Laying in a puddle of blood was Jennifer. I ran into the room and knelt beside her.

"Jenn!" I yelled rushing into the bathroom.

Dropping down next to her I noticed she was bleeding from the wrist. She was wearing her bathrobe and her hair was wet. I put my two fingers

on her neck to check for a pulse. I could feel a slight beating. Standing up I ran into my bedroom and grabbed my cordless phone. As I dialed 911

I ran back into the bathroom.

"Hello 911 please state your emergency." I heard on the other end.

"Yes I just got home and I found my sister in my bathroom. It looks like she slit her wrists." I told the operator frantically.

"Is she breathing?" "Yes, and I can sorta feel a pulse. Please hurry and send someone out here." I gave her my address and hung up the phone.

Spotting a towel on the counter I grabbed it and wrapped the ends around her wrist.

"Jenn wake up." I told her applying pressure. "Jenn." Nothing.

I shook her shoulders a little but not so much to hurt her.

"Jennifer wake up." I said between tears. "Please don't do this to me."

After a few more minutes. I could hear sirens. I got up and ran down the stairs and out the front door. The was a firetruck out front and just as I

stepped outside a ambulance was pulling up.

"Hurry up." I yelled to them. I waited for the guys from the ambulance to rush up to me.

"This way." I told them and led them upstairs to the bathroom.

I got pushed out of the way while the men were looking after her. By this time I was crying really hard. Trying to concentrate on answering their

questions. More and more firemen came rushing in. After a couple minutes I was in the back of an ambulance with Jennifer on our way to the

hospital. I wiped my eyes as I watched the paramedic hooking up and IV. Kinda in a daze I didn't notice when we got to the hospital. I just

followed them inside while they wheeled her in.

"Miss I am gonna have to ask you to wait in the waiting room. Someone will be out to talk to you shortly." A older nurse told me and pointed me in the direction of the room.

My ears were buzzing as I walked towards it. There were two other people in the room when I entered. I sat in a chair near the door and put my

head in my hands. The tears had not yet dried up and I continued to cry silently. After a couple minutes of sitting like that I stood up and walked

out of the waiting room. There was a nurse passing me and I asked her where the nearest payphone was. After pointing down the hall she

walked away in a hurry. I made my way to the phone. Checking my pockets I found that I only had enough change to make two calls. I dropped in

some change and dialed Maria's cell number.

She answered and I could hear loud music in the background. "Hello."

"Maria, Its Viv. Listen to me.." I said and heard her say.

"Who? I cant hear you."

I sighed. "Maria Its Viv." I said louder.

"Yeah what do you want."

"Jennifer is in the emergency room. You need to get here." I told her.

"Viv I cant hear a word your saying because your breaking up. Ill talk to you later."

"No. Maria." I yelled as I heard the line go dead. "Damn it." I said and put in more change to make another call.

I dialed Patrick's number knowing I would get in touch with him. after several rings I heard a breathless, "Hello."

"Patrick." I said to him.

"Viv. Whats wrong?" He asked.

"I'm at the ER with Jennifer." I heard him yell. "What?"

"Listen to me. I need you get in touch with Maria. Shes at some party and she cant hear a word I said to her."

"OK I'll try. I don't know who's she'd be at though. I heard there's two different ones tonight." Patrick said,

"I'm on my way to the hospital now. I'll try to call her then."

"Thanks Patrick." I said and hung up the phone. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Trying to calm myself down. Question upon question

was running through my head. 'What happened?' 'Why would she do something like that?' I made my way back to the waiting room and fell onto one

of the chairs. I sat with my head in my hands for what seemed like hours. In reality it was only ten minutes. I leaned back into the seat and closed

my eyes again. All I could see when I closed them was Jennifer on the floor covered in blood. I shook my head and opened my eyes. Feeling my

eyes burn I bit down on my lower lip. I would not cry anymore. Trying to keep calm I got up and started pacing. A minute later I heard running

footsteps and felt someone touch my shoulder. I turned around and Patrick pulled me into a hug.

"Oh my god Viv, I cant believe this. Are you OK? Is Jenn OK?" He asked into my shoulder.

I told him what happened and how I found her.

"I don't know if shes OK. The nurse said someone will be out and they haven't came yet." I told him.

His arms tightened around me. "Did you get in touch with Maria?"

