(SAUROPOLIS GENERAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL)
Three hours later. 8:37 pm.
Larry stared at Spiny's paralyzed body on the hospital bed. Lilia was sitting in the chair behind him. Kathy was fully recovered from her surgery and was in her wheelchair. She never imagined that the first time she saw her brother in weeks would be paralyzed on a hospital bed.
"I can't believe what those fools were doing!" she cried out.
"It's all right now. I killed their leader and those who didn't die when the building collapsed and escaped have been arrested and captured. They've been charged with conspiracy, rebellion, attempted murder, corruption, running of underground nightclubs, prostitution, selling and possession of illegal items and a bunch of other stuff. That's going to be them death sentences for sure."
"How about the reporters who were bribed?" Lilia asked.
"We're still looking for them. They're going to get it bad, too."
Spiny's head moved around. He was back in human form. His brilliant blue eyes opened and darted around. "Larry!" He quickly stood up and went over to him. "Right here, Spiny."
"Oh, Spiny, you're okay!" Lilia cried out.
Spiny had never felt so weak and terrible in his life. His headache was horrific and he felt sweltering. "The…video…Larry…"
"It's okay, Spiny. I already sent it to the news networks. It'll be broadcasted nationally on every TV and radio station, on every mobile device, on every blog and news site and in every paper."
"Look!" Kathy pointed at the TV.
"Yes, we have just received this video from an anonymous source in the King's administration which as you can see in fully on our website, shows as a group of men, illegally making drugs and talking about the incident last night. They planned and bribed reporters to take those photos and were the ones responsible for the entire frame-up. Tragically, the building collapsed and although the leader and most of the group were killed, the King was severely injured and is now in critical condition in the hospital. The remaining men have been arrested on several felonies and will most likely be given the death sentence. A search has also been started for the bribed reporters who will also be arrested." The camera turned to the Head Elder of the Council. "I just want to say I'm…I'm sorry, Spiny. But you have to understand…we didn't want to let our emotions get in the way of our duty."
The camera turned to a man with several injuries on his face. "Well, I'm sorry I doubted him. I'm sorry I called him a fornicator and said he was the shame of this country. Heh. I'm sorry I was the one who almost killed him, too."
Spiny smiled. At least now everyone knew. His name was cleared. Everything began to get blurry. "Larry…dizzy…dizzy...hot."
Larry touched his forehead. "He's burning with fever!"
"Oh, my gosh! Get the doctor, quick!" Lilia yelled.
Larry jumped out the room and brought back the doctor, dragging him by the nose. "He's getting fever and he says he's dizzy."
"All right, everyone out. I need to be alone."
"Come on, girls," Larry said, taking them into the hallway. They waited impatiently. They were all crossing their fingers and biting their nails. Finally, the doctor came out. "What is it, doctor? Is he all right?" Lilia asked anxiously.
"How is he?" Larry said.
"He started having a considerable fever, dizziness, and muscle pain." He took a deep breath. "He's slipped into a severe coma."
Lilia collapsed on the floor and started sobbing. "NO! No! Spiny! Spiny!"
The doctor knelt down grabbed Lilia by the shoulder. "He's not dead, sweetie. He's in a coma. It must've been from that tremendous blow he got on the head by that beam."
"How long will it last?" Kathy asked.
"That's hard to tell. A coma can last from five days up to several years. He may spend the rest of his life in a coma. Or he may just die while in coma. We can't be sure. All we can do is hope for the best. However, if it does seem severe enough, we will give him an oxygen supply to try to shorten it. He also needs immediate head surgery to avoid any more damage to the brain."
Kathy wiped the tears from her eyes. "Can…can we go see him?"
"Yes, but he will not respond. He can hear you, but he can't move or respond."
Larry and the girls walked back in. Larry turned to the girls. "You want to go first?"
"Go ahead," said Kathy to Lilia.
She shook her head. "No, he's your brother."
"So? He's your boyfriend. Go."
Lilia slowly walked up to Spiny. She took his hand and said, "Hey, Spiny. I'm back. I miss you." Her voice started breaking. "You really owe me a date, you fool! I love you!" She sobbed and her face fell on his chest.
She looked up and kissed his lips, which were still warm and soft. She caressed his cheek and stepped back. Kathy came up. "Hey, bro. How you doing? Doctor told us you need a little operation. Guess they're going to finally fix your mental problems," she said laughing.
She leaned over and kissed Spiny's cheek. She looked at Larry. "You want to say something to him?"
Larry tried to swallow the knot that had formed in his throat. He was not the sentimental guy. He was not easily touched or moved unless it was extremely an emotional situation. He tried to control his tear glands with his Biology Power.
He shook his head. "Not right now. I have something to do first." He ran out the room and went jumping out the nearest window. He landed four stories on his feet and jumped into his car.
The tires screeched as he raced out of the driveway back to the Palace. He nearly crashed into the Palace Gates as they were being opened. He jumped inside and went up to Robert's room. From outside, you could hear Robert's voice screaming, "NOOOO!"
"And that's not all, Robert," Larry told him.
"You mean there's more?"
"Well, look. Spiny is now…incapacitated to rule. And Amarkia needs a ruler. You're next in line."
"Yes, you. You're next, buddy-o."
"But…I already did that when the UN came here."
"No, no, no. You didn't take Spiny's place as ruler. You were only a military leader for people to look up to in Spiny's absence. Now, you have to take the complete responsibility of being the leader of the entire country. Sort of a substitute King."
"Larry! I'm barely 12 years old!"
"So what? Spiny's been ruling for 1,945 years, since he was 11 ½. He's been the youngest King ever to rule and definitely one of the most successful, popular and best rulers in Amarkian history. You can do it. I'm just telling you this so that you'll prepare yourself."
Robert sighed and wiped his eyes dry. "Well…okay."
Larry nodded. "Good. Now go to sleep. Tomorrow may be a very hard day for you." Larry patted him on the shoulder and ran out the Palace at breakneck speed and drove back to the hospital. The girls were no longer there.
Someone had also turned off the lights. The only light was a small lamp on the table beside Spiny's bed and the tiny crescent moon that was just coming out of its new moon phase. "Spiny? Spiny? Can you even try to respond? Can you moan or groan or something?" Then Larry thought to himself, Of course. Why didn't I think of it? I'll use my powers to travel into his subconscious. That part of him has got to be awake. Larry closed his eyes and concentrated really hard.
He opened his eyes and saw…Spiny's subconscious mind around him. It was still dark, but not pitch-black. Hmm. Maybe his subconscious is out too. No, it can't be. Then that means…that…he's dead.