Beetee took in deep breaths. The room had an antiseptic smell. Is this a newly scrubbed jail cell? He wondered. He waited for several more minutes before slowly taking off the blindfold and muffs. Beetee gasped and looked around at the army of machines surrounding the bed before looking at the small figure who was nearly as pale as the sheets covering her.
"Wiress?" He whispered. Even though every inch of him was in severe pain, he forced himself to make his way over to the bed. She's alive. She's alive! He pulled himself up using the railing and held her hand. The scratches on her face were cleaned and a breathing tube was coming out of her mouth. Wires were coming out of a bandage over her heart and numerous other tubes and wires were connected to her. "I'm so glad you're alive, love." He brushed a lock of hair away from her face before kissing her forehead. He dragged his mat over near her bed. He held her hand and watched her sleep. "I won't leave you, honey." He whispered. "I'll be here when you wake up." It was only when he lay down on his mat that he allowed the tears to come.
Once Beetee was tended to and his wounds began to heal, he began assisting the medical aides with Wiress' personal care such as bathing her, re-positioning her in bed, and changing her hospital gown. Even though he was locked in her hospital room, caring for Wiress made the time go by quickly and made him feel less helpless. The aides would smile at him as he talked to her or hummed a song to her as he would hold her hand or comb her hair.
"Look at you, you're getting stronger." Beetee said after Wiress' breathing tube was removed. "You can breathe on your own and you have five less meds to take." He washed her face to get the residue from the tape off. To his surprise, her eyes fluttered open. "Wiress?" he asked. "It's me, Beetee." He took her hand in his. "Can you squeeze my hand, love?" He felt a small squeeze. "Good girl." he whispered. He kissed her on the forehead. Her eyes drooped closed again. "You sleep as long as you need to."
"Wow! First time she opened her eyes!" One of the aides said smiling. Beetee nodded and picked Wiress up so the aide could take the sheets off her bed. "We'll write that down and tell the doctor!" Beetee sat on the chair next to the bed and settled Wiress in his lap. He wrapped his arms around her and held her close whispering to her how much he loved her. Once her bed was made with fresh sheets, he lay her back down. As she was sleeping peacefully, he lay down on his mat for a brief nap.
"Good morning, Beetee." Dr. Aurelius, the neuropsychiatrist for the victors said two days later. He was allowed into the room by a peacekeeper. He smiled at Wiress who was propped up in bed having her hair braided after her sponge-bath.
"Maybe she'll open her eyes for you today." Beetee said as he finished braiding her freshly cleaned hair. Her eyes fluttered open as he kissed her cheek and ran his fingers down the side of her face. "Good morning, babe. I knew you'd want to show the doctor your beautiful eyes." He said smiling, relishing the few seconds he had with her awake.
"Hi, Wiress." Dr. Aurelius said smiling. He took out a penlight and looked into her eyes. "Good. You're tracking." He said watching her follow the light with her eyes. She blinked and stared at him with a blank expression on her face. "You're in the hospital dear." She closed her eyes. "I know, we'll let you go back to sleep."
"She's doing that more and more." Beetee said smiling. "She woke up twice during her bath."
"You're pretty devoted to her care, aren't you?" Dr. Aurelius asked sitting on the end of Wiress' bed looking at his friend. Beetee nodded. "I - ah - obviously you two were very close even before the Games started." Beetee nodded as he followed the doctor's gaze to his and Wiress' interlocked hands. "How do you see your relationship progressing once she returns to Three?"
"I - I'll take her home. Help her grandmother move in to our if she wants." Beetee said. "If Wiress needs an extra helper when we get back to Three, I'll hire one. I'm not leaving her, doctor."
"I know." Dr. Aurelius smiled. "We'll get a better sense of her neurological profile once she wakes up more. Um - You do understand that your relationship may not be as - intense as it was?"
"Yeah." Beetee said. "I know." He smiled. "I'm - I'm just glad she's alive. Even if I have to care for her like this for the rest of my life, I'll do it. I love her, doc."
"I know." Dr. Aurelius said smiling. "That's why I'm not too worried about her care when she goes home. The love of her life will be watching out for her."
A/N: aaaaaaaaaaaaaand... SAPPY ENDING! :)
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