Chapter twenty-one

“You could go the distance, You could run the mile, You could run straight through hell with a smile
You could be the hero, You could get the gold, Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke
Do it for your people, Do it for your pride, Never gonna know if you never even try
Do it for your country, Do it for your name, Cause there's gonna be a day
When you’re standing in the hall of fame”

Hall of Fame –The Script ft Will.I.Am

[Video on the side, this song was the inspiration for this chapter when it came on the radio. Play the video when you see [***] in the story :D)

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[Val’s POV]

I stood timidly in front of the smooth wooden door and contemplated on what to say, how to say it and how it would be perceived. The idea had popped into my head on the walk back up from the infirmary with Derrek and once I set my mind on it I left Derrek at his apartment and told him I needed to do this.

And I did.

I thought of Cara on the other side of the door and knew that it was the right thing to do for both her and me. With that thought stuck in my mind, I didn’t hesitate to lift my knuckles and tap them firmly against the door.

There was a pause and a low murmuring from the other side before Cameron’s loud voice answered. “Be there in a second!”

I stood back and rocked on my heels as I waited for him and a few seconds later the door was unlocked and slowly pulled open a fraction so that only Cameron could be seen. “Val?” he stated in surprised. He looked back inside and walked out of the apartment before closing the door behind him. “I heard what happened. Are you okay?”

He was wearing a pair of black gym shorts and a plain white t-shirt that currently had splotches of dampness across his chest and shoulders. I nodded, “Yeah, I’m fine. Nurse Oakley healed me up fine. No problem at all... I’ve had worse”

Cameron looked at the ground while he nodded and kicked at the ground before looking back at me. “Cara’s beside herself over what happened. She had some sort of anxiety attack or something and Ms Avia had to call me down to calm her down” he shook his head and sighed. “I had to carry her back and calm her down again in the apartment”

My eyes flicked over his shoulder to the blank door and imagined Cara tear-stained on the sofa or bed. “Is she okay now?”

He shrugged his shoulders, “I guess so. Look, I don’t want to sound rude or anything Val but if you’re here to lecture her or something it can wait. She’ll just hate herself even more and...” he sighed again, looking every bit the man who was overwhelmed with the strange ups and downs of a woman’s emotions and moods. “... and she just needs some time to come to terms that’s she better than she realises”

I shook my head and smiled, “No, no, no you’re mistaken Cameron. I’m not here to lecture Cara or anything. I actually wanted to go for a walk with her” He eyed me sceptically, “Seriously. It needs to be done... for both me and Cara”

Cameron ran a hand over his face before conceding and re-opening the door to the apartment. Inside, the apartment looked the same as any of the others and was surprisingly very neat and tidy. In the far corner, I noted that comparing it to my apartment it was in the same spot as the meadow, there was a miniature gym set up with larger than normal weights and other equipment; obviously belonging to Cameron.

In the middle of the sofa staring blankly at the TV playing on a low volume was Cara. As I imagined, she was tear-stained and her shoulder were slumped as though she failed life. “Cara?” I called out softly.

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