Jesse hears from Chris Curtis. Shawn and Jesse have some words which also reveal a surprise Shawn didn't know about.
was on a Tuesday morning when Jesse’s phone rang and he saw Chris Curtis’s
number on the display.
answered and was greeted by Chris on the other end, “Good Morning Jesse, how
am doing all right I guess.”
Curtis had been checking in on the guys randomly and kept them informed about
the progress of the law suit. It had moved slowly as to be expected but Mr.
Hovanek’s insurance had not really been able to establish any steadfast ground
to fight the case against them. The defense on Mr. Hovanek’s behalf had tried
to come up with an argument on times of night time construction allowed on the
Interstate but this argument was quickly thrown out when Cascadia Construction
provided Jesse’s time cards and evidence of all hours worked within the legal
morning was going to change everything when Chris Curtis announced, “I have
some good news Jesse.”
sat in his bed and he felt his hands tremble as he held the phone, “Really?”
case was presented in court last week and the judge approved the amount of the
you should be getting $ 665,000 in your bank account in the next few weeks.”
didn’t know what to say and it didn’t feel real when he heard Chris on the other
end mentioning the money.
then added, “Congratulations on winning the case.”
voice trembled, “Shouldn’t I say that to you?”
can but it is o.k. Jesse. You deserve every penny of it and I am glad I could
Jesse had ended the call with Chris Curtis he just sat there for a moment,
letting the news sink in and Chris’s voice kept ringing in his ears.
Trish and Shawn came to see Jesse later that day they found him sleeping.
walked up to the bed and softly touched Jesse’s arm, “Jesse, hey!”
moved a little, moaning, then slowly opened his eyes and saw Shawn and Trish
next to his bed.
greeted his brother, “Wake up sleepyhead.”
sat up slowly in his bed, “Hey guys…I guess I fell asleep. Jeremy kicked my ass
this morning. I was exhausted.”
hugged Jesse for a greeting and then sat down on the edge of his bed.
parked his TiLite right next to the bed, “How are you today?”
am doing all right.”
pushed himself up further and let the head end of the bed up with the remote
He sat upright and looking from Shawn to Trish he started, “I got some
shifted and looked at Jesse questioningly, “What news?”
Curtis called me this morning.”
started lowly, “Well, you are already sitting down so here goes - we won the
case against Mr. Hovanek’s insurance. We are awarded the full settlement that
Chris Curtis fought for, $ 665,000 coming our way.”
looked at Jesse in disbelief, “You are shitting me, aren’t you?”
it is true. We won.”
just stared at Jesse, then said lowly, “Wow, I don’t know what to say.”
now jumped in, “Those are great news Jesse. You are getting the money you
still couldn’t really believe it and sat there shaking his head slightly.
sprung up in Jesse’s eyes, “It is unbelievable I know. I can’t even imagine it
but it is true. Didn’t I say from the start that everything is going to be all
saw a tear roll down over Jesse’s cheek and Jesse tried to get control of his
emotions but didn’t succeed and more tears came flowing from his eyes.
couldn’t help her own eyes get watery and she leaned over to Jesse and pulled
him close for a tight hug, mumbling in his hair, “I am so happy for you Jesse.”
watched them and felt his heart beat in his neck, still trying to grasp the
truth of so much money coming Jesse’s way.
really couldn’t believe it and a very small part of him felt a kind of envy.
Envy that Jesse got money for the suffering he had been through whereas he had
had to go through all his suffering without any compensation because he had put
his fate on himself.
Trish hold Jesse and both of them shedding tears together he put his hands to
his rims, barely able to control the emotions overcoming him and he wheeled out
of the room.
caught a glimpse of Shawn wheeling away and quickly let go of Trish, calling
after his brother, “Shawn, where are you going?”
disappeared into the hallway and just as Trish wanted to jump up and follow
him, Jesse stopped her, “Wait, I will go after him.”
wanted to say something but Jesse was already pulling himself over to the edge
of his bed and grabbed his crutches, pushed himself up from his bed and
catching his balance and getting a tight grip on his crutch handles, he
basically hopped on one leg after Shawn, his injured leg barely touching the
could only say, “Be careful Jesse…”
didn’t turn around but limping away he said, “Stay here!”
tried to move as fast as possible in his condition, which was not very fast at
all. When he came out of his room he had to pass the nurse’s station and the
charge nurse Wendy asked, “Jesse, can I help you somehow?”
