So Now What???, chapter 8

*Mike's POV*

I woke up with a start early in the morning, but I couldn't open my eyes, talk, or breathe. I heard Rebyl in the bathroom and when she came out I could I hear her ask if I was awake and then a bloodcurdling scream came from Rebyl. What is going on? I heard someone else walk in and recognized the voice as Billie's.

"What's going on?" He asked.
"Look," Rebyl said shakily.
"Oh god...CALL AN AMBULANCE!" Billie yelled. What's happening! I'm so confused! I still can't breathe and if I don't breathe soon I'm going to die. I heard someone run out of the room and the front door to the bus slam.

"Come on Mike, don't die on me now." Am I dying? I think I am because I can't breathe. I had to hang on for Green Day, for Billie, and most of all, for Rebyl. I refuse to die tonight. I heard an ambulance in the distance. After about 5 minutes I heard the ambulance outside and men rushing in my room. They picked me up and put me on a stretcher. Am I that bad? What the hell happened to me? They were carrying me somewhere and I heard someone talking to someone else. I felt as the put a mask on me and I could finally breathe again. I could hear the steady beeping of a heart monitor and I heard 2 more people get on to the ambulance. I felt someone squeeze my hand. I felt the soft calluses on either Billie or Rebyl's hand, but I could just tell it was Rebyl sitting next me.

"Ma'am, sometimes unconscious people can hear everything outside, so you can talk to him, he can most likely hear you." Wow, he's good.
"Hey Mike, come on babe wake up, you can't leave me," She said, "This feels like I'm talking to a brick wall. What happened to you Mikey?"

"If you hadn't found him when you did, he would probably be dead right now." I heard a doctor tell Rebyl. I would have been dead? Oh my god! I heard my heart monitor beeping really fast and I knew I was having a panic attack. I then looked down and saw my body there unconscious.

"MIKE DO NOT DIE ON ME PLEASE!" Rebyl yelled. Why cant I got down there and talk to her. I kept floating up until I came into a dark tunnel. So this was what Billie was talking about. Oh there's the light. Do I go towards it? I started walking towards it until I heard someone behind me.

"Don't you dare Mikey-boy," I heard my old friend, Jason Andrew Relva.
"Let me guess Jase, it's not my time yet?"
"Dang you're good man."
"Yeah, Billie...you remember Billie? Yeah well, he already went through all of this."
"Oh...well, get back with your girlfriend...oh and I'm going to me in trouble with God for telling you this but-" He whispered in my ear "-That girlfriend of yours? You two get married, and you never divorce, have a few kids, the works."
"Thanks man. I love you, I'll see you a while."
"Yeah." I felt myself gently floating back into my body. I jerked awake and opened my eyes finally. I looked at Rebyl.
"I love you." I croaked and then passed out to the sound of steady beeping of a heart monitor...the way it should be.

*Rebyl's POV*

I heard that flat beep and I felt the icy-hot tears falling down my face. I was absolutely speechless.
"I'm so sorry for your loss miss," A doctor said with a sympathetic smile.
"No, he isn't gone yet," I told them.
"I'm sorry we did everything we can." I was in complete denial.
"He didn't die, he didn't, he wouldn't do that to me!" I yelled at the doctor. The doctor just sighed and looked at Mike. I looked at his lifeless face and grabbed his cold hand. The second I grabbed it his monitor started beeping again and he opened his eyes and looked at me.

"I love you," He croaked and then passed out. A few minutes later we came to the hospital. I walked out of the ambulance and grabbed Mike's hand as they pushed him to the urgent care center. I felt a pair of hands on my shoulder and they ripped me from Mike as they pushed him through a pair of double doors.

"Sorry miss, you can't go in there with him," A nurse told me. I walked over to a waiting room area and sat at a seat. I pulled out my cell phone and ringed my dad.

"Hello?" a sad voice answered.
"Hi dad."
"What happened?"
"His heart completely stopped on the way here, and the monitor went flat. They kept telling me "He's dead, he's dead" but I knew better dad, Mike's tougher than that. I just grabbed his hand and he came back. He's alive dad. He really is alive!"
"Oh my god! Thank god... "
"Can you bring Ryan in to me?"
"Ryan?"
"Yeah, I renamed Samuel...he's Ryan now." I could just hear my dad smiling on the other end. I heard everyone walk in the door to the urgent care waiting room. I hung up the phone and ran up to everyone. All of them had been crying. We all joined in a tearful group hug. It was kind of a funny sight. A bunch of men and one woman hugging and crying in the middle of an urgent care area.

