Stephanie opened her eyes and felt the ray of morning sunshine on her face as she remembered her date with Zack last night. She found the stuffed bear he won for her cradled in her arm and she lay there smiling with a sense of euphoria being that her second date had gone so nicely. She raised up in bed and sat the bear on top of her pillow as she climbed out of her bed and stretched herself before slipping her feet into her pink fuzzy slippers. Stephanie has never felt more rested than she did at that moment. She couldn’t keep the big smile off of her face no matter how hard she tried.
Stephanie put her robe on and made her way to the restroom before heading downstairs to meet the family for breakfast. As she walked into the kitchen, her father and mother were sitting at the table drinking coffee while Stephanie’s father was reading the morning paper. She glided by her father placing a huge hug around his neck and kiss upon his cheek before moving over to her mother and giving her a huge hug and kiss before settling down into her seat and opening a box a granola cereal. She made her bowl of cereal and sat quietly eating as her father asked her about her date last night? Stephane had stopped eating long enough for her to respond to her father’s question. She told him that they went to the carnival and rode the rides, played some games and that Zack had won her a stuffed bear. She informed her father that she had so much fun and enjoyed herself. Stephanie again had to reassure her father that Zack was a perfect gentleman and that was all.
Her mother then interrupted the conversation by asking Stephanie about her sleepover for that evening? Stephanie went into details about how it would only be just of few of her true friends and that they would order pizza and get a few movies out. Her mother was excited that Stephanie was going to spend the evening in with some of her friends. Her parents weren’t really sure about this boy because Stephanie has failed to introduce them to each other. Stephanie went on about how the girls would watch movies, do hair and nails, and pretty much what other college girls do for fun when there are no guys involved.
That comment brought a smile to her mother’s face as she was finishing up her coffee. Her father politely asked when they would get a chance to meet this boy? Stephanie stopped eating and looked over at her father and thought the worst. Is her father going to run this boy off, or would her father embarrass her in front of him? She hesitantly replied that she would talk to Zack and find out when a good time for him to come over would be. She would inform her father of the time and day so it would fit into his schedule since it was so important. Stephanie hurried up with finishing her cereal before running upstairs to get dressed for the day. She had plans to make and arrangements to be taken care of before her friends were to arrive.
Once she got dressed and did her hair, Stephanie got on the phone to Zack to see when he would be able to come over to meet her parents. After three rings his phone went to voicemail and she left a message asking him to call her and then she hung up. Before putting her phone down she called all of her true friends to find out what time they will be coming over and then she made her arrangements. While getting stuff together for her evening
While getting stuff together for her evening, her cell phone rang and it was Zack on the other end. Instantly the smile came back over her face and she could feel herself flush while listening to his voice on the phone. When she got herself together she asked if it would be okay with him to come over sometime and meet her parents? He didn’t answer so quickly but did respond within a minute or two telling her that he would be honored to meet her parents. They agreed on a time and day so she could inform her father and then they said their goodbyes to each other waiting for the other to hang up the phone. They just laughed between the two of them because neither of them wanted to hang up. Stephanie finally said a quick goodbye and hung up the phone fast, putting it down trying to resist calling him back.
She had just gotten things arranged when a knock came to the door. When she opened up the door she found her four true friends, Isabel, Marcy, Penny, and Ruby standing there with overnight bags in their hands. She invited them inside and told them where they could sit their bags. She closed the door behind them and then escorted them into the kitchen where her mother was and everyone said their hellos before going up to Stephanie’s room.
They got inside her bedroom and everyone kicked off their shoes to relax and lounged around the room chatting about their day. Marcy did make the comment how strange it was to be in college and still having sleepover’s and everyone just laughed. Stephanie reported to them how her parents want to meet Zack and that she had just gotten off of the phone with him setting the time and day up with him. Her own friends haven’t even met him yet because she has been trying to keep him a secret. They all knew that Stephanie was a virgin still and that her parents are so protective over her. They did understand being that their parents were overprotective as well, but none of them were still virgins either.
The girls hung out for awhile before Stephanie’s cell phone began ringing. When she picked it up, she noticed that it was Zack calling and nervously answered it saying “hello?”. Zack’s voice was so sexy when hearing it on the phone and when she asked him what he needed, he surprised her by stating that he was sitting in her driveway. She quickly ran over to the window and looked out seeing him standing next to his car and looking up at her smiling. She smiled back and told him she would be down in a minute. Stephanie quickly hung the phone up and sat it down on her dresser. She nervously turned around and asked the girls if they were ready to meet Zack because he was parked in her driveway. All of her friends got up and looked out the window and saw this gorgeous guy leaning against his car waiting for Stephanie to appear downstairs.
