The accidential Hacker

Harriet is a struggling painter.. One day she accidentially hacks into someone computer and it turns her whole life upside down

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34. Arrival of a friend

 

 *Harri POV*

 I sit in a chair next to Zac's bed. I am stiff and uncomfortable but nothing will make me move from that spot. Declan has reluctantly gone home for some sleep, promising to return first thing in the morning. I am holding his hand, playing with his fingers and occasionally stroking his face. Somewhere around

sunrise I have the thought that Zac would never be this still, he hates nothing more than being forced to rest. I put my head down on the bed, her fingers intertwined with his, and close my eyes. 

 Most of the day went by in a blur of nurses, people and machines. My brain is unable to process anything thatis said, exhaustion threatening to overcome me, but I refused to leave his side. 

 When Shekinah arrives, she has a change of clothes for me. We hug for a long time. Dr Porter come to see them within a few minutes and brings Shekinah up to speed, and she sits with Zac while I changed my clothes and wash my face. 

 Declan has brought me coffee and snacks during the day to keep me going but I can't stomach food. As

Shekinah and Darryll is once again trying to convince me to take a break and get some sleep, Declan knocks softly on the door.

"Harriet ? There's someone here to see you". He says, looking confused.

I walk slowly out into the hall and is very surprised to see Tom there. Beside the premiere I have met Tom three times, as he was in LA last time Zac was home, and he came over for dinner. A smile very lightly touches my lips. "Hey gorgeous. Are you holding up?" He says. 

I walk over to him and he pulls me into a tight hug. "He's going to be OK, Herri."

"You should go in and see him, Shekinah is in there." I tell him.

I sit with Declan in silence for a few minutes until Shekinah and Tom returns. "I'm going to take you home for a little while, ok?" Tom says gently. 

I shake my head. "Sweetheart you need to rest, and you need to eat. He's going to be here a while and you can't keep going like this."

"I'll stay with him, Harri. I promise I won't leave his side and I'll make sure he knows you're coming back. He wouldn't want you to burn yourself out. He wants you to look after your baby. Save some energy for when he wakes up." Shekinah says.

I want to fight them but is unable to summon the energy to speak. Tom already has my things and he walks me to a cab with his arm around my shoulders.

When we arrived at Zac's house Tom opens the door and lead me inside. He goes to the kitchen and boils the kettle. "Do you want tea? Something to eat?"

I shake my head. "You should sleep then, why don't you go get in to bed and I'll wake you in a couple of hours?"

The mere thought of being in his bed alone is too much, and I can't keep it together any longer. My body gives way under me and I fall to my knees on the floor, silent tears streaming over my face. Tom sit down and pulls me onto his lap, holding me tight as sobs rackes my body. I fight to stay awake,

fight to get back in control, but I am all out of energy, out of fight, and after a few minutes I collapse into Tom's chest and pass out from exhaustion.

 

*Tom POV*

I hold Harriet close to me on the floor until I can barely feel my legs before moving her to the couch, laying her down gently and covering her with a blanket.

I am very worried about Zac, but Mike has called me to look after Harriet, knowing that she wouldn't do it herself. I hate seeing her like this, I know how deeply Zac loves her and their baby, which sparks an urge in me to protect her for his sake. I have met her a couple of times and I really like her, but the kind of love I feel for her is like that of a big brother for his baby sister. 

 I sit down on the couch next to her feet and dozes off watching her sleep.

 

*Harri POV*

Zac! Wake up! You promised me, you have to wake up now. Open your eyes.Please. I need you. I can't live without you, I need you to wake up. Show the doctors you're ok, you're going to be OK. You have to breathe on your own now or they'll make me turn everything off. Zac, please. Oh god please.

 

"Sshhhh. Harri, it's OK. He'll be OK." realised she had been dreaming, and the arms holding me aren't cold like I had imagined, they were warm and they were Tom's. I turn myhead and sobbed uncontrollably into his chest until I can't breathe. "Just breathe, darling. Breathe."

"I can't. I can't do this. I can't make the decisions and I can't live without him. Tom, he was dying and I couldn't wake him up. He promised me, he promised he

would wake up."

"Harri, sweetheart, it was a dream. Shekinah, his father and Mike is with him, he's sleeping and he's

breathing. He's healing. He'll wake up, when he's ready." He tells me softly

"I want to go back to the hospital." I say.

"No, not yet." I push away from him. "Mike called me in Texas, I am filming there, he asked me to come and look after you. I'm worried about Zac too, but I'm here to take care of you. If tough love is what it has to be, then it has to be. I'm not taking you back until you've had a rest and something to eat."

"I just had a rest." I start to argue.

"Harri you were out less than half an hour and you woke up crying. You need to sleep. If you don't he's going to wake up and you'll be a complete mess, you need to look after the baby." He folds his arms. "You're not going back until you've slept.'"

I groan and lay down. "I don't want to sleep, Tom." I say softly, sitting back up. He pats his lap and I cuddled into him, my head on his shoulder and his arms tight around me. 

 

*Tom POV*

I rub her back until she is breathing heavily and goes limp in my arms, waiting a few minutes before laying her back down on the couch. I go outside and sit on the verandah, pulling my hoodie tight around me against the cool evening air. I called Shekinah to check in on Zac, telling that Harri is sleeping, before walking back inside, finding her still sleeping peacefully.  I lay down on the other couch and fall asleep easily, keeping my phone in my hand just in case.  

 

*Harri POW*

 I don't wake up again until just after 5am. I get up and shower without waking Tom, and when I returne dressed, I find him in the kitchen making toast and tea. I go over to him and hug him tight. "I'm sorry. You

were helping me and you didn't deserve that."

Tom laughs softly. "I wouldn't have expected anything else darling." He squeezes my tight. "I'm sorry gorgeous. This is just not fair. I talked to Joel and David, they're both willing to come if you need them, but don't want to bombard you so they'll wait to hear from one of us. Shekinah said there was no change last night, which is good. They'll do more tests today."

"Thank you for calling them. So if I eat we can go?" I ask him.

"Yes."

 

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