Fighting For You

Sequel to Falling For Hood

Calum is on a 6 month tour with his band, 5 Seconds of Summer. Helen is still in Australia, trying to keep their relationship alive. With Calum gone, Helen feels like she's in hell without him. What will happen when the two start to get reckless? Calum has his bandmates for help and support, but Helen, she has no one. Will Calum and Helen survive the 6 months? Or will they break their promises to each other?


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87. Chapter 87 : Grave Encounters In Real Life

Calum's POV

 

 

"I fucking hate you for dragging me into this!" Helen exclaimed as she got out of the car. 

"It'll be fun," I said.

"Where'd you even find this place?" She asked.

"Google," I replied.

"That's reassuring."

I laughed and took her hand. "Don't worry. You're with me," I kissed her.

"My hero," She exasperated.

We both stared at the two-story house that sat in the middle of nowhere. The night was fresh. The moon radiated it's light down on the dark night. The stars sprinkled throughout the sky. 

The house in front of us was clearly abandoned. It's windows were broken. The paint was chipped and the wood was rotting away. We began walking towards the house. I squeezed Helen's hand as I went up the steps, she was close behind.

"Do you have the flashlights?" I asked.

"Yea," She replied and began rumbling through the backpack she carried. "Here they are." She handed me the metal LED flashlight and I clicked it on. Helen turned her own flashlight on and we entered the house. 

The floorboards creaked under our feet. Helen pressed her body against me and held my hand. Spider webs hung from the ceiling. My eyes followed the light. There was a staircase that lead to the second floor. The wooden railing was beaten up. 

The wallpaper was ripped from the wall and was now exposing the holes in it. The white paint looked brown and old.

"This is sketchy," Helen said.

I nodded. 

We walked into what seemed the kitchen. One inch dust covered every piece of furniture.

"Hey Cal," I turned to Helen to held a skillet, "Want some food?"

I shook my head before we both burst out laughing. She set the pan down and we walked further into the house. I walked behind Helen as she lead the way. I poked her ribs and she screamed loudly. I laughed.

"Calum!" She exclaimed. "Don't do that!"

"What?" I asked through my laugh attack.

"You know I'm ticklish!"

"I'm sorry, love," I continued laughing.

We suddenly heard a whimper. My smile faded away and my head snapped to the doorway. My heart began to beat faster. 

"What was that?" Helen whispered.

"I don't know," I replied. We stayed still for a couple seconds. "C'mon, let's go. I don't feel like sticking around to explore what the hell made that noise" I took her hand and we began leaving the house. We navigated through the hallways. I extended my arm and moved a curtain out of our way. I broke into a run with Helen right behind me. I never let go of her hand.

The exact same noise rang out through the house. I needed to get Helen out of here.

"Calum, wait! Stop!" She came to an abrupt stop. 

"What is it?" I asked.

"I think...That sounds like a dog," She said tenaciously.

"What?" I asked. "What would a dog be doing in here?"

Another whimper. The urge to leave grew stronger.

"Let's just go," I said.

"No, I know how a dog sounds," She sprinted up the stairs. 

"Dammit," I ran after her. Dust elevated as our feet stomped on the stairs. My flashlight bounced wildly as I followed after her. 

"Calum!" She exclaimed.

"Helen!" I called.

My eyes fell upon the different decorations of the house. 

"Oh my god."

I followed Helen's voice until I found her in a room. She stood besides a big dog. She looked weak and worn out. My heart shattered at the sight of her. Her puppies whimpered at her side. 

"Holy shit," I said.

"Calum, we can't just leave her here. Who knows how long she's been here," Helen said.

"Are you suggesting we take her home?" I asked.

"We need to take her to the vet."

"At this time?"

"No, it's not open. First thing in the morning, we'll take her. Who knows how many bad living conditions she and her puppies have gone through."

I nodded. 

Helen knelt at the dog's side and pet her head. 

"Hi puppy," She smiled before taking her backpack off and rumbling through it. She brought out a small pack of crackers and took one out before swinging her backpack back on. She waved it in front of the dog and fed her a piece. 

I smiled at the puppies who were investigating my arrival. I looked up to see that Helen got the dog to stand up. 

"Calum, can you pick her up?" she asked.

I nodded and knelt at the dog's side. I wrapped my arms around her chest and back legs before picking her up. She made no effort to resist. Helen took her flannel off and wrapped the four puppies in the flannel before picking them up. 