"No, I called Josh and asked if he knew where she was at. He said he seen her but she took off. Hes gonna call around though and find her."

I sighed and sat back down.

My legs were shaking still. Patrick sat down next to me and put a hand on my shoulder.

"Its gonna be OK Viv." I looked at him and half smiled.

"Everytime I close my eyes all I can see is her laying there surrounded in blood." I told him.

I heard him swear under his breath. "Its gonna be fine."

We sat in the waiting room for over an hour before a nurse finally came in. She was an older nurse maybe mid fifties with gray hair and a kind face.

"Are you Jennifer's Sister?" She asked me.

I sat up, "Yes? Is she OK?"

"Shes going to be fine. She lost a lot of blood so we had to do a blood transfusion."

I swallowed the lump that formed in my throat. Patrick took my hand and squeezed.

"Do you know what made her cut herself?" The nurse asked me.

"I have no clue, the other day she got into a fight with her boyfriend but they made up afterwards." I told her.

"Well we are going to be keeping her here for observation and the doctors suggests that she sees a therapist." The nurse told me.

"How long will she have to stay here for?" I asked her.

"It all depends on what the doctor thinks. I think it would be best if you went home and got some rest. You wont be able to see her tonight. So I suggest coming back tomorrow." She told me.

"I'm not going anywhere." I told her, and Patrick turned to me.

"Viv, listen to her. I think its best that you go home and get some rest. She will be fine for one night." He told me still holding my hand.

"OK fine, but I'll be back first thing in the morning." I said and stood up.

The nurse nodded and walked out. "I'm guessing you didn't bring your car so I'll give you a ride home." Patrick said as we walked out of the hospital.

"Thanks." I said.

"Do you want me to stay with you tonight?" He asked me and we pulled out of the parking lot.

"No its OK, I'll be fine." "Are you sure?" He asked looking like he didn't believe me.

"Yes." I looked him in the eyes. "Trust me I would tell you if I didn't think I would be"

"Ok." He said and the rest of the ride we were silent. Once he pulled in my driveway I noticed a car already sitting in it. I thanked Patrick and

climbed out of the car. I walked past Maria's car and up to the front door. I tried to open the door but it was locked.

"Dammit." I said irritated. So I started to ring the doorbell and pound on the door. After about five minutes I heard Maria's voice.

"Hang on a damn minute." As she opened the door. When it swung open I noticed she was only in a robe.

"Where the hell were you?" I yelled at her.

"Don't yell at me. I was at a party." Maria said tightening her grip on the robe.

"Well while you were at your party I was sitting in the waiting room at the E.R. Jennifer slit her wrists. I found her on the bathroom floor." I told her with my voice cracking slightly.

Maria seemed to pale at my words. "What? Why would she do that?" She said as she sat on the couch.

"Is she okay?"

"I don't know why she did it. She's going to be fine, the doctor had to do a blood transfusion. So their keeping her for observation. The doctor wants her to see a therapist when she gets out." I finished weakly.

She was about to say something when there was a crash upstairs. I looked at Maria.

"Who the hell is here?" I asked standing up.

"N.. Nobody." She said as she stood up.

"That didn't sound like nobody to me." I told her and started up the stairs.

"Viv wait.." She called after me, I ignored her and kept going upstairs.

I heard a curse coming from her bedroom. I pushed open the door and saw Josh pulling on his shirt.

"What the hell." I said just as Maria caught up to me.

"Hey Viv." Josh said awkwardly.

"Well this is a sight I would have hoped never to have seen. Josh I thought you didn't like Maria?" I said as I leaned against the door frame with my arms crossed over my chest.

"Well.. I do.. I mean.. yea we're friends right?" He stammered.

"Humph." I said and turned around and walked out of the room. Just before I opened my door I heard Maria yell.

"Don't tell mom." I laughed and walked into my bathroom. Twenty minutes later I was falling on my bed ready for sleep. I couldn't help the tears that came to my eyes as I thought about it more. Within the next hour or so I finally drifted off to sleep.

OK all, I know its been a looong time since I updated. But, I have been busy, and I will admit I was stumped on how to continue it. I tried writing this chapter several times. But I just couldn't get what was in my head to sound the same way on the paper... well screen for that matter. Also there will be more of the hunk Devan in the next chapter. Anywho.. R&R I'd love to hear the criticism, good and bad by the way. I'm open for it. Thanks N.D.