THE BABIES ARRIVED. That is all.The feeling of the hand clasping her own was warm, a guiding signal towards wakefulness, but it wasn't that which first woke her up. Nor was it the annoying beeping of the heart monitor, though it made a valiant effort. No, it was the tube shoved down her throat, making it impossible for her to breathe that woke her up.
Remy's eyes flew open as she started choking, her hands trying to move to pull the tube out. Impossible, it turned out as her hands were cuffed to the bed, too hard for her to break. Her hand squeezed the one that was holding her own, as the brunette tried not to panic.
Allison woke up, feeling movement in her hand and she was grateful that Remy had woken up. Then she saw Remy struggling to do something, which made her slightly confused. It took her a few seconds to realise what was wrong, but after that she reacted with honed medical instinct and carefully extricated the tubing. The blonde uncuffed the girl, and the freed hands shot up to her throat, carefully massaging it as she struggled to get her breath back.
"Welcome back." Allison held up a glass of water for her, watching as the brunette eagerly chugged it down, sighing at the soothing sensation it brought to her aggravated throat. "I was worried you wouldn't wake up this time."
"What…" the voice was croaky. Remy took more water and swirled it around her throat, wetting it and swallowed before trying again. "What happened? Why was I cuffed? How long have I been out?" she would have kept going with the questions but Allison held a hand to her lips, shutting the taller woman up.
"You stopped breathing when the door impacted your ribs. It broke the already damaged bones and forced them into your lungs. You've been out for a week and you were cuffed to stop you moving in your sleep. They discovered you one night almost choking yourself with your endotracheal tubing and putting more pressure on your damaged ribs. They tied you down so you didn't kill yourself."
The blonde looked hesitant and Remy picked up on it. "Something's bothering you, Allie. Just spill it."
Allison pulled out a piece of paper and stared at it for a minute, a tear leaking down her face. She took a deep breath and handed it over to Remy. "I'm sorry, but I had to know." She expected Remy to explode and yell at her for doing it, to start crying, to do anything except sit there and make no sound.
The red positive next to the Huntington's disappeared as the brunette slowly screwed up the paper and dropped it into the waste basket next to the bed. "Remy, please, say something. Anything," Allison urged the other girl.
Remy let go of the blonde's hand, and looked away, "I guess you're going to leave again." She sighed. "I wont make you wait any longer."
"I'm not going anywhere, Rem." Allison placed her hand back into the brunette's and squeezed gently. "I made that mistake once, and I promise you that I won't make it again." The brunette turned to meet the blonde's eyes and let out a shy smile.
Allison took her opportunity and leaned in for a kiss. The moment was broken by a crashing sound as the door was knocked open. The blonde flinched back, turning to stare at the interruption. A grinning man with a cane in his hand stood there.
The look on Allison's face turned from shock to anger. "House, what the hell do you think you're doing?"
"I needed to find out where my duckling was going, ducking out and disappearing on me all the time." He explained as his face looked like he'd just won the jackpot. "Pun intended." He added. "I never knew you batted for the other team. Does the kangaroo know? Ooh, is she why you dumped the wombat?"
"First, House, my love life is none of your business. Two, you just swapped nicknames for Chase within ten seconds." Remy had a smile on her face as she heard the banter between the two doctors.
"Actually, Cameron," he drew the end of the name out, "It's been distracting you and making you dangerous, so it is my business." House shrugged, "Besides, Cuddy told me not to, so I really had to. And to your second point, both of them are marsupials, so its fine."
The blonde, her mouth in a tight line, got up and shut the door in the crippled doctor's face. She turned back to sit down again, when the sound of House banging his cane on the door started. Allison looked ready to burst with anger, but it faded away with the sound of a hoarse laugh coming from the hospital bed. "Just let him in, Al. He wont go away until he's gotten to the end of this mystery." The brunette got a curious look, as she'd placed House's intentions almost immediately.
"Thank you, Blondie." House barged his way in and looked down at the brunette lying carefully in bed. "So are you going to introduce me? Or am I going to have to use Lucas?"
