DixieRose_00 Posted December 28, 2007 Report Share Posted December 28, 2007 Part OneBo Duke maneuvered the old loaner heâ€™d borrowed from Cooter around a sharp corner on the road to Atlanta. He was on his way to get a Valentineâ€™s gift for his pretty wife Jessi. He was so intent on driving and letting his thoughts wander he didnâ€™t see the dog run out in front of him till the last second. He swerved and lost control of the car causing it to flip and roll a number of times before coming to rest upside down in a ditch.Boâ€™s entire life flashed before his eyes as the car rolled. He saw his cousins Luke and Daisy and his Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Enos, Rosco, Boss and even Flash but the two people he pictured most was his beautiful wife Jessi and theyâ€™re daughter Christina. â€œIâ€™m so sorry Jess.â€ Was his last thought before he gave into the swirling darkness.Jessica Mae Duke better known as Jessi was busy in the kitchen helping her best friend Daisy with lunch when the phone rang. Since she was the closest one to it she snatched it off the hook. â€œDuke residence Jessi speaking.â€ She said cheerfully. â€œUh Mrs. Duke this is Doc Patterson, we have a Beauregard Duke here at Tri County hospital.â€ He said. Jessiâ€™s brown eyes widened and she nearly dropped the phone her hand shaking violently. â€œHâ€¦How bad is it?â€ She cried.She heard the Doc sigh tiredly. â€œHeâ€™s in a coma right now Mrs. Duke.â€ He said softly, hating having to break the bad news to the blond Duke boyâ€™s young wife. Jessi released a strangled cry and dropped the phone. Her legs gave out and she crumpled to the floor. Daisyâ€™s eyes widened when she saw her friend start to fall and before she could call out to her Luke ran from the living room and caught Jessi before she hit the floor. Daisy grabbed the phone and spoke into it her face going a pasty white. â€œOh no.â€ She cried.Luke looked up at his pretty brunette cousin as he gently lifted Jessi back to her feet. â€œWhatâ€™s going on?â€ He asked. Daisyâ€™s eyes pooled with tears that started spilling down her cheeks. â€œThere was an accident. Bo is in a coma at Tri County.â€ She cried. Lukeâ€™s eyes widened and he suddenly knew why Jessi had reacted the way she had. He reached out and pulled both women to him and held them tightly a few minutes before letting them go. â€œWe need to find Uncle Jesse and let him know what happened and then we need to get to the hospital.â€ He said calmly, trying to be strong for Jessi and Daisy though he felt anything but.Jessi nodded and moved silently down the hall to get Christina up from her nap and get her ready to go. Jessiâ€™s eyes filled with tears that quickly spilled down her cheeks as she looked at her small daughter. The small child had no idea that her father was laying in the hospital in a coma and may never come home again. Jessi burst into tears and rested her face in her hands. She jumped when she felt a hand on her shoulder and lifted her head to see Uncle Jesse with Luke and Daisy right next to him. Jesse hugged her and then passed her to Luke and picked up Christina who giggled and cooed.Luke wrapped an arm around Jessi and Daisy and led them out the door to the General Lee. Jessi was so upset and distraught he had to lift her into the car. Luke was worried about Bo but he was also worried about Jessi. If something happened to Bo he didnâ€™t wanna know what would happen to Jessi. He looked over at her as he started the car and found her staring at him. There were tears pooling in her eyes but she was stubbornly fighting them back. She was trying to be strong for them, for Christina. â€œItâ€™s gonna be okay Jessi.