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Mina stood in the middle of her living room taking slow, deep controlled breaths. Inhaling, she raised her arms above her head, slowly lifting onto her toes to extend her spine. Feeling the stretch throughout her body, Mina let out a contented sigh, remaining in that position for several seconds before lowering herself slowly back onto her heels while exhaling. She repeated the Palm Tree pose several more times before starting to transition into another asana when her phone rang.
She sighed, momentarily contemplating ignoring the call in favour of peace and quiet and a relaxing yoga session. So she did. Mina's ringtone stopped and the trill that followed after a moment of silence told her that whomever had called, had left a message. Mina took a deep breath and rolled her neck from side to side, ready to start her session, when someone began pounding on her door, the same time that her phone rang once more.
"MINA! Mina – Mina – you've got to open the door! MINA!"
Mina nearly stumbled rushing to the door as she recognized Serena's voice. She unlocked the door and swung it open, eyes running over Serena to make sure everything was fine. Mina couldn't see anything but that didn't mean something wasn't wrong with Serena.
"Serena, hon, what's wrong?"
Serena said nothing and merely rushed past Mina to grab keys in the bowl she kept them in by the door. Then she opened the closet in the main hall and grabbed a light jacket. Serena turned and thrust them both at Mina, who took them without thinking. Her face must've shown her confusion because Serena relented and sighed, meeting her gaze.
"You need to come with me. Put on some shoes and let's go."
Mina wordlessly obeyed. It wasn't often that Serena took this tone with anyone but when she did, Mina paid attention. She followed Serena out her door, locked it and then followed Serena down to her car, which was parked in one of the visitor's stalls. They got in without a word and Mina let the uncomfortable silence settle for longer than she wanted to, hoping that Serena would fill her in on why she'd dragged her best friend from her home without explanation. She fidgeted with her hands for a bit before shifting so that she faced Serena.
"You really need to tell me what's wrong. You of all people should know what's happening in my head right now. Is it you? Darien? The girls?"
Mina began wringing her hands when Serena hesitated, her mouth opening and closing while she tried to find the words.
"It's Kai. He's in the hospital-"
She didn't hear much of anything else beyond the word 'hospital', a strange buzzing sound filled her ears and she could feel her heart beat double as she struggled to bring in a breath. Immediately, before she could stop it, her mind was wandering down the darker alleys of her imagination. Mina felt rather than saw Serena's hand grab her own, squeezing for a moment before Serena let go to keep both hands on the wheel.
"H-he's alive, right? He's alive?"
Serena nodded. "He is but it, well, it isn't looking good."
Mina gulped and nodded, taking several deep breaths to calm down. It wouldn't do to lose her head in the midst of all of this. She watched as Serena rubbed her arm and bit her lip. Previous experience told her that there was something else Serena was keeping from her.
"Out with it. I don't like to be kept in the dark like this and you know it."
Serena blew out a breath of resignation. "We have reason to believe that this incident may not have been an accident. We think Kai was targeted and believe me, Darien intends to get to the bottom of everything. I intend to get to the bottom of this." Her fingers tightened on the wheel, her knuckles going white from her grip. "You should also know, it may have been intended for Darien. They were together at the time and Kai -"
"Did what he will always do." Mina finished for her, knowing full well that Kai had chosen to protect Darien first. Serena seemed to sense the frustration in Mina's tones and focused her attention on driving. Mina, on the other hand, began to get angry.
This was exactly why they couldn't ever work things out...and never would. All he could see was his duty towards Darien. It was the result of some pact they'd made when they were young and Darien, a budding businessman had given Kai the second chance the world wasn't willing to give to a convicted felon.
Mina sighed and massaged her temples. It wasn't as if he was the only one with intentional blinders on. Mina, 'Actress/Model Extraordinaire' knew she was career-driven and an alpha female and everything men tended to move away from. She hadn't wanted anything to do with a criminal. With a foundation like that, there shouldn't have been anything to build a relationship on. Not when there were plenty of fish in the sea making six-figures (or more)...who weren't biting.
Yet, Kai had wanted her. He'd made sure he got her and he'd done it without using pages from his manual on hostile takeovers. Kai hadn't charmed her or swept her off her feet. Instead, he'd taken her to the nearest fast food restaurant in her neighbourhood and ordered her a burger, fries and a fruit smoothie. Mina covered her mouth with her hand, not wanting Serena to see the smile that always spread across her lips when she remembered their first date.
