Running Away

Chapter 1

Beep.........beep.........beep.........

What is that?

Beep.......beep.......beep........

Can you make it stop? Please?

Beep.......beep.......beep.....

Shut up! ..............Wait a second, where am I? And why can't I see anything? And......who........who's holding my hand?

"Gil......."

What was that? Who are you? How do you know my name?

"Gil.......It's Catherine, and you need to open your eyes."

I open my eyes. Why is it so bright in here? Geez...... I blink a few times to let my eyes adjust to the brightness. I look over and see Catherine, sitting by my bedside, holding my hand. Not that her presence isn't welcome, but what is she doing here? I haven't seen her in over 3 years........Infact, the last time I saw Catherine Willows, I was walking out of the lab doors. Wow.

Despite the confusion I know is written all over my face, a smile still lights up hers when she looks at me and says, " Hi. "

"Catherine?" And it is then when I realize how horrible my voice sounds and how dry my throat is.

"Shhhhhh....... Don't talk, Gil. It's a long story, but you're in the hospital. I have to get the doctor, and let him know you're awake. You gave me quite a scare there, Bugman." She smiles as she gets up to leave the room, but I notice something, and grab her wrist before she can leave.
She stops and turns around.

"Catherine......" I curse my voice for sounding the way it does, but I continue anyway. "Have you been crying?"

She smiles a sad smile, and then nods. "I told you, you gave me quite a scare........I'll be right back, don't do anything crazy while I'm gone." Then she pats my arm, and walks out of my room.