I just have to go after my brother.”
got up behind the counter, “Jesse, you need to take it easy buddy…what is going
didn’t stop but kept going, “Nothing, I am all right. I just need to get my brother.
He is upset. I will be right back.”
didn’t have a chance, “Jesse, you can’t just run out like this.”
I need to get to my brother, I will be right back.”
crutched along carelessly, using his good leg and barely touching his injured
leg to the floor.
felt his muscles in his arm work and tense up at the sudden strain and quick
movements of his body, his breaths came quick and gasping.
saw Shawn disappear around the corner and called after him, “Shawn, wait up!”
seemed surprised for a split second at hearing Jesse’s voice behind him but
quickly kept moving, tears running over his face and his hands trembling as he
pushed his rims.
Shawn wheeled through the automatic doors and Jesse saw him he mumbled to
himself, “What the hell, man?”
kept going and when he finally made it through the doors he spotted Shawn over
to the side under some trees. It was raining that day and Jesse cursed at
getting outside and the rain running over his naked upper body and he was a bit
worried about getting his leg wet. He didn’t wear any socks or shoes on his
made his way toward Shawn and he was angry, “What the fuck Shawn?”
he got to where Shawn was at, he was breathing quickly still, his chest moving
up and down fast with the energy he had used to go after Shawn. He felt his
arms weak and didn’t know how long he could stand there holding himself up on
huffed, “Shawn, what is the problem?”
head was hanging and Jesse saw his body shake, tears dripping down on his
thighs and hands. Shawn shook his head, he didn’t know what to tell Jesse.
wanted to yell at him but he stayed calm, still breathing quickly, “Shawn, is
it because of Trish and I hugging or what?”
had a hard time holding himself up, standing in front of Shawn. He was getting
wet and it cost him lots of strength, not only physical strength.
to catch his breath he said, “Shawn, talk to me. What is going on? I just told you
those awesome news and now….hey, we can finally rip out the carpet….”
looked up with teary eyes and looking at Jesse hovering over him, standing tall
and strong he attempted an explanation in a shaky voice, “It is not because you
and Trish…were hugging. I…”
swallowed and Jesse was impatient, “Shawn, I am getting wet out here…what is
going on with you?”
am sorry…I don’t know…”
would have loved to squat down in front of Shawn but instead he stood there
holding on to the crutches with trembling arms, “Shawn…why…what is it? Come on,
pull yourself together…everything is good. We are getting money for this shit I
am in and things will be good. Trish is in there waiting for you, Kristy is
coming back in three weeks. Shawn, our life is good right now.”
are getting money…”
shook his head, shifting some on the spot to get a better stance, “What are you
talking about? It is our money…”
was getting angry at Shawn’s breakdown, “OUR money…Shawn, quit doing this
said lowly, “You always were the better one of us…”
voice trembled with anger and he replied tensely, “Fuck….is that what it is? Is
it jealousy? What the hell, Shawn? I can’t go through this and I won’t do this.
I thought you were done with your self-pity parties. I thought you had it
together now. I am about to fall on my fucking ass because you made me run
after you, because I was worried about you. I can’t do this anymore Shawn. We
are in this together, all of it, from the moment you went off the fucking road
to my standing here on crutches, trying to not look like too much of an idiot.
I need you to keep it together because I am definitely not ready yet…but I am
happy I am where I am at now and I am happy for you and Trish and I see us all
in a good place, in a fucking awesome place Shawn. So, stop feeling guilty or
jealous or whatever it is you are feeling and help me make it through this crap
and figure out what we are going to do with the shitload of money we are
had figured him out. It was a jealousy Shawn felt for Jesse, always had felt
and it was envy on how Jesse came out of this situation a winner in the end
whereas he hadn’t come out a winner at first.
looked up at Jesse with shiny eyes and Jesse’s voice was low when he said, “I
haven’t forgotten what you said about Trish on the phone back then…and I can
see now that you are perfect for each other. I am not all the way stupid Shawn,
I know stuff too and I know you don’t want to talk about this anymore but I
guess I knew things about some women before you even had a clue. I always hoped
you would maybe find an awesome woman like Trish and when you said what you
said on the phone I was like “Shit, she is into him for that stuff” and I was
hoping you wouldn’t act totally stupid and kick her out of your life again. I
am glad she stuck around and just know that I can’t be any happier for you. You
landed the jackpot Shawn and I think I landed one too with Kristy.”
