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I'm Not Letting Go

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I pace the waiting room, feeling so helpless as I wait for news from Karl.

“Tyler!” Terese says, & I turn towards her voice.

She, Brad & Erin walk over to me. I give Terese a hug.

“What are you doing here?” I ask Erin as we part.

“I saw them just after they found out,” Erin explains. “I didn't think it was a good idea for either of them to drive, so I offered to drive them.”

“That's nice of you.”

She nods. “I also wanted to be here for you.”

I pull her into a hug. “Thank you,” I whisper.

“You're welcome,” she whispers back, hugging me tightly.

“What's the latest about Piper?” Terese asks as we part.

“Uh, she has a concussion,” I reply. “And a dislocated shoulder. But Karl suspects she has a broken leg, maybe a broken hip. He rushed her off for scans to confirm the breaks. And he’ll come tell us if she requires surgery.”

Terese & Brad nod.

“Where's Mark?” Erin asks.

“He's back outside the garage. Getting the statements from the witnesses,” I reply. “He’ll come by when he can to get mine & to see how Piper’s going.”

Karl approaches. “Ah, good. You're all here.”

“How is she?” Brad asks.

“I’m assuming you know about her head injury & dislocated shoulder?”

Brad & Terese nod.

“I took her for an x-ray, which confirmed she has a fracture to her right femur, with a deeper one to her right tibia,” Karl explains & we all gasp. “But I’m more concerned over damage to her right hip. Her right ilium bone has been almost broken in half, as well as damage to her ischium & pubic bones. They're already prepping her for surgery, but given she's still a minor, I need to get parental consent.”

“You have it,” Terese says. “I’ll sign whatever paperwork you need me to.”

****

Brad, Terese, Erin & I wait nervously after Terese signed consent forms for Piper’s surgery.

“You should go home,” I tell Erin. “Felicity will need you.”

“She's with Jay,” She replies. “And I’m not leaving your side. Not until we know more.”

“Mark,” Terese says, drawing our attention.

We look up as Mark walks over to the four of us, & we all stand.

“Hey, what's the latest with Piper?” Mark asks.

“Still in surgery,” Terese replies. “She has multiple broken bones & a concussion.”

He nods. “She’ll get through. The Willis women are strong willed.”

Terese nods. “How's the investigation into finding who hit her going?”

“I can't say much, but we have a car that we’re looking for,” Mark replies. “I need to talk to Tyler for his statement.”

I nod. “Can Erin join us?”

Erin & Mark look surprised. Mark ushers us away from Brad & Terese.

“I saw the car. It sped past me just after I finished my call with Piper,” I explain.

“What did it look like?” Mark asks. “I want to compare it to the description from the other witnesses, just to make sure.”

“Uh… A Toyota or Honda. Silver, I think,” I reply. “The details are a bit muddled.”

Mark places his hand on my shoulder. “I understand, mate,” he replies. “You're in shock.”

“Have you requested the CCTV footage yet?” Erin asks.

Mark nods. “Lucas is sending us the files for the garage cameras, & I’m still waiting to hear back from the others,” he replies. “Though Amy will be hard to reach, given she's away.”

“Has anyone identified the driver?”

“No.”

“I can.”

They both look shocked at me.

“Are you sure you saw them?”

I nod. “There was a moment when she faltered when she saw me,” I reply. “Just long enough for me to see her properly for a few seconds.”

Mark frowns.

“It was Mavi.”

They both gape.

“That's a wild accusation, mate,” Mark says.

“Think about it, Mark,” I reply. “She has motive.”

“I thought you’d sorted that all out with her,” Erin says.

“It was her!”

“It may not be her,” Mark says. “You're in shock. There's a strong chance that it's someone else, & your brain is imposing Mavi into your memory.”

“No,” I reply. “I remember identifying her before I found out Piper was hit.”

Mark & Erin exchange looks.

“Oh, come on!”

“Look, I don't want to jump to conclusions so soon,” Mark replies. “Let me see what the CCTV footage reveals before I go down that route.”

“Yeah, & in the meantime Mavi could flee.”

“Hey, just trust Mark, alright?” Erin replies.

“How would you feel if your ex ran Jay over?” Tyler asks. “Or if it was Felicity?”

The words have barely left my mouth & I regret it. But the damage is already done. Erin looks furious, like she'll punch me, tears brimming her eyes. She shakes her head as she turns to walk away.

“Erin,” I plead as she walks off.

“Give her some space,” Mark says, putting a hand out to stop me from following her.

“I… I didn't mean it.”

He nods. “She knows,” he replies. “But it still hurts.”

I rub my face & sigh. “I’m an idiot.”

“Well, yeah, but… You're stressed out.”

“I’ll let that backhanded insult slide,” I reply. “How's things with Paige & the twins.”

“Good. Making progress every day.”

“That's good.”

