There’s one good thing about losing your shit in a hospital over being separated from your love one:
The next time you have to go to that hospital, they are far less likely to stand in your way the next time you have to come in with a half-frozen loved one.
I ran in with the EMTs who had Ben, frantic that he was too cold. The nurses and doctors all gave me a very wide berth. The only time I was asked to step back was when they were working on him. I stood outside the room, backed up against the nurse’s station, watching Ben.
“Marlowe, he’s going to be okay.” One of the doctors said.
“I know, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying.”
“Worry all you want, just don’t get in the way.”
“Fix him. I need him back, safe and whole.” I said as I looked up in to the face of a doctor who couldn’t have been more than twenty-five.
He nodded and went in to the room with Ben. I knew somewhere in the back of my head I was worrying over nothing, that he was going to be fine, but with whomever was doing this to us still out there; I needed to see him open his eyes again.
When they finally let me go in to see him he was breathing normally and his color was back in his face. I leaned down and kissed his forehead, then waited. I don’t know how long I sat there, watching him until he coughed and started coming around.
“You’re not allowed to go where I can’t follow.” I whispered in to his ear.
“I have no plan on leaving you behind.” Ben replied. His voice was hoarse.
“That’s good because I have no intention of letting you.” I said. I gave in and kissed him.
“The jerk who’s doing all of this forced your change again.” I replied.
Ben groaned and tried to sit up. I pushed him back down.
“No. You’re staying until they say you can go. No sitting up. You spent the entire night as your other self chained to a cliff.”
“The whole night? How did I survive?”
“Blankets, a couple of bonfires and a lot of praying on my part.” I replied.
“You never pray.” Ben said looking up at me.
“I did for you.” I replied. “This was the closest I’ve gotten to losing you. I don’t care for it.”
“I don’t care for being a guinea pig either.” Ben sighed. “I think whatever she’s doing, she’s building up to something.”
I saw Ben rub his eyes. “Go back to sleep. They’re going to keep you here for the day and possibly over night.”
“You’ll be here?”
“Yeah. I’m not going anywhere.”
Ben nodded and closed his eyes. He was asleep before I could look up at the clock.
“Asleep then?” The doctor asked as he walked in to the room.
“Yes. He woke up though.”
“That’s good.” He said as he checked Ben over. “I’m going to assume you’re staying with him?”
“Yes.” I said as I gripped Ben’s hand tightly.
“Okay then. We’re going to move him upstairs in a little while. Keep him over night for observation.”
“I figured. When will he get to come home?”
“Possibly tomorrow. I want to check and make sure there’s no damage from being out there all night.”
I nodded and looked down at Ben. “I’m going to assume you’ll want me to go home and get some sleep at some point?”
“You’re smart. I’m sure they Sheriff will send someone to watch over him, but you’ll do yourself harm if you stay here all night with no sleep.” The Doctor said as he checked me over after checking Ben. “It’s almost five now. You’ve been here all day. Visitor’s hours are over at nine tonight. You will go home and sleep.”
I looked from Ben to the Doctor. “Provided he has protection, I will go home and sleep. I do not like the fact that I’m leaving him here.”
“I know you don’t, but you have to do what’s best for you.” The doctor said with a smile. “You being here and pacing half the night, worrying yourself sick is not going to help either one of you right now.”
I looked up at him and nodded. “Just this once, I’ll go home. If anything happens while I’m gone, you’ll never get me out of this hospital again while he’s here.”
“Fair enough. I’ll take it.” He said as he stepped out of the door. “Go home. Sleep. Those are doctor’s orders.”
“At closing time.” I said and turned back to watching over Ben.
The Doctor came back in at nine, after they’d moved him upstairs and gave me a pointed look. “Go. Home.”
“Is the detail here yet?” I asked.
“I am here.” The Sheriff said as he came in to Ben’s room.
“You’re going to watch over him?” I asked. I was a little startled to see Eric there.
“You wouldn’t trust anyone else enough to go home and get any kind of sleep.” The Sheriff replied. “I’ll stay and watch over Ben.”
I slid out of my chair, walked over and gave Eric a huge hug. “Thank you.”
“You’re welcome. Now go home. Get some sleep. I’ll go over everything with you in the morning.”
I nodded and pulled my coat on. The Doctor walked me out and to Duke, who was waiting with a car to take me home. I don’t really remember the ride, getting home or going upstairs. I do remember showering, crawling in to pajamas and then in to bed with the dogs and Logan, who chittered at me until midnight. We all finally fell asleep at about one am.