Sam really didn’t like staying at home all the time. Unfortunately due to his current condition, he spent three days at school, and two at home. Besides, everone was so focused on the exam session now, and they barely had any classes. Sam had managed to pass almost all of his exams, there was only one left. And honestly? He had never enjoyed studying so much. Studying made him forget about everything that he didn’t like in his life, he just focused on what he loved doing, even if some of the subjectes were (in his opinion) so unnecessary. He still worked too, mostly at home, doing all the stuff for Marvel, but it wasn’t enough for him. He was planning to go fully back to work when the vacation starts.
Sam sighed as he closed another book, it was definitely time to take a break, he had been studying all day long after all. Or maybe he would play some video games, just to make the day better, and keep his mind off some important things? Content with his idea, he took one of the video games he got for his birthday, ready to start playing, when Quinn entered their bedroom, and her presence reminded him of something he was supposed to do a few days ago, he just didn’t exactly have courage to talk to her.
“Hi, how’s your day?” He asked her, knowing that they hadn’t really seen each other before that day. He played with his fingers a little, trying to find the courage to speak up again, it all definitely sounded much easier in his head, “Um…are you busy tonight?” His voice was quiet, and he still was kinda unable to look at her, but he knew that this would have to end soon. He had to tell her the truth, he owned her that. It all had been making him feel bad, and he wanted to get rid of that awful feeling as soon as possible, “I just…just wanted to talk, but if you’re busy, then it’s alright, I mean, we can talk tomorrow or whatever.” Sam rambled, scolding himself for sounding like an idiot, but he couldn’t help it.
Sam had been having very tough days. Well, saying tough is an understatement. It was a nightmare. He couldn’t get used to the fact that he couldn’t walk, it was all too overwhelming for him. Quinn tried to help, but their relationship had changed drastically during that time. Sam felt like he was so hopeless, and useless, because he practically couldn’t do anything on his own. It was frustrating, made him feel so terrible, and hopeless. In the past he’d had problems with self-confidence, you could say that he had no self- confidence now. He’d been having nightmares, he usually woke up in the middle of the nights, his body covered with sweat, because the accident had been keeping on coming back to him. The crash, the tragic hit, the noise…it was all stuck in his head.
Sam was feeling pretty down in the past few days. He tried not to show it that much, but it was hard, getting used to the fact that he couldn’t walk and that his life wouldn’t be the same anymore. Quinn and his mom had been helping him a lot, though he didn’t speak much to both of them. Sure, him and Quinn still slept in one bed, but things were different now. Sam felt a little bit ashamed of who he was now, and his only activities in the past few days were watching movies, reading comic books and playing video games. They made him forget about his struggles. He couldn’t even look Quinn in the eye, because her eyes always reminded him about how happy they were together, and now that he was disabled, Sam was pretty sure that they’d never be as happy. He was a cripple, and how such a person could make an amazing girl happy? Quinn must have felt like something was wrong, but she hadn’t mentioned it yet and Sam was grateful for that. He wasn’t ready to have all of those deep talks. It was too early.
A few days after he had got back home, they had their first physical therapy meeting. Sam was pretty sure that it might have been too early, considering the fact that he had undergone a surgery a few weeks ago, but he didn’t care. If that was the only thing that could help him, he was ready to do this. Maybe it’d somehow boost his confidence, and stop from feeling so hopeless. He knew that his attitude wouldn’t probably change, but it was worth a try. “You ready to go?” Sam put on his jacket as he wheeled to the hallway in his wheelchair, his eyes still avoiding Quinn’s gaze as if he was scared of something. “I don’t know what to expect there, but hopefully the classes will be nice.” He said quietly, trying to start a sort of conversation between the two of them, and to make things natural. They were a normal couple, and Quinn had been really helping him, he wanted to show her how much he appreciated that, but it wasn’t an easy thing to do.
Doubt it, she cares about me. I think she cares about me.
Some things we don’t talk about
Rather do without
And just hold the smile
Falling in and out of love
Same damn problem
Together all the while
It was supposed to be a very nice day. Saturday had come, the day off from work, and he could finally spend some time with his girlfriend. Him and Quinn had been so happy recently, even if they didn’t get to see each other very often, they still lived together, and he got to spend some time with her every day, but it wasn’t enough for him. Sam wanted to make the most of their time together, he felt like he owned her that, especially after what he had done to her that few months ago. That day was supposed to be amazing though, he had their day all planned, which made him super excited about it.
You can imagine his face when he had found out that Quinn had to work that day, because it meant that he would be forced to spend that day all alone in the apartment. Sure, he could have invited Jake over, a video games marathon would be awesome, and he was just about to do this, when another idea had popped into his head. He was desperate to make Quinn the happiest girl in the world, and he would do anything to make that happen. She would be probably very tired in the evening, so they wouldn’t go out together, but they didn’t have to go out to have fun, right?
