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In Transition

"Let The Drummer Kick"

As Citizen Cope gracefully soothed her mind, she stood companionless in the middle of the empty community college gymnasium right in the middle of the faint halfway line of the basketball court, looking pleasant and light-hearted on the outside, but feeling nervous and disgruntled on the inside.

With the ball trapped just between the fat on her bicep and ribcage, she looked up at the horribly painted red and white walls and read the different banners and pennants from previous years and even before her time that hung there decorating the walls. There were plenty for her to go through.

A quick indrawn breath escaped her lips.

"I hate transferring.." she mumbled under her breath.

Because her music was so loud, she wasn't able to hear the sound of a whistle being blown from the coaches lips as he trudged in front of his team of varsity senior boys. As the screeching sound came to an end it was replaced by the squeak of twelve different pairs of sneakers pacing against the freshly waxed wood floors of the gymnasium.

In single file they ran behind one another. The vibration coming from the floors underneath her feet is what snapped at her attention. She turned to her left and in time she caught sight of the team running laps around her. She met eyes with their feet until she met with the last pair and brought her eyes up to the face of the owner.

<a href="http://thechrisbrownblog.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/chris-brown-celebrity-basketball-game-atlanta-2.jpg">Josiah</a> jogged at a good pace behind his team making sure no one fell behind and everyone stayed in line, but every few seconds his attention was pulled over to the girl standing in the middle of the court. His eyes didn't want to stay on her for long, but something wouldn't let him pull away. Her presence was like a gravitational pull. He couldn't see her face for a while until he came around the front end of the court to catch her staring at the ground by his feet, he wanted a better look though, so he kept his eyes locked on her face for as long as he could and as if she felt his burning stare, she finally looked up from his traveling shoes, to his eyes.

They were locked on one another.

She wasn't sure why she felt the need to stare, her mother had taught her better than that.

A tap on her shoulder had her snap out of her mind and around to face the person whom the finger belonged to. The coach stared down at her with questioning eyes, causing her to squint in confusion before she removed a bud from her ear.

"I said I'm sorry, this is a closed practice. No spectators miss..." Asked the well built <a href="http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/Previews/Duane-Martin-au01.jpg">man</a> in all Adidas wear.

"J-Jade..Vice." She stuttered, nerves getting the upper hand.

"Ahh, from the Wakelin Community College Hornets varsity team, right?" Asked the coach. <a href="http://images.fashionmodeldirectory.com/model/000000347860-josilyn_williams-fullsize.jpg">Jade</a> nodded shortly before letting her eyes dart over to the jogging team, coincidently landing on Josiah's once again.

"I heard through the grapevine that you'd be joining us soon. I'm Coach Mack. It's nice to meet you." Said the coach holding out his hand for her to shake.

She tore her eyes away once she saw that he was looking right back at her. She wondered if he were staring at her, or the conversation between her and his coach. Looking out in front of her she joined hands with Coach Mack and smiled small.

"Nice to meet you too, Coach." She replied softly.

"You trying out tomorrow afternoon? My girls varsity could really use a good point guard. Emphasis on the "good" part." He asked with a brow raised. Jade smirked dryly. She wasn't so sure she wanted to go through the whole process of joining a team again. She had been snatched right out of her comfort zone and dropped into a brand new life that she knew nothing about.

"I'm not sure I want to this time around..too much I gotta do right now with classes and catching up and what not..I don't know.." She answered with a simple shrug of her shoulders.

"Give it some thought, and if you decide it's what you want..then I'll see you here tomorrow at 2:30pm sharp." He rested a comforting hand on her shoulder, patting it gently. Jade offered him a smiled and nodded.

"Transition's always tough but, you're gonna like it here..and I'd love to have you on our team Miss. Vice." He encouraged. Jade, feeling very conflicted at the moment, only smirked at his words.

"Thanks Coach.." She spoke lowly, almost instantly falling into a depression over the matter. She'd have a new coach, a new team even. Building relationships with people was never her strong point.

Josiah had managed to perfect the art of not seeming like a creep in the time he'd been running laps with his team. His teammate for a year, <a href="http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/46298189/Trey+Songz+TS.jpg">Ryder</a>, spun around on his heels and began jogging backwards, grabbing Josiah's attention.