Allison glared at him and didn't seem inclined to answer, so Remy decided to. "I'm Thirteen. Allison is my friend."
"I'd wager more than just friends." He smirked, "The way you were about to lock lips would suggest that." He turned to face the still fuming Allison, "What happened to you? I didn't think you were a lesbian. After all, you were dating the koala. Then again, I guess he's pretty feminine, so it would be like dating a woman, just with different parts."
House's phone went off, to which he threw a glance and grimaced. "It seems my illustrious partner and dean of this hospital has thrown herself at me again." Remy giggled at the English accent he put on. There must be morphine in her IV, Allison decided.
"I'm sorry about that, Rem. He's my former boss. A genius, but a giant dick." The blonde had her head buried in her hands as she spoke. "He has this way of getting on your nerves and doing things just to piss people off." Remy reached for her hand again, pulling up short when it started paining her to stretch her chest. The hiss released by it prompted Allison to look up and see the reaching hand and look of pain. She reached out and completed the move, squeezing the hand gently, receiving a shy smile from the bedridden girl.
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The sounds of the cafeteria seemed louder now that Allison wasn't preoccupied with worrying about Remy. The food tasted like food and not cardboard, the smells, well, those were still the same stale sweat. Her face was adorned by a smile that had not been seen since before Remy was in hospital.
Allison's face tightened and her hands curled into fists when Chase sat down opposite her. "Get the hell out of here, Chase." The snarl surprised even her with how vicious it was. "If you want to talk to me, give it a year or 20 and leave me the fuck alone."
"Allison, I just want a chance to explain." His voice sounded plaintive and pathetic making Allison want to laugh.
"You broke the ribs of my girlfriend, almost causing her to die from asphyxiation, all because you were drunk and too much of an idiot to release why we broke up. I love Remy, you idiot."
"But, Allison, what about me?" She had to hand it to him, he certainly was persistent and it was pissing her off.
"You were a temporary distraction, Robert. I got scared and ran from her, the one person I ever really gave my heart to." Allison was both angry and sad. "I apologise for leading you on." That part she felt like she needed to get out. "It wasn't fair to you and I'm sorry. But you need to move on, I'm not the one for you and I never was. I never gave you everything of myself and I couldn't. Move on! Maybe date that nice nurse in the OR who keeps staring at you." The blonde left the food and left the cafeteria.
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A couple of days had passed, all of which Remy had been struggling to move more than a few inches up and down the bed. Her ribs were slowly healing. The doctor promised that she'd be allowed up in a week, but time was taking too long and the brunette was extremely bored.
Allison kept dropping in and out on her, whenever she could find time between her shifts in the ER. The brunette looked forward to every visit and it was probably the only thing keeping her sane.
Remy looked up as the door opened, hopeful that her day was about to be brightened with another visit from her blonde bombshell, only to be slightly disappointed when a blue military uniform was exposed. She sighed, before she focused on the face and almost squealed in delight. "Commander Mitchell, what are you doing here?"
The man who filled out the uniform smiled. "It's be awhile cadet, or should I say Lieutenant." Commander Mitchell had been the commanding officer of carrier landings in basic training and had taken a younger Remy under his wing. The brunette girl lying in the bed tried to sit up straight and salute, but the commander waved her back down and took off his cap.
"How have you been, Remy? You know, aside from … this." He made a gesture to her body, bandages peaking out of her hospital gown.
The brunette shrugged then winced, "I've been ok."
The two started catching up. Remy learnt about Mitchell's eldest son, who was 8 when Remy first met him, was looking for at following in his footsteps. The blonde captain learnt that the brunettes brother had killed himself with the symptoms of Huntington's had started taking effects. Neither of them strayed towards the territory of her own diagnosis, until an outside influence effected them.
Allison opened the door and looked inside, seeing a naval uniform sitting in a chair next to the hospital bed. She hesitated slightly at that, not wanting to inadvertently out Remy's sexuality, but it was too late to back out as both the brunette and the blonde man had seen her. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt anything."
