I woke up with a splitting headache. It took me a few minutes to figure out where I was. I was lying on a bed in the village hospital. I remembered what had happened. I remembered that Cliff was knocking on my door, when I finally opened it he hit me! I noticed people standing beside me. There was the Doctor, Elli the nurse, and Cliff. I moaned. "Hey, buddy. You all right? Sorry I hit you back there, but I had to get you to the hospital." Cliff said. "And it's a good thing he did." said the Doctor. "If he didn't you could have gotten so sick you could have died." That hit me like a rock. I could have died! I felt like dieing. Karen hated me! Just then I heard a crash outside the hospital. The door flew open. Karen rushed in. "Oh my gosh! Jack are you alright?!" she asked. I nodded. Cliff ushered everybody else out, leaving just Karen and me. "Jack, I'm so sorry. I… I don't hate you…" She didn't hate me?! There was a long pause. "Karen… I need to talk to you…" she looked like she was going to cry. "Jack, no need to explain." she said… barely. "It's okay. I understand. It may take a while to get used to it, but I understand that you love her." I shook my head slowly, taking all of this in. "Karen, no. you don't understand. I--" she held up a hand to silence me. "It was silly of me to ever think that our relationship would ever work out. You know?" I saw the first tear slide down her face. She stopped to compose herself. "I… I mean…" she stuck out her hand. "Friends?" She just want to be friends?! I screamed in my head. I felt myself growing faint. I noticed that Karen had left, crying. "Oh, no." I said to no one.Chapter 11
Two days later, and I was back at home. The people of Mineral village had stopped giving me mean looks, but they weren't exactly giving me smiles either. I was still the village outcast. It felt horrible. I was back outside, working my farm, but things were far from normal. Karen had been avoiding me. As if Karen just wanting to be just friends wasn't enough, she had to be avoiding me too?! Though my life was going down the drain I had a plan to fix everything. Actually it wasn't much of a plan. All I knew was that I had to get a confession from Rick. I could have just gotten a confession from Crystal, but she had left town right after my little talk with her, so I was stuck with Rick. And if I had to, I would use force.