â€ He said softly, hoping he was right. Daisy slipped an arm around Jessiâ€™s shoulders and held her friend close.Balladeer: Everyone is trying to be strong for everybody else. I just hope Boâ€™s gonna be all right.Jesse Duke had called Cooter on the way to the hospital and the mechanic met them there along with Enos, Rosco, Lulu and even ole Boss. Rosco helped Jessi out of the General after Daisy got out and pulled her into a warm hug. The old Sheriff may not like the Dukes but he hated to see one of them hurt and heâ€™d grown quite fond of Jessi. She was small but a firecracker. Heâ€™d seen her fight before and she could definitely hold her own. He kept an arm around the young women as the group moved through the doors into the hospital.Jessiâ€™s eyes wandered around nervously as they waited to find out where they could find Boâ€™s room. Luke moved over and when she saw him she went into his arms almost instantly. Luke pulled her to him and kept an arm around her trying to protect her from whatever they may hear.The doctor approached the group his face grave and Luke felt Jessi stiffen. He pulled her tighter against him lending as much support as he could. â€œJessi Mae?â€ The doctor asked gently. Jessi nodded and held her head high. â€œYessir.â€ She said softly. The doctor nodded. â€œYour husband is in a coma and in critical condition right now maâ€™am. His chances of making it through the night are very slim.â€ He said. â€œOh no.â€ Daisy cried and turned burying her face in Enosâ€™ shoulder. Jessiâ€™s face whitened but she continued to hold her head high. â€œCâ€¦Can we see him?â€ She asked quietly. Doc Patterson nodded and led the group down the hall to Boâ€™s room.Jessi bit back a cry of alarm when she saw Bo lying still and pale in the bed. She slowly crossed the room and sank into a chair next to the bed and reached out gently taking his hand in hers. Tears filled her eyes and fell down her cheeks. â€œDonâ€™t you leave me Bo. I need you.â€ She cried. Tears filled every eye in the room at Jessiâ€™s desperate cry. Jessi didnâ€™t even look up when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She knew it was Luke. The doc didnâ€™t say anything about the group in the blond Dukes hospital room. He knew the young woman by his side needed all the support she could get and by the looks she had it.The dark haired Duke boy was now seated next to her holding her free hand in his. Doc Patterson knew the Duke family well. Heâ€™d taken care of Jessi after the accident sheâ€™d been in that had nearly killed her, but being stubborn and being a Duke helped her survive that fight. â€˜But will she be able to survive this one?â€™ He thought to himself. He stepped out of the room to allow them all some privacy but stopped when he realized Jesse Duke had followed him out.â€œWhat are the chances of my nephew surviving?â€ The old man asked softly. Doc Patterson sighed. â€œNot very good. He received quite a blow to the head. It seems the car flipped and rolled a number of times before coming to rest upside down in a ditch.â€ The doc said, knowing he couldnâ€™t lie to Jesse.Jesse sighed and ran a hand down his face looking old and tired. He thought about Jessi Mae and how she would take it if she lost Bo. And then there was Luke. Bo and Luke were like brothers more then cousins and for Luke it would be like losing his brother. Daisy would try to be strong for them all he knew though she would be just as devastated as her best friend and her older cousin.Jesse turned and walked back into the room and saw Jessi Mae and Luke right where theyâ€™d been when heâ€™d stepped out though now theyâ€™d been joined by Daisy who had squeezed onto the chair with Jessi. Enos stood behind them seemingly trying to protect them from what was to come.Daisy leaned forward and rested a hand over Jessiâ€™s that was holding Boâ€™s. â€œI remember the first time you saw Jessi, Bo.â€ She said softly, breaking the silence in the room. Everyone was quiet and watched Daisy, Jessi, and Luke. â€œI remember to.â€ Cooter said quietly. Jessi released a shaky sigh. â€œI donâ€™t wanna lose him.â€ She said softly. Luke nodded in agreement and squeezed Jessiâ€™s hand. â€œWhy donâ€™t we all start talking about memories we have of Bo. Maybe itâ€™ll pull him out.â€ He said. â€œEveryone nodded in agreement.Jessi sighed and nodded slowly. Daisy squeezed her shoulder gently. â€œIâ€™ll go first.â€ She offered. Everyone nodded and Daisy settled in closer to Jessi. â€œAs I was saying I remember the first time Bo ever laid eyes on Jessiâ€¦.â€ She started. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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