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Chapter Twelve: Hospital Visit

I woke up in my room. I looked around and saw the whole gang, minus Marluxia. I was glad he was gone. “Hey, guys. What you all so worried about? I’m fine, right?” I gave them a weak smile to tell them not to worry.

“Yeah, you’ll be okay. Demyx here patched you right up and then took you to the hospital. The doctor said you can’t go back to school until Friday but, hey, we've got great news...” Namine said.

“What?” I asked quietly.

“They found Axel. They said he was unconscious. He was beaten pretty badly.” Kairi said.

“Who found him?”

“The police. They think someone was after him.” Riku said.

“Where is he? I want to speak to him.”

“They had to put him in the hospital. He can’t remember anything besides taking you home on the night he disappeared. The doctors think that something awful happened and he is surpressing his memory. But he won’t let anyone get close to him except the nurse, and only when he is a sleep.” Sora added.

“You’ll see him soon. Maybe we’ll all go tomorrow, if you're feeling better.” said Roxas.

I looked around and noticed that Demyx was the only one that didn’t say anything. “Hey guys, I appreciate your concern, but I would like to speak to Demyx.” They all nodded and just stood there. “In private, please?” Their eyes opened wide as they started to leave the room. “Thanks, guys!” I yelled after them.

He kept his head down and wouldn’t come close to my bed. It was like I had a disease or something. “You know I don’t bite. Come here.” I said and he lifted his head. He stopped right in front of me. I patted the empty side of the bed and he understood. When he sat down he looked up for the first time and gave me a small smile. I looked in his eyes and saw the hurt and concern he had for me. “I’m not dead, you know? I’m just out of action until tomorrow. I want to thank you. It would have been much worse if you weren’t there. So, thank you.”

“It’s all my fault. If I didn’t tell you those secrets, you wouldn’t have gotten into this mess. You wouldn’t have been hurt at all. You wouldn’t have been...”

“Oh, stop that. You did the right thing by telling me. I needed to know those things. Did you find out anything about that guy?”

“What guy? Did you hurt your head?”

“The guy Larxene told us about. She said something about me being a package. You said you’d find out what she meant.”

“I don’t remember.”

“We’ll get back to that later then. What did they do to you after they found out?”

“They did nothing that I can remember, but I have new bruises and I don’t know how I got them.”

“You really don’t remember anything? Do you remember last night?”

“Yeah, but only bits and pieces. I was so worried last night that I think I forgot a lot of things.”

“Is there anything else you want to talk about?” I asked and my voice croaked like a frog.

“No, nothing. I should go. You need to rest.” He leaned down and kissed me on the forehead like an older brother would.

“Good night then.” I hugged him and he left.

“That’s odd. He is usually all over me. Why is he acting weird? Aah. My head hurts too bad to think right now.” I laid on the bed and went back to my comforting darkness.

One second I was in my room and the next I was in a horrible room filled with no light. “Hello? Is anyone there?” I yelled. No one answered. “Please? There must be someone! I don’t like being alone. PLEASE! SOMEONE MUST BE IN HERE!” I yelled until my throat was raw. I choked back my tears until they welled up and came out. “Axel, please rescue me.”

“I’m here, Mickey. Come to me.” I heard a voice and saw Axel right behind me.

“Axel!” I jumped up and ran to him. But the more I ran toward him the farther away he went. “Axel, wait!” I screamed.

“I’m waiting. Just take my hand.” he said in a quiet voice.

I reached out and ran until I couldn’t anymore. “Don’t leave me. Please don’t go.”

Axel left me and I was all alone. “No. Not again. No...” My cries went unanswered.

“Hush. It’s all right. Come here, take my hand.” I looked up and saw a man with black hair. “Come on. I don’t bite.” He extended his hand and I looked at it. “You said you didn’t want to be alone, well? I’m giving you the choice of companionship. At least, until you wake up.”

I looked up at him with uncertainty. “Won’t you just leave, the way Axel did?” Part of me hoped he would stay.

“No, I won’t leave until you wake up.” He took my hand and lifted me up. “There now. Let's sit.” At that moment a black silk sofa appeared.

“How did you do that?” I was stunned. I probably looked like a fish with my mouth wide open.

“I have experience with dreams. Now, are you going to sit down or remain standing?” he smiled and for a second he looked like Axel. I shyly went and sat next to him. “Good. Now, let's exchange names. I’m Gray. And you are?”

“I’m Mickey.” What the heck, it's just a dream. I put my head on his shoulder and looked up at him.

“Are you comfy, Mickey?”

“Yes.” I answered in a daze.

“Good. What would you like to talk about?”

“I don’t know.”

“Let's talk about you. Who are you dating?”

“His name is Axel.”

“Is he nice to you?”

“Yes.”

“Do you like being with him?”

