Chapter 16

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Kayleigh's pov

Tyler gets home around five, and thankfully he brings food with him. I open the brown takeout bag and smell fatburger. "I could seriously kiss you right now." I say diving into  my burger. "So tell me, how's work been, how's Van? I miss it over there."

Tyler finishes chewing before saying, "It's been good. I've been really busy with work and everything but it's good busy." I continue eating while he tells me about everything I've missed. 

"I also met somebody." He smiles as he says it.

I turn my head quickly towards him. "What!" I ask excitedly.

"Her name is Gwen. We met at the office one day, and she's amazing." I can see the happiness behind his eyes when he says that and it makes me so happy I have to hold back tears. I give him a hug and he laughs. I stay laying there with my head on his chest.

We have the best night together talking and telling stories about when we were little. We end up both falling asleep on the couch. The next day flies by and soon enough it's four o'clock which means I have to take him to the airport. 

He's about to walk into security and I give him a hug. "Wait, we didn't take a single picture together this weekend." I look around and ask a younger girl to take one of the two of us. I put my arms around him and rest my head on his shoulder. We both have huge smiles on our faces, just like we always do when we are together.

"Send it to me." Tyler says as he gives me one last hug goodbye. He turns and starts to walk away, "Love ya!" He yells out which makes me laugh and repeat it back to him. 

I wait until he is past security and then I head back home. I make myself some supper and then sit down to do some studying. I thankfully finish one of my papers that was due soon when I get a text from Shawn. "Hey, sorry I haven't called you. I've been crazy busy. How's Tyler?" it read.

We text for a little bit before saying goodnight. I crawl into bed and and watch an episode of "The Office" before I fall asleep.

I wake up to the sound of my phone ringing. I check the time and realize that it's three in the morning and see that it's my mom calling. I get a sick feeling in my stomach, why is she calling me so late? "Hello?" I answer sleepily.

"Kayleigh, something has happened." I bolt up in bed.

"Mom? Tell me." I hear silent sobs from the other side of the phone. "Mom!"

"Hunny, there was a plane crash. It was Tyler's plane." I cover my mouth with my hand. I don't think I want to hear what he is going to say next. "There are no survivors." 

She starts to cry harder and I am sitting in bed shocked. I all of a sudden I get a nauseous feeling in my stomach. "Mom, I have to go." I hang up the phone quickly. 

I think I'm going to throw up, so I run into the bathroom just in time and throw up everywhere. I cannot believe this is happening. I sit on the bathroom floor and cry. My hands are shaking and I can't breathe. I'm starting to hyperventilate, I grab my phone and dial the first number I see in my phone, Andy.

"Hello?" he answers after a few rings. He hears me crying, "Kayleigh, what's wrong? Did something happen?" I can't stop crying so I don't answer. "I'm on my way right now, I'll be there in five minutes." 

I stay sitting on the bathroom floor crying until he gets here. I hear a knock on my door shortly after and he knows the code on the lock so I just let him come in. "Kayleigh?" he calls out.

"I'm in here." I manage to say. 

He walks into the doorway and sees me on the ground, a complete mess. "Jesus, what happened?" He asked coming over to me. He helps me stand up, my legs still shaking. I shake my head and continue to cry. He wraps me in his arms and holds on tight. It feels good to be held like this. I can feel my breath start to normalize but the tears don't stop.

Andy walks me out of the bathroom and onto the couch, and he starts to rub my back. I've calmed down a little more when Andy says, "Talk to me Kayleigh, what's wrong?"

"Tyler is dead." I say between sobs. He looks at me in between sobs. He looks at me with pain in his eyes. He doesn't say anything but just pulls me closer to him and holds me. "There was a plane crash," I explain. "he was on his way home after visiting me."

"Kayleigh, I am so sorry. I can see a tear start to form in his eye. I can't see him cry, that will just make me cry harder. We stay like that for what seems like forever.


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