"Ey dawg, who's that talkin' with coach? I ain't never seen him so nice, even with girls." He asked eyeing the two bodies in the middle of the court as his face twisted up in confusion. Josiah only shook his head and looked back over to her, thinking that since Ryder was doing it, there was no way he'd look weird doing it as well. He couldn't see her face anymore, only her back and the outline of her small frame. She was tall, but not freakishly tall in his opinion. He judged by the ball tucked underneath her arm that she was a baller, which immediately caught his attention when he first laid eyes on her.

"I don't even know man. Look like she a baller though." He breathed trying to pace himself and speak to his friend, who shrugged and returned to his jog, spinning on his feet to face the front once again.

Jade locked eyes with him for what must had been the fourth time now. She couldn't deny that from where he was he looked absolutely gorgeous. His glistening caramel complexion and tattoos really did wonders for him. His toned legs and defined biceps really had her taking second looks. He had almost all of her attention.

"Give it some thought..you still gotta go though. It's still a closed practice." Smiled Coach Mack. Jade pulled her eyes off of the boy and focused on the man, delivering a light hearted chuckle and a nod.

"See you around Coach." She paid one last look at the team and then the last runner, catching his eyes yet again before she turned on the heels of her shoes and trailed out of the gym at a smooth pace.

From what she could gather the coach was a cool and down to earth man. He was young, and vibrant with every word he spoke. She liked that.

Josiah watched as she retreated out of the gym. Her long flowing dark hair sweeping her cheeks as she moved with a calm he hadn't seen anyone walk with in a while. He wondered what her story was, knowing by the way she looked at him, that she has one.

"Ey Coach can we stop man?!" Yelled a tired Ryder. The coach laughed and blew on his whistle, signaling for them to stop and meet in the middle of the court to do some stretching.

"Ey Coach who was that fine piece of tail you was talkin' to?" Asked another of Josiah's of teammates and friend, <a href="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/jDfD2O83t4HhrzhVwArlPw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/ymusic-stop-the-presses/ca201ae9-1ea1-4729-9764-fa9e69f22991_tyga-gabriel-olsen-filmagic-8-18-12.jpg">Dev</a>. Coach Mack threw him a look.

"A piece of tail you will never get to Devon, so hush." He told him. The gym was then filled with laughter. Josiah had to laugh himself.

"I see you Coach.." Muttered Dev with a sour look.

"Nah but for real though Coach..who she be?" asked Josiah with curiosity written in the creases of his forehead. Coach Mack looked over at the captain of the senior varsity team and smirked.

"I'm surprised you don't already know." He said. The boys all looked at one another with confusion.

"Jade Vice. Former point guard for the Wakelin Community College Hornets. She transferred from there last week. She's well known back where she's from." He told them, watching as they switched stretches.

"Which is?" Asked Ryder.

"Brooklyn." He replied.

"Woo..damn! Shorty came a long way dawg. From Brooklyn to Atlanta?" Spoke Dev. Josiah's eyebrows raised in slight surprise. That was quite a random change in scenery. Shaking his head, he also shook her out of his thoughts knowing he had better things to worry about.

"Aight, aight enough with that talk. Let's go everybody to the base line! I want suicides let's go!" Said the coach as he blew his whistle and watched the boys jog to the base line, ready to work hard.

"We got our first game of the school year on Friday! Exactly one week! First game of the semester! And I want a win! So we gon' work! Let me see y'all put in work!" His yells echoed throughout the gym as he strolled along the half way line with his hands behind his back. The teams feet pounded against the wooden floors leaving skid marks at every line.

As Jade stood outside the gym she was immediately met with the fresh air of the day, the breeze was calm and sun was bright and high in the afternoon sky. The campus was flooded with students mingling and horse playing with each other in their groups. Jade stood there, alone and in her own world as she looked over everything in front of her. This was the view of her life now. Things were so different from her city life.

Digging into her pants pocket, she pulled out the folded paper with the directions to her dorm room and the blueprint to the college campus. She read over the title at the top of the page.

<em>Welcome to University of Atlanta!</em>

Groaning internally, she began to move in the direction which she hoped was right and would take her to her dormitory.

<em>"Let the drummer kick, let the drummer kick that.."</em>

Comments

Yessss!

Yessss!

Yes!!!! her dad approves of him!!! bonus!! run it!!! I'm glad to see that Jade is doing a lil bit better

Run it

perfect!! ahh just Run it!

Awww that's a great thing there he got blessings from her dad so you know its real now.
Run It!!!

