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Unexpected Hospital Scene

Lynus had always told him that there were some strange sights to behold in a hospital.

But Axel wasn't expecting the sight before him.

While searching for Lynus, who had disappeared in the hospital after promising to be only a few minutes, Axel heard a strange noise. It sounded like a fight of some kind. Being a seasoned explorer of the labyrinth, he knew what the sounds of battle. And that sound did not belong in the hospital.

Curious, as well as a bit concerned, it didn't take Axel long to locate where the sound was coming from and it was coming from behind a closed door. He wasn't entirely sure, but he suspected the room to be the break room. When he heard a loud thud, like a body falling against something, Axel decided that he needed to see what in the world was going on.

To say he was surprised would be an understatement.

Ryker, the blue-haired survivalist from another guild was lying on top of a wooden table, his arms pinned above his head by his wrists, of which were being held there effortlessly by the one hand of another - whom of which was rather surprising. It was the rather mild-mannered Darrell that had Ryker pinned and immobile to the table, standing between his legs and leaning rather precariously over the other. In the hand that wasn't pinning Ryker's wrists together was a bottle of some kind of potion, be it medica or some other medication. The lid had been removed; the cork perched between Darrell's teeth as if he had to resort to removing it that way.

It didn't take Axel long to realise (with some amusement) that Ryker probably had refused to take his medicine and Darrell was showing him why it was never a good idea to turn down healing from a medic.

Ryker was struggling relentlessly beneath Darrell, kicking his legs out while trying to tug free his arms. However, Darrell had a firm hold on his wrists and was trying to force the medicine into Ryker's mouth. Each time he tried, though, Ryker would roll his head to the side, which was causing a very telling twitch of Darrell's eyebrow.

After a couple of seconds, though, they both stopped what they were doing when they realised that Axel was there and they turned their heads to look at him, Ryker with wide eyes and Darrell with a scowl.

Standing in the door way, with his hand on the door handle, all Axel could do was look back at them with a rather blank expression.

A blush, redder than any Axel had seen before, immediately crept its way onto Ryker's features. Embarrassment wasn't a strong enough word. Darrell, on the other hand, simply looked at him with a sense of expectancy, but also with a look of annoyance. A look that screamed "Can't you see I'm busy here?"

...Ok, wow.

Axel knew that they had become quite close since Darrell was a guest in Ryker's guild when they aided his guild in the search and rescue of Lynus during that 'event' (which will never, ever happen again) on the 14th floor. But he didn't realise they were that close.

Oh well, it was none of his business.

"Hey," Axel said over the awkward silence. "Looking for Lynus."

Not moving an inch from his...position and not looking remotely frazzled or bothered, Darrell spat out the cork and replied, "Try emergency. There was a code-blue earlier."

"Appreciate it," Axel said as he gave the redhead medic a quick two-finger salute. "I'll leave you to it."

With that, he took a step back and closed the door. The moment the door shut the sound of struggle abruptly continued. This time, though, he could hear Ryker's voice loud and clear, it being of a much higher pitch due to embarrassment. Darrell, on the other hand, was starting to sound really, really exasperated.

Really, though, Ryker should know that struggling against a medic was a losing battle. Especially in the hospital.

Some explorers just had to learn the hard way.

"Axel!" Lynus greeted him happily when he finally located him several minutes later. His smile quickly took on a cutely sheepish state. "I know I said I would only be a few minutes, but there was this guard and..."

Lynus suddenly trailed off as he stared at him, tilting his head to the side and furrowing his brow slightly. "You're smirking. Did something happen?"

"...What would you do if I didn't want to take my medicine?" Axel asked.

Lynus gave him a cutely puzzled look at the odd question before shrugging. "Force it down your throat. Why?"

An amused grin forced its way onto Axel's lips. "Just wondering."

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