"I don't know what I'll do if I loose him," My dad said.
"I don't know either," I replied.
"What if he does die? I don't know. I just...don't...know," Trè said.
"You and Mike were meant for each other," My dad said.
"That was a little random." I said with a half smile.

"No...you two are so accident prone. You nearly get killed by a semi on your birthday, you almost get killed by an evil rapist, Mike almost dies in his sleep... it's really scary...you need to stop," My dad said. I let out a little laugh along with everyone else. I'd rather laugh right now than be depressed. We all stepped out of the hug we were in. I looked at my watch and it said 6:42 New York time, which is where we were at the moment. It's about a quarter until 3:00 AM in California. I know for a fact that nobody is awake yet but I called anyway.

"Hello," I heard a groggy voice at the other end on the line.
"Hi mom, sorry to wake you up."
"Oh, it's okay, what's up?"
"Mike's heart stopped in his sleep. He finally came around but it's unknown when he will get out of the hospital so we're hanging out in the Big Apple for now," I told her.
"Oh my goodness!"
"Yeah," I replied with a tear I my eye.
"The kids and I will be up soon. Is it okay if I wait until later to come down? The kids are still sleeping."
"Yeah that's fine. They don't let kids under the age of 12 in the area where Mike's at."
"Ok, love you, I'll be there soon."
"Bye mom. Bring Stella and everyone with you."
"Okay." I shut my phone and walked back to where our group was sitting.
"I'm going on a walk. Call my mobile with any news okay?"

"Okay." I walked out of the hospital and walked towards the rising sun, feeling the soft and chilly breeze on my face. I walked onto the bus and dug through my closet and pulled out a random hoodie that just happened to be Mike's. I pulled the hood up and put on sunglasses (so I wont get recognized) and walked off the bus into the cool morning air. I just walked wherever my feet took me. I ended up in downtown New York...a 20-minute drive from the hospital and not a safe place for a teenaged rocker. Oh well, I didn't care at the moment. I walked down a random street and saw a Starbucks. I walked in and ordered a plain black coffee and walked back outside. I just let my feet carry me all over until I came in front of a medium sized house that belonged to Mojo. Wow, I just walked for more than 2 hours at least! I rang her doorbell.

"Who the hell is here at this time?" I heard Mojo grumble on the other side. She answered the door.
"Rebyl, what are you doing here, and where is everyone else?" She asked.
"Sit down and I'll tell you." She sat down and I explained the situation.
"And may I ask...WHAT were you thinking, walking in NYC in the early morning?"
"I needed to get away from the hospital. I hate hospitals, you know that!" She sighed.
"I may only be older than you by 2 months but I still need to act like the over-protective big sister. I laughed a little bit and heard my mobile vibrating in my pocket.

"Hello?"
"They're letting us see him now... where are you?"
"Ramona's house."
"WHAT!?" My dad yelled.
"You heard me right."
"Oh my...well as long as you're okay, have Mojo or Lisea drive you back here."
"Mojo doesn't drive!"
"Well, get someone to bring you."
"Ok, bye dad, I'll see you soon."
"Ok bye." I closed my phone and put it back in my pocket.
"Hey Mojo, can someone drive me to the hospital?"
"My mom isn't here and neither is asshole." I sighed and leaned back on the couch.
"How the hell am I supposed to get there?"
"TAXI!" Mojo yelled and ran out the door...in her PJs. I watched as she hailed a taxi and it stopped. We both got in.
"New York City General Hospital" I told the man. (The Writer doesn't know of any hospitals in NY so she made up her own)
"Ok... the tab should be about $56.00 or so."
"Ok." He drove for about a half-hour until we finally pulled in front of the hospital.
"$56.32" I handed him the money and Mona and I got out of the taxi. I walked in the door and all of the guys were standing there.
"Sorry I went so far, I didn't even notice where I was walking."
"It's alright, I know how you feel," My dad said as he gave me a hug.
"Hey Ramona."
"Hey Billie." A nurse came over to us.
"You guys can go in 2 at a time."
"Ok. Rebyl, Billie, you guys go first."
"No, I can't yet, someone else go." I insisted, I wasn't ready to see Mike yet.
"Ok, I will," Trè said. After everyone went in it was my turn.

"Do you want someone to go in with you Rebyl?" My dad asked as he placed a reassuring hand on my shoulder. I shook my head and walked away. I went into an area where you wash your hands. I walked in and saw something I was not prepared for. I saw Mike laying there, tubes, wires, 3 heart monitors, ivy, an oxygen mask, and the works. I walked over to Mike and sat on a chair next to him.

