Finally, I am back again! Took me long enough, but this story is finally finished! Enjoy the last chapter everyone!
At exactly 2 o'clock Logan and Carlos found themselves back at the hospital, ready to take Kendall and James home. It had been a long night, Carlos having woken up twice from nightmares, but the two managed to sleep in until 9 and then eat a light breakfast.
Before coming to get the two hospital bound boys, Logan and Carlos had cleaned up the house. Logan had straightened up the rooms to make them as comfy as possible and Carlos made the big orange couch look presentable for once.
Sitting in the waiting room, Carlos was bouncing up and down in his seat, having much more energy than he had the past week.
"When can we see them? Can't we just go? They can come home today, right Logan?" Carlos asked impatiently.
"Calm down, man! I just need to finish signing the discharge papers and then we can all go home," Logan promised as he glanced up from the paperwork.
"Logie, c'mon, hurry up!" Carlos continued to whine.
In a quick attempt to keep his sanity Logan suggested, "Why don't you go help them get ready to go? You know, help them with their sneakers, help them pack their things. I'll be in in just a second."
"Okay!" Carlos chirped as he slid off his seat and made his way toward his friends' room.
He walked on in, not bothering to knock, and was greeted by both boys sitting on their beds. They looked much better than they did yesterday. They were no longer attached to IVs and they weren't as pale as before.
James was sitting on the edge of his bed, decked out in a pair of gray sweatpants and a hoodie, looking sleepy. He was scooted back far enough on the bed so that his feet danged above the floor. His tan complexion was returning slowly but surely.
Kendall was sprawled out on his bed, looking to be lost in thought. He was wearing a red flannel shirt and a pair of black sweats, one sock on and one off. He was looking better, too.
"Hey guy?" Carlos broke the thick silence in the room, snapping the attention of the two, "Ready to get out of here?"
"Oh, yeah," Kendall replied, turning his head back to stare at the ceiling.
"Yes," was James only response as he stared at his feet.
"What's wrong?" Carlos asked. He quickly found himself worried. What if they still weren't feeling well?
"It's just…don't you think none of this would have happened if we listened to Logan in the first place?" James asked quietly.
Carlos stood frozen. He didn't know how to respond to that. Sure, if they never ate the food after Logan told them not to they wouldn't have gotten sick. But they did eat it. And they all paid the consequences. But that was all over, done and in the past. They shouldn't be worrying about what could have happened. The important thing was that they were better now and things could go back to normal…right?
"Uh," Carlos started.
"Come on, Carlos! Just admit it! If we hadn't been stupid we would have never gotten sick! We would have never driven Logan away or ended up in the hospital! It's no wonder Logan left us all alone! God, we're stupid," Kendall shouted, shaking his head when he finished his outburst.
"Oh, guys, c'mon. Sure, Logan was upset a little bit. But he's not mad at us now. He was really worried. It's not anyone's fault. Stuff happens sometimes," Carlos paused a moment before continuing, "Logan sent me in to help you guys get ready. He's filling out papers so you can come home."
Kendall sighed and nodded as James continued to sit in silence. Carlos bit his bottom lip and just got to work. He slipped Kendall's other sock on his foot and put both sneakers on for him, earning a small thank you from the older boy afterwards. After putting James shoes on his feet, he went into the small bathroom and grabbed the Cuda hairspray he found on the ledge on the sink, wondering where James got it from.
Just when he was sure they had everything that belonged to them Carlos heard a knock on their door, followed by Logan.
"How are you guys feeling? You look a lot better," Logan observed.
James and Kendall didn't answer, only looked at him with sad eyes.
Logan didn't quite catch on. His eyes widened and he became frantic, feeling the boys foreheads and checking their pulses.
"Uh oh, what's wrong? Are you guys not feeling better? C'mon, tell me what's wrong."
Kendall swatted Logan's hand away gently, "No, Logie, we're okay. Promise."
"Then what's wrong? You don't seem okay."
"We're sorry," James said, head still down, "we should have listened to you sooner. And Kendall should have called you sooner."
"Hey!" Kendall snapped, and then remembered that James was right, he should have called sooner. "No, he's right. We're really sorry things ended up like this."
"Guys, this isn't your fault. I'm the one who should be sorry. I should have never gotten angry with you guys for being sick. I never should have left you alone. If I hadn't been so stubborn you guys wouldn't have gotten this bad. I'm sorry."
Logan wrapped his arms around Kendall, enveloping him into a hug. James quickly joined in right beside Logan, embracing his two friends. Not wanting to be left out, Carlos wiggled his way into the hug also.
"Let's go home guys," Logan said. With that, the boys gathered their belongings and headed out to the car.
Logan was driving them all home to the Palm Woods. The car ride was mostly silent, with Carlos tapping his fingers on the dashboard. James' head bobbed as he fell in and out of sleep and Kendall kept his head against the window, resting his sleepy eyes.
"I'm getting kind of hungry," Carlos announced halfway into their journey, "Hey, you guys! The gas station is now serving burritos! Can we-"
"NO!" The three others shouted, making Carlos shrink back in his seat.
"Okay, okay. I guess I can wait until we get home!"
Okay, chicken shit ending. But whatever. At least it's finally complete! Did you guys like it? C'mon, I'm a big girl, I can take your brutal honesty. Anywho, check out some of my other stories! I'm hoping to update Under The Weather and through the smile sometime this week. I also have a few song fics in my head, so keep an eye out! Thanks to all of you guys who read this and thanks for the awesome reviews I've received along the way! Your patience has been much appreciated. Stay beautiful, ladies and gents