eyes had turned dark and alert at Jesse’s words and he didn’t really know what
to think about it at first but Jesse didn’t give him a chance to say anything,
“Shawn, I know what Trish likes and I think it is the most awesome thing. You
are probably wondering how I know?”
paused and at Shawn’s questioning look he added, “Let’s just say…I had some eye
opening insight when I became really close with Shannon back when you were in
rehab. She told me some stuff…”
thought back to his rehab and he remembered very well a receptionist named
Shannon, who Jesse seemed to be into for the time being there. He had no idea
how close Shannon and Jesse really had become and that Shannon knew a lot of
things about certain women and the disabled men they adored.
was speechless at Jesse’s confession and without letting him say another word
Jesse shifted on his crutches and said, “So, now pull it together. Get in there
with your girl and do not make me come after you again while I am crippling
around like this. If you act like an idiot I will break your arm again when I
am back on my feet.”
that Jesse spun around and headed for the building. Shawn thought for a split
moment and then put his hands to his rims again and quickly pushed off his spot
and wheeled after Jesse, “Jesse wait!”
stopped under the entrance cover but didn’t turn around and waited.
came up behind Jesse and started lowly scrambling for words, “So you knew…
about…devotees since I was in rehab?”
only nodded and Shawn asked, “Why didn’t you tell me?”
didn’t think you were ready to hear something like that. You were barely able
to accept your situation, I knew you weren’t ready to let a woman into your
life anytime soon and I really didn’t know where I could find one that felt a
certain way about guys in wheelchairs. I was hoping with all my heart that
Trish would be that way but then I didn’t know when she…when she came on to me.
I didn’t want this whole deal to backfire but it all turned around….and, now
she is with you and that is all I wanted Shawn…”
head hung and Shawn felt his heart beat fast and his hands get sweaty.
added lowly, “I never wanted anything else than for you to be happy again
Shawn, because it hurt so much to see you falling apart. I wanted to do
anything to get you to be happy again.”
that Jesse kept moving slowly on his crutches and the automatic door opened for
him and Shawn wheeled in behind him. He was still processing the things Jesse
had said but he didn’t know what to say about any of it. He was still somewhat
in shock at the revelation. He watched Jesse make his way carefully and straining
through the hallway of the rehab unit towards his room again. Just then Trish
turned around the corner and was surprised to see Jesse and Shawn.
looked up and smiled at Trish. She didn’t know what had happened and with
questioning eyes and looking over Jesse’s shoulder to Shawn, Jesse said to her,
“Everything is all right. I set him straight. I am going back to my room.”
touched Jesse’s hand on his crutch handle, “Jesse, are you sure?”
nodded and grinned, “I have to plan how to spend $ 665,000.”
was somewhat confused at Jesse’s comment and she let him pass and there was
Shawn parked in the middle of the hallway. She stood there, just looking at him
and she wasn’t sure if he was all right.
hair was slightly moist from the rain, he sat there in his blue framed TiLite,
his legs perfectly aligned in an angle, his feet in the sneakers on the
footrest, his hands still on his rims but not moving and he just looked at
Trish with dark and shiny eyes.
slowly walked toward to him, “Shawn, baby?”
stopped in front of him and he moved his eyes up to her but Trish quickly
squatted down in front of him and placed her hands on his knees, “Hey, what is
shook his head, “Nothing…I am sorry I took off a moment ago.”
smiled, “Never a dull moment with you. You two are more drama than any girl can
ever put together.”
laughed and patted Shawn’s knees, then meeting his eyes as he looked at her.
I love you. You know we are in this together, right?”
nodded with a smile, “I swear, you are Jesse in female form.”
was referring to what Jesse had just said a few moments ago about being in this
together from start to finish and there was Trish saying the same thing. She
didn’t know what he was talking about and tipped her head to the side slightly.
added, “Nothing…I love you so much.”
With that he pulled her up and onto his lap.
Trish wrapped her arms around his neck and they kissed for a long time in the
middle of the hallway, a few people having to go around them. Trish and Shawn
didn’t care and had only eyes for each other.