So there is an 'after Crona gets shot' chapter - I wouldn't leave you hanging on like that (well I might do but not this time) there are possible spoliers for the manga in this - I haven't actually got that far in the manga but I have been led to understand that this is a thing so there we go. Hope you enjoy :D
Slowly, and with a great deal more effort than it should have taken, Crona opened his eyes. The blinding florescent light stung his eyes, he felt dizzy even though he was lying down and his chest felt like someone was standing on it. He blinked slowly a few times, adjusting to the light, before scanning the room he was in. The tell-tale beeping of a heart monitor beside him and the uncomfortable polythene bed clothes told him that he was in a hospital and as he looked around that was confirmed.
How on earth had he ended up in hospital? His memory was hazy at best and all he could remember was kissing Kid in the car outside Cobra Banks. But the night hadn't ended there had it? They had gone inside, Jackie had gotten stabbed, he had shot someone and then they had gone up to the roof. There had been a confrontation with Medusa, Kid had found out that she was his mother, she had gone to shoot Kid but he had gotten in the way.
Piece by piece the memory came back to him but like it had happened to someone else – like it wasn't his memory. He turned his head slightly, wincing from the effort, and saw Kid sitting slumped over in a hospital chair, fast asleep. Feeling like he had just completed a triathlon Crona heaved himself up into a sitting position.
"Hey, you're awake." Maka's voice said softly. Crona's gaze darted over to the door and saw her holding two plastic cups, one steaming slightly.
"How long was I out for?" he asked. His voice sounded strange to his ears; deep and gruff from inactivity. Maka sat down in the empty seat next to his bed and handed him the non-steaming cup. He took a long gulp of water and instantly felt a little better.
"Three, maybe four days." she told him. "There was a moment, there, where it looked like you weren't going to make it. This one," she added nodding towards Kid. "hasn't left your side since you get here."
"What about when visiting hours ended?"
"When the nurse asked him to leave the first night he pulled out a gun and said he wasn't moving till you woke up." Maka told him. Crona chuckled softly.
"Yeah, that sounds about right." he murmured. Maka looked over at Kid's sleeping form then back to Crona.
"You make sure he treats you right this time." she told him. "None of this 'can't mix professional and personal' shit after you took a bullet for him."
"I don't think he's going to." Crona replied. "Before all this he had said about wanting to talk, plus I did just take a bullet for him." he added, chuckling slightly. The additional noise in the room made Kid stir and groggily open his eyes. As soon as he saw Crona sitting up in bed he leaned forward and took hold of his hand.
"Hey," he gave Crona a tired smile. "how long have you been awake?"
"Not long." Crona smiled. "I hear you've been terrifying the nurses and refusing to leave." Kid blushed furiously.
"I didn't want to leave in case you woke up." he pouted. From behind him Maka raised an eyebrow and grinned.
"I'm going to go and find your, barely old enough to practice, doctor." she stated. "Give you two a chance to talk." Kid smiled gratefully at her and she left the room leaving them in a slightly awkward silence.
"I'm in a shit-ton of trouble with the Chief." Kid announced jokingly, in an attempt to break it.
"Why?" Crona asked.
"Let' see," Kid began reeling things off, counting on his fingers. "on my watch a suspect got murdered in their cell, Jackie got stabbed, a suspect got shot, you got shot and I pumped Medusa with so much electricity I caused internal damage."
"Ok I can see why your dad would be a bit pissed." Crona grinned before they both fell into silence.
"Why didn't you tell me Crona?" Kid asked looking up at him. "Why didn't you tell me about Medusa being your mother and having to borrow money from her?"
"You, of all people, I couldn't tell." Crona sighed and gave his hand a squeeze. "I mean how can you say to your ex 'I know we broke up and I moved out but I've got no money and nowhere to live, my life is a mess'? I just couldn't bring myself to."
"So what did you do?" Kid asked.
"I borrowed some money from Medusa, paid her back as soon as I could and lived with Soul and Maka for a bit till I got back on my feet." Crona told him. "I just couldn't bear the thought of telling you and you feeling sorry for me. I know it's stupid…"
"No, I get it," Kid sighed. "but you could have told me about Medusa being your mother."
"Could I though?" Crona asked. "How would it look if one of the police department's DCIs was the son of a known criminal and never brought her in?"
"I suppose…" Kid mumbled.
"I didn't know how to deal with it and I knew when I joined up in Death City there was no way I could feel right about arresting her for petty crimes so I changed my name to 'Makenshi' and tried to avoid her as best I could." Crona explained ignoring him. "You probably think I'm a right coward now."
"Not at all." Kid replied softly. He looked down at his hands for a long time before sighing and pulling a small but thick folder from the inside of his jacket. He handed it to Crona.