*Beep.....beep.....beep.....beep.....beep.....beep.....beep*

Jade groaned as she came to. She was growing tired of waking up and not knowing what happened last. She peeled open her eyes slowly and was met by the bright white light. She kneaded her tongue against the roof of her mouth, desperate for water.

"Here." Spoke a soft voice. Almost a whisper. Jade looked over to find Josiah there. Her heart smiled at the sight of him, but she frowned as she looked over his state. He seemed as if he were about to drop.

"..hey.." She tried to smile, but the pull against her split lip spiked pain and she quickly ended the action.

"..what's good?" Replied Josiah softly. Just the sound of his voice put her at ease. She felt safe for the moment. Okay.

She accepted the cup to her mouth and let Josiah feed her the water. It felt good to finally have liquids in her system.

"Thanks." She said voice cracked. Josiah placed the empty cup down and sat back down in her seat. Josiah muttered something under his breath that Jade was unable to make out.

"What?" She muttered wincing in pain causing Josiah to look up sadly. She noticed his red eyes and exhausted face as she took him in.

"Nothin'.." He replied. Jade shut her eyes momentarily, too weak to fight him for a real answer.

"...where's Tyson? She was here right?" Asked Jade, remembering her face when she last woke. Josiah rubbed his face.

"She uh, went to go make some phone calls or somethin'..said she'd be back soon." Answered Josiah. Jade nodded okay and moved her gaze from his face to her bandaged hand.

"I'm never...gonna be able to play...at least not the same.." She whispered as a tear fell from her eye. Josiah sighed.

"Don't even worry 'bout all that right now." He replied. The last thing he wanted to talk about, being basketball.

"..how can I not?" She whispered. Josiah only looked at her.

--

"Hey hey hey, where do yo think you're going?--"

"I have to see her. I have to see she's okay for myself and I need to talk to her." Said Colby as he strained to get out of bed. He cringed and moved with caution as Toby stood to his feet ready to usher him back to bed.

"Nooo, no way buddy. Get back to bed--"

"You're not stopping me Toby. Knowing Jay she's probably blaming herself for what happened..I need to see her. So quit talking..and help me get to her room." Said Colby with determination.

Toby watched his younger brother with a look of disapproval, but sighed, giving in.

--

"...we were arguing..over..what happened between us." Spoke Jade breaking the silence that had blanketed over them. Josiah straightened up in his seat from his sluggish position.

"You told him?" He asked slightly surprised. Josiah's emotions were all over the place. He wasn't sure how to feel. So much was happening and it hasn't even been a whole day yet.

"....yeah." She replied sadly. She let the tears fall and sniffed.

"..I couldn't lie to him anymore..and then he got angry...and he lost control of the car and....that's all I can remember.." She cried. Josiah's face twisted up in sadness.

"...I didn't mean to hurt anyone, Zi." She murmured. Josiah went to open up his mouth and speak, sitting up in his seat.

"Jade, honey?" Spoke another voice from the door. Both Josiah and Jades eyes went to the door to find Jade's parent standing there with tears threatening to fall from their eyes. Jade felt her heart swell. She hadn't even heard the door open.

"Mommy." She bawled. Her mother placed a hand to her mouth as she cried and sped over to the side of her daughters bed. Josiah stood to his feet, checking the time that currently marked 9:16am. Visiting hours had officially started sixteen minutes ago. He knew that the time would come where he finally met Jade's parents, he just never thought it would be under these circumstances. He wasn't sure of how to approach them.

"So glad you're okay baby." Whispered her mother as she planted kisses all over her forehead. Jade tried to control her emotions that were currently on a roller coaster.

Richard eyed the young man who stood near him close to the door. He seemed to be trying to leave the room unnoticed, but he wasn't letting him leave that easily. Richard knew who the young man was, he could tell by the way he looked on to Jade.

"Josiah, I presume?" Asked Richard. Josiah's eyes snapped towards him. He cleared his throat out of habit and ran a tired hand over his face. He wanted to look somewhat aware of his surroundings, but was sure the exhaustion was showing in his every move.

"Uh, yes sir. Nice to finally meet you." He introduced himself, holding out his hand for Jade's father to shake.

"You too. Horrible it had to happen under these circumstances." Richard frowned as he shook Josiah's hand with a firm grip.

Josiah delivered a frown and a tight lipped smile. At first glance, Richard was an intimidating man, but the moment he spoke, the nerves had washed from Josiah's system. He was a very soft spoken man with a gentle soul, Josiah could gather.

"Ye.." Josiah agreed.

