part 16

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Part 16

Two weeks have gone by and still nothing. The nurses tell me that something we had said had triggered Jaye’s response but we couldn’t figure out what it was.

                I haven’t been to school at all this week, but Derek brings me my homework and then takes it back when I’m finished with it. I’m trying really hard to be positive, but part of me doesn’t think he’s ever going to wake up.

                I don’t talk to anyone really, even though people seem to be coming and going constantly; I’ve been in my own little world for the most part.

“Hey, how are you holding up?” Derek sat next to me, handing me a burrito from the cafeteria. “I don’t know.” I shrugged; unwrapping it and taking a bite. “Well you look horrible; are you sleeping at all?”

“Only for a couple of hours at a time; Grams had to go back to work so I’ve been almost living down here.” Derek nodded and continued eating; and after a few more bites, I handed mine to him as well. “Here, finish this; I’m not feeling too good.” I ran to the bathroom and barely made it to the toilet before everything that I had eaten that morning came flooding out.

                Derek came up behind me and pulled my hair back. “Thanks.” I stood up and walked over to the sink; splashing cold water on my face. “I think you should go home for a while; you making yourself sick.” Derek leaned against the door frame and crossed his arms. “Alright.” I didn’t argue; I grabbed my bag and gave Derek a kiss on the cheek, before heading back to Gram’s house.

                Once I got home I went straight into the bathroom and showered. The hot water felt good, and the pain in my stomach eased. After my shower I went back to Jaye’s room and put on some sweats.

                “Andrea?” I heard Jaye’s Gramps call from outside the door. “You can come in Lou.” Gramps; a tall gray-haired man; opened the door and peeked in. “I was wondering if you’d help me with lunch? Margaret is going to meet us at the hospital and I figured we could take something with us.”

                Lou loved to do things for Grams, and since Jaye’s been in the hospital he’s gladly taken on a whole mess of responsibility.

                “Sure; just give me a minute.” I pulled my hair back and secured it, then joined Lou in the kitchen. “What are we making?”

                I watched as Gramps threw together a bunch of sandwiches. He then pulled out a small square grill. I’m not exactly sure what it’s called, but it worked great. Gramps handed me a sandwich one at a time and I grilled them.

                The smell was amazing; it took everything in me not to eat everything. When we had finished cleaning up the mess we had made, Lou loaded the sandwiches along with a container of potato salad into a bag, and we left.

                We made our way to the cafeteria and sat down at a table with Grams and Derek; who were already waiting for us; then we started passing everything out.

                Lunch was quiet for the most part, Lou told us stories from Jaye’s childhood and we listened intently. Lou seemed to be the only one that could talk about Jaye without crying. “Well, we’d better get going… Margaret, if you drop me by the house, I can get everything all packed up.” Gramps stood and offered a hand to his wife; Derek copied his example. “Of course dear; Derek, please make sure Andrea doesn’t spend all night here.” Derek nodded and we parted ways.

                Grams was leaving tonight, on business, and Lou decided to go with her. I assured them that Lacey and I would be fine alone.

                “You want company this weekend?” Derek asked as we walked back to Jaye’s room. “Yeah actually… I would.” We sat with Jaye until 3, then left to get Lacey from school.

                “Hi Andrea.” Lacey climbed in the back seat with a disgruntled look on her face. “What’s wrong?” I asked, looking in the rearview mirror. “Who’s he?” She folded her arms across her chest and frowned. “He’s a friend of Jaye’s… Derek. Doesn’t Jaye ever introduce you to his friends?”

                “No, he says they’re a bad influence on me.” I chuckled at how protective of her he was. He cared about her a lot.

                Later that night we ordered pizza and watched a movie with the munchkin. “Bed time Lace.” I switched off the TV. “Aww, can’t I stay up with you guys?” She asked yawning. I shook my head no, and she dragged her feet to her room; slamming the door behind her.

                “What now?” Derek asked; coming over and sitting next to me on the couch. “I don’t know; we could watch another movie?”

I put in my favorite scary movie and sat down next to Derek, grabbing a blanket and throwing it over us. “What did you pick?”

                “Insidious.” I rested my head on Derek’s shoulder and he wrapped his arm around me, pulling the covers up under my chin. It felt nice to sit there with him like that; but I couldn’t help feeling a little guilty.

                “This movie is bomb!”

                “Shh, you’re going to wake up Lacey.” I giggled at how thrilled he was. I was a huge scary movie buff and it always made me smile when I found another one. “I love this movie, but it scares the bejeezus out of me.” I told him as I snuggled deeper into his chest. “I would offer to protect you; but frankly this crap freaks me out too, so I’d just let you die… sorry.” Derek roared with laughter and I couldn’t help but join in. “Meanie!” I stuck my tongue out at him, and then frowned. “Ugh, fine, I’ll save you; but if I die in the process…”  I rolled my eyes and sat up. “Maybe we should get some sleep.” Derek sighed, but nodded. “You’re probably right…” I started to stand up, but slipped, crashing into Derek’s chest. “I’m so sorry.” I told him laughing, looking up at his face for a reaction. My eyes searched his, and my laughter ceased as I waited for him to pull his face away, but instead he closed the distance and pressed his lips firmly to mine. “Derek…” I pulled my lips away and he replaced them with my neck, pulling me closer to him.

                I ran my hands through his hair, pulling his face back up to mine. He put one last sweet kiss on my lips then released me. “I should…. You should… umm, goodnight Derek.” I got up and ran to Jaye’s room.

                “What am I thinking? I love Jaye, not Derek… so why does everything in me want to go back out there… ugh, I am so stupid…” I told myself, as I pulled out my laptop.

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