"Winchester...Daphne Winchester...that was my son" she said tearfully.
He nodded "Why don't we have a seat" he said directing her towards a chair, he shut the door behind him and turned his chair to face her.
"This just...this does not sound like my son...why would he do something like this?" she asked tearfully, wiping her tears away with a handkerchief.
"We won't know until we talk to him" he said to her.
"How many people were hurt?" she asked.
"Four...a teacher, football coach and two of his classmates...he was also holding two other students at gunpoint".
“Oh god” she sighed.
"Is there anything I can do for you?" he asked.
"No...no, thank you, my oldest son should be here soon."
"Can I see him?" she asked.
"Sure" he said to her, he leads her towards the interrogation room.
“Mom" Damien said when she came in.
"Oh honey" she said hugging him.
"Are you okay?" she asked "What happened? What made you do such a thing?" she asked.
“Mom I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I didn't mean to” Damien whimpered as he cried into her shoulder.
"I'm going to call Garrett, don't answer any questions until he gets here...your father is on his way home" she said.
"Oh god no, you called dad?!” he asked frightened.
"I had to" she said.
"Mom, no, please...He's going to kill me, he’s going to hate me even more" Damien said to her.
"Mrs. Winchester?" an officer asked opening the door "Your son Darren is here."
"Thank you" she said, the officer nodded and shut the door.
"Like I said do not say a word until Garrett gets here" she said.
"Okay" he said to her, she turned to leave.
"Stay strong alright?" she asked, he nodded sadly "I love you" she said.
"I love you too" he said to her.
"I'll be right back" she said to him leaving the room, she shut the door behind her, crumbling into sobs.
"Mom" Darren said coming to her side and holding her closely.
Neilson stood by the windows, watching ambulances circle around the parking lot, their sirens blaring.
"I got to get my phone!" Neilson said to him.
“Think about it, do you really need it?” Bradley asked “It’s study hall, I’m going to be there, Nat’s going to be there…you’ll be fine" Bradley said insistently.
"What's with you?" Neilson asked, noticing Bradley's nervousness.
"He has a gun" Bradley said quietly, darting his eyes towards Damien. .
"It'll take me two seconds I promise" Neilson said to him as he turned back to his locker
"Forget about your phone! Okay it's not important" Bradley said to him.
"No, come on its right here..." Neilson argued
"Neilson..." Bradley said nervously "No!" Bradley yelled as he covered Neilson, pitching all the books and papers in his arms into the air, he and Neilson fell to the floor as the shot fired.
“Could be worst you know" Bradley said to him.
"I don't see how that's possible" Neilson said.
"It could've hit you" Bradley said as Neilson looked at him.
“Hey” Nick said softly, approaching him, putting his hand on his shoulder “You alright?” he asked.
“I’ve been better” Neilson said to him “Bradley out of surgery yet?” he asked.
“Your mom just went to check” he said as they sat down.
“I lost my phone” Neilson said "that's why I didn't answer when you guys called."
“Oh…well I’m sure you’ll find it, if not we’ll just get you a new one” Nick said.
“That’s why we were in the hallway” Neilson said “I thought maybe I had put it in my locker” he said. “Bradley was helping me look for it” he said sadly “He was the one who saw Damien first…he saw the gun in his hand and tried to get me to leave” Neilson said. “But I wouldn’t go…not without that god damn phone” Neilson said angrily.
“Hey, I don’t want to hear you blame yourself alright? This is not your fault” Nick said to Neilson.
“Hey” Sasha said coming into the waiting room “Bradley’s out of surgery, everything went fine” she said.
“They get the bullet?” Neilson asked.
“They got it” she said when he went to stand up “He’s still in recovery, it’ll be a while before they get him into a room” she said, he sat back down.
"He pushed me out of the way" Neilson said.
“What?” Sasha asked.
"We were in the bathroom, Bradley said to me that everything could've been a lot worst than what it was...I know what he meant now" Neilson said "He pushed me out of the way" he said to her. "I saw Damien raise the gun and Bradley pushed us down to the floor...he pushed me out of the way" Neilson said.
“Wow” Sasha said “Well uh…I can’t say I’m surprised” she said.
“Yeah that seems exactly like something Bradley would do” Nick said.
“I guess” Neilson said.
“You don’t think so?” Sasha asked.
"Well come on, I mean I know people talk about taking a bullet for someone but you don't actually see it happen" Neilson said to her.
"Neilson, Bradley loves you...you have to know he would do anything to protect you” Sasha said to him.
“Yeah, I know” he said smiling.
Bradley’s eyes slowly opened, his eyelids still heavy with exhaustion from the anesthetic, the monitors were beeping loudly as he looked around trying to recognize his surroundings. He heard the door opened and turned his head.
“Bradley? Hey you awake?” Brian asked coming into the room.
“Hey dad” he said groggily.
Brian came to his side “Oh thank god” he said leaning in to kiss his head softly. He pulled a chair over to the bedside and sat down, holding his hand tightly. “You alright? How do you feel?” he asked.
“Tired” Bradley said.
“Yeah you will be” Brian said.
“I can’t feel my arm” Bradley said in a groggy voice.
“I don’t really think you would want to right now” Brian said.
“Did they get it?” Bradley asked.
