Chapter Twenty-Seven: Home
I woke up sometime later to
the sun streaming through the window on the far right side of the room,
which was unusual for Wales, and I could feel a slight tugging on my
I rolled over slightly and clutched Kyle tighter to me as all of my memories from the events of yesterday came flooding back into my mind.
"Rowan," I heard a soft whisper from Kyle, "Let go of mummies hair baby, I have your bottle here, it's nice and warm."
I smiled and opened my eyes slowly, "Hey," I whispered sleepily, "How are you feeling?" I moved my head so I was looking at him and I realised that the bed was now in an upright position, Rowan had now let go of my hair and was drinking from her bottle.
"I'm good, you?" He smiled down at me.
"Fine." He leaned down and kissed me on the lips.
"Good, the doctor left a few minutes ago, he said that we should probably call someone to pick us because I'm being discharged in about two hours."
That made me gasp, "I haven't called Katie." I started to sit up.
"She probably saw the news, and is probably really worried." Kyle finished.
"Yes, I'll call her now," I stood up and looked over at Anthony, and ran my hands over his head as he ate, "Who gave him the food?"
"The nurse brought it in for him, when the doctor came in."
I nodded and then looked through the baby bag for my phone, I quickly found my phone and dialled Katie's number, as I paced the room.
She answered on the second ring, "Rose?" She asked, worried.
"Hey Katie, it's me."
"Are you okay? The children? Kyle?"
"We're all fine, just a few cuts and bruises and broken bones."
"Who broke what?"
"Kyle broke his leg and I fractured my wrist."
"Are you okay?"
"Yeah, just a bit shocked."
"Anyway, I was wondering if you could pick us up in about two hours?"
"Thanks, will you meet us out the back of the hospital, because the press is out the front?"
"Yes Okay, I'll see you soon."
"Bye." I hung up and turned back to Kyle, who was now burping Rowan.
"She'll meet us around the back."
"Okay." He smiled at me.
I walked back over to the bed and sat on the edge of the bed, and then picked Anthony up, who had finished his food and set the tray on the floor, and set him on the bed so that he was laying in between Kyle and I.
"Kyle?" I said, nervously.
"Yes?" he whispered back.
"The doctor that came in to look at my arm and neck yesterday, he-" I stopped suddenly, nervous at what his reaction will be.
"What, did he hurt you? Did he try something?" He asked me, getting angrier.
"No nothing like that, the doctor that saw me yesterday was miles." I said in one breath.
"What?" He asked shocked.
"I know, I was as shocked as you are."
"But, it's been years."
"What did he say?"
"He only said that he was sorry."
Kyle sighed and a few seconds past before he spoke again, "I miss my best friend."
"We all miss him." I wrapped my arms around him and kissed Rowan's head as she lay on Kyle's shoulder, and I rested my head on the bed right next to his shoulder, as Rowan gazed back at me with her eyes wide open.
We staid like that, in a comfortable silence, until I felt Anthony pull on my jumper and sit up, when I looked down at him, he signed to me that he needed the toilet.
"Okay sweetie" I signed back to him as I sat up as well.
"I'm going to take Anthony to the toilet, we'll be back in a bit."
"Okay," Kyle smiled at me, then down at Anthony before moving Rowan so that she was in his arms instead of on his shoulder, "Could you pass me her blanket before you go, please?"
I helped Anthony off the bed and then got Rowan's blanket from the baby bag. I wrapped it around Rowan and then kissed both of their foreheads.
"Be careful," Kyle told me, to which I nodded and smiled at him as I took Anthony's hand and then led him out of the room, just as we stepped out of the room, Anthony turned around and waved to Kyle, which caused Kyle to chuckle and wave back at him.
As I closed the door behind us, I smiled at the two security guards and then told them that we would be back in a minute and that Kyle was being discharged in less than an hour, two which they both nodded and smiled slightly at me.
I quickly took Anthony to the toilet, trying to avoid the curious looks of patients and staff members on the way there, and on the way back to the room.
I smiled at the security guards as we reached the door, and the broader one with short black hair opened the door for us.
"Thanks." I said, as we stepped back into the room, twenty minutes later.
As soon as we stepped into the room, Anthony pulled his hand away from mine and ran over to Kyle, who was just finishing to strap Rowan into her car seat, I hadn't even known that it was in the room, someone must have gotten it from the car and put it under Kyle's bed.
Kyle quickly caught him with his free arm, because his other hand was placing Rowan's blanket over her, and then swung Anthony up and onto his good hip and then turned to me.
"The doctor should be here any minute with my crutches and to discharge me."
"Okay," I said, as I walked over to him as he set Anthony on the bed and I gave them each a kiss either on their forehead or on their cheek, "Katie is going to text me when she gets here."
Just as he answered the door was opened and Dr Daniels and Nurse Williams walked in, Nurse Williams was holding a pair of crutches and a bag of Kyle's belongings.
"Well Mr Blake, here are your crutches and belongings, we would like to see you again in a few weeks to see how your leg is healing, but other than that you are free to go."
"Okay," He took the bag and the crutches, "I'll need to get changed first though, I don't want the press spotting me like this." He smiled at the thought of that.