"Let's go," She said. Mumma dog looked at her puppies in Helen's arms. We walked down the stairs and left the house. Helen opened the door and I set the dog in the backseat, Helen set her puppies next to her. We got in the car and I started the engine before racing out of the dirt road. 

Helen constantly looked into the backseat. From the corner of her eye I saw her chewing on her bottom lip. I rested my hand on her thigh and gave it a small squeeze. 

"Are you okay?" I asked.

"Just a little worried. She looks so worn out, Cal."

"She'll be okay," I replied.

 

We arrived at the house and Helen unlocked the house door. The puppies whimpered in her arms. Helen set them on the floor.

"Put her here," Helen said, she patted the couch and I set the dog on top. She easily relaxed on the cushion when her puppies huddled around her. 

"What should we call her?" I asked.

"Reyna. It means queen in Spanish," She explained.

"Reyna it is," I replied.

 

"Calum," Helen whispered. "Calum wake up."

My eyes fluttered open. I sat up, Helen was looking at me.

"What is it?" I asked.

"The animal clinic opened thirty minutes ago, let's go," She said.

I nodded and groggily climbed out of bed. I shook the sleep off me by dousing my face with cold water. I rubbed my eyes and followed Helen.

"If you're too tired, I can go alone," She said sympathetically.

I shook my head, "I'm okay."

 

Helen's POV

 

 

We sat in the waiting room. The vet had told me that Reyna was lucky to be found because she was painfully sick and in critical condition. Her puppies were going to get checked for any illness as well.  

I bit down on my bottom lip as I bounced my knee. Calum rubbed my back and exhaled, "She'll be okay."

Thirty minutes later the vet came out of the room. She held a folder and set it on the receptionist desk. There was a grave look on her face. I braced myself for the worst.

"How is she doc?" I asked as I stood up.

"Not very good. She has heartworm disease, it's very serious and due to the fact that she'd been in that state for who knows how long, it's critical," She explained.

I closed my eyes. Calum squeezed my hand, "Is there any way to help her? A cure?"

"There is but it's both expensive and very painful to her. Even if you did choose medication, I don't think she'll make it through very long. She's already in immense pain."

"So what's your solution, doc?" Calum asked.

"It won't be easy but it'll be better for her if you put her down," She replied.

I buried my face in Calum's shoulder as we were given the news. His arms comforted me as I tried not to cry. We barely found Reyna but I already grew a strong bond with her. Not to mention the fact that her puppies will grow up with no mother. 

"I'm very sorry," The vet added.

'How are the puppies?" Calum asked. I turned to the vet.

"They're healthy, will need vaccinations to prevent any serious diseases and rabies, but other than that, they're doing well," She smiled.

"Can we see her? Before..." I trailed off. 

She nodded, "Right this way." She opened the door where Reyna was laying on the bed. Her tail wagged slightly at the sight of us and my heart nearly shattered. She was barely starting to find comfort in us and she'd have to leave this world.

"Hi Reyna," I smiled and scratched her head. 

"So are you going to put her down?" She asked.

I looked at Calum and he gave me an encouraging smile. My eyes drifted back to the doctor. I looked back to Reyna who was looking at me with pain-filled eyes. As if she knew when was happening and she was accepting it. "Yes," I finally said.

"I'll get everything prepared," The vet said. "I'll give you a few minutes."

"Calum," I sobbed. 

"Shh," He cooed and hugged me tightly. "It's gonna be okay," but even he nearly choked on his own words. 

We both knelt in front of Reyna. I just stared at her and caressed her short fur. She took in short, shallow breaths. 

"I've never had to do this," I said.

"What?" Calum asked.

"Put down a dog. Now I understand why it's so hard and I barely even knew her. Imagine if it were with Billie....god forbid," I said. 

"Hey, remember what the doctor said, it's for her own good. She's already in immense pain," He added.

I nodded.

Minutes later the vet came back inside. She stood next to the closed door. Calum rested his hand on my back. I stood up and nodded. She got to work and began to fill the needle with a clear liquid. I didn't take my hand off Reyna.. 

"Ready?" The vet asked.

I nodded once again and watched as she injected the liquid in Reyna's IV. Soon enough, her eyes began to glaze over until her eyelids shut permanently. Calum pulled me into his chest. I sobbed quietly as he held me in his arms. 

They say we did something good, yet why does it feel so terrible?  

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