"You can talk to him, he can hear you. Most people in comas can."
"He's in a coma?"
"Yeah... " The doctor walked away and I started talking to Mike.
"Come on babe, pull through for me okay?"

*Mike's POV*
[i]I'm going to pull through, why can't I just tell her that? Oh yeah, the doctor told me I'm in a coma. Damn I'm going to be stuck inside my own head for a while.<i/>
"Hey Mike, how about I sing for you? Will you wake up for me?"
[i]I'll try<i/>
"Another day is going by
I'm thinking about you all the time
But you're out there
And I'm here waiting

And I wrote this letter in my head
Cuz so many things were left unsaid
But now you're gone
And I can't think straight

This could be the one last chance
To make you understand

I'd do anything
Just to hold you in my arms
To try to make you laugh
Cuz somehow I can't put you in the past
I'd do anything
Just to fall asleep with you
Will you remember me?
Cuz I know
I won't forget you

Together we broke all the rules
Dreaming of dropping out of school
And leave this place
To never come back

So now maybe after all these years
If you miss me have no fear
I'll be here
I'll be waiting

This could be the one last chance to make you understand
And I just can't let you leave me once again

I'd do anything
Just to hold you in my arms
To try to make you laugh
Cuz somehow I can't put you in the past
I'd do anything
Just to fall asleep with you
Will you remember me?
Cuz I know
I won't forget you

I close my eyes
And all I see is you
I close my eyes
I try to sleep
I can't forget you
Nanana....
And I'd do anything for you
Nanana....

I'd do anything
Just to hold you in my arms
To try to make you laugh
Cuz somehow I can't put you in the past
I'd do anything
Just to fall asleep with you
Will you remember me?
Cuz I know
I won't forget you

I'd do anything
To fall asleep with you
I'd do anything
There's nothing I won't do
I'd do anything
To fall asleep with you
I'd do anything
Cause I know
I won't forget you."

I listened as she sang our song. She grabbed my hand and it seen that just her touch let me move. I squeezed her hand and she squeezed back. That one squeeze took all of my strength and I was exhausted so I feel asleep.

*Rebyl's POV*
I sang our song and at the end I grabbed his hand. I looked at him expectantly, but nothing happened until I felt a light squeeze.
"Mike, do that again."
"Mike? Please? I need you to do that again." I gave up and just sang all kinds of different songs that we like from different bands.
"Visiting hours are over miss," A nurse said with a kind smile. I gave Mike a kiss on the cheek and walked out the door. I walked into the waiting area and only saw my dad.
"Rebyl, you were in there for 3 hours! What were you doing?"
"Was I really? Wow, I was just singing different songs and talking to him He squeezed my hand. He would only do it once though."
"Yeah, the doctor said he might do that, but only if he's willing to use all of his strength." I nodded my head.
"Where is everybody?"
"It's 2:00, they went down to the cafeteria and I waited for you. Your mom and everyone just got here about 5 minutes ago."
"Oh." I was kind of happy that I got to see Ava. My dad and I walked downstairs into the café and spotted everyone whispering at a table in the corner of the room. We walked over to them and they stopped whispering.
"MOMMY!" Ava yelled and gave me a hug.
"Hey baby."
"What's wrong with daddy?" Oh god, she thinks he's her dad, what do I do?
"Mike isn't your daddy yet honey."
"But you said he might be someday."
"Yeah but not yet, it will be a while. And he should be okay, but it will take a long time for him to get all better.
"Oh."
"Are you hungry?"
"No, grandma just bought me a hotdog and chips."
"Thanks mom," I said.
"Don't worry about it."
"Did you say thanks to grandma?"
"Yeah." I smiled and gave Ava a kiss on her forehead. I sat her down and she went back to the table with Jake and Joey. I searched for Stella and found her at her own table, stirring her coffee.
"Hey Stella." She just looked up at me and gave me a half and fake smile.
"How does he look?"
"Worse than what you would expect to be completely honest with you." She groaned and took a sip of her coffee.
"That's my dad's hoodie!" she pointed out.
"Yeah, I know, don't ask."

*2 hours later*

"Visiting hours are open if anyone wants to go in.," the same nurse told us.
"Stella, do you want to go?" Stella's mom asked.
"Yeah, but can Rebyl come with me?"

