The weekend came and Lin had her second to last treatment before she would head back to school. Jordan came Friday after he finished working. He walked in to the room with bags in hand. “What is in all the bags?”
Jordan put a big smile on his face, “Well that is a surprise. But if you play your cards right I just might tell you.” He walked over to kiss her. She tried to sneak a peek in the bag, “No cheating.” He walked to the table and placed his bags on the table.
Once all of his bags were on the table he looked inside and pulled out a smaller bag. He walked over and handed it to Lin. She looked inside of the bag. There was a cd, cal lilies (her favorite) and a disposable camera. She pulled all of the things out of the bag. She set the flowers on her table next to her bed. She set the rest of the things on her lap. “What is all of this for?”
Jordan took the camera out of her lap and opened it. We have been together all of this time and we don’t have any pictures together. And the cd is so that we can dance together again.” He took the first picture of her without giving her warning.
“Hey I want to look at least good in the picture.”
“You look great.” With that he took another picture of her. Then he walked over to the bed, got close to her, and took another picture of them together. He put the camera down and put the cd in the DVD player. Within the a few minutes the music began to play. “Will you dance with me?”
“Yea, but I thought this was going to be club music like the last time we danced together.”
“No, this is the kind of dance that we haven’t done yet and I want to be able to hold you while dancing with you.” He took the camera and took a picture of them dancing together.
Lin looked up and saw Pete at the door. She waved for him to come in he shook his head and turned away from the door and walked away. “Hey was that Pete at the door?”
“Yea he said he was going to stop by today.”
“Well let me go get him I know he has to be missing you I have been here everyday. This is his time.”
Jordan let go of her and went out the door to get Pete. Pete was standing at the elevators, “Hey Pete, wait up. Where are you going?”
“I saw you too in the window and I didn’t want to interrupt. I can come back another time.”
“No, this is your time Pete, this is the day that you said that you where going to come and see her. I can go and find something else to do. You take all the time that you want.” He turned to head back to the room. “Come on. She misses you and you miss her.”
When they made it back to her room Jordan went over and gave her a kiss, “I’m going to go out for a while. I’ll be back later,” he looked at Pete, “much later. But before I go let me just put these bags up. Pete can you make sure that she doesn’t look in the bags?”
“Yea I can do that for you.”
“Hey, that’s not fair to have him help you.”
“I just don’t want to you to look in the bag when I’m not here. Have a good time you two. Thanks Pete.” With that Jordan walked out of the room.
Lin walked over to Pete and gave him a big hug, “I’ve missed you.”
He hugged her back, “I have missed you too.” They both walked over to the table. And say down and began talking about what had been going on, they had kept up over the phone but it wasn’t the same as talking in person.
An hour later Pete called Jordan to let him know that he could be on his way back. “No Pete I need you to stay for 2 more hours at least. Put a movie or something but you have to stay for a longer visit.”
With an unsure voice Pete said, “Okay.”Pete looked at Lin, “Well what do you want to do?”
Lin looked at Pete and thought for a moment, “Can we walked around? I have been in this hospital for what seems like ages.”
As they began to walk Lin became quite. “Lin what are you thinking about?”
“What makes you think that I am thinking about something?”
“When we would walk at school, you would become quite when you were thinking about something.”
“I’m thinking about a lot of things. But mostly I’m thinking about the things I miss most.”
“I miss not having to rely on someone else for help. You know how hard this has been for me to accept help. Like having you get that stuff for me last week. Not being able to go and get it myself, I feel like a little kid most of the time. This is hard. I’m ready to be able to fall again. I want to be able to have the chance to get hurt on my own again. You know what I want to do more then anything right now I want to be able to drive until I run out of gas. I don’t want to know where I’m going, who is going to be there when I will get there, and I don’t want to know the time when I get there.”
Pete grabbed her walked and stopped her and looked her in the eyes, “I know this has been hard for you to have to ask for help but you asking for help from me and accepting it has been something that I have been waiting you to do for as long as I can remember. You have always been there for me helped me when I have asked for it caught me before I hit the ground. It is my time to be here for you. Let someone else be your shoulders and carry the weight of the world,” he smiled, “we will give it back don’t worry.” They began to walk again. After walking around they headed back to her room. Once they were in the room they put in a movie.
An hour and half later Jordan walked into the room. Pete and Lin were still watching the movie. Jordan picked up the camera and took a picture of them. Pete looked at Jordan, “Can I get a count?”
“Yea he has been doing that to me too.”
Jordan grabbed a chair and sat down to watch the movie with them.
After the movie was over Pete got up and said his goodbyes and left for home.