Upside down

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XXII

Damon walks over to the clinic. He just had a conversation with Elianne. He has seen how worried she is over Leo. Elianne is like a sister to him, he wants her to be happy. He has decided to pay her man a visit. Even though the man can’t talk as he is still unconscious, his Alpha-aura may wake him up or heal him a bit faster.

After his talk with Fredric yesterday, he has found some new courage and will do everything he can to make everyone in this pack happy. He refuses to mope again, been there, done that. Not again.

When he enters Leonard’s room, he feels a little awkward. He doesn’t really know the man and to just go in there feels like invading someone’s privacy.

A nurse followed behind him and she smiles friendly. “Please, sit down, sir. He’ll love to have some company. Talk to him, it may stimulate his brain, he can hear you.”

Damon smiles awkwardly, “I hardly know the man. I just thought it’d be the right thing to do. I don’t know what to say.”

The woman smiles again, while checking the man’s vitals. “You could talk about the weather, about your plans for today, anything really.”

Damon nods and takes a seat on one of the chairs beside the bed. “Alright.”

When the nurse is gone, he stares for a second at the relaxed face of the man. Elianne is one lucky girl. Even though the man is lying in his bed for a while already, he still looks good. He has the build of an Alpha, quite impressive.

Damon clears his throat, feeling uncomfortable to talk out loud. He thinks about Elianne and how she feels right now. He’ll do anything to make her happy, anything at all. An idea pops up in his mind and he decides to talk about it with Christopher or Fredric later.

“You may not know me that well, if you know me at all.” He starts quietly. “I just want you to know that you have to get better. I’ll help you, I’ll give you my blood, but you need to get better. Not for me or for the people here, but I need you to get better for Elianne. She needs you. She may be my niece, but she’s like a sister to me. She needs you so badly. I saw her earlier and she looked so sad. She misses you, she needs you to be strong for her, she needs you to be there for her. Although I think she’ll never admit it.

But most of all, she needs to find out if you’re truly her mate or not. She needs to know for sure, she needs certainty. She loves you. She loves you so much, man. I’d love to meet you in person. From what she has told about you, from how she looks when we talk about you, she’s crazy in love with you. Wake up, please, I’m begging you.”

Damon sighs and shakes his head. What is he doing here, it doesn’t seem to help at all.

The door flies open and Elianne bursts through. “Oh hi,” she says when she sees him sit there.

One of the monitors starts beeping faster than it did before. Elianne looks up when she notices it.

“Leo?” She says softly, she walks to the bed and takes his hand.

“Leo, are you awake? Can you hear me?”

“Did you see that?” Elianne sounds surprised and excited..

“What?” Damon frowns, what is she talking about?

“He moved his eyelids.”

“I didn’t see it. Try again?” Damon gets up from his chair and moves closer to see.

Elianne kisses Leo on his head. The corners of his mouth seem to lift a little.

“See! He’s moving!” Elianne sounds excited. “He is waking up. Leo? Leo? Can you hear me?”

She gives him kisses on his cheeks and on his lips. The monitor starts beeping even faster.

Elianne backs away a little, to be able to see what happens better, but to no avail. Suddenly his hand is on the back of her head. He kisses her on her lips and tries to keep her there.

“Leo, you’re awake.”

His lips form a smile and he fights hard to open his eyes. His eyes are twitching, trying to open up.

He opens his eyes and blinks against a bright light. When he focuses his eyes, he sees Elianne right in front of him and his smile grows wider. “Hello honey,” he whispers. His voice is dry and broken from being quiet for so long. “That is a nice sight to wake up to.”

Elianne’s smile grows too, “Leo, you’re awake. You’re really awake!” She places kisses all over his face.

A nurse appears next to his bed and Damon and Elianne have to move to the side to give her some space. The nurse runs some tests and examines him. Leo sighs relieved when she leaves and tells him that the doctor will come in a little while to examine him even more thoroughly.

“God, finally,” he smiles. “That woman is gone. Now honey, I love that you’re here.”

Elianne smiles and sets herself next to him facing him. Leo then and he looks at his other side and meets Damons gaze. “I don’t think we’ve met. I’d like to shake your hand, but my hands are claimed by my mate.”

Damon smiles and introduces himself. “Hi, I’m Damon, I am Elianne’s nephew.”

“The Alpha?” Leo frowns and Damon nods. “What brings you here? What brings you here next to my bed?” When Damon wants to explain what has been going on, Leo holds up his hand to stop him from talking. “Elianne is like a sister to you, you’ve told me before.”

Damon blushes a little and looks at Elianne for a second. “Err, I have, yes.”

“You’ve visited Leo while I was away?” Elianne looks surprised at Damon. “I didn’t know.”

“I tried to get acquainted with your mate.” Damon smiles. “It only felt a little one sided though. He wasn’t very talkative.”

Elianne smiles a little. “I’m so glad you’re awake.”

Leo looks at her and sighs happily. “I am too.”

This is getting too sappy for his own good. Damon gets up from his chair and stretches before he walks to the door. “I think I’ll give you guys some privacy.” He feels like a third wheel right now.

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