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Cara shook her head, "He knew what time this was at, someone can go get him if he's not down soon," She said before taking a sip of her drink.
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The paramedics reached Asher and put pressure on the gunshot wound. They loaded him up to take him to the nearest emergency room.

(should he propose now before they know Asher's shot?)

"I'll go get him if he doesn't answer." Shelby said and tried his phone one last time.

(Yeah or it'll never happen lol)
Cara smiled and greeted everyone that was there for Lucio's party. She squeezed his middle once more, "I know it's not your thing but looked how loved you are," She told him.

"I know." Lucio smiled and decided this was as good a moment as any. "Excuse me everyone. I'd like to make a toast." he wanted all eyes on Cara. "I'm so glad all of you could make it tonight. I'm especially grateful for this amazing woman beside me. Cara, you are everythng I could want and more. I never really knew love until I met you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you." he said before getting down on one knee and pulling the ring from his pocket. "Will you marry me?"

Cara gasped and placed her hands over her mouth when he got down on one knee, she couldn't believe it. She nodded her head up and down vigorously as she started to tear up, "Of course," She told him as he slipped the ring on her finger. All of their friends and guests started cheering loudly for them.

(i imagine this to be the ring- https://i.pinimg.com/736x/31/67/04/316704ef70e2925ae976fd431b62ce3c--princess-cut-engagement-rings-princess-cut-halo.jpg )

Lucio stood up and kissed her as he couldn't stop smiling. It wasn't until one of the hotel managers came in and interrupted their celebration that he stopped. "Mr. Martinez, I'm sorry but there's been a shooting. It's Asher. The police need to lockdown the building and secure the premises."
"Asher's been shot?" Shelby gasped. "Where is he? Is he okay?"
"The ambulance just took him. That's all I know." the manager said.

(Stunning)
Cara smiled against his lips but her smile quickly faded when she heard Asher had been shot, "We need to get to the hospital," She told them.
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Asher was rushed into surgery to get the bullet out of his chest and stop all of the bleeding it had caused.

The manager got his radio to call to the valet. "Bring Martinez's car around now."
"Come on." Lucio said, taking Cara's hand and rushing to the exit with her and Shelby.

Cara got in the backseat with Shelby as Lucio drove them to the hospital, she couldn't believe this was happening.

Lucio sped to the hospital and hurried to the front desk. "My friend was just brought in with a bullet wound. Where is he?"
"I'm sorry sir, I can't release any information to a non-family member." the receptionist told him.
"I'm his wife. Where is he?" Shelby said, stepping up to the desk. She needed to know he was okay.
The receptionist checked her computer and looked back at them. "He's in OR 4. They're working on him now to remove the bullet but it may be a few hours to get him stable. You can wait in the lobby."

Cara took both of their hands and led them over to three seats in the waiting room. She stayed quiet, not knowing what to say in that moment. She just wanted to make sure they were there when someone has news.?
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A couple hours later a docter finally emerged to the waiting room, "Mrs. McDaniels?" He asked once the receptionist directed him to her.

"Yes." Shelby stood up and wiped her teary eyes. She was so worried about him. "Is he okay? Can I see him?"

"The gunshot wound pierced through his lower chest and exited out of his left shoulder. Thankfully it missed his heart but we had to get his bleeding under control. He lost a lot of blood. He's on a ventallator right now because he can't do so on his own just yet, but if you all would like to see him you can," He said.

"When will he breathe on his own?" Shelby asked, fearing that he'll never get better.

"Whenever he wakes up," The doctor told her, "I'd give him a day or so to let the body heal a bit from surgery and he should wake up and breathe on? his own."

"I can't believe this happened." Shelby said to no one in paticular as they walked to his room. Lucio had been making phone calls but hung up as he saw Asher in the hospital bed. "The police said he used?the back emergency exit to get in and out. Most of our cameras are in the casino so we didn't get much but they'll find him." he said softly.