They all got their shoes on and made sure everyone’s hair was good before running downstairs and out of the front door. They made it around the house to the driveway and Stephanie was met with a passionate kiss which made all of the girls stop dead in their tracks and start smiling making cooing noises. When Zack released her lips from that kiss Stephanie had to catch herself from the daze it just put her in. When she turned around and was face to face with her true friends she felt embarrassed but Isabel walked up and hugged her saying that it was okay and that they were happy for her.
Stephanie started introducing Zack to her true friends and then grabbed him by the hand and led him into the house where her parents were in the sitting room together. Stephanie walked in with Zack in hand and introduced him to her parents. Zack was very polite and said a warm hello to my mother and as my father stood up, Zack reached his hand out to meet his in a handshake while informing him it was a pleasure to meet Stephanie’s parents finally. She looked at her father and noticed that when Zack said that the expression on her father’s face was a welcoming one. It was the look of her father’s approval as he sat back down. We all sat for a few minutes chatting and Zack telling his life story to her parents before remembering that her friends were still outside.
They quickly got up and headed for the front door, but not before Zack turned to her parents and excused themselves and apologized for leaving so abruptly. Stephanie’s parents just smiled and said their goodbyes as the two kids walked out the front door. They got back around to the driveway where her friends were waiting for the good news. Stephanie informed them that everything went as well as expected. One after another, each girl gave Stephanie a big hug before leaning over and giving Zack a big hug.
Everything was going to be okay now and Stephanie lets out a big sigh of relief. Zack hung around for a few minutes more before heading out because he had to be at work soon. He leaned over and gave her another passionate kiss as if it were her first again and got back inside his car. Once he had his car started, Zack looked over at Stephanie and asked her out for a third date. Stephanie started blushing and while smiling she said “yes”. Zack then informed her he would be calling sometime tomorrow to set the day and time. He then backed out of the driveway and pulled off down the road. Stephanie’s friends were so happy for her and then they grabbed her and started back for the house.
Once inside her room, they all sat around asking Stephanie questions about Zack and their first couple of dates. She told them that the first date was simple and fun, but no kissing. The second date was the carnival and first kiss, where Stephanie started blushing again while telling them the story. Everyone could tell Stephanie was happy and that they were all happy for her. Ruby straightened up in her seat and told Stephanie that she deserved to be happy but just to be careful not to fall so fast. After that, the girls put in their delivery for pizza and got out some movies. The evening was about to commence.
It was late by the time the girls went to sleep that night because they had sat up talking after the pizza, movie, and doing one another’s hair and nails. They talked about guys and what to be careful for and look out for. It was much-needed advice for Stephanie. She still thought she was dreaming when it came to Zack. She couldn’t hardly believe that a guy could actually like her, but her friends reassured her and made her feel better.
The next morning when all of the girls were waking up, they noticed Stephanie sitting in her windowsill staring out at the sky and asked her if everything was alright? She looked back at them and said she had a bad dream and it bothered her so much that she couldn’t go back to sleep. They all got up and surrounded her trying to comfort her. When Penny asked her what the dream was about, all Stephanie could remember was that something bad had happened and that she would lose Zack. The girls comforted her and tried to reassure her that everything was going to be okay and that it was just a bad dream. They eventually made her feel better and everyone got dressed and ready to leave.
Stephanie had walked everyone to the front door and gave each of them their hugs and kisses before watching them walk down the drive to Isabel’s car. Stephanie waved at them as they started pulling off and then watched as they disappeared down the street. Stephanie being exhausted from lack of sleep went back upstairs and collapsed across her bed falling quickly asleep.
