Author's note: Part two, and final part.
Still no slash.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything.
Not So Fireproof Pt.2
Kendall frowned when an incessant beeping sound roused him from his sleep. Slowly his mind started to register everything and a dull pain throbbed through his heavy body. An involuntary groan left his lips.
Kendall finally opened his eyes at the soft and sweet voice and found the source sitting in a chair next to the bed. A small smile crossed his lips. "Hey mom." He croaked.
"Oh Kendall." Mrs. Knight breathed, then quickly, yet gently scooped him up in her arms. "I was so worried." Then she pulled away to look at him. "Don't you ever scare me like that again." She said firmly.
Kendall chuckled lightly. "Sorry mom." He said with a smile.
Mrs. Knight smiled then and touched his face lovingly. "I'm so glad you're okay."
"What about the guys?" Kendall asked. "Are they okay?"
Mrs. Knight nodded. "You got the worst of it; they needed to rush you and James into surgery when you got here. You needed a lot of stitches on your side, and you lost quite a bit of blood, but the doctors say you're going to be fine." She smiled.
"And the others?" Kendall asked.
"Carlos just had a mild concussion and some burns." Mrs. Knight explained. "He's doing well too. I've already checked him out of the hospital. He's with James right now."
"How is James?" Kendall asked worriedly.
"Well, his left leg is broken, and he had a pretty severe concussion." Mrs. Knight said. "But he's going to be fine. They're going to keep him and you overnight, just to be safe."
Kendall nodded. "And-"
"Logan is in the best shape out of all of you." Mrs. Knight said with a smile. "A few burns, plus he was exhausted, but he's just fine. Already checked out, just like Carlos. He's waiting outside with Katie right now. If you want-"
Kendall was already nodding. "Please let them in."
Mrs. Knight smiled, then got up and opened the door.
Katie was the first in, running to the bedside, before stopping to look at Kendall. "Hey big brother." She said quietly.
Kendall smiled. "Hey baby sis." He motioned her closer and she climbed into his arms, squeezing him gently.
"I was really scared about you." Katie whispered against Kendall's chest.
"Sorry sis." Kendall said softly. "I didn't mean to scare you."
"Just, don't do it again." Katie said firmly. Then she sat up to look at him. "And if you tell anyone, I'll pummel you." She joked.
Kendall ruffled her hair with a chuckle. "Your secret's safe with me. Wouldn't want anyone to know that you were human like the rest of us." He said mischievously.
The sound of the door closing lightly brought Kendall's attention back to the entrance, and he smiled. "Hey Logan."
Logan ventured forward awkwardly, stuffing his hands in his pockets. "Hey. How you feeling?" Then he sighed in self-annoyance. "I guess that's a stupid question isn't it? Sorry."
Mrs. Knight sat back in the chair by the bed and held Katie's hand, both snickering quietly.
Kendall chuckled. "Nah, you're good. And I'm feeling better, thanks."
Logan relaxed a bit as he approached, giving a small smile.
"What about you?" Kendall asked.
Logan shrugged. "I'm fine. Got off the best out of everyone. Just a few burns and I'm a little tired, but it's nothing to worry about." He said nonchalantly.
Kendall nodded. "So, everyone's okay then?" He asked.
Logan smiled with a nod. "Everyone's okay. Carlos is already back to his annoying self, bugging poor James to no end; and James is already trying to escape his hospital bed to get out of here."
Kendall chuckled. "Did anyone tell him he has to stay the night?"
Logan chuckled as well. "Why do you think he's so anxious to get out? He says he can't spend a whole night without his Cuda hair gel close to him or he'll die."
Kendall laughed. "Well, sounds like he's back to normal. Didn't take him long. Or Carlos for that matter."
"Well, you know them." Logan said. "They don't let anything bring them down for long."
"Oh, I know." Kendall chuckled, then laid against the pillow contently. "I'm glad."
Logan smiled lightly. "Yeah."
"I'm not kidding guys!" James cried desperately over his friends' laughter. "A whole night?"
"You'll just have to tough it out, James." Logan chuckled. "It's to make sure you're okay. You took a pretty big bump to the head, they just want to make sure everything's still working properly in that crazy brain of yours."
"Besides,". Carlos interjected. "Your leg's broken. You ain't goin' anywhere else anyways."
"Yeah James." Kendall said with a smirk from his bed. "Looks like you're stuck here with me for the night."
James sighed in defeat, crossing his arms with a pout. "They're just lucky they moved me in with you, Kendall; otherwise I would've never agreed to this." The others laughed.
Suddenly the door to Kendall's and now James' shared hospital room creaked open, and someone peeked their head in. "Mind if I come in?"
"Kelly!" Carlos exclaimed, quickly ushering her inside. "You came!"
"Of course!" Kelly said, giving Carlos a hug. "Are you boys alright? I was freaking out when we got the call about Rocque Records being on fire. You're not too hurt are you?"
"Nah." Kendall waved off. "James had a concussion and has a broken leg, Carlos had a little concussion too, but their both fine. Right?" He turned to the guys.
"Yep!" Carlos and James nodded. "Just fine."
