Chapter Six-Another Life Lost?
We waited. All of us where there in the waiting room now. Kevin and Kristin tried to comfort Amanda and Jordan. Nick and Howie stared off in to space with reddened eyes. All of our faces were stained with tears that may as well have been blood. I stood at the window and looked out into the lighted emergency entrance in which we just came in only minutes ago. Everyone went silent when they saw me looking outside.
"He's going to be okay." I heard Nick say. I couldn't help but hear the sound of doubt in his voice.
"Yeah.." Howie agreed.
AJ was Howie's best friend. They had known each other since they both were little kids. I was listening to the almost always happy, friendliest person in our group have so much pain and doubt about whether or not his best friend lives or dies. In that one word, I could hear it all. All of his pain. All of his doubts.
"We're not gonna lose him, Howie." I said. The tone of my voice must have startled Howie. I saw him jump slightly. He nodded is head and stayed silent.
I let my eyes wander down the hall. I watched as doctors and nurses went about doing what they were trained to do. I remembered the day I was in the hospital very clearly. I remembered all the sounds. I even reconized a couple of the nurses who had treated me.
"I want to go see him." I said softly.
"Huh?" I saw Kevin look up. He had a magazine in his hand. He set it down on the table and put his hand over Kristin's.
"I said I want to go see AJ."
"I...uhh.." Kevin's face went blank and I chuckled.
"Kev just did a Nick." I said softly.
Nick looked up at me and grumbled.
"That's not funny." I heard him say as he and Howie went back to their conversation.
"I did didn't I?" Kevin chuckled nervously.
A nurse walked in then. Her eyes darted from each of us.
"How is he?" Amanda asked.
"AJ?" The nurse replied with a question.
"Yes." Amanda said as she stood up.
"He needs a blood transfusion....but..." The nurse let her words hang.
"But what!?" I asked.
"We don't have his type." She said quickly.
"WHAT!?" Kevin said with anger as he got up.
"He's got a fairly rare blood type...and there aren't enough donors of that type..." The nurse was cut off.
"What type is he?" Nick asked.
"A-B negative." The nurse replied.
"Hey.." I said as I looked up.
"I...I'm A-B Negative..." I started.
"Whoa..couldn't you just give him O?" Howie asked.
"He lost too much and his body would fight it." The nurse, who was obviously a ditz, said.
"People, I said I was an A-B Negative..." I said.
A doctor came in and glared at the nurse.
"Get back to wing 2, Laura." He growled.
The nurse left and the doctor then turned to us.
"I'm Dr. Phillip Poleski. I have been treated Alexander. Um, as the nurse said, he is in need of a blood transfusion. I overheard one of you say you were an A-B Negative, which is what he needs...." The doctor trailed off.
"I'LL give blood to HIM." I said.
"Brian...are you sure...?" Kevin asked.
"Yup. I'm doing it." I said with determination.
"If it's to save his life, then I'll do anything."
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