Scarlett left baby Katie in Mammy's room and went back into her room to sit
by Rhett. He wasn't really able to talk, he just shivered though he was
sweating. Scarlett walked across the room and got a wet washcloth to put
over his head. She washed it out in the basin, then making sure it wasn't
dripping, took it and put it across Rhett's hot forehead. As she set the
cold cloth on his head, she felt his arm reach across and touch her. She
held one hand across his head, and with the other she held his arm. Rhett
whispered something, but she couldn't understand what he was trying to say.
"What is it darling?" she asked, leaning in close to hear his low but deep
voice. She finally heard it. "Sing to me," he said. She hummed and sang as
for a long time, until her voice was hoarse, then she kept quiet.
Scarlett sat there with Rhett for a very long time, keeping the washcloth
on his head and singing to him. He fell asleep after a while, and Scarlett
quietly got up to go check on the baby. When she went into Mammy's room,
Mammy could tell that Scarlett was very tired. "You need to git some rest
Miz Scarlett," said Mammy. "I can't Mammy, I have to stay with Rhett, he
needs me. If it was me that was sick he would stay with me, so I need to
stay with him," she said firmly.
Days passed by, though they seemed to run together and time passed by
slowly. Scarlett stayed by Rhett's side through night and day, only leaving
his side to check on the baby, eating her meals beside his bed and feeding
Scarlett sat there, watching Rhett sleep, thinking about how sorry she was
that he was sick. She dried her eyes and talked to him. "I'm so sorry my
darling. I'm so sorry for what I have done to you, whatever it is I will
never forgive myself," she said, beginning to cry but trying to hold back
her tears. "What are you sorry for?" asked Rhett's voice. Scarlett looked
up at him. "What?" she asked. "What are you sorry for?" he repeated.
Scarlett was quiet for a while she thought of what to say to Rhett. "For
Ashley, for everything," she said, beginning to cry again.