“Yeah don’t worry, they found the bullet, they got it out, you’re going to be just fine” Brian said pushing his hair from his face, He pulled his gown back to reveal a large bandage covering his shoulder and upper arm.
"Where’s mom?” Bradley asked.
“She’s on the phone with your grandma, she’ll be in soon” Brian said “You don’t know how scared we were” he said.
“Not as scared as I was probably” Bradley said smiling “I kept hoping you would come and take me out of there” Bradley said.
“Trust me, if I had any idea where you were I would have” Brian said to him.
"Dad, I don't know if you knew this or not but, getting shot really hurts" Bradley said.
Brian smiled "Yeah so I've heard".
The door opened and Vicki came in "Bradley?" she asked.
"Hey mom" he said to her, she rushed to his side.
“Oh baby” she said leaning into him to give him a hug “I'm so glad you're okay" she said kissing his forehead. “Do you need anything, can I get you anything? Are you in any pain?” she asked, he smiled.
"No I’m good” he said to her.
“I’m so happy you’re awake, I was so scared I’d lost you” she said caressing his cheek.
“Well, if I’m being honest…I didn’t think I’d get to see you guys again either" he said “I really thought I wouldn’t make it out alive and I’d die before I got to tell you guys how much I love you” Bradley said to them.
“Oh honey” Vicki said “We love you more than you know, it’s over, everything's going to be okay, you’re going to be fine" she said to him.
“Your mom’s right” he said smiling at Vicki, she smiled back at him.
Kyle stood outside of Harry's hospital room, looking into the small window, seeing him lying in bed peacefully. Kyle could feel his emotions about to explode, he backed away from the window and stood up against the wall. He crumbled to the floor in tears, sobbing openly.
"You think you're feeling alright enough to tell us what happened?" Brian asked.
“I guess” Bradley said trying to push himself up.
“Careful” Brian said.
“Don’t push yourself” Vicki said.
“I was on my way to study hall in the library” Bradley said.
“I saw Neilson in the hallway standing by his locker” he said groggily. He cleared his throat “He was looking for his cellphone, I guess he lost it or something so he wanted me to hold everything while he looked for it” Bradley said clearing his throat once more.
Vicki filled a cup with water and handed it to him “Here drink this” she said to him.
He took the cup from her and took a sip "I saw Damien come in at the end of the hallway, I saw the gun in his hand, it reflected off the hallway lights, I tried to get Neilson to leave and that's when he pulled the trigger" Bradley said grimacing in pain "I pushed Neilson down to the floor and when we got up he saw that I was bleeding, he and Nat dragged me into the girls’ bathroom" he said to them. "They stayed there with me the whole time" he said to them "Neilson broke out one of the windows and then Nat crawled through and ran for help" he said to them. "I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life...I really didn't think I would make it...Neilson and Nat saved me" he said to them.
There was a knock at the door, Vicki stood up and opened it.
“Hey” Neilson said coming into the room "How you feeling?" he asked.
"I'll live...I'm a badass remember?" Bradley asked winking.
“Neilson I’m glad you’re here, Bradley just told us what happened and we can't tell you how grateful we are" Vicki said to him.
“Yeah you did a good job, you should be proud of yourself” Brian said.
"We'll be back later" Vicki said as they left the room.
Neilson stood there in silence, sitting on the edge of the bed.
“Where’s Nat?” Bradley asked.
“Uh at home” Neilson said “Her mom’s a little paranoid about her leaving the house right now” he said.
“I don’t blame her” Bradley said.
“She said she’ll be here to see you tomorrow” Neilson said.
“That’s fine” Bradley said shrugging "You okay?" Bradley asked.
Neilson smiled "You're the one who was shot and you're worried about me" he said.
"I can tell when you're all...you know...in a mood" Bradley said to him.
"I’m just thinking about what you said to me in the bathroom how that everything could've been worst if I were the one who was shot" Neilson said.
"Yeah?" Bradley asked.
"You pushed me out of the way" Neilson said to him.
"Yeah...? what are you getting at here?" Bradley asked "you're surprised your best friend would take a bullet for you?"
"Well yeah...I mean no... I mean...people say it but they don't actually do it" Neilson said to him.
"Dude come on, I mean you'd do the same thing for me...and then I would take care of you the same way you took care of me" Bradley said to him.
"I get the next one okay?" Neilson asked.
"I really hope there’s no next time" Bradley said to him.
“After all...I am the most important person in your life…” Neilson said smirking at him, Bradley rolled his eyes.
"See? This is why I don’t tell you things" he said.
"You love me and you know it" Neilson said playfully poking him.
Bradley grabbed his wrist "Keep poking me and I won't love you that much" he said letting his arm go. "You're my best friend, course I love you" Bradley said to him.
"Yeah... I love you too" Neilson said to him.
The ER doors swished open, Kevin came in looking around for a familiar face.
"Kev" AJ said coming towards him "You made it" he said as they hugged.
"Finally" Kevin said "Where's Kyle?" he asked.
"He's checking in on Harry, come on I'll take you to him".
Kyle still sat curled up on the floor outside Harry's room, his knees drawn up to his chest, weeping. They came around the corner and found him on the floor.
"Kyle" Kevin said, Kyle looked over to see his dad standing there.
"Dad" he whimpered running towards him and latching onto him, sobbing into his shoulder.
"It's okay...it's okay...you're alright" Kevin said trying to soothe him.