“Yes, I love him. He is the nicest boyfriend I've ever had. What about you? Do you have someone?”

“Once upon a time. She was a lot like you, she was very nice. But then that horrible day...”

“What horrible day?”

“My brother killed her. He claimed it was under his leader's orders but I know he was jealous of me. He always was.”

“Who is your brother?”

“Not now. I can’t tell you. Do you want to meet me again?”

“Yeah.”

“We'll meet in front of the ice cream shop tomorrow. Alright?”

“Yes, Gray.”

“I have to go now. You’re about to wake up. Good-bye, and don’t forget.”

“Wait, Gray!”

I was rushed back into reality more quickly than I thought I would be. I looked around and saw Gippal watching me. I bit my lip and smiled. “I didn’t say anything in my sleep, did I?”

“You were so loud I bet everyone heard you.”

I groaned and put my head in my hands. “I was that loud? What did I say?”

“You cried at first and then mumbled, and then you yelled 'Gray!' So, who is he?”

“I don’t know. Just a guy that seemed really nice. Don’t you need to go to work?”

“Ack! You're right. I've got to go, I’m going to be late. Are you going to be alright by yourself?”

“Yeah, just get going.” I told him and he rushed out of the room. I waited a couple of seconds and mentally pictured him running out the door. I smirked to myself and wanted to laugh. “That’s just like him. Always the sweet big brother that everyone wants.”

I got up and looked at myself in the mirror. I was a sickly color and my eyes were red like I had been crying for hours. I smiled weakly and grabbed my stomach. The pain hurt so badly that it felt like I had been hit over and over again. I grabbed the side of my bed and heaved myself up. I gentle walked over to the door and opened it. The journey to the door had already taken most of my strength, but I had to look for Axel.

I went to the stairs and looked down. Usually I would walk down with ease, but I was hurting badly. I grabbed the railing and slowly made my way down. I had gotten halfway to the bottom when gravity threatened to pull me down the rest of the way. I straightened up and went back to slowly descending the stairs. As soon as I was downstairs I went straight to the phone. I grabbed it, dialed the hospital number and listened to each ring. “Hello. This is the Travese Town Hospital. How may I help you?”

I cleared my throat and slowly talked into the mouthpiece. “I’m looking for a young man named Axel. My friends told me he was admitted earlier. Is he there?”

I listened to her ruffle through some papers and she soon stopped. “Yes, that young man is here and he is well enough to accept visitors. Are you wanting to visit him?”

“Yes, I will be in a little bit later. Thank you.” I didn’t wait for her to reply, I just hung up. I closed my eyes and planned my way to the hospital. First I would need to get changed, then find a bus. Just don’t let Axel see that you’re hurt. Good plan, very good plan. I stood up and put my plan into action. I went back upstairs (a little bit faster this time) and grabbed a plain everyday outfit. It was just a pair of regular jeans and a plain blue shirt. I put them on and started out the door.

“Oh! Can’t forgot this.” I turned and grabbed my tear necklace. I went back to the door and started down the stairs again. I went outside and headed for the nearest bus stop. I found one soon and saw that no one was there so I sat down. But soon a man came and sat down beside me. He tried to start a conversation, but I would not talk to him, remembering the promise that I should have kept while I was at school. I turned my head away and ignored him. I was hoping that the bus would come soon. Eventually he stopped talking and started ignoring me, too. Thank goodness, I thought.

The bus soon came. I got on, paid the toll and went to sit up front. No one was sitting there. I sat down and watched the scenery fly by. It was only a couple of minutes before I got to a bus stop close to the hospital. I walked toward the hospital and soon realized that someone was following me. I kept calm and walked slowly toward the hospital doors. I went in and smiled to the policemen that guarded the entrance.

I went to the front desk and rang the bell. It was a couple of seconds before a nurse answered. “Yes, how may I help you?”

“I’m looking for the room a young man named Axel is staying in.”

“Oh yes, he is staying in room 177 on the second floor. He will be waiting for you. Would you like me to tell him your name?”

“No. I’m his girlfriend, but I want to surprise him. Thank you.”

I went over to the elevator and pushed the button. It was a couple of minutes before it came down. I got on and pushed the number 2 button and the doors started to close. “Wait! Keep it open!” I heard a voice say. I stuck my foot into the open space and waited for the person to come. “Thanks.”

I stared at him. “Do I know you?” I asked.

“I’m Gray. And you are?”

“I’m Mickey.” He looked just like he did in my dream. So he is real.

I heard the low hum of the elevator and it jerked forward. “Sorry for the inconvenience. The elevators will be up and running momentarily. Thank you.” a voice said on the loudspeaker.

“Yeah, no thanks.” I grumbled and sat down on the floor.

“Are you okay?” Gray asked.

“Yeah, just in a hurry. I’m visiting a friend.” I said and looked down.

