Chapter 30

Travis paced the hospital floor, while Izzie and Nick sat beside each other in the waiting room. Izzie held Kailey on her lap, feeding her a bottle that Miley had left in the ridge this morning. Travis had gotten away with killing Jake as an act self defense. Izzie, luckily, had not been hurt. She had sneaked back into the kitchen to try and call the police, but Jake had cut the service. Then when she went to leave through the kitchen door to get help, she was stuck in a trap that Jake had set up.

Travis waved as Lilly and Oliver entered. Lilly sat beside Izzie, gently hugging her. "Hey, how are you doing?"

Izzie shrugged, pulling the bottle out of her sister's mouth. "Do you think Meredith will make it?"

"I think she will. She's a strong girl. I think she can pull through." Lilly slightly smiled, trying to comfort Izzie. Nick bent forward, burying his face in his hands. He attempted to hide the tears that escaped from his eyes. But Lilly could tell he was crying. "Nick, you alright?"

Nick wiped his tears, before lifting his head up. "I will be if Meredith is."

"Is anyone here for Miley Brody?" A young nurse stepped into the waiting room, with a smile across her lips, as if everything was okay.

"I'm her husband." Travis stepped forward, his heart racing in his chest. "Is she okay?"

"She is going to be just fine." The nurse smiled. "She had a minor concussion and fractured two ribs. Fortunately, she hadn't broken any other bones, but she is defiantly going to be sore and bruised."

"Is she awake?"

"Yup, she's asking about you. Why don't you go see her." She said. "Her room is right down the hall, room twenty three."

"Thanks." Travis whispered. "Wait, do you know anything about Meredith?"

"I believe she's currently in surgery, but I'll check for you." The nurse turned on her heels and disappeared through the double doors.

Travis explained the information her just learned to everyone, before making his way to Miley's room. He slipped inside, slightly smiling at her. "Hey, how are you feeling?"

"Sore." She whispered. "What's going on? Is everyone else okay? Did they catch Jake?"

"Jake's dead." Travis said bluntly. "I killed him."

"You what?" Miley's face showed shock.

"I came home and he was there on top of Meredith…touching her. He stabbed her, Miley. He stabbed her over and over again." He sobbed, unable to hold it in any longer. "I had to, Miley. I couldn't let him get away with doing that. So I pulled him off her and I just kept punching him and I killed him."

"Oh my god. Is she okay?" Miley's face went pale with fear.

"We don't know." Travis took a deep breath, wiping the tears from her dampened cheeks.

"What about Izzie and Kailey?" Miley's voice was hardly audible, but Travis still heard.

"They're fine." He responded, taking a step closer to her stretcher. "I love you."

"I love you too." She sobbed as he wrapped his arms around her and pressed his lips against her head. Together they sobbed, wanting nothing more than their daughter to be okay. Everything that had just happened was so overwhelming. Too overwhelming.

Travis disentangled himself from Miley, cleaning the tears from his face. "I'm going to go get Izzie and Kailey. I'm sure Izzie wants to see you."


Travis closed the door behind him and started for the waiting room. He stopped on the way as the same nurse greeted him. "Hi, I was looking for you. I have some news on Meredith."

"Is she okay?"

"Well, she went into cardiac arrest, but we got it under control. She received twenty stitches in her abdomen, as well as, a blood transfusion. She had received various injections to prevent infections and will be on antibiotic and a painkiller. Oh and also, we gave her three stitches on the minor gash on her forehead."

Travis gave a sigh of relief that she was alive. "Is she awake? Can we see her?"

"She is indeed awake. Unfortunately the anesthesia wore off while they were giving her stitches. She is in a lot of pain."

"Thank you so much." Travis said. "Would you be able to wheel my wife into Meredith's room?"

"Of course. Miley Brody, correct?"

"Yeah, thanks." Travis said, before heading back to the waiting room. There were more people here then when he left. Now Robby Ray and Jackson and Sadie had arrived. "Meredith's alright."

Everyone picked their heads up, relieved to know she was alive. Travis explained what the nurse had told him, before leading Izzie and Nick to Meredith's room. When they entered the room, Miley had already been there. Nick dashed to her side, pressing his lips against hers. "I love you so much, don't you ever forget that."

"I love you too." Meredith whispered huskily, as Nick rested his hands on her cheeks. He leaned his lips against hers again, pulling her into a hug.

He pulled away, glancing at everyone else. "I'm sorry."

"Don't be. I remember what it's like to be a teenager in love." Travis smiled, glancing over a Miley. "I still feel that way."

"How are you feeling, Meredith?" Izzie asked, gawking at the fresh scar on Meredith's forehead.

"It hurts a lot, but…" She spoke in a low, raspy voice as if she had been screaming for hours.

"Hopefully the painkillers will kick in soon." Miley hated seeing her daughter in pain. Somehow, parenting seemed easier when the girls were younger. Which was ironic considering the fact that Miley and Travis had been young. But it wasn't that parenting was hard now- well it was hard, but it wasn't anything Miley and Travis couldn't handle. And it wasn't like Meredith or Izzie gave either of them any trouble. It was more that there were more things to worry about. But most of those worries were due to what they had been dealing with.

The nurse slipped into the room, a smile stretched across her lips as usual. "Miley, you're discharged."

"Oh okay, thank you."

"Are you hungry, Meredith?" Travis asked.

Meredith slightly shook her head. "No and I'm not allowed to eat for another hour anyway."

"Okay, I think the rest of us are hungry, so I figured we could go down and get something to eat and Nick could stay here with you. We could bring him something up, I'm sure you two want some time alone."

"That's fine." Meredith nodded, glancing at her boyfriend.

"You can just get me a sandwich or something, I'll eat anything." Nick said, before watching them leave. His eyes wandered back to Meredith, taking in every feature of her: Her dark auburn hair that cascaded down her gentle shoulders in loose curls. Her mesmerizing blue eyes that glowed like the embers of a fire in darkness. Her slightly arched eyebrows. The eyes that made Nick drift into another world every time he gazed into them. Her perfect nose. Her alluring lips that made the world stop every time she smiled. Her flawless complexion as smooth as a baby's with the exception of her fresh scar. She was gorgeous. Stunning.

"Why are you staring at me?" She asked, slightly tilting her head with curiosity.

"I'm admiring your beauty." He smiled. "You know you're gorgeous."

"Thanks." She whispered as he took a step closer. Their lips gradually met and they fell into a passionate kiss. When the kiss ended they both paused and gazed into each other's eyes. Meredith ran her fingers through Nick's dark hair, while her eyes stayed fixed on his dreamy, brown eyes. She moved towards the side of the bed, making room for him. He lay down beside her, enfolding his arms around her. She smiled, loving the feeling of his built arms around her. Right here and right now, she realized she wanted to be with him forever. And he too had the same revelation.

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