The room was dark and silent when Perion woke up. She looked around the room for a moment, totally disoriented. The drugs she’d been given always kept her so damn disoriented. It only took a few minutes to remember where she was and why she was there. Randi and Syndi were dead, the crew was gone, and hers and Lein’s baby no longer grew inside her body. She wanted out of the hospital bed, wanted to run from the pain and the horror of losing something that had been a major part of her life for as long as she could remember.
With Lein being away from the room, Perion realized she could get away before anyone would notice her missing. Maybe while she was gone, she could do something about the pain, she’d make it end, even if she had to kill herself.
Ruthlessly, Perion yanked at the tape on her arm and jerked the I.V. line out of the middle of her hand. Fresh blood welled up and dripped slowly down the length of her wrist. She wiped her wrist and hand indifferently on the hospital gown before taking it off and tossing it on the floor. She got out of bed and walked over to a little closet and opened the door. Inside, there was a lone pair of canvas sneakers and a few hangers. The clothing she had been wearing when the accident occurred had apparently been cut off and discarded by the hospital staff. She picked up the sneakers and eyed them in the dark. They seemed fine and looked wearable.
She spied a small overnight bag that Lein had brought with him. She went to it and tore it open. There was a pair of jeans and a black tee shirt inside. Although they’d be too large for her, she put them on anyway, and then stepped into the sneakers. She rummaged around in the bag until she found a slim leather belt. She slid it through the jeans’ belt loops and cinched it as tightly as possible. Carefully, she opened the door and glanced out. The nurse at the front station was thumbing through her files, not paying attention to her at all. She tiptoed out of the room and walked down the hall. She opened an exit door and slipped out of the hospital.