"Uh, honey I'm just gonna step out really quick and have a word with this young gentleman." Said Richard, catching Josiah off guard. He smiled nervously nonetheless and looked to Jade who gazed tiredly back at him.

"Imma come check you later. Give you and ya family some time to chill.." Smirked Josiah. He knew Jade would be okay in the hands of her mother. It put his soul at ease.

Jade nodded and watched as the two men left the room. She didn't want Josiah to disappear, but she knew he had to at some point. It was just comforting to have him by her side, but with her mother here she knew she'd be fine.

Stepping out of the small room, Josiah and Richard took a moment to themselves. A calm silence fell over them. Josiah searched the hallway for any sign of Tyson, but didn't see her anywhere. He shrugged it off thinking she had maybe gone to the bathroom or down to the waiting area.

Richard took the moment to glance soulfully at the young boy.

"Jade's told us a lot about you. Happy I can finally put a face to the name." Spoke Richard earning a smirk from Josiah.

"Same to you sir. She speaks highly of her father." He told him. Richard smiled, liking Josiah already.

"Look I don't want to keep you, I just...on behalf of her mother and I, we wanna thank you...for being there for Jade. She's been through a lot at such a young age. We're just glad that she finally has someone other than her parents to turn to...whatever you're doing..please continue to do it. Man to man..every woman deserves a rock to lean on...I believe you're hers." Richard said thoughtfully. Josiah was nearly stunned into silence. To hear this type of positivity come from her own father was truly rewarding for him.

He cleared his throat and nodded his head.

"Its no problem, sir--"

"Please, Richard." smiled Richard. Josiah nodded.

"..Jade deserves the world, we both know that. I just want her to know that too. I ain't ever gonna give up on ya daughter, sir. I care about her a lot." Spoke Josiah from the depths of his soul.

"Oh I know." Richard smirked knowingly.,Josiah delivered a tiny look of confusion before wiping the emotion clean from his face.

"You should go home and get some sleep, son. You look as though you can use some rest." Said Richard as he zoned in on Josiah's bloodshot eyes. Josiah yawned involuntarily and covered his mouth while nodding.

"Ye...I need a shower too. I just didn't wanna leave until I knew she was okay." He said.

"She'a gonna be okay. We'll look after her while you're gone. Go on." Smiled Richard. Josiah was a tad bit hesitant, but he knew if he stayed any longer, he'd have to check himself into the hospital too.

He reached into his pocket to pull out a chocolate chip granola bar, one he had snatched from the cafeteria without paying for, and held it out in front of him for Jade's father to take.

Richard eyed the bar with an amused smirk.

"You mind givin' that to V for me? And just tell her that I'll be back around evenin' time? I just really need to clean up--"

"Don't worry about it. She'll understand, especially since you're throwin' granola bars her way, I tell ya, that little girl can't function without these." Chuckled Richard lightly earning a genuine smile from Josiah.

"..Go on, son. Thank you again." Said Richard kindly.

"Nice to meet you sir." Said Josiah respectfully.

"Richard. You know from what I heard about you, I always thought you would be the one Jade ended up with instead of her current boyfriend..hopefully she figures that out soon hmm?" Replied Jade's father. Josiah wasn't sure what to say, so instead he delivered a warm smile and shrugged.

"Hopefully." Said Josiah before he walked off. He glanced at the granola bar in the older mans hand one last time before walking off. He decided to put off talking to Colby until he was well rested, thinking it was better that way.

Richard watched after Josiah with a look of approval.

aww josiah saved her :) true love
run it!

Come on Jade!
Run it!

Good add !

Run ittttttt

Jade you can't die on me!! You can't leave everybody behind. YES!! FIGHT!!! COME BACK!!!

run it

I don't know why but that add reminded me of "Heaven can wait"....she's gonna pull through this....and she's going to be even stronger because of it....They will be stronger because of this. God wouldn't give them a love so great only to have it snatched like that.

continue to fight jade!!!!!!! run it!!!!!

YESSSS she made it!!!!!!!! goodness gracious that add..RUN IT

Omg that post almost made me cry dats rite v fight for him fight for yal love fight to live fight for yo crew every body needed u even if u dnt think so run it

Come back, V!!!!! RUN IT!

Run It!!

That's love.

Yes Jade pull through for us all! don't give up ever
Run it!!!!

awwwww Harley that was great!!!! love your story so much!! Run it!

*Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep*

<em>I love, you love, this love..we're professional.."</em>

I never thought I'd ever live to be twenty-one. Adding it up, twenty-one years is a long time. Like super long...for me at least. I thought death would always be kind to me and welcome me with warm arms, since life wasn't all that great. Life was a bully, it pushed me around from left to right. It caged me between it's walls. It never really gave me a chance to breathe. It was never patient with me.

Why would I continue fight for it?

Why can't I just stay where I am now?..Floating around in this space. Nothing hurts here. I can move on from all of the pain here...

Wait, where is here?

Heaven?..hell?...Or maybe I'm in purgatory..

It's what I deserve. I wouldn't be surprised.

I never wanted to be the one who caused people pain..especially after what I had been through. Yet that's all I managed to do. I hurt Colby...Josiah...Amelia...all because I couldn't be real with myself...

I should've been..but this isn't about anybody else. Your death isn't supposed to be about anyone, just yourself.

I used to be the most straight forward person I knew. I used to have it all. A part of me can remember when everything was in place. The old me. She was...strong and resilient...and in the moment no matter what..

I used to have it all together.

What did I do that was so horrible that all that had to be taken away from me? It's such a challenge to put on a brave face every morning and face people and...act.

How am I supposed to bounce back from all of this pain?

That's why I prefer to be empty. When I'm empty there are no worries about what other people perceive me as, there's no stress and there's no fear. There's just me inside of my empty shell..

--

"Tyson?" Yelled Chris from down the hall. He was making his way down to Colby's room which was conveniently located on the same floor as Jade's, when he spotted Tyson with her hands pressed against the glass and tears falling down her cheeks.

Tyson whipped around at the sound of her name, tears washed her cheeks and worry pierced through Josiah quickly.

"Josiah she-"

It was the faint sound of the EKG that caught Josiah's attention then. His eyes stayed planted on the older woman as his chest began to heave and his hand shook by his sides. He sprinted as quick as he could over to the room and as he looked in, there he saw the doctors and nurses crowded around Jade's flatlined body. One nurse had climbed on top of the hospital bed and straddled Jade's hips and desperately tried to pump air back into her lungs using her hands.

"We're not giving up! Clear!" Shouted the doctor.

"V!" Yelled Josiah as he tried to step into the room. The strong hand of a male nurse had stopped him and pushed against his chest, but Josiah continued to fight.

"V!--"

"Sir you can't be in here--"

"f*** YOU MEAN-V!--"

"Get him out of here!" Screamed the doctor.

"Come on baby, don't give up! V!" Begged Josiah as angry tears flowed.

Tyson's heart broke.

The nurse, using more force, managed to escort Josiah from the room and into the hallway where Tyson waited.

"V!"

--

A part of me just wants this all to end, but another part of me; the majority, doesn't want to leave everything behind. All of my progress, my friends, my family...him.

"V!.." I heard a voice. I know that voice. His voice...Maybe I'm not ready to let go of it all yet..or at least him..I thought I was better off, but I'm not. I can feel myself missing him already.

I can't...I can't leave him behind. I can't leave everyone else behind either. I have to go back and make things right. I have to go back and do things right. I have to try.

I have to try.

"Come on baby!..." I heard him echo.

I thought death would be kind to me..and welcome me with warm arms.

I thought wrong.

*Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep*

"Clear!"

<em>"I know, you know, we're sophisticated at love-at love-at love.."</em>

*Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-beep......beep.......beep.......beep*

i forecast this is when jade gets encouraging words from her nana
poor josiah he sensed the feeling beforehand
i wonder if he will see ty state before he goes and sees colby?
run it!

this CAN NOT be happening! Jade needs to calm down..i cant believe what I am reading..i really hope she makes it..RUN IT

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I hope you aren't ending the story. Come back, Jade! RUN IT!

@LatonyaJalisa Lol girl this freaken auto correct! be putting the word that IT wants! smh Lol

run it

@PrincessRaven Lol I was wondering what you meant by that lol ..

Runnn Itttttttt

Noooo Jade! You have to relax! Appreciate the fact that you are ALIVE! Ugh, I know she is in so much pain in more ways than one.

Tyson is such a blessing. She's really being there for both Jade and Josiah during this crictical moment. I hope they both can recover from this.

I'm like on the edge of my seat! I'm going to have to let a few more adds build up before I read lol. I can't deal!!!

Run it!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! =( JADE COME ON YOU CAN PULL THROUGH THIS YOU CAN DO IT!!!