again in Ireland. How? I don't know", I said.

"So where are you all now?", she asked.

"France", I replied.

"France? This is Angelica's doing, isn't it?", she asked.

"Yes, ma'am", I said.

"How's Dan?", she asked, changing the subject.

"Um...", I started to say.

"What? What happened to my son?", she asked worriedly.

"Mrs. Howell, he was shot", I said.

Mrs. Howell was silent. No cries, no screams, nothing. I think she was just too shocked to do anything.

"Is he alive?", she asked finally.

"Yes, but the doctors think he's in a coma because he hasn't woken up from surgery yet. It becoming harder for him to breathe", I said.

"Oh dear Lord be with my son", Mrs. Howell said, "Phil, please look after him".

"Of course, Mrs. Howell", I said.

"Thanks you, Phil. Goodbye", she said.

"Goodbye, Mrs. Howell", I said. Then I hung up and Avery walked out of Dan's room.

"Are you alright?", I asked Avery.

"As alright as I can be in a situation like this. How about you?", she said.

"Same", I said, "Well, are you ready to head out?"

"No, but I guess I have to be", Avery said.

End Of Chapter 24

Apologies for this chapter being late!

But I hope you enjoyed it :)

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Love you xx



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