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|Just Before Dawn Chapter 6! (standard:mystery, 8876 words)|
|Author: Sarah Spenser||Added: Apr 24 2005||Views/Reads: 1928/1287||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This chapter picks up from when Jack was admitted to the hospital.|
6. The Noose Tightens Allison was sobbing hysterically now. Connor took her hand and tried to comfort her as best he could. “Allison, he's going to be fine. You know how we always think the worst and then everything turns out fine.” “You don't understand, Connor!. I can't lose him too!. I ... we lost Mom in the car jacking and I can't lose another parent!” the nurse put her finger to her lips to silence Allison. “Ms. Shure, I'm sorry it took so long, but I do have an update on your father's condition.” “How is he?” Allison asked anxiously clutching Connor's hand. “Well, he has a broken hip. He needs surgery immediately.” “Now?” Forming words was difficult, and the turmoil registered on Allison's face. “Yes, I'm sorry to birden you with all this at once. But we need you to sign these consent forms.” “Why can't my father sign them?” “Well, normally he would but ... he's under anesthesia. He's been asking for you.” “Can I see him before he goes into surgery?” she asked her voice shaky with sobs. “Of course. As soon as you fill out the forms.” Allison started filling out the forms and 15 minutes later, she was escorted into see Jack. He was lying on a gurney, his eyes were closed. Ever so slowly, Allison stepped over to him. “Dad?” she said softly. “Allison! I've been asking for you. I love you.” “Dad, are you all right? What happened? How are you feeling?” “I fell and I think I broke my ... hip. It hurts like hell! And I'm groggy.” The sedative was starting to take affect, his speech was a little slurred, but Allison knew he was going to pull through. “You have to have surgery. But I'll be here the entire time.” “I know you will, sweetheart. I'm sorry I scared you. You must've been worried sick. I feel awful, you waited all alone out there to hear about your old man.” He smiled at her. She winked back trying to hold back her tears. “I love you, Dad. I wasn't alone, Connor's here.” “He's a good man. I like him.” “Dad, were you attacked? Is that how you fell? Or was it just an accident?” just then the nurse came to wheel Jack to surgery. “I'll tell you the whole story later, darling. I love you, Allison.” “I love you too.” She kissed him lightly on the cheek and watched helplessly as the gurney wheeled away. When she emerged Connor was waiting for her. “So? How is he?” “Well, he broke his hip, but he doesn't remember if he was attacked or not. I can't help thinking that Mark had something to do with this.” “Don't jump to conclusions, sweetheart. We don't have all the facts yet. For all we know this could've been just a freak accident.” “Maybe. I'm glad he's all right. He was pretty heavily sedated, but he told me he loved me.” “He does, Allie. I know you love him too. I can see it in your eyes every time you talk about him.” “I'd like to talk to Doug maybe he'll let me take some time off so I can take care of Dad. After the surgery, he's going to need someone.” “I'm sure he'll let you take all the time you need.” “I love him so much, Connor ...” tears filled her eyes again as the fingers of the unknown gripped her heart. Waiting helplessly was worse than anything she could ever imagine. Connor stayed by Allison's side for hours, trying to comfort her as best he could. Finally after what seemed like an eternity, the door to the OR opened and a nurse stepped out. Allison was a nervous wreck, Connor had tried to get her to eat something or go for a walk. But his efforts were futile. “How is he?” Allison asked as the nurse stood in front of her. “Well, the surgery was a success. But it will be a while before Mr. Shure regains consciousness.” “Can I sit with him?” Allison asked anxiously, Connor could see the worry lines around her mouth, and the crease of her brow. Not a sight he wanted to see often, but he knew he had to support her. While the nurse replied, Connor quietly slipped his arm around Allison's shoulders. “Of course, as soon as we get him moved to recovery.” The nurse went back in and Allison sank into Connor. She was elated and worried at the same time. He held her stroking her hair and reassuring her that everything was going to be all right. “Thank you, Connor.” She whispered weakly. “For what?” he asked kissing her lightly on the lips. “For being here with me. I really appreciate it. Lynn's off on an assignment and ... well you're the only one I've got.” “You'll always have me, Allie. I love you.” “I love you too.” She said grateful that she had someone like Connor in her life. Allison would always remember how supportive he had been in her time of crisis. It was nearing 2 A.M. Connor knew there was no way she was going home. Not now, she would want to stay with Jack until he woke up. So he was planning to stay too, even though they wouldn't let him in to see Jack, he could at least offer Allison moral support. “Allie, I'm going down to the cafeteria for some coffee. Do you want a cup?” “Sure, thanks. That Click here to read the rest of this story (669 more lines)
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