A few hours later her cell phone rang and it woke her up. Stephanie reached for her phone and answered it. It was Zack, and Stephanie instantly woke up saying”hello” to him. She sat up on her bed to talk to him and he was wanting to plan their next date. They chatted a bit and decided that they would go out again next weekend until her mother walked into her room. She wasn’t aware of the fact that her daughter was on the phone and apologized, but Stephanie asked Zack to hold on while she found out what her mother wanted. Stephanie looked at her mother and she replied with the situation of asking Zack to come over for dinner. Stephanie’s jaw dropped as she stared at her mother, but Zack being on the phone heard the question and politely said he would love too. Stephanie again stopped and then looked at her phone, smiled, and then informed her mother that Zack said he would be honored. Her mother said okay and asked if Wednesday night would be okay? Zack, hearing her on the phone said that would be fine and Stephanie voiced his answer to her mother who being satisfied with the answer then left the room closing the door behind her.
She was finally alone with Zack on the phone and began giggling because her parents are so fruity sometimes and Zack laughed with her. He turned around and told Stephanie that their third date was set and that he would be there Wednesday night for a good home cooked dinner. She told Zack that she thought it strange because her parents have never acted quite like that even with a guy being involved. They were just too nice. So after a few more laughs they said their goodbye and looked forward to seeing each other on Wednesday evening. Stephanie hung up the phone and went downstairs to see her parents.
Upon arriving in the sitting room, she was greeted by her parents who conversating and laughing together. Stephanie went and sat in a chair in front of them and quickly asked, “What’s going on?”. Her parents stopped laughing and asked what she meant by that question? She informed her parents that she thought it odd that all of a sudden they want to invite him over to dinner. “What is your plan or scheme?” she asked. Her parents just thought that it might be a good gesture to get to know him that’s all. Stephanie’s parents have never lied to her or steered her the wrong way so she accepted their answer and left the room.
The next couple of days were okay but just a little stressful waiting for Wednesday to get here. Stephanie attended her classes and saw her tutors and did her studying in the library on her breaks while sending cute little text messages back and forth with Zack. She tried to keep her mind on her studies but he seemed to have her attention whenever that little beep came in from her phone. He did seem to release some of her stress by occupying her mind with text messages and it became more of an anxious moment now wanting Wednesday to get her just so she could see him.
The sound of her alarm going off and her phone beeping, let Stephanie know it was Wednesday already. She jumped up out of bed, got in the shower before her little brother, and ran downstairs after getting dressed. She met her parents in the kitchen just like any other morning and sat down to eat her granola cereal, but this time she added some fresh strawberries her mother had on the table to her cereal. Her mother said “good morning” and asked if everything was okay? Stephanie was just excited because it was Wednesday and the look in her eyes her mother could tell why she was excited, but she just smiled and went back into the conversation with her father.
Stephanie informed her parents that Ruby would be coming to pick her up for school and that she was running a little late. While eating her cereal, Stephanie heard the horn from Ruby’s car outside and grabbed her stuff, kissed everyone, and ran out the door. No one knew what the day had in store for everyone, but it would be a day that changes many lives.
Stephanie ran down to the car in her driveway, opened the door, and while getting inside said her good morning to Ruby. Ruby knew what today was and she was even as excited for Stephanie as well. She was bouncy and giddy and making all these cooing sounds towards Stephanie to where it had her blushing again. They rode to school talking about the morning and what classes they had until driving through an intersection and not seeing the distracted driver heading right for them. They were hit on Stephanie’s side of the car and t-boned. The whole side of Ruby’s car was crushed in and compacted against Stephanie who had a bleeding cut on her head and unconscious. Once the car came to a still, Ruby was hunched over the steering wheel unconscious and Stephanie pinned in the mangled car unconscious as well.
People in other cars were stopping, getting out and trying to check on the teenagers who were unconscious. One woman got on her phone and called 9-1-1 while others were checking on the girls who didn’t seem to be responsive. The driver who hit them got out of her car with cell phone in hand asking if everyone was okay before going back to texting on her phone. Then came the sirens of both two ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks to the scene. The police wee immediately pointed towards the woman who hit the girls on her phone while the paramedics and firemen were trying to get the teenage girls out of the car. Ruby was taken out first since she was the easiest to remove. Then, the sounds of a cutter sounding as they had to cut Stephanie from the car still unconscious. Both girls were rushed to the hospital while the police were arresting the woman who hit them.
The phone rang in Stephanie’s house where her parents were engaged in conversation unaware that their daughter needed them. Stephanie’s mother answered the phone but after a few seconds of the conversation, she dropped the phone alarming Stephanie’s father to pick it up. It was a nurse from the hospital on the other end explaining to them that their daughter was involved in a car accident and that she was unconscious at the hospital. He immediately told the nurse they were on their way down and hung up the phone erratically. He informed his wife to get her coat and purse and that they were headed down to the hospital to help their daughter.
