Akira, had a small frame, but was surprisingly strong. I experienced it while she peeled me from Lilly, as the medics began to examine her. Although I struggled to make contact with Lilly again, Akira kept me from her, because she knew that I would only get in the way.
" Anon calm down! Let them work! The sooner Lilly gets to the hospital, the better." Akira had both hands planted firmly on the fronts of my shoulders, holding me back.
My movements and struggles because weaker and weaker while I slowly began to calm myself. Akira finally granted my body reprieve from her hands, as she retracted from me.
" Come on, we need to be right behind them." she beckoned myself, and Hanako to her car.
We waited in the reception area for such a long time I was almost convinced that time had stopped. I had been pacing the whole time, and not a single doctor or nurse had come out to inform us of what was transpiring, so that obviously led me to believe that she was having more complications than initially thought.
"Anon, stop being so nervous. You're going to pace a rut right into the floor! And I tell you, I'm not paying for it!" Akira interjected her normal humor, which caused my next step to hesitate. Dammit Akira... you know just what to say.
Hanging my head, I couldn't help but smile at the thought of a rut in the floor. Sighing heavily, I took a seat between Hanako and Akira. Leaning back, I crossed my arms and began to think once again.
" She wasn't angry with me Akira..." Taking the whole conversation, and putting every piece together.
Akira simply looked to me, and canted her head.
"...She was sick." I took a deep breath, as Akira rested a hand on my shoulder.
" She's pretty resilient, she'll be okay." Though I was fairly certain she was trying to convince herself more than Hanako or I.
Poor Hanako was in such shock, she hadn't said a word since we arrived at the hospital.
Finally, after holding our breath for such a long time, a nurse came out, and spoke directly to me.
" Sir, please come with me."
As I rose, all I could do was grasp onto Akira's hand. I was going to need some stability for this. The nurse led us through a set of door, and down a corridor, then left. We were in the ICU, my heart thumped like a jack hammer. We stopped next to Lilly's room. She was resting peacefully on her bed, with the covers up to her chest. They had placed an oxygen mask on her, and there were a few cords and tubes attached to her.
My throat caught again.