“Are you sure? You look like you want to get away from me.”

Yeah, far away. I thought. “No, I just don’t like closed spaces. How about you?” I looked up at him.

“I’m alright in small spaces. The question you asked earlier, is there a reason behind it?”

“If I tell you, you won’t laugh?” He looked concerned and nodded. “You look just like someone I saw in a dream. You look identical and you even have the same name. He asked me to meet him at the ice cream shop tomorrow.”

“Hmmm. I've thought about going there tomorrow, actually.”

We sat in silence and didn’t say another word to each other. I put my hands on my knees and just sat there. Are they connected? Are they the same person? I thought. I moaned and held my stomach. “Not now!” I told myself.

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“I haven’t eaten.” I smiled and lowered my head.

“Are you really hungry?”

“Yeah...”

“Well, I've got a candy bar. It's chocolate.” He got out the candy bar and handed it to me.

“Thanks.” I slowly ate it and he watched me the entire time.

“Good?” he asked. I nodded and went back to being solitary.

We were like that for a couple of minutes and then the elevator jerked into motion. “Oof! They could have warned us.” he said.

“Yeah. Well, this is where I get off.” I said and stepped out. “Thanks for the candy bar. I really appreciated it.” I waved and headed off toward Axel’s room.

I looked around and found room 177. I knocked on the door and went in. “Hello.” I said in a giggly voice. I saw him lying on the bed. “You're pretty beat up.” He smiled and tried to laugh but was stopped by a cough.

“Yeah. I probably look worse than I feel, but I feel pretty bad to begin with. So, how are you doing?”

I sat next to him on the stiff hospital bed and stroked his hair. “I’m fine. Haven’t been to school much, though.”

He raised his eyebrow and frowned. “Why? We aren’t going to be able to graduate if we keep missing class.”

“Yeah, but it's too boring and I can’t be there. I feel distant from you when I’m there.” I kept stroking his hair and stopped at his hairline. I felt blood and went to the bathroom to get a washcloth.

“What? What is it?” he looked frantic.

“Just a spot the nurses missed.” I washed it off. “So, how have they been treating you?”

“They are doing a good job. How’s life treating you?”

I smiled and stroked his cheek. “Life is being too boring to me. I miss you.” I frowned a little and bit my lip.

“I miss you, too. I miss being around you and I miss the gang. I won’t miss this hospital, though.”

I laughed and took his hand in my hand. I held it to my cheek and rubbed it. “When do you think you will be able to come home?”

He took his hand away and pushed his hair back like he was uncertain. “I don’t know. They might let me out in a couple of hours, a couple of days, or a couple of weeks. I just don’t know.”

I curled up next to him on the bed. “Will it be okay if I stay the night?”

“You'll have to ask the doctor. Here, I’ll buzz him.” He pushed a button near the bed and I heard a little buzz. Soon a doctor came in.

“Yes, Axel?” he asked.

“Mickey, this is my doctor.”

“Hi. Could I stay overnight with Axel?”

He looked unsure. “I suppose, but don’t get him stirred up. We just got him out of critical condition.” he said and he turned and left.

I turned my head and stared at him. “Critical? You were in critical condition?”

He sat up a little bit more on the bed. “When they found me I had been stabbed. I was black and blue all over and had severe head trauma. When I got to the hospital the doctors thought I was going to die. They rushed me to the E.R. and did everything they could. They cleaned up the stab wound and fixed my head. They eventually took me from critical to stable condition. Most of the bruises are faded back to my regular skin color. See...” He lifted his shirt up and the bruises had changed color. Now they were a yellowish color.

I also noticed that he had bandages on the top part of his chest. I took my hand and gently went over the bandages. I could tell that he wanted to cry out, but he only winced. “That bad?” I whispered.

“Yeah. I don’t know how I got beat up either. I only remember a couple of flashes and some shadows. Someone yelling. I can’t make it out, though. I’m glad someone found me or I would be dead.” He laid back down and stroked my hair.

“Don’t say that. You know I couldn’t get along with out you. You are my life.” I kissed his forehead and let my lips linger there. I went back to my original spot and let him hug me. “If I’m going to stay the night I’m going to need to get a change of clothes and tell Gippal. I’ll be back in a little while.” I kissed his forehead again and left.

I went to the elevator and pushed the down button. The doors closed and I went down. I rubbed my throat and put my hand to my head. “It’ll be alright.” I told myself. The bell dinged and I got off. I smiled at the guards again and went outside. I walked back to the bus stop and repeated the whole process until I got home again.

When I got home Gippal was there. He was worried and doing something I'd never seen him do before. He was pacing. He never did that, he must have been very worried. I closed the door and he must have heard it because he turned around and looked me. “Where were you? I almost called the cops.”

“I was visiting Axel in the hospital. Why were you worried?”