Cara stood on the opposite side of the bed with Lucio. Her heart broke and she looked at Asher laying there.

Shelby sat down and held Asher's hand. She just wanted him to wake up. "Why did they do this?"
"Cops think it was the card counter we were taking the court." Lucio said weakly, feeling responsible.

Cara looked over at Lucio, "What guy were you taking to court?" She asked.

"Calvin Reeves. Or atleast thats the name we got from him." Lucio told her. "We caught him card counting a few weeks ago."

"So he was trying to beat the system, do you really think he'd shoot someone over it?" Cara asked.

"He probably does more than card counting." Lucio pointed out. "We come across those guys from time to time."
"The police are still looking for him?" Shelby asked him.
"He couldn't have gotten far." Lucio assured her.

(Want to skip two days or so?)

(yes)

Shelby grabbed a cup of coffee from the cafeteria before returning to Asher's room. The days following the shooting had been rough and man responsible still hadn't been caught. She had the tv in his room set to the local station?incase there was anything new.

Cara stood behind Lucio and rubbed his shoulder as the detective left his office. They had leads but still hadn't found the one person they were looking for,
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Asher felt a pain in his chest and a discomfort throughout his whole body. He opened his eyes to see monitors all around him. He began coughing when he felt something in his throat.

"I should've done my research on this guy before going after him." Lucio sighed, feeling like the shooting was his fault. "I didn't realize he had mob ties."
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"Asher?" Shelby stared wide eyed as he struggle before calling in the nurse, who promptly came to remove the breathing tube. "Mr. McDaniels can you hear me alright?" she asked, checking his stats.

"You never would've known," Cara reminded him, "This isn't your fault."
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Asher nodded as he looked at the nurse, "Can I get some water please," He asked, his voice hoarse.

"It is." He said softly. "I brought the case against him. I didn't have enough security around the building...I could've prevented all of this."
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"Hang tight dear." The nurse said as he went to fetch him a cup of water.
"Are you okay?" Shelby asked, reaching for his hand. "We've been so worried."

"He couldv'e shot you, Vaughn, it could've been anyone he went after," Cara told him.
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Asher looked over to Shleby, "Who are you?" He asked her, before cracking a smile.

"But it wasn't me. It was my best friend." Lucio pointed out. "I wish it was me."
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"You jerk." Shelby laughed. "Don't scare me like that."

Cara wrapped her arms around him as she leaned down, resting her head on his shoulder, "He's going to be okay, don't be so hard on yourself, please." She told him.
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Asher smiled, it hurt to laugh, "I've always thought that'd be so funny to do," He told her as the nurse brought back his water and the doctor came in. "Asher, it's good to see you awake," He smiled, "How are you feeling?" He asked. "I could be better," He shrugged, even that hurt. "You were shot in the lower chest and it exited out your left shoulder. You lost a lot of blood but we were able to get the bullet out during surgery. Now that you're awake, we'll keep you to make sure your vitals stay up but we believe you'll make a full recovery."

Lucio put his hand over her arm and leaned his head against hers. "So much for a happy engagement right?" he teased.
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"How long does he have to stay?" Shelby asked, hoping he'd be able to go home soon.

"We have plenty of time to celebrate," Cara told him, kissing the top of his head.
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"A few more days at the most, we'll know for sure once we can get a good read of your vitals now that you're awake," The doctor nodded, "The nurse will be back in shortly, but I'll let you get some rest." He said before leaving the room.

"I'm sorry thats how our night ended. I wanted it to be special for you." Lucio explained.
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"Do you remember anything?" Shelby asked, rubbing his hand softly with her thumb.

"Knowing Asher is alive and he didn't die in this hotel is so much better than the alternative," Cara told him, "We have plenty days ahead of us that can be special."
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"Yeah," Asher nodded taking a sip of his water, "I was getting on the elevator to come down to the party and someone said my name, I turned around and it was Calvin pointing a gun at me," He said.

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