“Yeah,” he replies, nodding. “We’ve even picked out names.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Oh?”

“Let's just leave the reveal until we’re both not stressed out.”

I nod. “Sure.”

His mobile buzzes. He pulls it out, looking at a text.

"Sorry, I have to go,” he says.

“It's fine.”

“Keep me updated, yeah?”

I nod. He pulls me into a hug. He then leaves, saying goodbye to Terese & Brad on his way out.

****

It's well into the night when Karl escorts Piper into a hospital room. She's still unconscious from surgery, but at least she's pulled through. He gets her settled & then comes out to speak to Brad, Terese & I.

“Her surgery went well,” He says as we all sit down in the waiting area. “They were able to repair the worst of the damage to her hip & leg.”

We all sigh in relief.

“She's going to need a lot of rehabilitation,” Karl says. “She's going to have to learn to walk again.”

“We’ll be here for her,” Brad replies.

“I’ll take her to her rehab,” I say.

“We’ll take turns,” Terese says.

“I also want to be upfront with all three of you about the future,” Karl says.

“That sounds ominous,” Brad replies as I swallow the lump in my throat.

Karl hesitates. “As I told you earlier, her ischium & pubic bones were damaged,” Karl says. “They're the bones at the front of the hip. They’re delicate bones, especially in women, because of child bearing.”

Terese looks shocked. “No,” she whispers.

“The surgeon was able to repair the bones,” Karl says. “He's put screws in to help keep the broken parts together while they heal, but there's a high chance that the ischium & pubic bones are going to be permanently damaged.”

“What are you trying to say, Karl?” Brad asks as he crosses his arms.

“If they don't completely heal,” Karl says. “There's a high chance she won't be able to be pregnant, with an even higher chance of serious complications to herself if she does.”

Brad, Terese & I are shocked. The image of Mavi in that split second I saw her in the car before she floored it jumps to the front of my mind. This is all my fault.

I get up, & walk across the room. But there's only one place I want to be right now.

“Can I go be with her?” I ask Karl as I cross back to them.

He nods. “Of course,” he replies. “Her room is just over there.”

I nod before making my way over to her room. I open the door, feeling like I’m punched in the gut when I see her lying there. Her head is bandaged, her right arm in a sling, while she has a bandage from her waist all the way down her right leg. I shut the door, let out a heavy sigh before crossing to her left side. I sit down in the chair next to her bed & take hold of her left hand.

“I'm sorry,” I say, fighting back tears as I squeeze her hand. “If I’d just been at the garage, all of this wouldn't have happened.”

I bury my head into her mattress beside her hand & let the tears out.

****

I shut the front door & drop my keys on the bench as I head straight for the fridge. I grab a beer out & open it as I head for the couch. Brad & Terese had joined me at Piper’s bedside for a while before visiting hours ended & I took a taxi home with them since none of us had a car, given Erin had brought them & I’d come in the ambulance with Piper.

I sit down on the couch & drink half my beer in one go. Where did all of this go wrong?

****

I walk into the ward where Piper is & over to her room. I open the door, surprised to see her awake.

“Well, you’re a sight for sore eyes,” She says with a smile.

I smile as I cross to her. I lean down & press my lips to hers as I cup her left cheek.

“I'm so glad that you're alright,” I reply, resting my forehead against hers after our kiss.

“Me too,” She replies, before kissing me again. “Have they found who ran me over?”

“Mark’s working his butt off to find the car,” I reply. “He’s got a number of witnesses & CCTV footage, so the lead is good.”

“That's good,” she replies as I sit down in the chair beside her bed.

“Yeah,” I reply. “I saw the car.”

She looks surprised. “Really?”

“I was in the street just round the corner when it happened,” I reply, getting uncomfortable.

“What aren't you telling me?”

I swallow a lump. “It was… Mavi.”

She gapes. “You sure?”

I nod. “I can't get the image out my head.”

“You sure it's not your mind okaying tricks on you?” She asks. “You’ve had a lot happen. It could be your brain squishing two thoughts together.”

“You sound like Mark.”

“Hmmm maybe that's a sign that we’re both right,” she says as she tilts her head.

Before I can reply, she closes her eyes as she rubs her right temple with her left hand. I stand up.

“Are you okay?” I ask, reaching for her.

“I…”

She slumps back, her body going limp. The machines start beeping crazily. Nurses rush in, one guiding me out of the room as another undoes her sling & places her right arm at her side. I watch on through the window as they resuscitate her, feeling the world around me spinning.

Karl rushes in & gives orders as he takes over the compressions. I’m not sure how long it takes, but eventually he orders them to stop- the machine monitoring her heartbeat still showing a flatline.

“No, no, no, no!” I say, rushing back into her room.

“I’m sorry, Tyler,” Karl says as he holds me back from her. “She's gone.”

NO!