Anthony knew that he had better call her office and let them know what had happened. He wasn’t sure what to tell them but he would come up with something. He walked outside and called Britney’s boss. Britney and Anthony had both become friends with her boss, Kathy, over the years and had even shared a summer at Kathy’s lake house along with Kathy and her husband. He dialed the number and listened to the ringing line, truly unsure of what to say if she answered.
“Hello, Kathy? It’s me, Anthony.”
“Hey Tony. What’s up?”
He couldn’t help but be a little frustrated at the happiness in her voice. But he knew that she had no idea why he was calling. She couldn’t have known. “Well, Kathy, I need to tell you something. I am not exactly sure how to say this.”
“Anthony, what is going on?” her voice was suddenly full of concern.
“Britney was in an accident this morning.”
“What kind of accident?”
“A car accident; to be honest, I don’t know exactly what happened yet.”
“Oh my God. Is she ok?”
“Kathy I really don’t know yet. They won’t tell me anything. I am still in the ER waiting to find out something.”
“What can I do Ed?”
“Just pray for her Kathy and for me. I am starting to lose my cool not knowing anything. It is really killing me.”
“I know how much you love her Tony. Don’t worry she is going to be fine. I am sure of it. She has to be. I mean I have never known a woman more full of life. She is going to be fine. Really!”
“I know Kathy, everything is going to be ok.”
“Well I am going to come on down to the hospital and stay with you.”
“No, that is ok. You don’t have to. I will keep you posted. I know that she obviously isn’t going to be in today so I am sure that you have some organizing to do there. I promise I will call as soon as I know anything.”
“Well, Anthony that is sweet of you, but I am coming. She is my friend and I have to there for you too. I know the tough guy act is in full force right now, but I am sure that you could use some support right now.”
“Thanks Kathy. I appreciate it. And you know I guess I could use someone here. It might help with the nurse at the desk. She is starting to give me some pretty dirty looks.”
“You know that I care about you both greatly. And I am sure the nurse means well, she is just doing her job.”
“I know. Kathy it is going to be ok; right?”
“Yes, of course. It is going to be ok. I am sure of it.”
He hung up and walked back inside of the ER waiting room and retook his seat.
Kathy hung up the phone and looked at the wall. She couldn’t her friend had been in an accident. It sounded bad. Anthony was a tough guy. He never freaked out or lost his cool. He wouldn’t have called unless there was something really wrong. The tears came before she could stop them. She opened up and let herself cry. She wasn’t sure why she was crying. She didn’t really know anything about her friend’s situation, but she cried all the same. She knew that Britney was hurt and that was all that mattered. She looked at her computer and all the unanswered emails. She realized quickly that none of that mattered. All that mattered was her friend and making sure that she was OK. She decided to write an email to the department.
‘Good morning everyone, I need to let you all know that Britney Henson has been in a car accident. We are not sure of her status at this time. However, I will keep you all posted. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts. I will be leaving the office for the rest of the day to stay at the hospital with Britney and her family. If everyone would please keep an eye on Britney’s accounts and I will have my cell phone if you should need anything throughout the day. Thank you all for your assistance in this difficult time.’
Kathy hit send. She didn’t bother to turn her Out of Office assistant on. She didn’t care. She wanted to hurry to the hospital. In her haste she didn’t even shut down her computer. Her email was left open as she walked out the door with her purse that she had barely remembered to grab as she left. Kathy headed for the elevator as quickly as she could. She didn’t want to be stopped by employees who would know doubt want additional information about Britney’s condition which she did not have.