"Of course, there is a toilet down the corridor, turn left and then the men's are on the left."
The doctor and nurse smiled at us both, before leaving the room again.
I slung the baby bag onto my shoulder and helped Anthony jump down to the floor, before picking up Rowan, in the car seat, and placed it at the crook of my elbow on my injured arm.
I let go of Anthony's hand to open the room door, before taking it again, with Kyle hobbling along behind us as we thanked the security guards as we past them.
We quickly made our way to the toilets, avoiding the glares that I was receiving and the shocked looks on everyone's faces as we past.
I sat Anthony and Rowan just outside the toilets as Kyle went in to get changed.
Kyle then came out of the toilets about twenty minutes later, wearing the same dark blue jeans and I could see the white of his t-shirt poking out of the top of his jumper matching dark blue jumper, and hobbled over to us.
"Ready to go?" he asked us.
"Yeah." I answered, as I took Anthony's hand and picked up Rowan's car seat before following Kyle back to the lift as we had to get to the back entrance.
Just as we left the lift on the ground floor, I heard my phone ringing from inside the baby bag.
"It must be Katie, saying that she is here."
"Okay, let's go then." He then headed off in the direction of the back entrance.
We arrived at the door and I could see Katie parked off to the side of the pavement in her light blue SUV. I placed Rowan's car seat on the floor and then started to open the door, but Kyle stopped me.
"Wait, are you going to tell her?"
I knew who he meant, without him even having to say the name.
"Not unless she asks, I don't want her to be hurt like that again."
Kyle sighed, but agreed anyway, "I guess you're right."
I kissed his cheek and then picked up Rowan's car seat just after I pushed the door open fully, as I finished speaking, "Come on then, let's go before they figure out that we used this exit."
Katie jumped out of her car when she spotted us and opened the passenger door for Kyle as I opened the door behind it and put Rowan's car seat onto the seat, making sure that it was securely strapped into place before placing the baby bag on the middle seat and then walked Anthony around to the very back of the car, as it was a seven seated car, and sat him in one of Katie's spare booster seats, before making sure that he was also securely strapped in and then jumped into the seat next to Rowan's and behind Katie's seat.
As soon as I was strapped in, Katie drove around the side of the hospital to the front, to where all of the reporters were waiting.
Kyle turned to look at me when we drove past them and just smiled reassuringly at me, we both hoped that they wouldn't see us.
We somehow managed to get past them all without them seeing us, only a few of the reporters turned to look at us as we drove past them, but they didn't seem to recognise any of us.
"Thank god." Kyle sighed as we drove out of the hospital grounds.
"Don't thank the gods, thank Katie" I said, and then the three of us laughed, before Kyle spoke again.
"I am thankful for you too Katie."
"Don't worry about it Kyle," she reached for his hand when we stopped at a red light, "it's what friends are for."
"Yeah." He said, and then glanced back at me silently.
The rest of the drive to our house was in silence, apart from the sound of the radio playing in the background and Rowan's soft cooing to herself.
The streets were weirdly empty for the early afternoon. It was almost three pm so the schools would be finishing soon, I was just glad that it was Wednesday, so Kyle and I had the rest of the week and the whole of the weekend together with the children, as Anthony didn't have nursery on Thursdays or Fridays.
Katie pulled up onto the curb outside of our house just after three, and then told us that she would call us the day after tomorrow, before driving off, once we were all out of the car and the doors were closed.
"That was weird." Kyle said, as I pulled my phone out and saw what the date was, and why Katie had left so suddenly.
"Kyle, do you know what the date is?"
I sighed, "It's the day before the 2nd anniversary."
His eyes widened when he figured out what I was on about, "Oh, let's get you and the children inside and then maybe we can go to the park after a good night's rest?"
We all headed in and I started making pasta for tea and made up Rowan's bottle, while Kyle changed and then put the children into their pyjamas.
"Go and get changed, I'll serve dinner."
"Okay." I quickly headed upstairs and changed into my miss matched pyjamas, a white tank top and a pair of purple pyjama trousers.
When I got back down to the kitchen, Kyle was sat at the table feeding Rowan, while taking mouthfuls of his pasta and Anthony was sat opposite him eating his pasta happily, there was a larger bowl next to Anthony that I guessed was mine.
"Hey Honey." Kyle said when he spotted me in the doorway.
"Hey." I said as I walked past all of them, giving each one of them a kiss on the cheek in the process, before sitting next to Anthony.
Once we had all finished eating, we put then children to bed as it was just after six and then decided to go to bed ourselves, so that we could spend some time together as a married couple before reality caught up with us.
"Okay," Kyle started as we settled into bed just after seven, both of us exhausted, "How are you feeling about everything?"
I sighed and wrapped my arms tighter around his waist as I rested my head over his heart, "Stressed, Scared, Relieved, Confused, I can keep going."
"No, I get it, it's been an emotional past few days for us, but it will calm down soon."
"Hopefully." I added.
"Yeah," He chuckled, "Let's sleep now, we both need it."
"Okay." I yawned, cwtching up closer to him as we both drifted off to sleep, knowing that if was going to get much worse before it got better.