Proud of his idea, Sam decided to prepare a romantic dinner, just for the two of them. He had never done something like that, so he had to call Tina to ask for some tips, he wanted everything to be perfect. He bought candles, and ordered her favourite food from the restaurant where they had had their first ‘proper’ date, hoping that she would like it. After he had made sure that everything was prepared perfectly, he changed into a shirt, and black jeans, he wanted to look good for her, it didn’t matter that they weren’t going out.
“Candles, low light, food, right. All romantic.” He spoke aloud as he took a seat on the couch, he hoped that he hadn’t forgotten about anything. Sam immediately jumped to his feet as he heard the door opening, and closed his eyes for a second, crossing his fingers that Quinn would like the surprise.
The weekend had arrived. The weekend that had been planned and paid for weeks ago. The weekend that would be a big one for both Sam and Quinn. The weekend when the Evans family visited the city for the first time.
For the past few days, Quinn had been going crazy to make sure that her apartment was ready for the Evans family, particularly Mrs Evans, to see. Since Sam was still in his dorm, they had figured that they’d be spending time at her and Rachel’s apartment a lot, and so the place had to be tidy. Especially since she was planning a dinner for the six of them, since Quinn had managed to convince Rachel to stay at Blaine’s for the weekend, and the place had to be in the perfect condition. She had been plumping pillows and hoovering the floors over an over until she was hopeful that the apartment was in a good enough condition so that Mrs Evans would be happy to spend her time there, and that Sam was spending a lot of time there too.
Standing in the airport, Quinn kept twirling her hands together as she waited for Sa in her apartment. She couldn’t help but feel nervous. They were going to see everything that they did in the city, and there was the chance that they might not like what they saw. She wanted them to be happy and enjoy their time in New York, but there were no guarantees. After hours of checking the flight times online, the time came when she knew that Sam and his family would be in the elevator coming up to her apartment. Everything was ready, and it was only a matter of time until Sam let them into her apartment.
Sam was excited. He hadn’t seen his family since Easter and he couldn’t wait to show them The New York City. He’d missed them so much, his siblings, and his parents whom he hadn’t seen that much during the last time he had been in Tennessee. Waiting at the airport was always a hassle, that’s why while stading in the arrivals hall, he started playing Angry Birds on his phone. He’d managed to reach one of the highest levels recently and damn he was so proud of himself. He was also texting Quinn sometimes, it was so great that she decided to prepare a dinner for them, and he was so grateful for everything she did for them. Honestly, Sam had never expected that he’d meet someone who would love his family so much and who would be loved by his family too. It was like a dream come true, and it was one of the arguments why they were so perfect together.
“Yes!” The blonde haired boy murmured to himself after he had scored another best score when he heard a familiar voice, “Sammy!!” He raised his head a little to look around and spotted his sister running to him. Smiling, he pulled her into a hug and after a minute or so Stevie joined his sister. “Hey, little bro.” he greeted the boy with a high five, and turned to look at his parents. They seemed a little bit overwhelmed by everything around them. Sam hoped that they’d like the city. “Good to see you, honey.” Mrs. Evans said and immediately pulled Sam into a hug.
During their trip to Quinn’s apartment, Sam couldn’t stop smiling. His siblings were asking a lot of questions and he tried to answer every of them. Sometimes he glanced towards his parents to see if they were impressed or not by the city. His father seemed to be excited, he commented a lot about how the skyscrapers looked. However, Sam’s mom hadn’t said almost anything during their trip but Sam knew that it was just the she was. “Quinn’s waiting for you all.” He explained while they’re in the elevator, smiling mostly at Stacey who couldn’t wait to see his girlfriend. He opened the door using the keys Quinn gave him and leaded everybody inside.
“Hey.” Sam greeted Quinn as he entered the living room and kissed her cheek. “You look beautiful.” He said quietly sending her a small smile.
His first birthday in New York. Sam woke up that day in a great mood. He was turning 19 that day, a year ago he’d never believe that he’d be able to spend his birthday in the New York City. He smiled seeing a few text messages from his friends from Tennessee (including one from Mel), and then was happy when his family called him to wish him everything best. Maybe he’d rather spend it in Tennessee, but he was now in New York and he had to live his life there.
The guys at the bar surprised him. They bought him a big cake and a few small gifts which was nice. They also dedicated one of the songs during the show to him which made him feel really good. So many people wished him everything best that day and that was incredible. It was great, but not perfect. It’d be perfect with Quinn so he waited patiently for her to come to the bar, and he knew she’d probably come after the show. When he finished his last performance, he left his guitar backstage and talked to the guys for a while. It was quite late so the bar was pretty empty. Sam smiled seeing a text from Quinn and got out of the bar to meet her outside. “Hey” He smiled seeing her and immediately hugged her tightly. “I missed you like crazy.” He whispered in her ear and pulled out of the hug when he realized that maybe he stayed in it for too long. He hadn’t seen her for a while and that killed him, that’s why he couldn’t wait to see her. “So…you want to come into the bar? It’s almost empty now, we can go backstage and talk…” he asked as he put his hands in his jeans pockets.