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Jamal collapsed to the ground, and, for a moment, all was silent.
The silence was shattered by a quiet gasp for air, followed by a low groan. Jude and Anastasia rushed over to his side, and knelt down by him. Vanessa remained silent, with her shaking hand still outstretched.
Deven stared down at his friend, and took a slow step forwards. “Jamal?”
Jean burst into the room, pistol at the ready. He stopped in his tracks, and surveyed the room. Without a word, he holstered his pistol, and ran to Jamal. He pushed Jude and Anastasia out of the way, and lifted Jamal’s shirt over the wound. He threw off his jacket, ripped off his shirt, and set about fashioning a bandage. A moment passed. Everyone looked in anticipation, as Jean opened his mouth to speak. “I’ve done all I can. He doesn’t have long.”
Everyone was quiet.
“Jude.” Jamal groaned. He waited for him to return to his side before continuing. “Take care of Deven. I’m all he has.” Tears welled in his eyes, as he added on a final word. “Please.”
Jude glanced up at Deven, and then at Paul. He nodded his head. “I will.”
“Promise.” His lip quivered and his voice was noticeably weaker.
“I promise.” Jude took Jamal’s shaky hand in his own, and shook.
“Thank you…” Jamal looked over towards Deven, and waved him forwards. Jude stepped out of the way to let him near. He sighed and wiped his tears, as Deven approached.
“Jamal?” Deven’s voice was wavering now.
“Hey buddy.” His voice seemed a little stronger now, but he grimaced as he spoke. “I have to go away now. I’m not gonna be able to stay with you anymore.”
“No…” Deven whimpered.
“It’s gonna be okay though. Jude is gonna take care of you.” He forced a smile, but it was short-lived.
Deven’s went blank for a second, but then his face contorted, as he came to grips with reality. “No!” He shouted, and slammed his fists into the ground, leaving behind impressions in the concrete. He began to bawl. “No, no, no!”
“Deven, buddy. Hey.” His voice was much weaker again. “You’ve grown up. You don’t need me anymore. Jude will be way better for you than me.”
“I don’t want you to go…” He laid his head on Jamal’s shoulder, and Jamal rubbed his back.
“I know, but you’re strong enough to let me.” He smiled weakly, as tears flowed down his face. “You’re the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you, man.”
“I love you too…”
“I need you to be strong for me, can you do that?” He turned his head to look Deven in the eyes, and was met with an eager nod. “I need you to go with Jude, and listen to him. He knows what’s good for you. He’s a good guy, and remember, the good guys always win.”
“The good guys always win…” Deven nodded and stood up, but didn’t take his eyes off of Jamal. “The good guys always win…”
“Jude, don’t leave him…” He whispered. His face went slack, but he was still gasping for breath.
Jude looked to Jean, who nodded. “You should go. Take the others back home. There’s a doctor there for Paul.” He motioned for Jude to come close. “Nobody speaks of what happened to anyone outside of the house.”
Jude nodded, and walked over to Paul, who seemed to be semi-conscious, but not saying anything. He scooped his friend into his arms. Jude went for the way they had come in. He looked to Deven, who fell in line behind him, but looked over his shoulder the whole way. He cast one last glance at Jamal before heading out.
Anastasia lingered for a moment, opened her mouth to speak, and decided against it. She turned to see Vanessa, who stood, mouth hanging open, in the same spot she had been since she threw the disc. Anastasia hesitated for a moment, but placed her arm around Vanessa’s neck. Vanessa jumped, but after a moment embraced her.
The pair released their embrace, and followed Jude, Paul, and Deven out of the sewer.
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