Chapter 10 (Katlyn’s POV) We walked slowly towards Ben’s car, mostly because my legs were still too weak
to support me and Ben had to half carry me. As he helped me into the car I thought about what had just happened. After my dad had left I had hugged Ben with all the strength I had in me. And it had felt so right and wonderful. I had never wanted to let go. What was wrong with me? Not so long ago I had been falling for Gabriel. Now I was back in love with Ben? I glanced over at him as he started the car and pulled out of the parking lot. There were dark circles under his eyes from spending long days and nights with me at the hospital. I thought back to all the times when he had been there for me when no one else had. As if feeling my gaze on him he glanced over and his lips curled up slightly. “How are you feeling Kitty?” “Ummm…” His eyebrows creased and his lips formed a frown as I paused before answering. There was no doubt about it. My heart belonged to him. I reached over and slipped my hand into his. “I’m great.” He glanced down at our hands and a childish grin slowly spread over his face. Then he looked back up at the road and suddenly turned into the parking for a small little park. “What are you doing?” He ignored me and got out of the car and came around to my side and opened the door for me. I got out and closed the door behind me. He put his arms around my waist and backed me up against the car. Then he lowered his head until our lips were millimeters apart. I could feel his breath gently tickling my lips. My heart was thumping madly in my chest and I was finding it very hard to breath. He put one hand gently on the nape of my neck, his thumb along the line of my jaw, tilting my face toward him. I said nothing; I lifted my hand and brushed my fingers through his hair. I meant to speak, to tell him how I felt. Instead, on a sudden impulse I slipped my arms around his neck, and I felt his tighten around my waist. Our lips met; I wound my hands into his hair and brought his mouth down harder onto mine. I clung to him fiercely. He freed my mouth, pressed me even closer to him and whispered, “I never dared dream this.” I brushed my lips against his cheek. “Yes, you did.” Holding me tightly in his arms he began to kiss me again, with slow tenderness. His lips were so soft and gentle, and as I stood in his arms I knew we were meant to be together. After the kiss they held each other, breathing deeply, her temple against his. There was no need for explanations. They belonged together, no questions asked. I could tell by his ragged breathing that when we kissed, he felt the power of it as well. I was in the arms of my soul mate. I should be happy. But what about Gabriel? Here I was in some random parking lot making up for lost time with Ben while Gabriel was still in the hospital in a coma. He could be dying right now
and I wouldn’t know! I wouldn’t even be able to say goodbye! I would never forgive myself if that happened. Even though I new where I belonged I had to admit the truth. I still had very strong feelings for Gabriel. “Ben, we have to go back to the hospital.” His arms slipped from around my waist and held me at arms length, studying my face. “Right. Alright, let’s go.” I got back into the car and did up my seatbelt. Ben started the car and started driving to the hospital. What if he died while I was gone? What if he asked for me and they told him I left? Why weren’t we there already?!? “Can you drive any faster?! Please!?” He glanced over at me. “Of course.” As soon as we got to the hospital I jolted out of the car and started sprinting towards the entrance. “Katlyn, wait.” I turned around to look at Ben. “I’m gonna go home. Call me-” “Ok,” I said and started walking again but Ben grabbed my wrist. I looked at his face and was stunned by what I saw there. His lips were pressed tightly together and his eyes were livid. He spoke each word slowly but with obvious anger. “Call me. When you’ve finally made up your god damn mind.” Then stalked back over to his car and zoomed out of the parking lot. I stood there for a while, paralyzed with shock. That had been so unlike Ben. But I knew it wasn’t my fault. I had finally given into my feelings for him and then asked to come see Gabriel. But Gabriel could be dying! Couldn’t he understand that? Oh well. I’d have to make it up to him later. I had to go see Gabriel now. I walked towards his room and slowly opened his door. “Can I help you ma’am?” I jumped and whipped around to face the person behind me. Oh, it was just the doctor. “I just came to visit my friend.” He smirked. “Friend. Right. I’m sure.” Were my feelings that obvious? Even to a complete stranger? But then the doctors face grew serious. “Listen ma’am. I should warn you. Your friend is awake. He woke up this morning and is well on his way to healing completely. But he is suffering from memory loss. We hope it will come back with time, but right now we’re not sure exactly how much he remembers. That’s all.” Then he turned around and walked away down the corridor. I walked into Gabriel’s room. He heard me come in and glanced up. “What are you doing here?!?” he said, pronouncing you as if he were talking about piece of garbage. “So you don’t remember.”
“Remember what? All I know is that I woke up here ion this hospital and the doctors told me I’d been in an accident. And now you’re talking to me. What is this world coming to?” I walked over and sat down on the edge of his bed. “I talked to you before this too. Actually, it was in my mom’s car that we crashed.” Tears welled up in my eyes. “And she didn’t make it.” He glared at me. “So all this is your fault,” he said, pointing down at his many injuries. “Get out of here. I don’t ever want to see you again.” Tears started leaking down my face. “But-” “Just do this one thing for me. That’s all I’m asking. Get out.” I took on last longing look at his unwavering expression and walked out. Great. In the span of one hour, I had somehow managed to make both the men I loved hate me.