The Girls 2

Estal Academy is back! A new year, new students, new friendships.

With all the problems in their lives, can the three girls stick together?

*Contains triggers and emotional subjects people may find distressing/upsetting

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Amber

Everything was just dark. I could hear people talking and muffled noises, but I couldn’t move or talk. I was just silent and stationary, stuck in a coma.

I came around on a Friday morning. It had been exactly three weeks since my asthma attack, since I got rushed into hospital, and since I heard Laine telling Kirsty I only had a 30% chance of surviving. I could feel them touching my hand. It all felt so odd, how I could feel and hear things, but I couldn’t respond, how I couldn’t talk to my best friends and let them know I’m okay. I hadn’t heard Suki’s voice, so I’m assuming she visited in silence, because I’m very sure Suki would visit me. I’d heard Amber a few times, reminding me that I needed to set a date to meet Katrina. I was really disappointed that I couldn’t meet her.

I started coughing, and suddenly my eyes fluttered open. I hit the button behind me which brought in two or three nurses. They all looked at me and quietly cheered to themselves. I knew they were glad I came around. I smiled at them. “Hey sweetheart, you’ve been out for a while.”

I couldn’t move much, but I pointed to my phone. “Friends,” I said.

One of the nurses nodded at me. “I’m Karen,” she announced, “I’ve seen your friend Laine coming in, and I’ve seen Suki a couple of times. She’s never come in the room though, she said she didn’t feel it was right. She always came with this man though, Dan, I think he’s called.”

I nodded, not really knowing who Dan is, but I knew it would be something to do with Lena and Cody. I pointed at my phone again and said, “friends.”

Karen laughed. “Don’t worry, we’ve already contacted Suki and Laine to let them know you’re alright. We also contacted that boyfriend of yours, Dominic?” My eyes must’ve widened because Karen looked concerned, almost questioning if I knew anyone called Dominic. “You do know Dominic, right?” she asked.

I nodded and smiled, reassuring her that I did. She nodded back as she took some blankets and left the room. I was shocked Dom had come to visit me, especially since I’ve been such a bitch to him.

***

A fortnight later, they’d helped me to become mobile again. I can move, talk, breathe without a machine, and I feel back to myself. Laine has visited me a few times, asking if I’ve seen Suki. I told her no, Suki hasn’t bothered to come. Karma bit me though, as the next day, I woke up to find Suki stood at the bottom of my bed. She had black bags under her eyes and looked rough as hell. I patted my bed and she came and sat next to me. “I get released in a few days,” I told her.

Suki nodded. “Karen mentioned it.”

I looked at her face, trying to read her and find out something. Her expression was blank, and her eyes gave nothing away except from a tint of worry. “What’s wrong?” I asked her, “why have you been avoiding me?”

“I didn’t want to see you until you understood what I need to tell you,” she said, “Laine has kept a huge secret from us. Her scholarship is running out, and Grace won’t answer the phone to talk to school about paying for it. She’s leaving at the end of this year, and she didn’t want to tell us, but she told Ashley Martinez.”

Knowing Laine is the performer out of us, I didn’t really expect her to be one to open up and talk to us about her issues. I took Suki’s hand. “I know it upsets you that she didn’t talk to us, but we need to support her. She’ll be having a tough time Suki, so we really need to help her. You and I both know she’d stick by us if we were having a hard time.”

I felt Suki’s pulse speed up. “I know. God, I feel selfish now. I’ve been staying with Lena since you’ve been in here. I’ve not even spoken to Laine.”

“She’ll forgive you,” I reassured her, “just talk to her. I promise it’ll all be okay.”

***

It was Wednesday night when Karen finally told me I could leave. As I was packing my bags, a familiar figure was stood in the doorway. “Hey.”

I looked at him and smiled. “Dom! God am I happy to see you!”

I went to hug him, but he flinched and put his hands out so I wouldn’t touch him. “You avoided me since I told you about my feelings.”

I laughed. “I’ve been in a coma, if you didn’t realise!”

Dom shook his head. “You know what I mean. You were avoiding me in the hallways and everything.”

I bit my lip as I looked at him. For the first time, I noticed that he looked more feminine. He had plucked his eyebrows, put on a bit of makeup, and his nails were painted my favourite colour; blue. I smiled at him and took his hand. “Dom, I think you’ll be the most beautiful girl I’ll ever meet. Being in a coma, alone with your thoughts… it makes you think about life for a while, whilst you can’t fuck up your life anymore. I’ve thought about you so much. I’m going to be by your side no matter what.”

A tear ran down Dom’s cheek. “I love you so fucking much.”

I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled myself closer to his body. He hugged my waist and kissed my shoulder. “I love you Dom.”

“It’s Emily now,” he told me, “and I’ve started hormones already. I’m really going through with this. I know it’ll take you some time to adjust to my females pronouns, and calling me Emily. I’ll forgive your mistakes.”

I smiled. “Emily, that’s such a cute name.”

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