warnings: Car crash, death, brain problems, hospitals, coma
Zoom taking Barry’s powers had been hard on him. Barry seemed out of it, as if without his speed, he was nothing, and it was driving him mad.
He knew that meta’s would attack even though the Flash couldn’t do anything, and he knew that robberies would continue, and fires, and everything that he tried to stop, would continue, and he couldn’t do anything about it.
Barry had promised you a while ago that the two of you would see a movie together, and he knew he had to keep that promise or he would have to deal with a slightly upset best friend.
“Oh come on Bar, you have to admit that movie was great!” You laughed walking out of the theatre.
“Okay, okay, I guess it was better than the sequel.”
“Sequels always suck. Well, most of them anyway.”
“Cheer up Barry! You’re being a Debbie Downer! Let’s get you some ice cream and make your day better.”
Barry smiled at your bubbliness and pulled you into a hug. That’s one of the reasons he loves having you as a close friend. You always bring out the best in people and you make other people happier, before making yourself happy.
You started walking in the direction of Central City Creamery laughing and talking with Barry, not really watching where you were going when you had to cross the intersection.
You turned and laughed at something Barry had said, and then heard a car horn blaring, then nothing. Not even Barry shouting your name.
Barry had made you laugh and you turned to smile at his joke when he heard the car blare its horn. Before he could pull you out of the way the car hit you.
Your body tumbled over the roof of the car and hit the ground behind it. When Barry got to you, you were already unconscious.
“Oh dear! I’m so sorry,” the man who hit you said running to where Barry was.
“Call an ambulance! Someone call an ambulance!” People were shouting around him.
”No. Not you. Anyone but you.” Barry was trying to get you to wake up.
Someone must have because paramedics pulled Barry away from you and loaded you into the car. They allowed Barry to ride in the back with you, but once at the hospital they told him to wait outside in the lobby.
Cisco and Caitlin arrived moments later, but Barry didn’t recall telling them about the accident.
“I was just going to call you, how did you know about the accident?” Barry asked after explaining what happened.
“Last time she got kidnapped I asked her if I could put a safety tracker in her. It tells me her vitals and her location because she gets injured so much. I saw her vitals drop and then saw her moving here so Caitlin and I got here as fast as we could.” Cisco explained.
“How is she doing?” Caitlin asked.
“I don’t know. She got knocked unconscious before I could get to her. I was so out of it I didn’t even see she was injured. I could have pulled her out of the way but I don’t have my speed and I got distracted because she was laughing.”
“It’s okay Bar. Come here.” Caitlin pulled Barry into a hug as a nurse came and found him.
“Did you arrive with (Y/N) (Y/L/N)?”
“Yes. Is everything okay?”
“So far, yes. There is just some information we are missing and you are one of the people on her contact papers.” The nurse handed Barry a clip board to fill out.
“How is she?”
“The worst of her injuries were on her head. She’s gone through some severe brain damage. We aren’t going to be able to measure it till she wakes up though.”
“But she is going to wake up right?”
“She’s going to need to fight. I’ve never seen someone with this much brain damage survive this long. I’ll tell you when she’s been moved to a room.”
A few hours later the nruse walked the group up to your room.
“I don’t know how to explain this but, she should be up right now. The doctors believe that when she hit her head that she damaged some on the nerve endings and went into a coma. I’m sorry to say that we don’t know when or if she will wake up.”
“Is there anything we can do?”
“Stay with her. Who knows she might be able to hear.”
Over the next few weeks people from Team Flash came and went. Barry regained his speed and Zoom was defeated. But you were still in a coma.
The team was in the cortex after Barry caught a thief, half expecting for Barry to have to run out again to save the day. That’s when they got the call.
“Hello? Yes this is Dr. Snow. What? She’s- what? Okay, thank you.”
“What was that?” Iris asked.
“(Y/N) is awake.”
The team never moved so fast. Barry actually waited for everyone else before getting to the hospital.
They all walked in and saw a nurse rewrapping your arm.
“Thank you,” you whispered to the nurse before she left you alone with your friends.
“(Y/N/N),” Cisco whispered crossing the distance to your bedside. He grabbed your hand and lightly hugged you, careful not to hurt you.
Everyone came to you and gave you hugs, but Barry was lost in his own world.
“Bar? You okay?” You ask drawing him out of his thoughts.
“Yeah. Just thinking. How are you feeling?” he answered shortly.
“I think I’m okay.”
But you weren’t okay. It would take four months for the brain damage to kill you.
No one expected it. The doctors all said you were fine.
Everyone was at Iris and Barry’s new apartment when you began getting dizzy.
“I think I’m gonna call it a night guys. I’m not feeling to well,” you bid your goodbye and hugged Barry telling him you’ll see him the next day at Jitters for your weekly coffee date.
You made it home, and in the door, but one step up the stairs and you fainted.
The cause of death was said to be blood clots in the brain that passed by undetected. Barry was mad that the doctors didn’t see it. Barry was mad that he didn’t see the symptoms. Barry was mad that it wasn’t him who got hit that day.
Most of all Barry was sad. Sad because he lost his closest friend to something he could have prevented. And he blamed himself.