"Of course." Yeah, Ana and I are on good terms and she knows I'm dating Mike. She's just happy he isn't dating some random slut or something. We walked to the hand-washing place and washed our hands. I led her to Mikes room and the second we walked in she gasped. She stood there motionless in the doorway.
"Come on he can sense things, we don't want him to be unsure." I muttered to her. I walked over to Mike and grabbed his hand.

"Hey Mike, Stella's here to see you."
"Hey dad." Right when she said that she burst into tears. I let go of Mike's hand and hugged Stella.
"I know Stella, he's tough though, and I'll bet you he'll make it."
"I know, but why did this have to happen to him?"
"He's accident prone Stella, haven't you figured that out yet?" I heard a light chuckle coming from behind us. I turned around thinking it was Mike but it turned out to only be the doctor.
"Hi, I'm Dr. Shaughnessy," pronounced Shawn-ness-see, "and I am Mike's doctor.
"Hi, is he going to be alright?" Stella asked tearfully.
"Yes, we think so, but will have to sleep with a heart monitor, most likely for around 3 years and will not be allowed to be left alone and no coffee for 6 months after he comes out of the coma."
"That's going to kill him," I said.
"In his condition right now, we must ask that only direct family members can be in here. May I ask you relation to Mike?"
"I'm his daughter."
"Okay, you're fine to stay."
"I'm his girlfriend."
"Oh! You're the ones hand that he squeezed earlier!"
"Yes."
"Well, usually we don't let girlfriends stay, just fiancés and wives, but something about you seems to be making him use every effort to wake up. Stay here with him."

"Thanks." An hour later Stella and I were talking when they brought in 2 cots.
"You guys can sleep in here with him if you would like." The nurse informed us. Stella smiled back, obviously happy that Mike will live, and I said thanks. I looked at the clock above Mike's bed. It was 9:00, wow, today went by fast. Stella and I got in our cots and fell asleep almost automatically.

*Rebyl's POV 3 Weeks later*

I woke up once again by Mike's bed. I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror. My eyes were red and puffy from crying, I had dark circles under my eyes from stress and lack of sleep, my eyeliner from a week ago was running down my cheeks, I needed a shower, and so much more. I dint have time to take care of myself because I was so worried about Mike. The doctors aren't sure if he'll wake up, but I'm pretty confident that he will. Everyday I grab Mike hand and sing our song and at the end he never fails to give me that reassuring squeeze on my hand, but he never wakes up. People usually aren't allowed in this area except for me. 30 minutes a week is all everyone else gets. I heard my mom walk in so I walked out of the bathroom and she gasped.

"Rebyl, you look like something the cat dragged in!"
"I know, I've just been to worried about Mike to do anything for myself." I told her.
"What if Mike were to wake up, do you really think he would be happy with the way you've been taking care of yourself? You never leave his room so I know you don't eat, I can tell you haven't taken a shower. No come on, you need a day at the spa.
"I guess you're right."

"Yes, now go get your jacket on and we'll go to a spa." I nodded my head and got my jacket on. I gave Mike a kiss on the cheek.

"Don't do anything until I get back." I walked out of the door with my mom and we walked out of Mike's room, into the waiting room where I got sympathetic looks from other people, including the Green Day family, and jumped into my mom's rental SUV. We drove for about 10 minutes until we came to a spa. We got out and my mom ordered us both 2 hour hot stone massages, pedicures, manicures, pretty much anything to make be feel like a real woman. Two masseuses lead us into separate rooms and started with the massage. It felt great and I definitely needed that. After the 2 hours was over I went into a hair salon and asked them to dye it blonde with black tips and cut it shorter, like a Rod Stewart look. They cut it for me and it turned out awesome. I followed another woman into the make-up place.
"Your eyeliner is running down your cheeks pretty bad, what happened?"
"My boyfriend is in the hospital dying... " I told her with a sniff.

"Oh my, I'm so sorry." Sympathy is probably the worst thing for me right now but whatever. I just gave her a half smile and she started to put make-up on my face. I told her that I like my eyeliner thick so that's what she did. It turned out pretty cool. On the top eyelid she put light green eye shadow and liner to bring out my eyes, it turned out SO incredibly awesome. I bought some of the shadow and the liner; I had enough black eyeliner already. I followed a new lady into a room where my mom already was getting her nails painted black. I told the lady I wanted mine black too and they got the polish out. First they did this thing where I dipped my hand into a hot, thick, liquid. It felt SO good. They pulled my hand out after about 5 minutes. It looked like I was wear a rubber glove. They pulled it off and it was really just wax. They did the same to my other hand and then they painted my nails. They dried and it looked pretty sweet. They did the same thing that they had just done to my hands to my feet and it feel just as good. They painted my toes black too... it was pretty cool I guess. I walked out feeling much better than I did before.

