"Nik, wake up! Wake up! Tree was just in an accident and his phone died! Are you awake?"
TD was banging on the door, and groggily, I sat up.
"I don't know, he just called and said he was in an accident and then his phone went dead. I don't know what happened." He was breathless, still standing outside the closed door.
I don't remember getting out of bed or finding my phone, but then it was in my hand and I was dialing Tree, feeling numb, like that sensation right before you vomit but when you know it's coming. He answered right away, sounding panicky and far away.
"I'm- yeah. I'm ok. I rolled the Jeep. I'm ok."
He told me where he was and hung up. I threw on the jeans I'd worn the day before and a sweatshirt and went out into the living room, where TD was pacing around with a cigarette.
I found my keys and purse. "I don't know what happened, he said he's alright. He's near the clinic I guess." I jammed my feet into my shoes and added, unnecessarily, "I'm going there now." He nodded.
Down the stairs, driveway, into my car, the street.
All I could think was fuck.
"when I wake up in the morning
and you're beside me..."
- Alicia Keys "Like You'll Never See Me Again" -