Collision Course by JadeC47
"What’s going? Why won’t anyone tell me what’s going
on!!", Several of the people in the waiting room drew
their attention to the shouting man. The Llanview
hospital staff seemed less amused, the ER was prone to
episodes like these. People were constantly being
brought in with every injury or ailment under the sun.
The nurses had seen it all, from children with
dysentery to the common cold all the way to gun shot
wounds. Often times these people were brought in by
people who cared about them, and this man was no
John McBain had been pacing up and down the halls of
the Llanview Hospital demanding to know what was going
on. Everything seemed so strange so distorted. He was
having trouble keeping it together. One moment RJ had
been in his face and the next Evangeline was calling
his name, all he could think of, all he could hear was
her, calling him, saying his name…
He had watched her collapse to the floor, his heart
plunged at the sight of her. He should have listened
better, listened to her when she had called, to
Antonio when he had told him to back off, and finally
to his gut instinct when it told him to end
Evangeline’s involvement with this case. Bu he hadn’t,
he hadn’t listened to anyone or anything, and now he
was in the last place he wanted to be, a hospital,
just waiting, and praying for a miracle.
"What the hell is going on!!" The nurse at the desk
jumped back instantly as John’s fist came crashing
down on the counter. He knew she was doing her best,
trying to be sympathetic and understanding. All the
while making an attempt to keep him updated on
Evangeline’s condition. But that wasn’t enough, not
for him. Each moment he spent away from Evangeline was
another moment he spent letting his mind ponder the
possible outcome of this…this…
"Oh God," he raked a hand through his dark hair.
The timid nurse opened her mouth, trying to think of
something to say to the cop. He’d been down here
countless times, sometimes on a case but mostly to
visit his brother. But tonight the tough cop was gone.
In his place was a man so consumed with anger, and
pain. But before she could speak Dr. McBain suddenly
appeared with another doctor close behind him.
"John," he placed a hand softly on his brother
"Mikey," his voice seemed to shake as he spoke, "Why
won’t- why won’t anyone tell me what’s going on?"
Michael raised his hands in protest, willing his
brother to calm down.
"John, John , Hey this Dr. Emily Watts, she’s handling
John McBain turned his attention to the tall brunette.
"Dr. this is my brother John, he brought Evangeline
The doctor nodded as she began to speak.
"Ms. Williamson went into shock. She was in pretty bad
shape with the bruising. She experienced some internal
bleeding. We managed to stop the internal bleeding but
she’s gonna need to take it easy for a while. She’s
unconscious now but she should to come to once the
anesthesia wears off."
"What? Wait a minute, bruises? internal bleeding, I
The doctor sighed before she continued.
"It appears Ms. Williamson suffered some sort of
fall. She had some serious bruises a broken rib and
she suffered some serious bleeding. She must have been
in excruciating pain, I mean I gotta tell you I’m
surprised this didn’t happen sooner. Any idea what
"I don’t…" he seemed to be in his own world as he let
the words sink in. A million thoughts ran into his
head. Why didn‘t he see? Why would she keep this from
"There something else…"she continued. "Evangeline had
…bruises at the base of her neck. It looked like she’d
been…strangled…thought you might be able to shed some
light on that."
John looked up at the comment, he didn’t miss the true
meaning behind her words.
"Now hold on here, my brother would NEVER hurt
The doctor apologized for any misunderstanding as she
caught the look on John’s face. John made no attempt
to defend himself.
"Can I see her?"
Dr. Watts nodded, slightly apologetic.
"We’re getting her moved into her own room. You should
be able to see her soon."
"Thank you." He managed before the doctor walked away.
"Hey Johnny, she didn’t mean anything by that…"
Michael made an attempt to comfort his brother, but he
knew Dr. Watts words were the last thing on his mind.
"How is she?" Antonio Vega appeared behind them, with
Sonia beside him.
"She-she was bleeding internally. The doctor said…"
his gaze trailed behind them to he man who stood at a
distance from them. RJ stood staring John square in
the face Antonio followed his gaze, he could see the
wheels turning in his friends head. RJ just stood
there , he didn’t belong here, especially after what
happened , Evangeline was lying in a hospital room
somewhere and he was out here, waiting for HER, it was
just wasn’t right.
Antonio suddenly blocked John as he charged towards
"Don’t, not here and not now." John stared back, his
nostrils flared as he made an attempt to move. "I’ll
get it out of him."
They all turned as Michael spoke.
"The nurse says Evangeline’s ready…if wanna go in and
sit with her."
John didn’t hesitate as he followed the nurse out of
the waiting area.
The room seemed so small as he entered. The only light
that guided him to her side was the bedside lamp that
illuminated her face.
For what seemed like forever he just stood there,
staring down at her. She slept peacefully, her head
cocked to one side, oblivious to the storm that raged
through his mind.
"Why didn’t you tell me…",
He whispered the words as he trailed a hand down the
side of her face willing her to wake up. He knew she
needed her rest, but he also needed some reassurance,
he needed to know she was still there.
"Stay with me," he whispered again. It was like
dejavu, he had said those words before, in a place
just like this, but at that time it had been too
late. But not this time, not again, he would be damned
if he would let her go, he couldn’t do this again, he
wouldn’t lose someone he…
"Hey," John hadn’t heard Michael knock. "I-uh figured
you might want to stick around, till uh, till she
wakes up." He nodded to Evangeline as John turned his
head back to look at her.
"I can have one of the nurses prepare a cot for you at
the end of the hall…"
"That’s not necessary," he said simply without
"She’ll be fine," Michael sighed, "Emily said she’s
out of the woods, she’s gonna be ok." He came to stand
on the other side of the bed.
"This time." John brushed back some loose strands of
her hair, there was something in his voice that made
Michael look up instantly.
"Hey!" he whispered loudly, "whatever your thinking
don’t! This is nothing like Caitlin!"
"Isn’t it?" he stepped away from the bed, as if being
so close to Evangeline hurt. "I shouldn’t have let her
get involved, I couldn’t save Caitlin and now…." he
turned to look out over Angel Square and into the
"John, I know you better than you think. Ever
since…Caitlin, you’ve taken over this hero role with
everyone around you. With me, with mom, Natalie?" he
walked to stand closer to his brother, following his
"But Van’s not like that, she’s a tough girl. You
can’t be with her every time, all the time. She’s
gonna be fine John, I think she just needs to know
you’re with her."
A long silence passed before John responded to his
"All I wanna do is go out there and get the son of a
bitch that did this to her. But-but I’m so afraid if I
leave, if I even blink for one second she’ll be gone."
"John…" suddenly Michael’s beeper went off. He turned
it off immediately before turning to his brother.
"I-uh, I gotta take this-"
"I’ll be fine." John turned back to Evangeline before
pulling up the nearest chair and sitting down next to
her bed. Michael McBain closed the door quietly behind
him as he left the room.
As John peeled off his leather jacket, he fought back
the images that seemed to be burned into his head. He
watched her for a little while longer, before taking
her hand in his. He clasped her tiny hand between his,
lowering his head as he did so.
His heart was heavy as he closed his eyes. He couldn’t
remember the last time had had said a prayer, but this
time he wouldn’t take any chances, not now and
definitely not with her.
"I don’t think I can go through this again. Dear God
please…please keep her safe."