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The Roommates – Fast Forward to 2019: Chapter 58
They were all curled up in the bed. Bette was in her spot, Tina on her side of the bed and Dylan hugged closely to Tina in the middle. The morning had been devastating. Almost everyone had been in the room when Sidney was removed from life support and she breathed her last breath. The only thing good to come from the tragedy was that Sidney was an organ donor. Bette and Sidney’s parents had honored her wishes; her organs would help others live. That’s where the silver lining ended.
Tina hadn’t been present when the ventilator was turned off. She had stayed behind with Dylan in the waiting area. Bette hadn’t wanted him to see his aunt pass away. It was too much for someone so young.
They had all hugged and cried until their emotions were spent. The family drove a sad caravan back to Bette’s home, leaving Melvin and Patricia to take the first shift in staying with a slowly recovering Kit. After her surgery, she’d been placed in a medically induced coma. The neurosurgeon had indicated she might be in the coma for weeks, depending on how the swelling in her brain responded to treatment. She wasn’t out of the woods by any means and her prognosis was dependent on her day-to-day progress.
Tina had immediately called for her security team, more afraid for Bette’s safety than ever before. Whenever her father realized Bette was still alive, she was certain he’d come after them with everything he had. She just hoped that Tasha was able to work her magic and get a warrant for his arrest. Knowing he was in jail would take a heavy weight from her heart.
Sidney’s parents were resting in the guest room and Jack was sleeping on the couch. Max had come and gone, bringing with him enough food and coffee to feed a small army.
Bette had been sleeping, dreamlessly, when a soft tap pulled her from slumber. She followed the sound with her dark eyes and saw Dana standing outside her bedroom, in the backyard. She smiled at her friend and looked back at Tina and Dylan. They were both in a deep sleep. Bette slipped from bed and grabbed a spare blanket, moving outside to talk with Dana.