“How’s she doing, Doc?” Ace asked as Tech walked out of the doors to the infirmary.
“Her body is very weak, and she’s going to have a hell of a recovery period, literally; but she’s going to be fine.” Tech’s relieved smile was reflected in the smiles in the waiting room. “I think she might wake up soon, does anyone want to see her?”
“I do!” Lexi practically jumped to her feet, eager to see her friend after being scared that she might not see her again.
Tech nodded and lead her into the room, setting a chair on the left side of the bed Cassidy was laying on. “I want you on this side to distract her from the IV I put in her right arm. She lost a ridiculous amount of blood that needs to be replaced. Try to keep her occupied so she doesn’t notice it, okay?”
Lexi nodded, sitting down in the chair. “What if she sees it?”
Tech paused thoughtfully. “Depends on how she reacts to it. I might need to hold her still, or get you to hold her still, until she falls asleep again. I’m hoping her body will be too weak to put up too much of a fuss about it. I gave her a high dose of painkillers, so a sedative may have a nasty reaction.”
“Like stopping her heart.”
Biting down on her lower lip, Lexi reached out and gently stroked Cassidy’s left arm. Her green eyes watched as Cassidy’s head started to move a little, and she heard her make quiet little noises before her eyes started to open. “Hey, Cass!” Lexi smiled, leaning in and squeezing Cassidy’s hand. “How are you feeling?”
Brown eyes, cloudy with exhaustion and drugs, stared at her with a blank expression. Cassidy blinked a few times before whispering. “Lexi?”
“Yeah, it’s me.” Lexi answered softly. “You had us all very worried. I’m glad to see you awake, Cass.”
Cassidy continued to stare, as if unsure about what Lexi was saying, what was going on around her. “I’m sorry.” She said quietly. “I shouldn’t have run off like that.” Her eyes left Lexi’s face, looking away, as if ashamed.
“Shhhh,” Lexi rubbed her arm, trying to get her attention back. “Hey, it’s alright. I understand why you did it. Don’t worry about it, we’re just glad you’re okay.”
It was as if Cassidy didn’t hear what Lexi said. She stared blankly off into space, muttering quietly. “They used me to get into the palace. They hurt Maria. The soldier tried to choke her.”
Lexi glanced at Tech, confused and concerned. Tech made little motions with his hands, encouraging her to keep talking to Cassidy. “Cass, shhhh.” Lexi kept rubbing her arm. “It’s alright.”
Cassidy blinked, her eyes widening. “Where’s Maria?”
“She had to go tend to… Queen things?” Lexi grinned. “She’ll be back soon, and she’ll be so happy to see you’re okay.”
Cassidy’s eyes focused on Lexi’s face. “You fought off the Azaian soldiers?”
“Yeah, we all did. We came here as quickly as we could.”
“Did you go into the throneroom?”
Lexi shook her head. “Rev’s GPS told us there wasn’t anyone in there.”
“It’s meant to do that. The Azaian King went in there.”
Lexi shot a horrified look to Tech, who nodded and muttered “I’ll tell Ace” before running to the door.
Cassidy watched Tech leave and squirmed. “I can’t talk to her. I can’t hear her.” Her quiet voice grew high and panicked, interrupted with groans of pain as she moved.
Lexi stood from her chair, gently grasping Cassidy’s shoulders to try and hold her still. “No, Cass, you need to stay still, okay? You’re too weak to move right now. Ace and the others will handle it.”
“But I can’t hear her!” Cassidy cried out, tears starting to blur her vision.
Lexi held her tighter, leaning in to whisper soothingly. “Shhhh, it’s probably because of how weak you are. You need to rest, okay?” Cassidy nodded, and Lexi pressed a kiss to her forehead. “Shhhh, go to sleep…”