A faint scare
Ash was pacing the hospital hallway, he couldn’t seem to sit still. Eliana was in Kaliopi’s arms cooing up at his sister. Thank goodness she could come so quickly. He couldn’t think straight, he kept replaying the scene over and over again. Eleni in bed covered in blood, Eleni in the back of the ambulance, driving to the hospital in a daze, waiting for God knows how long in the hospital, not knowing what was happening, Eliana wanting her mother and crying nonstop. The doors to the surgery room opened and the doctor who he had seen earlier walked out, he was covered in blood. He walked to Ash and asked him to have a seat.
“I’d prefer to stand doctor, if that’s okay.”
The man nodded and said, “We have done everything we can, we are just waiting for her blood pressure to come back to normal. Once she is better, we will come to get you.”
He thanked the doctor and went to tell his sister what he had been made aware of. For the first time in a few hours he felt a bit of relief, he felt the tears rolling down his cheeks without realizing he was crying.
Her throat felt so very dry and scratchy. Where the hell was she? What was going on? She turned, only to find him sleeping in a chair next to her, his head on the bed. She reached over and played with his hair. He stirred and picked his head up from the bed. His eyes grew wide when he saw that she was awake.
He hugged her close and she smiled.
“Please don’t ever scare me like that again.” He had tears in his eyes, he looked so worried and he had dark circles under his eyes.
“Can I have some water?”
He went to find her what she needed and handed her a cup.
“Where is Eliana? Is everyone okay?”
He nodded and went to the door. He called out to his sister, who appeared, holding their daughter. Kaliopi cried when she saw that Eleni was awake and she handed her the sleeping baby.
“I am so happy that you are okay Eleni. It was touch and go for a minute there.”
Eleni looked at them and started crying along with her.
“What happened to me? All I remember is a lot of blood.”
Ash sat back down and thought about it. He didn’t want to relive the moments but he explained everything to her. She couldn’t believe that she had almost bled out in their bed while she was sleeping. She held her hand out to him and she pulled him close.
“You’re stuck with me forever Ash.”
He smiled but she could see that he was holding back some tears.
“I’m really hungry.”
Ash stood up and for the first time she saw a real smile cross his face.
“Coming right up.”
THREE MONTHS LATER
Eleni looked down at Eliana as she rocked her to sleep. Kat was curled up beside them on the floor and every now and again she opened one eye to check up on her master and the sleeping baby. Eleni stood slowly and placed the little bundle of joy in her crib. She caressed her chubby cheeks and walked out of the room. She went into the kitchen and opened the refrigerator, determined to make something edible for Ash to eat when he got home. He was working late but she wanted to talk to him about something so she waited up for him.
As soon as Ash walked in he could smell pancakes in the air. He saw Eleni flipping what seemed to be the last one and he smiled. He knew that she hadn’t heard him come in, so he crept up close to her, grabbed her by the waist and pulled her to him. She gasped, went to scream, but he put his hand gently on her mouth so she wouldn’t wake up the baby. He whispered in her ear,
“Pancakes for dinner?”
He kissed her neck and it sent shivers down her spine. She turned around, brought her arms up around his neck and pulled him close for a smouldering kiss. She let him go but he kept his hands around her waist and looked at her with a different kind of hunger.
“Food first Ash.”
He chuckled and let her go. She brought the plate of pancakes to the table and they both sat down to eat. He took a few bites and then looked up at his beautifully tired wife. He brought a hand to hers and gently touched it.
“You didn’t need to wait up for me. You know I’m off tomorrow.” She smiled and squeezed his hand before letting go.
“I have been thinking about the future a lot these past few months. I want Eliana to be proud of me. I don’t want to go back to work in an office. I want to completely change my career.”
Ash didn’t seem shocked, they had many small talks about what the future held for them. They knew their home was here but he wanted to start a restaurant of his own as soon as they could afford it comfortably. He smiled at Eleni and asked her if she knew what she wanted to do. She nodded.
“I want to work with children who come from abusive households.”