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    4 hours later, I had already landed and had rented a car to drive to my mom's house. I pulled into her driveway, parked, got out, walked up the front door and knocked. 5 minutes later, Emily opened the door.

    “Brianna! You're here!” She grabbed in a great big hug, “So, what happened back in New York? Nick called and told me that he was helping you get back together with Joe.” She released and stared at me, waiting to hear what I had to say.

    “It went really well. Em, just before I got on my flight back here, he asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said yes,” I told her.

    “That's great, Bri,” she replied, “I told you he was really in love with you. He just didn't realize it at first.”

    “Em, is Mom here now?”

    “Yes, for a change she is in her room, and I hope she's resting,” she told me.

    I walked upstairs to see her and as soon as I stepped into her room, she said,

    “Brianna, you came home! Emily said she was going to call you.”

    “Yeah, she did, Mom,” I hugged her.

    We both sat on her bed catching up on everything we'd missed in each other's lives. We just sat there talking for 45 minutes and I was finally able to convince her that if she would stay home and rest only going out to go to her doctor, that I would take over the running of her store. You see, after we had moved to Maryland, we had been to a resale shop that bought clothes, shoes, purses and all kinds of things. And my mom decided she wanted to use the small fortune she'd inherited from her parents to open a store of her own. When we were done talking, I went down the hall to call Joe and let him know that I'd gotten in safely. I stayed there with my mom and Emily for about a year and a half. Don't worry though, Joe and I didn't lose touch this time. We constantly talked on the phone or video chatted back and forth. In fact, one day after I'd been back in Jersey for about a year, I was at the store finally training a store manager so that my mom and I wouldn't have to be at the store everyday. While I was taking a short break letting Rebecca (that's the name of our new manager) have a trial of what it's like to run the store without me there, I sat down back in my office and pulled out my Iphone to call Joe. I dialed his number and waited. 3 rings later, he answered,

    “Hello, Bri, how are things going with your mom?”

    “They're going ok. The doctor says she's responding well to the chemotherapy. But she's still got a ways to go before she's totally beaten the cancer.”

    “When are you coming back out here?”

    “I don't know, Joe. If I leave, she'll try to run her store again even though I've fully trained a manager to do all that for her. I want to come back, Joe, but she's my mom. I can't leave her yet.”

    “I know you can't,” Joe sighed, “it's just that I haven't seen you in a year except through a computer screen.”

    “I know it's been a long time, and I hope I'll be able to leave soon,” I told him as we finished talking. 

6 more months passed and my mom was making a lot of progress towards beating her cancer. She finally convinced me that she would be alright and that Emily could take care of her now. So, she convinced me to buy a plane ticket and travel back to the Jonas family house in Texas. One day, I finally paid for my ticket which was scheduled to take off 2 weeks later. That gave some time to pack my bags back up for my flight. 2 days before I would travel to the Newark airport, I called Joe and left him a voicemail when he didn't answer.

    “Hey, Joe, it's Bri. I just wanted to let you know, in 2 days I'll be on a plane headed out to see you. My mom's doing much better, she's not quite out of the woods yet, but she was actually the one who finally convinced me that I needed to focus on taking care of myself now. In any case, you won't have to just look at me through a computer screen anymore. I'll be there in just a few more days. Anyway, I'd better go, so much more to pack and get ready before I'll be ready to leave. Call me when you get this and you have time. I love you.” Little did I know as I hung up the phone, that everything was about to change.

 

Joe's POV:

    I looked down at my phone one day when my brothers and I were on a break before soundcheck for our first show. 'One Missed Call' flashed across the screen, so, I thumbed through and saw that I'd missed a call from Bri. I listened to her message, a smile slowly growing across my face. I tried calling her back when I knew she should be on her plane, but it went straight to voicemail. Thinking that was strange and that she certainly would have answered, I decided to call Emily to see if she knew whether her sister was already on the plane. As soon as Emily picked up, I knew something was wrong,

    “Hello?” The voice on the other end was trying hard not to cry.

    “Emily? It's Joe.”

    “Oh, Joe, what's up?”

    “Umm, I just got Bri's message. I tried calling her but she didn't answer. She is on her plane, right?”

    “So, you haven't heard?”

    “Heard? Heard what?” I knew I was starting to sound worried, but I didn't care. I mean, this was my best friend we were talking about.

    “Joe, she was on her way to the airport to get on her flight out to you, and the taxi she was in was hit by a drunk driver.”

    “What? But she's alright, isn't she? Can I talk to her?”

    “I'm afraid not, Joe, I mean, she's alive. Barely, but she's at the hospital. She's in a coma. That's where I am right now. I'm sitting by her bed......Joe, are you still there?”

    “I'm sorry. I just can't believe what I'm hearing right now,” While I was still on the phone with Emily, I called to Dad saying, “Dad, I need to tell you and Mom something,” I continued saying to Em, “I'll do everything I can to delay this tour and come out to see her and let you get some rest so you don't have to be at the hospital so much.” As soon as we hung up, my parents were standing in front of me so, I told them everything,

    “That was Emily. You know, Brianna's sister. I called her after hearing Bri's phone message and trying to call her but she didn't answer. Emily said that Bri was in an accident on her way to the airport and that now she's at the hospital in a coma. Dad, I know we were supposed to go on tour, but I have to go back to Jersey to see her. Emily said she's barely holding on.”

    Mom answered first,

    “Of course you do, we'll push the tour back as far as you need to. I'm sure the fans will understand. I mean, by now they know all about you and Bri and they've known her ever since you and your brothers have been famous.”

 

Narrator's POV:

    As soon as they were done talking, Joe and Rob immediately began packing and caught the first available flight from Texas to New Jersey. They arrived at the Newark airport at 4 pm eastern time. And went straight to the hotel that they would stay in to drop off their luggage before heading straight to the hospital. Before they got there, Emily had gone down to let the front desk and hospital security know who was going to show up. They almost didn't believe her until she called Joe and passed her phone over to the head guard and let him prove who he was. She walked back upstairs to Brianna's room where she continued to wait for Joe to get there. Hospital security came to the parking lot to escort them in when they arrived and Joe immediately went up to Bri's room.

    As soon as Emily met him outside the hospital room, he said,

    “Emily, how is she?”

    “The doctor says she's resting comfortably right now. But, Joe, she's not out of danger yet. Apparently there was a lot of swelling on her brain when she was brought in.”

    “Is she going to live, Emily? What do you think? I can't lose her. I haven't even gotten a chance to tell her how I really feel.”

    “Joe, are you telling me that you're in love with my sister?” Emily said, “And let me guess, you didn't fully realize until you heard that she was in critical condition at the hospital, right?”

    “Yeah, you're right,” he admitted, “Do you think she'll come out of it?”

    “I think she will. I mean, you know Bri's a fighter, Joe. She's going to fight it.”

    “True, she's definitely a fighter.”

    Finally, the doctor, who had been in Bri's room since Joe got there, came out, and said,

    “Brianna is stabilized for now. We'll obviously keep a very close eye on her to make sure there aren't any significant changes. However, you can both feel free to go in and see her.”

    As soon as the doctor finished saying this, Emily headed down to the cafeteria to get some dinner while Joe walked into the room to sit next to the bed and hold Bri's hand.

    Brianna remained in the coma for the next 3 months. And Joe went and stayed in her hospital room as often as he could. Obviously the cross country tour had been postponed.

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