Chapter 10 - Waking up
Bryce had already given Jonathan his infamous dagger look which he knew all too well , the last time he got the look was when he almost kissed Iris at a year end function Iris was knocked out cold from the festivities, mainly cause she organized and saw the event through from start to finish . Jonathan was a bit tipsy and thought he was going back to his room that Sasha and him were booked in , right next door Bryce and Iris . Bryce made it just in time, what happened next made Jonathan respect Bryce even more as Iris's significant other.
Bryce sat down on the chair beside the hospital bed . Iris wasn't hooked on many machines ,for a moment he thought she saw her flinch when he touched her arm. When he leaned over to give her a kiss that was so sweet and tender... Her eyes fluttered open Bryce had sat back down on the chair and was in between sleeping, and staying awake when he felt something move on his head. His first initial thought was shock, the hospital was clean there were no mice and he was just from the psych ward ,he couldn't possibly be feeling the sensation of someone's fingers running through his hair and although it was an erogenous zone only one woman knew how to work it . He lifted his head and locked eyes with Iris.
"Hi... " Iris smiled and waved
"You know you scared the living daylights out of me ."
"I'm sorry babe "
"Don't be . I missed you so much"
"What do you mean? I know I'm in hospital ,question is how and why? "
" You were shot by Martin at your loft... This is the second time,I've come close to losing you... "
Bryce was starting to relive the night Iris got shot, when Iris hit back by saying;
"Bryce it shouldn't take you almost losing someone to find out how much they mean to you. I haven't forgotten our fight."
There was a loud silence in the room which made Bryce both greatful that Iris was awake and antsy that what had led to their fight was what led to Iris ending up in danger and in hospital...Bryce looked at Iris with a face full of tears and eyes full of fear and remorse
"Bryce ... My babe what happened?"
Bryce cleared his face , which stung from all the crying he was doing. He then gave Iris a kiss on the forehead and looked at her. His green eyes registered relief and remorse . All he was feeling was gratitude , he was thankful that Iris has made it through.
Iris looked calm and alert . Iris remembered again why she loved Bryce. She was more sensitive when it came to matters of the heart ,and he was direct. Bryce had a blunt personality,he never sugar coated anything at some point he told himself emotion equaled weakness . Until Iris happened. Bryce began to tell Iris his version of events.
"Jet lag had gotten the best of me the day we fought .I went down stairs to the study and went through your stuff looking for clues on where I could find you, since I know you always have your list up next to your laptop the laptop wasn't there but the list was there."
Iris started slowly remembering the fall out between her and Bryce.
" I remember the fight and the list I forgot. On the list I had written submit article on Martin and the doping scandal. I has sent it through when I got home... I was pretty angry with you , cause you knew all along and I ran "
Bryce started nodding
"Yes and since I called every hotel and looked everywhere , I was about to hang the car keys in the cabinet. When I noticed your loft key missing. My first initial thought was to call you and you picked up... When I heard a familiar voice , I drove up to the Blake's house to try track Martin before he could do anything to you , turned out the familiar voice I heard over the phone when you were making it clear to me that we were over was Martin . When I told Jon and Sasha came in all panicky when she found a bottle of pills unopened knew that Martin was bound to hurt someone. I drove to the building where your loft was cause we had traced his route on Sashas' phone.
I took a short cut you showed me, not the one with the hill and the curve where accidents happen and I was on my way up to your apartment , when I heard two earth shattering sounds.
Iris closed her eyes and had flashbacks .She started getting all emotional...
" Wait ,wait , you were the last face I saw after Martin shot me .All remember was how much I wanted to take back all I said." Bryce held her face ever so gently and wipe her tears ,kissed her hand and locked eyes with her again.
"Let me finish , you were lying in a pool of blood ...your own blood I thought I had lost you. My whole world caved in, I wanted to tell you so much... It was you who got me through a difficult time in my life. Before I met you I was angry if not a hot mess. Remember the boat accident I told you about?... "