At the hospital, I couldn’t even bring myself
to sit. I paced around the room, sweat racing
past my cheeks. Ike was pale as a ghost,
and there were dark rings underneath his
eyes. It was 1:30 in the morning, and we still
hadn’t heard anything. Natalie sat crying,
praying to God that Taylor would be alright.
That was what we all should have been doing,
but I couldn’t. I was too nervous. Somehow I
just knew someone would come out and say
he couldn’t be saved. I could just see it happen
in my mind, and I replayed it over and over
again, while still wondering what had even
caused this to happen with Taylor. Nothing
else mattered now. All I cared about was that
he was alright.
“Zac, will you sit down already?!” Ike begged.
He was a wreck, and I thought how selfish I had
been that day. Why hadn’t I gotten out of him
what was wrong? Even when he smiled, I could
see it in his eyes that he was crying inside. I sat
down in the chair next to him and looked up
at the wall, trying to blink back tears. The sign
on the wall read, ‘Family Waiting Room –
Please Turn Off All Cell Phones, Thank You.’
Sighing, I prepared to try to get things out of
Ike once more.
“Ike…” I started, “What’s going on with you
today? Is something wrong?” He looked at
me. His drooping eyes were bloodshot and
his whole face said a thousand words. Now I
was sure that something was wrong...something
was really wrong. Ike sighed.
“You know that girl, back in Vegas, that I was out
with all night?” he asked. It took me a second,
but I remembered. He’d been with some girl and
they stayed out all night. When Ike finally came
back, he had the headache of the century
and had no idea what had gone on in the
past 8 hours.
“Yeah, I remember…what of it, you gonna see
her again?” I tried to imagine why he would
have brought this girl up; I didn’t even remember
“Well…” Ike heaved, “The thing is…that night
when we stayed out, I had a few too many
drinks…and it turns out, that I ended up…
marrying her.” My eyes got as wide as two
grapefruits, and I just stared, hoping he was
joking again like he had earlier. But by the
look he was giving me, I realized it was the
truth this time.
“She called me yesterday, told me all about it.
At first I didn’t wanna believe her, but she had
her proof, she’d videotaped everything. I
went and watched it this morning before I
woke you up.” Ike spilled, his eyes looking
like rivers from all the tears he’d been holding
back. I tried to understand all that had
happened that day, but it was incredibly
hard to comprehend.
“Well, I thought you liked her? Maybe this
isn’t so bad…” I reassured him. I couldn’t believe
that all day long he’d been keeping this from
me. We always told each other everything.
He still looked upset.
“She’s filing for enollment…” Ike finally admitted.
My mouth dropped open, and I tried my best
to keep it shut. I wanted to scream, but that
was definitely something I couldn’t do this late.
Or should I say, this early. That bitch of a
woman, how could she do this? An enollment…
please! She just wanted to put it all behind
her and pretend it had never happened. And
all this time, she hadn’t even bothered to let
Ike know about the wedding! That had been
over two years ago! And besides all that, Ike
had really, really liked her. I patted him on the
back, trying to find something comforting to
“I know you liked her, Ike…I’m so sorry,” I choked.
“She doesn’t know what she’s missing…she’ll be
sorry.” Ike looked at the floor, then back at me.
“Thanks…” he whispered. This was all too much.
Just then, Tay’s doctor walked out of those
two double doors. Oh, no. Just like I’d imagined.
I closed my eyes and braced myself for the worst.