"Something I haven't been completely honest about either." he replied. Crona opened the folder and looked at the small square photograph of a man with shoulder length black hair, three stripes of white encircling his head.
"Asura's file?" he asked, confused.
"Read the description." Kid told him. Crona's eyes flicked over the rest of the page till he came to the 'Personal Details' section. He let out a soft gasp of surprise.
"Asura Noah De'Ath?"
"Yep, the Keshin Killer is my older brother." Kid stated bitterly. "So I guess we've both been keeping secrets from each other."
"Why didn't you tell me?" Crona asked after a long pause.
"How would it look?" Kid countered.
"Touché." Crona smiled at him. Kid returned the smile, leaned forward and laced his fingers with Crona's. They stayed silent for a moment, both wondering if they should actually voice what they were thinking. Eventually Kid opened his mouth to speak but was cut off by the appearance of a young woman, who couldn't have been older than twenty-one, in a doctor's uniform entering.
"And tell Dr Nakatsukasa to get that bespectacled dissecting freak out of my ICU!" she shouted over her shoulder before closing the door and turning to Kid and Crona. She took a chart from the tray at the end of Crona's bed and flipped it open.
"Right Crona…is it Makenshi or Gorgon? I was told two different things." she said matter-of-factly.
"It's Gorgon." Crona replied, his cheeks turning pink.
"Fantastic." she replied taking a pen out of her pocket. She clicked it, crossed something out on the chart, scribbled something else, clicked it again and put it back in her pocket before looking up at him and smiling brightly. "I'm Angela, you doctor. You gave us all a nasty scare there but surgery went well and you should be back on your feet in no time. Just promise not to do it again, ok?"
"Don't worry, I won't." Crona laughed.
"Good." Angela smiled. "Now, as you're awake, I need to run a couple more tests just to check everything's still ok before I can discharge you but if they all go well you can be home by the end of the week. Do you have someone you can stay with? 'Cause you shouldn't be on your own until the wound has completely healed to be on the safe side."
"He can stay with me." Kid piped up.
"You a family member?" Angela asked sternly, surveying him.
"I'm his fiancé." Kid told her. Angela narrowed her eyes before taking her pen out and clicking it again.
"You know how to change a spinal dressing fiancé?" she asked writing something down on Crona's chart without looking at him.
"Yes." Kid replied.
"Ok," Angela looked up, clicking her pen before returning it to her pocket. "well I'll get your tests booked in and your discharge papers sorted then I'll have a chat with you about what he needs when you get home."
"Thank you Doctor." Crona smiled, happy that he wouldn't have to spend longer than necessary stuck in hospital.
"No problem." Angela smiled before opening the door. "I thought I told you to get him out of here! He want to butcher something send him to the morgue!" she shouted, closing the door behind her.
"Sounds like Stein's causing trouble again." Kid laughed. "I told Tsubaki it was a bad idea to let him loose around live patients. What?" he asked suddenly noticing the look Crona was giving him; raised eyebrows and the hint of a grin on his lips.
"Fiancé?" he asked. Kid flushed scarlet.
"Oh…," he began. "well…"
"Detective Inspector De'Ath are you asking me to marry you?" Crona asked trying to stop himself from smiling.
"Um…that is…only if you want to." Kid hedged, looking away as his blush spread.
"What makes you think I'm taking you back?" Crona teased. Kid looked up to see him smiling and he smiled back, relieved.
"Well you did just take a bullet for me." he replied.
"Yeah that was kind of a give-away." Crona grinned. "So what does this mean for us working together?" he added after a pause.
"I think we should give it another go." Kid shrugged. "I mean we make a really good team."
"Yeah but last time…"
"It won't be like last time." Kid cut him off. "I won't be like last time as long as you promise not to jump in front of anymore guns."
"I'll try." Crona replied theatrically placing a hand over the dressing on his chest.
"So what do you say?" Kid asked hopefully. "Will you give me another chance?" Crona studied him, taking his time to answer on purpose to make Kid sweat.
"Yeah alright." he grinned feigning flippancy. Kid sighed with relief and delight before leaning over and kissing his lips. Crona could feel every bit of love and devotion Kid had for him and kissed him back with equal affection.
"I love you Crona Makenshi." Kid breathed once they parted.
"Actually it's Gorgon." Crona corrected him jokingly.
"Compromise," Kid suggested. "how about De'Ath."
"Sounds good." Crona smiled. "Shina?"
"I love you too." Crona said before kissing him again and for the first time in three years he felt like he didn't have a care in the world. As long as he and Kid were together everything would be just fine.
There you go a lovely sugary happy ending, thank you guys so much for all your support, reviews and actually reading this as I didn't think it would be as popular as it has been. Love you all loads, until next time xx