“NICK! NICK!” someone said running down the hallway. Nick looked up and saw the other guys running towards him. He looked worried. “Nick, we heard what happened! Is she alright?” Brian asked. “I don’t know. She’s still in ER.” “Nick, man, you don’t need to worry. She’ll be ok.” AJ said. Although AJ had said it himself, he too looked worried. “Kevin, can you get me some water? My throat is dry.” “Get your own water Howie!” Kevin said harshly. “Fine. Be right back bros.” Howie said walking down the hall. “Mr. Carter?” a voice said from the doorway. “Yeah?” Nick said as he stood up. “I’m afraid I have bad news. Your girlfriend, Mariah Jones, has passed on.” Nick looked shocked and like he was about to crack. Instead he leaned on the wall, slid down into a sitting position and broke out crying and yelling, “No!!! No, it can’t be true!!! No!!!” “Nick, man……” Kevin started to say as he bent down to comfort him. “LEAVE ME ALONE!!!” Nick yelled as he stood up and ran off down the hall. He bumped into Howie while he was running. Howie then ran back to the guys. “Umm….guys? What’s goin…..” “She died Howie. She’s gone. Nick’s taking it really hard.” AJ said. “Of course he’s taking it hard! His girlfriend just died! And we should be running after him to comfort him! Instead, we’re just sitting here with our thumbs up our asses!!” Brian yelled. “Brian, I think he needs to be alone.” Kevin said softly. “You’re right. I’ll talk to him tomorrow.” After the guys paid the bill for Nick, they went back to their own houses. “I just hope he doesn’t do anything stupid.” Brian thought as they were dropping him off. “He’s my best friend. I don’t want to lose him, too.”