Once arriving at the hospital, the parents frantically asked where they could find their daughter and were immediately shown to her room. They walked into this cold, white covered room that smelled of disinfectant and saw their daughter laying in this white covered bed hooked to all these machines. Stephanie’s mother broke down into tears and immediately ran to her daughter’s side grabbing her lifeless hand. Stephanie’s father still in shock of what he was looking at walked over and leaned down to his daughter placing a kiss upon her forehead and quietly stating to her that they were there with her.
It seemed like hours before the doctor showed his face in the room explaining that the accident was very bad. The driver, Ruby, did not make it. She sustained internal injuries and after every attempt to save her life there just wasn’t anything else they could do. They could not stop the bleeding and she had died about fifteen minutes after arriving at the hospital. When asked about their daughter, the doctor informed them that she was mangled inside the car and was seated at the point of impact. Her neck was broken and she is paralyzed from the chest down, but his other concern was that she is now in a coma and he doesn’t know when she will wake up, or what brain damage she might have.
Stephanie’s mother broke down crying as she caressed the side of her daughter’s emotionless and still face. Her father still in a sense of shock sat down in the chair next to his daughter’s bed staring down at the floor trying to come to grips with what has happened. Soon after the doctor left, a nurse came in with Stephanie’s phone which had been going off for a while now. Stephanie’s mother remembered that dinner was tonight and gently took the phone from the nurse and called Zack. She told Zack what had happened and he alarmingly said he would be right there before hanging up. Both of Stephanie’s parents were distraught by this whole ordeal and all they could do was pray and be comforting to each other and their daughter.
About an hour later, Zack came sliding into the room and stopped dead in his tracks when he saw Stephanie laying there unconscious and still. Her mother informed him that her friend Ruby did not make it and that they were holding on to faith that Stephanie will pull through. Zack somberly walked over to Stephanie’s side and leaned down kissing her softly on her lips with her parents looking on in tears. He placed his forehead against hers and whispered softly to her that she is going to make it and be alright. Zack then sat in the bed next to her holding her and looking at her bandaged body. Stephanie’s mother apologizing to him that their dinner together was ruined, and then it hit him, dinner isn’t over. He thought for a minute and decided to leave and told them he would be back in about an hour, before walking out the door of the hospital room.
Stephanie’s parents could do nothing but sit and watch their daughter for any sign of life in her, but nothing came. Both of her parents were sitting on each side of her holding her hand and trying to make sense of everything. “How could this have happened?” Her mother asked. Stephanie’s mother so distraught even more to where Stephanie’s father had to comfort her and even remove her from the room until she could calm down. Once calm and a little more collected, both parents went back into Stephanie’s hospital room and again just sat talking to their daughter.
Then, about fifteen minutes later, Zack walked into the room with his hands full of bags. He walked over to the side of the bed where Stephanie’s father stood up to help him with the bags and asked what he was doing? Zack acknowledged the fact that Stephanie would not be able to talk or maybe even notice that they are there with her, but they could still have dinner with her and get to know each other better. Her mother smiled and grabbed his hand holding and squeezing it while telling him thank you.
They began moving a table next to the bed and setting dinner places for each of them before sitting down. They grabbed each other’s hand and her father said grace over the food and over his daughter before they started eating and talking amongst themselves. They were having that dinner that Stephanie was so anxious about and it ended up being quite nice. They asked each other questions and Zack was no more pleased than to answer them and the evening went on as planned. Stephanie’s parents got to know the boy who held their daughter’s heart and he got to know them. After dinner was done and the cleanup completed they sat around Stephanie talking and listening to the details of Zack and Stephanie’s first two dates.
It had gotten to be late into the night when Zack mentioned they should go home and get some rest while he stayed with her. He reassured them that if anything should happen they would be the first to know. Stephanie’s mother gave him a big hug and kiss on the cheek before telling him to not stay up so late and for him to get some rest as well. They said their goodbyes and headed out the door as her father turned to Zack and said they will be back in the morning. Zack smiled and then climbed onto the bed with Stephanie holding her and caressing her face as he spoke to her softly. He sat with her most of the night and whispered into her ear that he loved their third date with her parents and that everything was going to be okay before laying his head on hers and falling fast asleep.