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I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think, I couldn’t speak.

“Sam, it’ll be okay,” Brennan said, his eyes filling with tears.

“And how do you figure that?” I demanded.

“Because I’m not giving up. And I don’t want you giving up on me either.”

His determination was evident in his eyes, as was his exhaustion.

“I won’t give up on you,” I whispered, pressing my forehead to his chest.

He rubbed my back soothingly and kissed the top of my head. “It’ll be alright.”

“Sam, your phone is ringing off the hook,” mom said, handing it to me.

I sat up, rubbing my eyes. “I’ll be right back.” I took my phone out and answered it.

“Hello?” I asked, blearily.

“Samantha Evans?”

“Yes.”

“This is Coach Jason Kendall from Transverse College.”

“Hi Coach Kendall.” I leaned against the wall, waiting for this conversation to be over so I could go back to Brennan.

“We have a really big game tomorrow, and I’d like it if you’d come down to see us.”

I let out a sigh. “I’m sorry Coach Kendall, but I can’t.”

He was silent for a few moments. “I see.”

“It’s not that I don’t want to, but my brother is having a very serious surgery tomorrow.”

“The same brother you brought to Transverse with you?”

“Yes sir.”

“I completely understand.”

“But I’d love to come out to another game.”

He chuckled. “Call me after your brother’s surgery and we’ll discuss a different time.”

“Thanks again Coach Kendall.”

“No, thank you.”

I hung up and called Jake, who I had three missed calls from.

“Hey, we’re at your place, where are you?” he demanded.

“At the hospital.”

“I thought you were released!”

“I was, but I’m here with Brennan.”

“With Brennan? What’s going on?”

I pressed my forehead to the wall, taking in a deep breath. I told him everything Brennan had told me.

“Oh Sam,” Jake whispered.

“And so I’m staying here,” I said, wiping the tears off my face.

I had the roar of Jake’s car engine. “We’re on the way.”

I hung up and went back into Brennan’s room. He was gripping the side of his bed, his eyes closed.

To see him in so much pain made me sick to my stomach. I ran my fingers through his hair as the nurse upped his morphine.

“Hey,” I whispered, as his grip on the bed loosened.

He offered me a weak smile. “I bet I look sexy right now.”

I couldn’t help but let out a laugh. “Very.”

He rested his head on my upper arm and let out a sigh, closing his eyes.

 

“I’ll be here when you’re done,” I said, squeezing Brennan’s hand.

“I’ll see you soon,” he answered, squeezing my hand in return.

I stopped at the metal doors, and he offered me one last smile as they put the oxygen mask on him.

“I love you,” I called, as they wheeled him back.

His eyes were drooping shut, but he managed to make a heart with his hands right as the metal doors closed.

I stood, motionlessly, staring at the doors. I felt unsteady on my feet, my heart feeling like it was going to pound its way out of my chest.

“Come on,” mom said, leading me out to the lobby.

I stopped short as I walked in. The entire lobby was full of football players and cheerleaders.

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“They’re kicking us out,” one of the cheerleaders said. “So we’re going to head over to the Pizza Shack.”

“We’ll be awaiting news,” Logan said, giving me a tight hug.

“I’ll send some as soon as I have something,” I said, as everyone left except a small group.

Jake, Nathan, Wesley, Luke, Alexis, and Carly stayed, taking their seats.

“Anyone hungry?” mom asked.

I shook my head, taking a seat next to Jake.

“Well I’m going to go and grab breakfast.” Tears were streaming down her face as she kissed my forehead.

“Love you,” I whispered.

“I love you too sweetheart.”

“You should eat something,” Jake said to me. “It’ll make you, and me, feel better.”

“Not hungry,” I muttered, putting my head in my hands.

The door opened and Ryan came rushing in.

“Way to be late,” Nathan called.

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Chap. 32

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Jennette McCurdyas Samantha Evans
Lucas Tillas Brennan Evans
Austin Butleras Jacob Anderson
Harry Stylesas Ryan Miller
Josh Hutchersonas Blake Jameson
Lucy Haleas Alexis Chambers
Meaghan Jette Martinas Carly Jenkins

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