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Still Burning - Chapter Ten - The Accident
 By Moose   •   3rd May 2013   •   1,996 views   •   8 comments
Horse Story - Still Burning

The room was quiet. Andrew could hear the birds flapping around outside his window. A gentle breeze blew through the open window, tickling his skin.

“Oh,” Andrew was startled by his presence. “I didn't realize you were standing there. Uhm,” he cleared his throat, “Is there a problem?” Andrew’s voice was full of innocence. He lifted the guitar from his lap, set it on the bed behind him, and stood like a soldier.

“Andrew, do you want to explain what is going on between you and my daughter?” He questioned abruptly with his eyes locked on Andrew’s. “Obviously you didn't understand my orders. I told you to stay away from her.” He demanded, his voice almost shaking the room with power. Andrew stared past Will at the figure in the doorway. She stared back at him, tears in her eyes. “Do I make myself clear?” He asked again.

“Daddy?” Jane whispered. Will swiveled to face her. He was caught off guard and speechless. “What’s going on?”

“Jane, leave. This is between Andrew and I. You are not a part of this.” Will gestured Jane out of the room.

“I think Jane can make her own decisions, Mr. Kennedy.” Andrew cut in firmly, sticking up for Jane.

“Listen to me, young man. You talk to me with respect and you do as you’re told and you keep your hands off my daughter!” Will shouted back, raising the talk into a heated argument.

“Daddy!” Jane screamed, running to Andrew for safety.

Will was enraged by this. “Jane, do not get in the middle of this!”

“I am in the middle of this!” she shot back, taking Andrew’s hand and pulling him with her as she stormed out of the room.

“Jane! Get back here NOW!” he shouted, chasing her down the stairs as she and Andrew sprinted for the door.

Andrew headed for the truck. “Get in, I’ll drive.” He ordered her as he went to the other side and quickly turned the key to start the truck. The anticipation built as the truck started up and quit. He turned it again with more force. Suddenly, the screen door flew open, Will appeared. Andrew turned it again, prayed to God, and glanced up just as Will made it off the porch. His heart pumped faster and faster, he could almost feel Will’s hands around his neck. He heard Jane gasp and hold her breath as her father got closer and closer, his face red with rage. The truck started. He threw it into reverse and pulled out, spun the wheel hand over hand, and took off down the drive way. Will took a few running steps and stopped, throwing his hands into the air furiously.

Finally Jane let her breath out with a sigh and squeezed Andrew’s arm. He glanced down at her and he sighed too. The feeling of escape made his heart beat slow back to its normal pace. They were safe.

Jane let her head fall onto Andrew’s shoulder and she closed her eyes. She could still feel her heart throbbing in her chest. She could hear Andrew’s too. It was unreal, what had just happened. She couldn't believe she was free. It felt good to finally be released from her father’s tight, suffocating grip. He couldn't reach her anymore.

“Jane,” Andrew said softly, glancing away from the road for a moment. “We can’t run from your father.”

Jane looked to Andrew like her ears had deceived her. “What?” Astonishment masked her innocent face.

Andrew sighed and tapped the steering wheel anxiously, “Running is only making this worse.” Jane pulled away from Andrew and looked out the window silently.

“What’s going to happen when we go back, huh?”

Jane spun around and snapped back, “Who said I was going back?! What makes you think I want to go back to that? He will never forgive me. He will never listen to me. He’ll never understand me. The only way for us to be happy is if we run away.”

Andrew slowed the truck to a stop and pulled off to the edge of the gravel.

“That’s where you’re wrong, Jane. You are exactly like your father. You don’t even know it. You’re stubborn. You don’t let anyone in. Don’t you realize how much you push people away? Don’t pretend you don’t, Jane, you do. If you would just open up and tell him what you’re going through, you might just get through to him. Jane, just listen to me, please, don’t push me away. You are so so strong. Don’t forget that. You need to hear this. You’re his daughter. His only daughter. He does this to protect you because, whether you like it or not, he loves you. He loves you very much and he might not say he does, but he does. I can see it, the way he will do anything to keep you safe and hurt anyone in the way of harming you... Jane, your father loves you.”

Jane swallowed hard and very slowly turned her head. She looked Andrew in the eye. He stared back at her, seeing through her thick guard. He looked at her in a way no one else had ever looked at her. Andrew knew her better than she knew herself. He told her what no one else could have told her because no one else could see it but him; the truth. No one else could have made up her stubborn mind, but somehow Andrew had gotten through to her. And with that, he turned the truck around and took her back home.

Andrew peeked around the trees as he turned onto their road. He glanced back at Jane and gave her a soft smile. He kept his eyes locked on hers. The way that his inviting, understanding, welcoming, devouring, blue eyes stared back at her, it made her just –

BANG!

She watched the semi appear from behind his head and seem to overtake them. It came at her so fast she didn't have time to warn him. The glass shattered, she looked away...

Jane opened her eyes slowly. She was underwater. Voices from the surface became clearer and clearer. She could not make out what she was seeing. Everything was loud but undistinguishable. Her ears rang, a high pitched note made her head begin to ache. She blinked, the images became clearer. No, she wasn't underwater; she was in a light. Her mind was foggy, like it was coated in syrup, slowing down her thinking. She tried to think, but she just couldn't focus. Nothing was making sense.

