"My Mom's gonna kill me," Sage was mumbling rubbing his face with one hand, and staring at the IV lodged in the other. Rowen, Kento, Cye, and Ryo sat around the small bed in the private hospital room.

"Yeah, probably so…but hey, she's gotta go through us first," Rowen patted his friend's back.

"Did you have to bring me to a hospital of all places…you knew they'd admit me."

"The only other place open to give you medical attention at the hour we brought you in at was your Mom's. You don't rather we have gone there do you?"

"No," Sage looked away hastily scratching at the hand sporting the IV. "Is this thing really necessary?"

"You're dehydrated."

Sage pouted, and lay back in bed with a deep sigh. He stared at the ceiling for a while before letting his eyes fall on his friends forms, "You guys are gonna stay here all day?"

"Until they release you," Ryo shrugged. "Mia is bringing us a change of clothes and stuff. The chairs in here are actually really comfy."

"You don't have to, you know? You can go home… I'll be fine, except when my Mom and Dad come in to yell at me."

"They can't be too hard on you, man. You're sick. Even Mama Fuan would wait until I got better before she beat me," Kento said, getting harsh looks from the others. He was not helping Sage's nerves.

"We want to stay here with you. We had a close call the other day, and we…well, wanna be sure you're all right. Is that ok? If you don't want us here…"

"Oh no, no, stay. I just didn't want you to be here if you thought you had to be," Sage began twisting his blanket in his hands, he looked down at his lap. "Look guys… you… you've been great friends. You put up with me for the whole Sylvia ordeal, you took care of me when I was sick, you're still taking care of me in fact, and you saved my life. What I mean to say is, thank you. I know it's not enough, but I'll do something in the near future to make it up to you."

"Sage you don't have to feel indebted to us…"

"Speak for yourself… now, when you say, make it up to us… On what terms do you mean to make it up us? Does it mean doing homework, maybe getting a few free rides to school?"



"Sage you don't have to make anything up to us. If the tables were turned, I'm sure you'd do the same things for each one of us," Cye said. "It's what friends do. Isn't that right Kento?"

"Yeah, yeah…" Kento grumbled looking rather sullen as he watched visions of himself zipping around in Sage's sports car driving away from him. Well, he'd almost been cool for a few seconds there.

Rowen rolled his eyes at Kento, "So, here's the million dollar question Sage: How are you feeling?"

Sage actually flashed a small grin, "A lot better, thanks. I only feel half dead now."

"Your temperature has gone down," Cye commented placing a hand on his forehead. "That IV is doing you a lot of good, stop fiddling with it."

"It itches, and I don't like it."

"You know, I'll be glad when that fever of yours gets knocked out. I will never get used to hearing you whine and complain," Ryo was shaking his head.

"Share a room with him," Rowen retorted, and ducked Sage's glare.

"What time did my parents say they were going to get here again?"

"At 9," Cye said, he glanced at the clock, "You've got another hour to worry."

Sage groaned, "They're going to kill me."

"We'll protect you."

"And who'll protect all of you?" Sage wanted to know. "Oh, we're all dead meat…"

"You're such an optimist."

"Runs in the family…"

"I'll never get used to him being sarcastic either," Ryo stated.

"Well you're going have to start getting used to a lot of new stuff about me Ryo," Sage said scratching at his IV again.

"True… do you feel any different, I mean… weird power wise?"

"You're so eloquently spoken, Ryo… and, not really. Not yet… I can feel the bind loosening, but the power level is nowhere near what I had earlier this week. I can't say I miss it though."

"Can't say we miss it either," Kento snorted. "Though, the floating furniture bit was kind of cool."

"You would say that."

"What do you think of the teacher you're supposed to be getting."

Sage shrugged, "I'll think he or she is a god, if they can teach me to contain this thing. I don't ever want to be that out of control again…" his hands shook a bit as he recalled the previous day's nightmarish events.

"And if there's anything we can do to help, don't be afraid to ask," Cye said gently. "I know you're not used to needing it, but oh well. As you said, there are a lot of things about you now that people are going to have to get used to, including yourself."

"I did say that, didn't?" Sage droned, looking absolutely miserable. He shot Cye a look under his lashes, "Well in that case… I'm hungry. Could one of you go and…" He was overwhelmed by the reaction he got. Every person in the room jumped to his feet ready to take his order.

He blinked, "You guys weren't kidding, were you?"

"You haven't eaten anything substantial in a week, Sage," Rowen informed him.


"What do you want Blondie, I'll go get it for you. I was looking to get a snack myself," Kento plopped down next to Sage, leaning his body forward so it was reclining parallel to Sage's upper torso and head.

"I don't know… surprise me? But nothing with meat, or greasy, or salty, or sweet, or…"

"Geez, should I be writing all this down?"

"I'll get it for you," Rowen volunteered himself.

"Shouldn't someone ask his doctor what's ok for him to eat?" Cye interrupted. "He might tell us he can't have anything while he's on the IV."

"But that's terrible!" Kento looked horrified. "The doctor can't tell you, you can't eat!"

"I most certainly will not," all heads looked to see the source of the new voice. A young doctor with jet-black hair, and slanted green eyes stepped into the room. He wore the typical white overcoat, and dress shirt, but had no tie. He also wore jeans, and tennis shoes.

Intern, Rowen dubbed him as, immediately.

"You can eat what you want, as long as it's not human… don't think Shivoni, or the Elders would approve of that much."

All eyes went wide, "You?"

"Me," the man grinned, he looked even younger when he smiled. "I'm Kelsin. Call me Kelly, and I'll kill you."

"You're going to be my teacher?"


"You're going to be my doctor too?"

"Oh…no… I um…borrowed the coat. I just thought I'd make a cool entrance you wouldn't be expect. The flashy silver lights and appearing out of thin air thing is way too overdone."

They all blinked at the young man before them, who in turn threw his head back and laughed, "Well I can tell I'm going to have some fun with you guys. So, I hear you guys have a big house. When can I move in? I want to get started right away!"


**Author's Note: Whoo hoo! Stick a fork in me I'm done! (Yeah, yeah, cheesy much?) Anyways, thank you to everyone who has ever reviewed this story, and encouraged me to continue. Special thanks to Split Persona, Bunches-o-Nuts, and Padawan Travina... they really know how to bug the hell out of people about things not being finished lol! I hope you all enjoyed this story, and I hope to hear what you thought about it in its entirety :). Take care, and I will be updating SOMETHING soon...I don't know what, because I'll tell you one thing, then update another, so we'll see lol.**