Mary looked at Jake sitting on the
couch holding Bron with tears running down his face.
A.J. was holding the t-shirt he had been wearing to
the back of her head. Mary glanced to the back of
the bus and noticed that Carlos must have read her
mind. He had begun to change Kevin’s sleeping area
back into a lounge. The front lounge was too cramped
to hold everyone. “Mary,” she heard Carlos call her.
Mary turned to Jake, “Jake take Bron in back please.”
Jake stoop up, walked to the back of the bus, and
sat back down never letting her go. Everyone else
promptly followed them.
Mary walked over to him, “Jake you
have to move.” Silently Kevin walked over and picked
Bron up so Jake could move. Mary caught a glimpse
of his ashened face. Jake scooted out and Kevin laid
her back down gently on the couch. He then went and
sat across from Bron.
A.J.’s hand never left her head.
“Alex roll her over for me,” Mary asked as she kneeled
by the couch. A.J. did as she had requested. Mary
started probing the back of Bron’s head with her fingers.
Everyone heard Mary suck in her breath suddenly.
“Go get my bag Alex,” she uttered, never stopping
what she was doing.
“Oh honey, if you’re okay I’m going
to kill you when you wake up,” Mary mumbled to Bron.
The bag was dropped by Mary’s knee.
Mary scanned the room looking for
help she desperately needed. Kevin was useless half
in shock; Nick was already sick from the blood. She
could see that Brian was watching over Kevin. She
heard movement next to her glancing up it was Howie.
“Need some help Mare?” he asked her. “Yes, Thank
You,” she responded.
Mary reached in her bag and handed
Howie a pair of gloves. “Put these on,” she told
him while she did the same. Fishing through her bag
she came out with a bunch of small plastic bags.
“I want you to just hold the skin together while I
sew,” she said as she glanced at him. Mary saw Nick
make a hasty exit up to a bunk. She glanced to Kevin
who was just staring and then Brian who was standing
next to Kevin with his hand resting on Kevin’s shoulder.
“Get him out of here,” she said to Brian.
“Come on Kev.” Mindlessly Kevin
stood up and followed Brian to the front of the bus
like a helpless child.
“Alex let me know when an hour has
passed,” she spoke without looking at him. “Can you
handle this Howie?” she looked at his soulful eyes.
He retuned an answer with a nod of yes.
Carefully Mary’s skilled hands put
25 stitches to the back of Bron’s head, Bron never
woke up. Mary motioned Jake over, “Put her in a low
bunk,” she told him. Jake did as Mary had requested.
The bus continued to move along the
highway but no one seemed to notice. Nick was in
a bunk across from Bron’s to have some privacy. Kevin
and Brian were sitting up front not talking. Every
one else sat silently in the back of the bus. After
some time had passed Mary heard A.J. whisper in her
ear, “It’s an hour.” Mary walked up to Bron’s bunk
and started checking on her.
Nick came out of the bunk and looked
at Mary. His eyes were red from crying. He glanced
up front and saw Kevin with his head in his hands
and Brian just watching over him. If anything happens
to her he is going to fall apart. So will I he thought.
They have a shot at something good here, if she makes
Mary looked at Nick, “Stay with her
for me,” she said. Mary grabbed A.J. and whispered
to him, “Get Kevin back here I need to use my cell
and the connection up there.” A.J. walked up front
and pulled Kevin from his seat and directed him to
the back lounge. Brian followed behind them. Mary
motioned A.J. up front with her.
“Go find out from Keith if we are
going anywhere near Akron?” she asked him. A.J. left
and came back. He sat next to her. “Akron in an
hour,” he said. Mary started flipping through her
address book and landed on the S’s and dialed a number.
“This is Dr. Mary Newton, is Dr.
Shaw in?” she waited on the phone. A.J. sat listening
to one side of the conversation. He watched Mary’s
intently as she spoke into the phone.
“Hi Jim. How are you?”
“I’m fine. How are you?”
"The same," was her reply
as she watched her the road.
“Glad to here it. I hear you're taking
a long vacation.”
“Yes, I will be off for at least
another month. The girls are there if you need anything.”
This was a stretch, Bron needed to
be in a hospital, not a bus, “Jim I need a favor.
I need you to meet me at your office.”
"Is something wrong?" Jim
knew Mary wasn't one to make requests like this.
“No, I’m fine, but my friend isn’t
and this is really on odd situation. My friend received
a blow to the head. I had to close a wound with 25
stitches. Jim she has been out cold for an hour and
she is still out.” Mary looked at A.J. and smiled,
“He’s a good guy, trust me.”
A.J. glanced back to Kevin, “I hope
“Sounds good, I’ll be there in hour.
I told you this was odd situation; you can’t miss
us, we’re on a bus,” she chuckled into the phone.
“Okay, just be waiting, you’re in for a surprise.”
Mary scribbled something on a piece
of paper and gave it to A.J. “Take this to Keith
and tell him we really need to get there fast.” A.J.
looked at the paper. It read Akron General Trauma
Unit and had the address. His eyes started fill with
tears as he looked at everyone sitting around in the
back and Nick standing next to Bron’s bunk. Quickly
he went up front to talk to Keith. Mary quietly sat
there staring at her watch.
A.J. went to the passenger seat next
to Keith. “Mary says you need to get us here and
fast,” he told him as he handed him the note. A grimace
settled on Keith’s face and he shook his head.
Keith looked at A.J., “You better
make some calls for this delay. I’ll take care of
the buses, we can’t have everyone following us there.”
A.J. nodded a yes to him and went to get his cell
phone and came back. Keith relayed to the other drivers
that they were stopping for some sight seeing and
that everyone else was to continue on to Chicago.”
He hung up the radio and looked at A.J., “I hate lying.
It’s not like they don’t know, but at least there
will be less of us.”
A.J. nodded as he was trying to get
through to management. A.J. told them that they needed
to make a stop. Although angry with the boys, in
the end, it was accepted. As he hung up the phone
he said, “What choice do you have, we’re all on the
same bus and we want to stop.”
Keith looked at A.J., “How is she?”
“Not good,” was A.J.’s reply.
“Well I hope she is okay. I didn’t
even get to meet her yet. Rumor has it she brings
out the best in my bud.” Keith snickered.
A.J. laughed as he walked to the
back and called back to him, “A whole different side
of the man.”
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