“Jane?” the voice called out, “Stay with us, Jane.”

The face appeared again, blurry and slow moving. She felt the ground under her begin to move. The blurry objects began to spin. Jane lifted her head. The pressure was unbearable, forcing her to fall back down again. Her head fell into something soft. Jane blinked again. When she opened her eyes and looked up, she saw squares fly by. Every now and then a bright light would go by, then another, and another. Jane turned her head and winced in pain. She saw the body of a person, moving alongside her. A metal bar separated her from the other person. Suddenly, her mind was beginning to speed up; the wheels were beginning to turn. A horrible feeling began to grow in her stomach at the realization. Jane’s heart beat faster, her head began to throb, and she began to feel pain. It was everywhere at once. All the feeling she didn't have before was beginning to come back. She felt an overpowering ache in the back of her head like she had never felt before. Her entire body ached and throbbed.

“Hey, honey,” a sweet, comforting voice of a woman came from behind her head.

“You’re awake.” Jane tried to move her head to see where this voice was coming from. She felt a hand on her head, “No, no, keep still.”

Another voice joined in, Jane tried to comprehend all the voices and recognize words, “We are just taking you into this room to do some tests on your head, okay?” the man spoke very slowly, as if he spoke to a child.

When she heard the words, she thought nothing of it. After a few moments, it began to make sense in her head. She needed tests? What was wrong with her? What happened? Where were her parents? Where was Andrew? Was she going to die? Her head began to spin with questions. She parted her lips and tried to speak, but nothing came out. She grabbed the person walking alongside her and tugged at the fabric of their clothing.

She opened her mouth again as the face drew closer to her, “What happened?” she managed to choke out in a hoarse, unfamiliar voice.

“You were in an accident,” the person replied. “You have a concussion, but you’re going to be fine. You’re very lucky. We just need to run some tests on you.”

She didn't know if it had been minutes or hours or even days. Jane felt incredibly sleepy. She dozed in and out of consciousness. When she opened her eyes again, she wasn't moving anymore. She could see clearly and think clearly. She was surrounded by a white curtain, lying in a bed, listening to a steady beeping of different tones.

She remembered it coming. She saw it so clearly next to Andrew’s face as he smiled at her. It snuck out from behind the trees. She saw a jumble of things, happening all at once. But the one thing she noticed was that Andrew’s head turned. She remembered the sound the collision made. She couldn't tell if what she heard now was the beeping of a machine or her ears ringing still. As Jane replayed her last memories over and over and over again she started to panic. She wanted to forget it. She prayed that it was just a dream, none of it was real. She wanted so badly to wipe it from her memory. Jane wrapped her arms around her waist and felt her body begin to tremble.

The curtain opened with a loud snap. She saw her parents and for the first time in a long time, she was happy to see her father. There were tears in their eyes as they came closer and touched her face with such care and caution.

“I thought I lost you,” her mother breathed as she kissed her forehead tenderly. Jane felt her father’s rough yet gentle hand on her cheek as he stood over her and smiled through the tears. Jane couldn't keep her eyes open any longer; she closed them and let herself drift off again.

Just before her mind shut down again, she heard her parents’ voices. “She’s probably tired. They are giving her something strong for the pain.” Her father said.

“When is the best time to tell her?” her mother’s voice became softer and more distant until Jane couldn't hear it at all. But before her parents left the room, she felt a warm hand on her forehead. Then she heard the familiar voice of her father in her ear. “I love you, Jane.” He whispered.
Esmeralda Elites  
Oooooh cliffhanger!! I love this story!! I would guess that Andrew's dead, but no story has an unhappy ending...maybe he's maimed, or has memory loss, or paralyzed...something horrible. I mean, c'mon, a SEMI gushed him. Can't wait for the next chapter! :)
  36 days ago  •  3,358 views
 
Maiandra  
and i thought it couldnt get more exiting!!! wow. i hope Andrew is ok tho.
  36 days ago  •  3,085 views
 
Unique  
If he's dead: Imma hate you for life. ._.
  36 days ago  •  3,411 views
 
Always  
Nooo! Not Andrew! :O
Great plot twist there, I would have never guessed if it weren't for the title.
  36 days ago  •  3,218 views
 
Copper711  
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Please dont tell me its going to be something bad!! I will miss Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Still as always, amazing chapter and I am looking forward to the next one!!!

P.S
It makes me so frustrated when there are something awesome like 83 views and only 4 comments!!!Rrrrrrr!!!
you so deserve more:P
  35 days ago  •  3,417 views
 
Foxchase Farm  
I've (finally) caught up on reading this story, but now I can't wait for the next chapter! Ah...cliffhanger!
  35 days ago  •  3,377 views
 
Sapphire Flames  
OH MY GOSH....I totally agree with Niqi...lol. But really, I won't hate you for life..just for a few minutes, I'll just brainwash myself into hating you for life..)
  34 days ago  •  3,247 views
 
FrozenFlames  
If Andrew is killed off I will never speak to anyone again, I'll go into hibernation :(

What an amazing Story, Moose!
Cliffhanger, woo!
  34 days ago  •  3,199 views
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