"You look much better Rebyl."
"I'm glad you approve."
"Now we are going shopping."
"Wait, I never agreed to shopping!"
"I just decided that we are going shopping." I sighed and got in the car with my mom. We drove to some random mall and got out. We went into Victoria Secret.
"Why the hell are we here?" My mom just shrugged and ran over to the lingerie section and I followed. I just decided to look for the hell of it and I found this Black lingerie that Mike will love...when I'm old enough to have sex that is. Found one in my size and found a red one in the same style. My mom walked over to me and started laughing.

"So much for not wanting to come here. Ohh, Mike will love this one!" She said holding up the black one I had picked out. Don't you just love Mother Daughter bonding time? I love it, because my mom is cool...yeah...
We paid for our stuff and walked out of the store.

"You've got to be hungry, you haven't eaten in ages." I just shrugged and followed her to a food court. We ate our food (I had more than her, seeing as I haven't eaten since the Mike incident), and started heading towards a shoe store and tried on tons of different shoes.

"Hey Reb, what do you think of these?" My mom asked. I looked over and she was wearing 1-foot high platform shoes. I started cracking up.
"Mom if you EVER were to wear those in public, you would have to invite me because I would do it with you." She started laughing and took them off. We both were goofing off until the manager kicked us out. We walked to hot topic and got all sorts of stuff. My mom bought a BRIGHT red thong. I started laughing so hard when she held it up.

"I'm buying it," She said simply, as she watched me rolling on the floor laughing. The cashier was giving us weird looks when he recognized me.
"Hey, you're Rebyl Jayde Armstrong!"
"Yeah," I said through fits of giggles.
"What happened to the pink hair?"

"Dyed it," I said as I started calming down. I knew he was wondering why I was laughing while Mike was in the hospital. I calmed down and stood up. I walked round the store and saw the new tee shirts Green Day just put out, there was me with my bright pick hair. I decided to get Mike something. I got him a Family Guy tee shirt to match mine and bought a Tinker-bell purse for Trè as a joke. We bought everything that we wanted and went we went into the bathroom and put on really thick eyeliner and stuff and walked into Hollister. We got either scared or disgusted looks from some on the costumers. My mom went up to a random person and said in a monotone voice "Billie Joe Armstrong is in Hot Topic." The teenies went running. I watched them and started cracking up when they saw the Hot Topic and wouldn't go in. They all crowded around but none of them would even take one step inside. I walked in between them. I walked to an area where they couldn't see me.

"Thanks for the autograph Billie!" I yelled loud enough that they would hear me. They were all chomping at the bit wanting to catch a glimpse of Billie Joe, who wasn't even there. I forged my dad's signature on a receipt that was left on the ground. I walked out and got attacked by the preps. I pushed them off of me and ran towards the mall exit, my mom in tow. We got out to the car and burst out laughing when we got in and saw the rampaging teenies filling the parking lot looking for me. We drove off still laughing our asses off. We stopped at Starbucks and got coffee. We got back to the hospital and walked in laughing with our shopping bags.

"Rebyl? Wow, you look so much better, and I love your hair!" My dad told me.
"Why thank you," I told him. I had bought some skinny Black and off-white pinstripe pants at Hot Topic. I went into the public bathroom and changed into the pants, a tee-shirt that said "Green-Eyed Goddess" that I bought from Pac Sun, these new shoes with black and off-white checkers on them, and a black and off-white pinstripe hat. I walked out feeling refreshed and much better than I had before. I went back up to Mike's room and got lightly depressed again, but knew I had to look at least okay for when Mike woke up.

*Mike's POV*

I woke up the next morning and I felt a hand touch mine and knew it was Rebyl's. Stella had to go home for school, I heard the doctors talking to her about it. Nobody was aloud in here any more except for Rebyl. Every morning she would sing to me and talk to me. Each time I would squeeze her hand and try to open my eyes, but it never worked. But this time it was different. She finished the song and I squeezed her hand. I tried to open my eyes and they actually opened! Rebyl yelped and pressed the nurse button She looked so good right now. He hair was newly dyed, she was wearing new clothes and her eyes seemed greener than usual. Maybe it was the green eye shadow she was wearing. Whatever it was, she looked really good.

"I knew you'd pull through Mike!" Rebyl yelled with joy.
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