"Nonsense", the blonde man had a pleasant contralto sounding voice, "Come on in, we were just reminiscing." Allison cautiously moved into the room, closing the door behind her. "The name's Trenton Mitchell. I helped Remy back in basic training." He held out his hand. It was callused, his grip strong from years of flying.
"Allison Cameron." The man reminded the blonde of her own father. "Remy and I went to school together."
"Now that something has brought us back to the present, I am afraid I'm not here purely for a social visit, Lt. Hadley." He had gone back into his military persona. "The navy has become aware of your medical condition, the fact that you have Huntington's Chorea and what the implications of this disease are. I'm sorry, but we cant have you flying." Remy's heart broke upon hearing those words, even though in her head she knew it had only been a matter of time until this had happened. "The Navy has rescinded your flying qualifications. So, I was sent here to offer you two choices. First off, an honourable discharge, with full benefits, effective the moment you sign the release. The second option, is being transferred to ground operations. You would get a promotion, to Captain, and would become an operations manager. But there is a drawback to it. You would be transferred to Edwards."
A small intake of breath could be heard coming from Allison and Trenton sighed, "Remy, can we stop pretending that Allison is only your friend?" Both women stared at him, Allison with surprise, Remy with a slightly apprehensive look on her face. "I'm not an idiot. I remember you telling me about the ending of a relationship being your drive to join. I also knew about your relationship with Lucky." He looked from the brunette to the blonde and back. "I know Edwards is on the otherside of the country and I wont think any less of you if you take the discharge, but if you stay with the Navy you will have a guaranteed job. I can even promise that you wont have to hide who you are. Mainly because I've been promoted and am taking overall command of Edwards. I want you with me, Lieutenant. You are one of the best students I ever had."
A barely heard "I need to think it over" was issued from the girl on the bed and Commander Mitchell stood up, pulling his hat on. "I'll be in next week for your answer, Lieutenant Hadley."
The door had barely closed before Allison placed a quick kiss on Remy's forehead. "You should do whatever you think is better for you, Rem." Allison answered the brunette's unasked question, before she too left, leaving the injured girl alone with her thoughts."
Remy stood on the concourse, seemingly staring up at the depatures board, but not really viewing anything. Her mind was stuck on Allison and how she hadn't turned up to join her. Everything had been going fine. She'd gotten her medical discharge from the navy, found a short term flat to live in while she was healing and had been spending as much time as possible with her blonde girlfriend.
At least until Friday, last week. The two had been having dinner together when Remy mentioned that she was going travelling while she had control over her body. After the announcement, Allison had stayed quiet and abruptly left not long after they had finished.
She hadn't heard anything from her since, not even a message about the airline ticket that the brunette had left in her mailbox. No answer to the desperate phone call that Remy had placed after she'd had her first spasm.
The final boarding call came over the intercom and it shook Remy out of her stupor. She grabbed her carry on and was about to start moving when she felt her hand shaking. She thought it was another spasm, atleast until a warm feeling eminated from it. She looked down at it and was surprised to see another hand occupying it.
"So, we going or what?"
First of all, I want to apologise to everyone who have been diligently waiting for this chapter to arrive. It was not my intentional to make it take so long, but it did. Second of all, the babies arrived a month early. They had to spend a day in an incubator just to be safe, but they are home now and they are fine. I don't know when I will next post, but I am still writing. I have promised you the OC/House crossover sequel to Amnesiac angel and I will get around to it. I also have a couple of Red Swan fics in the pipeline but this is all in the future. oh and the babies are Leon, Remy and Summer, you can check out the photo on my tumblr.
Yes this is the end of this series, and I want to thank all of my beta readers, all five or six of them that I have used over this fic. Fucking-Bambi, CadleyxCamteen, Myshipsank, JMoLover13, Monica Skye.
oh and the babies are Leon, Remy and Summer, you can check out the photo on my tumblr.