this chapter starts in TESS' P.O.V.


Chapter 18

I walked through the sliding glass doors, and was assaulted by cold air and the smell of ambrosia. How could she not trust me? I thought that we were best friends, even closer than her and Natalie. Rick put a comforting arm around my shoulders, when he noticed that my eyes were glossy with unshed tears.

We approached the reception desk and Rick asked, "Can we see Jake Palmer and Nicole Sinclair?"

"Are you friends or family?" She asked, her blond hair in a bun so tight that it looked like it hurt, her brown eyes cold and guarded.

"No, we're friends." Rick said, hesitantly.

"Well, then come back in 20 minutes, and you can see Mr. Palmer and Ms. Sinclair. Until then you can wait in the waiting room." She said, pointing a slender finger towards the waiting room.

"Come on Tess." Rick said tugging on me when I didn't move. A couple minutes later the rest of the group entered the hospital. Trey immediately spotted us and walked over, motioning for the rest of them to follow.

"Hey, are we not allowed to see Jake and Nic?" Trey asked anxiously.

"No, we have to wait another..." He paused as he took out his phone to check the time, "15 minutes."

"Where's Devin, Caleb and Nat?" Tyler asked curiously.

"Nat was taking forever to get out of the car, so they're waiting for her to get out, so they can lock the car." Rick explained, glancing towards the doors. "Did you know that Nic is a lesbian?" Rick asked, earning a collective gasp from them.

"WHAT?" Everyone shouted at the same time, getting a disapproving glare from the receptionist.

"Yeah, apparently Nic told Nat that she has a secret girlfriend."

"No, that can't be true!" Josh gasped, looking sick.

"I'm asking Nic just to make sure." I said, my voice devoid of emotion. Trey looked like wanted to say more, but just then Devin and Caleb walked through the door.

"Hey, can we not see Nicky?" Caleb asked.

"In 10 minutes." Rick said.

"Hey where's Nat?" Trey asked, looking at the door expectantly.

"Oh, she's being detained." Devin said nonchalantly.

"By who?" Trey asked, shocked.

"By us." Caleb said, firmly.

"Where is she?"

"In the car." Devin said nonchalantly.

"WHAT? She's going to die!" Trey said, looking panicked.

"Well, then it's a good thing we're parked in front of a hospital. Isn't it?" Caleb said, his calm façade perfectly in place.

"You smart ass!" Trey half shouted before pinning Caleb to the wall, his arm across Caleb's throat.

Caleb looked at Trey's arm distastefully. "Move your arm before I move it for you. You have three seconds."

"One..." Devin counted.

"Two..." Caleb said.

"Three." Devin said and in a matter of seconds Trey was on his ass with a bloody nose and lip.

*~*~* Caleb's P.O.V. *~*~*

"Three." Devin said and we burst into motion.