“I don’t want you to get hurt again.”

I looked at him and then went upstairs. “I’m going to stay at the hospital tonight. Axel said it would be okay. I’ll be back in the morning.”

I went to my room and grabbed my pajamas. I also grabbed my toothbrush and my brush. I grabbed a small bag and stuffed everything in it then I went down the stairs and gripped Gippal’s shoulder. “Can you give me a ride back to the hospital? I hate riding the bus. You can even keep an eye on me till I go through the doors, or you could walk me to his room.” I gave him the puppy eyes.

He looked at me and grumbled. “Fine. I’ll walk you to his room and make sure that you don’t leave the hospital. I will have people there to watch you. Get you coat.” he said and I rushed to grab my coat.

“Ok, I’m ready. Let’s go.” I went out the door and Gippal followed. We went over to his bike. I put the bag in between us and then put the helmet on.

“You ready?”

“Yeah! Let's go!”

He started the bike and we took off down the road. He went faster and I hugged him tighter. He kept going faster and faster. I started to laugh until he looked back and gave me the 'stop it' look. I stopped and watched the scenery fly by. It went by very fast. We got to the hospital and I jumped off.

“See! Now you can go with me to the room.”

He took his bike to the door, but not right in front of it. He walked me in and we went over to the elevator. I pushed the button and listened to the slow music. “So, how is he?” Gippal asked.

“He is okay. They got him out of critical condition, but he is not all better yet. So be very careful.” I told him and turned to the side of the elevator. The bell dinged and we got off. I took Gippal’s hand and we went to Axel’s room.

“Hey, Axel, I've got someone with me.” I said gently.

“Hmm?” I heard and we walked in.

“It's Gippal. He came to see you. Isn’t that nice of him? He said he wouldn’t let me stay unless he got to check it out first. There, Gippal, you've checked it out. Now leave.” I tried to push him out but he wouldn’t budge.

“First I've got to check out the room. And the windows. We don’t want another accident to happen. You were out a while after the last one. We can’t have another one like that.” He walked over to the window and inspected it.

Axel looked at me with concern. “Accident? What accident?”

“Err, I got into a little fight. No big wounds, though.”

“Wounds?”

Gippal came over to me and hugged my shoulders. “She got stabbed by a girl named, uh... Larxene? She jumped right in front of Demyx to protect him.” I bit my lip and looked down.

“Is this true, Mickey?” Axel asked. I nodded. “Why?”

I sat near him and looked at him. “Larxene was going to kill Demyx. While he was fighting I saw an opportunity for her to get to him and I gasped when she went for it. I jumped in front of him to pay him back for helping me. That’s all, nothing more.”

He shook his head. “I know when you are leaving something out. What is it?”

“If I tell you, you have to promise that you won’t freak out. Do you promise?”

“I promise.” He lifted his right hand and grinned.

“Ha Ha. Alright. I got stabbed in the shoulder. But I’m okay!”

His jaw dropped and I think he almost wanted to twitch. “You were stabbed? I’m going to kill her.” His jaw clenched and his fists tightened.

“Gippal, I need to talk to you outside. Be right back, Axel.” I grabbed Gippal and pulled him outside the room.

“The only condition the doctor had was not to get him worked up. Now you have him angry. Great job! I might not get to stay the night now. If that's the case, I will not be happy. This is the first time I have seen him since that day. Now that you are done inspecting please leave. I’m begging you!”

He sighed and nodded. “Fine, but I will be here to pick you up at noon tomorrow. You got that?”

“Yes. Thanks, Gippy! You’re the best! I love you.” I hugged him and said good-bye.

He stood there and looked unhappy. “I’ll be so lonely tonight...”

I laughed and shook my head. “Just call your gang up and have a party. The house is yours tonight, after all. I have got to go. Bye, again.” I waved and went back into Axel's room.

“Axel, I can stay. Isn’t that great?” I asked and grinned at him. He was deep in thought and didn’t hear me. “Axel? Are you okay?” I touched his hand. He looked startled.

“Mmm? Yeah. I’m fine. What did you say before that?”

“I can stay. Isn’t that great?” I said with less enthusiasm than the first time.

“Yeah. Hey, I’m tired. Can we talk tomorrow?”

“Sure, I’ll sleep in the chair.”

I walked over to the chair and he shook his head. “No, I’ll get a cot in here.” He pushed the call button and a nurse came in. “Can you please get a cot for her? Thank you.” The nurse left and we were alone.

“I need to get changed. I’ll be back in a second.”

I grabbed my bag and went into the bathroom. I took my time so I wouldn’t have to rush back into the room. When I did finish getting dressed and went back in, I saw a cot beside Axel's bed. He was already asleep.

“Night, Axel. I love you.” I whispered and kissed his forehead. I climbed onto cot and went to sleep.

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