Bones sat in the cell, scared to death. He had just turned eighteen, and he knew that he would be in the adult justice system for sure this time. If he could just find a way to get out of this, he would go straight!
Maybe if he could trade some information to the DA, but what did he know that might be of value? Mick! He knew who killed Mick. Surely that would be enough to get him a sweet deal. He called to a guard and asked to speak with his court appointed attorney.
Noah started kissing Sharlee’s neck and at first she giggled because it tickled. Then his kisses changed from playful to passionate. Sharlee started breathing faster and her pulse began to race in response to his kisses.
“Sharlee, you’re worth waiting for.” He wanted to spend more time with her tonight. He didn’t want her to go home yet. “Why don’t we go out to dinner? We can go to that new restaurant that you like.”
“Are you alright in there Sweetheart?”
Sharlee snapped at him! “Dad, I said I’m fine! I’m not one of your patients! Stop trying to diagnose me!” She grabbed her things and rushed out the front door to school. Dale stood there in astonishment.
“I’m not ready to be a grandfather yet, Alissa.”
Then Alissa saw the expression on Dale’s face. “Wait, you don’t really think that Sharlee is pregnant do you?”
“Of course. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
“Do you think that the stress from the gymnastic meet could be effecting her?”
Alissa told him, “Maybe she shouldn’t compete today.”
Dale continued. “She’s old enough to make that decision for herself. She has common sense, but she’s going to the doctor tomorrow no matter what she says!”
Sharlee stood at her locker at school, again rubbing her abdomen. She hadn’t felt well for the past few days and the pain in her abdomen was getting worse. She already felt bad about yelling at her Dad, but she knew that if he had known how sick she was really feeling, he would not let her compete today. The team was counting on her to win the gold for the gymnastics beam, and Isabel to win for her floor routine. She had to try.
She left him standing there and went to her class. Noah looked for her at lunch, but she never came to the cafeteria.
“Sharlee, are you sure that you should compete today? I know that you’re in pain!”
Sharlee spoke more calmly this time. “I already told you that I’m okay. If it makes you feel any better, my Dad sent me a text message. He said that I have to go to see my doctor tomorrow morning. He’s already made the appointment for me and to let my teachers know.”
Noah was still worried, but Dale was a doctor. If Dale was going to let her compete, what more could Noah say.
“I’m sorry that I yelled at you earlier, Noah. I guess that I’m just stressed out and I took it out on you. I shouldn’t have.”
“Did you speak with Sharlee after school, Noah?”
Dale asked. “In pain? Where?”
Before Noah could answer, the meet started. Different athletes from various schools in the region did their routines.
Dale looked at her and wanted to stop the routine. To him she looked very ill.
Her coach and her teammates swarmed to her. Dale, Alissa and Noah rushed over. Dale moved people away and knelt at her side. “I’m her father and a doctor! Alissa, I need my bag from the car. Someone please call an ambulance!”
He started to examine her and get her to regain consciousness, but she didn’t respond. Noah knelt beside Sharlee holding her hand tightly. He had never felt so scared and so helpless! She had to be okay!
Dale asked Noah to show him where Sharlee was experiencing her pain. Dale felt the area with his hands. It was swollen and distended. He knew what the problem was and that Sharlee urgently needed surgery. He rode with Sharlee in the ambulance to the hospital, and he asked Noah to drive Alissa to the hospital in their car. She was too upset to drive.
“Dale, don’t blame yourself. Like you said, she is old enough to make some decisions for herself. She isn’t a young child anymore. She just didn’t realize how serious it was. She has to be okay!” Alissa refused to even allow herself to think for a moment that Sharlee wouldn’t get well.
She sat down on one of the sofas, and Dale sat down beside her. They held each other trying to remain calm and not give in to their worry. Noah couldn’t sit down. He paced around the room and then finally stood propped against the wall. He didn’t know how much longer he could bear the wait. She had to be okay! She just had to be! He couldn’t imagine what it would be like without her now that he had found her. He didn’t want to find out!