After she'd spluttered for a good ten minutes at his nerve and stomped her feet, demanding that he make use of his wealth and give her what she deserved, he'd calmly reached over, took one of her fries and popped it into his mouth, chewing slowly and deliberately. Taking his time, he'd swallowed and stared Mina down, before replying that he figured he was giving her what she deserved.
"After all, I need more time to get to know you and make sure you aren't just here for my money. Say three or four more dates," he'd drawled, amusement apparent in those grey eyes at her open-mouthed shock. Speechless, she'd plopped down in the booth across from him and after a moment she took a generous sip of her fruit smoothie. Despite herself, she'd been hooked that night. There'd been no going back.
Serena pulled into the hospital parking lot and told Mina where to go.
"I've got to pay for parking but I'll be up as soon as possible. He may still be in surgery, so we'll have to wait to see him," Serena warned.
Mina nodded, half listening, before rushing up to where Darien and the girls and Nate and Zach and Jay were waiting. She willingly let herself be pulled into Lita's embrace, accepted Rei's kiss on her forehead and Ami's hand taking hold of hers as she sat down in one of those uncomfortable hospital waiting room chairs.
Apparently, Darien and Kai had been assaulted during what seemed to be a random mugging done in broad daylight.. The men attacking them had been armed with baseball bats and a strange assortment of weapons. One had gotten lucky and managed to hit Darien over the head, knocking him unconscious almost immediately after their attack began. It had fallen to Kai to protect Darien, while trying to fend off the muggers, hence why he'd gotten off with worse injuries than Darien's concussion and several bruises. Mina pressed a light kiss to Darien's temple letting him know she didn't hold him responsible for Kai's current situation. The relief had been evident in Darien's sharp gaze, but the guilt in them hadn't completely receded.
The hours passed and everyone except Mina took turns leaving to grab the necessities as they waited on news of Kai's health. At some point, she woke to find that she'd dozed off on Zach's shoulder. The doctor who'd spoken to them earlier was heading their way. Mina searched his face looking for any news at all.
"Excuse me, I've been informed that you're Mr. Rasmussen's wife?"
Mina sat up and nodded, standing to address him fully. "What can you tell me? How is my husband?"
The doctor gave her a reassuring smile. "The worst is over and though recovery will take time, he is expected to make a full recovery."
The weight that had lain on Mina's chest since Serena's announcement lifted and she took several calming breaths as the doctor updated her on what had been done and what would need to be done. When he was finished she looked at him earnestly.
"May I see him? I'll be quiet, I know visiting hours are over but I just need to see him."
The doctor nodded. "You may have a few minutes."
Mina turned and nodded at her friends, all of whom were looking at her, their happiness apparent in their smiles and nods. She turned back towards the direction of Kai's room and made her way to his room.
The room was silent except for the periodic beeping of the hospital equipment. Mina put a hand to her lips as she took in the sight of her bruised and weakened husband laying so still, too still on the bed. She rushed forward and ran her fingers through his hair before gently touching every part of his body that she could see had no bruising. Mina kissed his forehead , his eyelids and the tip of his nose before gently brushing her lips against his own lips. Swallowing thickly, she ran her eyes over him over and over again just thankful to be facing a period of recovery rather than grieving. She leaned down near his ear and began whispering what she should've been telling him all along.
"You promised to love me until death do us part. Well, you didn't die and I'm still in love with you. I'm sorry I asked for a divorce. I'm so sorry. I'm sorry I blamed you when I was doing the pushing. You promised you'd never let me go, Kai! You'd better believe I'm holding you to it," her voice broke as the tears came thick and fast. "I love you. Move back in with me. It-it isn't the same without you, it will never be."
"Not...letting go. Never will. Loved you...before you...loved me."
Mina's head shot up and she stared at Kai's face. His eyes remained closed but his mouth was opening and closing as he slowly breathed in and out.
She bit her lip willing herself not to cry now. Mina could do that at home, as loudly and as long as she wanted to. Here, in this hospital room, she would be brave for Kai.
"I can't stay for long, darling, but I'll be back tomorrow. Rest up, you're going to need to be doing a lot of resting for the next while."
She cracked a smile at his joke and brushed her lips against his, smiling wider at his contented sigh. Mina settled in the chair beside the bed intent to watch him doze until she was asked to leave.
Mina wasn't going anywhere either.
AN: A bit of a romantic break for me, a bit of a romantic bonus for you? Consider this a thank you for sticking around :)
So, I intended to go sappy and happy like I did with Ami and Lita but these two just wouldn't be written that way. I'm fine with how it turned out though, because I feel like I've missed Kai/Mina times. Life got a bit busier than I thought it would be over the weekend.
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