"Apparently I got the worst of it with the little gash on my side, but we're all good." Kendall smiled.
"And Logan got the best out of everyone." Carlos stated happily. "Only a few burns. Lucky." He mumbled.
"Hey, what are you complaining about?" Logan asked. "You and I are both allowed to leave today."
"Oh yeah." Carlos said, eliciting chuckles from everyone.
Then another person quietly, and awkwardly entered the room, ceasing any previous conversation. "Hey." He waved awkwardly.
The boys shared confused glances, before turning back to stare at Gustavo awkwardly standing in their room.
"Hey Gustavo." Kendall said uncertainly. "What are you doing here?"
Gustavo shifted his weight from one foot to the other awkwardly. "I uh, came to tell you boys. . .Mr. X wanted to know if you were okay. He told me to tell you that he was worried and uh, that he wanted to see you, but had previous engagements to go to. Also,". He turned to James' bed. "He wanted to say, thanks, James; for saving his life."
James smiled lightly. "Tell him he's welcome." He said.
"Well, thanks for telling us Gustavo." Kendall said in conclusion, and the boys went back to their conversation.
Kelly rolled her eyes at Gustavo, lightly elbowing him in the side; urging him to continue.
Gustavo huffed and awkwardly cleared his throat, gaining the boys' attention again. "Listen, boys. I, uh. . .I know we've had our differences in the past. . ."
"Yeah, like, this morning." Carlos muttered next to Logan. The boys snickered quietly to themselves.
Kelly cleared her throat hard, shaking her head curtly in disapproval, then nodded back to Gustavo.
Gustavo sighed. "Yeah, about that. . .I know, that I was a little angry this morning, and I uh, kinda took it out on you guys. You didn't. . .Fully deserve it so, I'm sorry."
The boys stared at Gustavo dumbfounded and shocked.
"You're. . .What?" Kendall asked.
"Look, I know we don't all get along sometimes,". Gustavo began awkwardly. "But, you're the closest thing to family I've got. When I heard that the building was on fire. . .Well at first I was angry because I figured you guys did something stupid and set my studio on fire. But when we pulled up, and I saw how bad it was. . ." He shrugged. "I don't know, I got worried. I realized that this was a lot bigger than some stupid stunt gone wrong and. . .Well. . .I was. . .Scared."
"You were scared?" Carlos repeated in disbelief. "Scared of what?"
Gustavo sighed, running a hand over his face. "I was scared that. . .That something might've happened to you boys. That. . .You were hurt. I was worried about you." Upon seeing the confused expressions on everyone's faces, Gustavo sighed in aggrivation and threw his hands in the air. "Because I care, okay?" He admitted frustratedly. "I care what happens to you boys. I didn't want you to be hurt."
The boys shared confused, shocked and disbelieving glances.
"Wow." Kendall breathed.
"I know we've had our differences." Gustavo repeated. "But I just, wanted you boys to know that. . .That I don't. . .Hate you. I just do the things I do because. . .Well, because I'm not good with, nice, and, caring." He shrugged helplessly.
"That's just. . ." Logan started uncertainly. "Wow."
"I never thought. . ." Carlos began. "Wow."
James chuckled. "Color us speechless." He said dryly.
Kelly chuckled and even Gustavo had a small smirk on his face.
"Well boys,". Kelly began. "You are important to us. It's like Mrs. Knight always says; we're a family now. We care about each other."
Kendall absorbed everything for a bit in silence. He looked to Gustavo and studied him; Gustavo was standing awkwardly in the room, swaying slightly in nervousness. But his features were something Kendall had never seen in the man; worry, care, compassion, and sincerity. He really was telling the truth.
Gustavo caught Kendall's gaze and looked to him uncertainly, his nervousness doubling as Kendall stared at him.
Finally, Kendall offered a small smile. "Thanks, Gustavo."
Gustavo visibly relaxed, offering a small nod.
"All craziness aside,". Carlos suddenly began. "I'm hungry!"
Everyone chuckled as the tension of the room lessened with the light statement.
"Would you like me to get you boys anything?" Kelly asked.
"Food!" Carlos and James exclaimed.
"Corndogs and chicken nuggets!" Carlos clarified.
Kelly chuckled. "I'll see if the cafeteria has any." She said, then stood to exit.
"Hey Kelly?" Logan called to stop her. When she turned to face him, he continued. "Did the firefighters ever find out what caused the fire?"
"And the explosion?" Kendall added.
Kelly sent a sympathetic glance to Gustavo who ducked his head in shame. Kelly sighed. "They think it was the coffee maker overheating. It exploded everything in the kitchen, which in turn, exploded everything else."
The boys let out a collective "Oooooh."
"Man,". Carlos breathed. "Who knew coffee could be so dangerous?"
"Actually,". Logan said. "Studies show that coffee is really bad for-"
The boys groaned loudly as Logan went into a scientific explanation.
"Sorry I asked." Carlos muttered.
Kelly and Gustavo chuckled as they watched, shaking their heads fondly.
Carlos was trying to head-lock Logan and pull him close to Kendall and James, who had pillows ready to pummel him with; all the while Logan struggled to get out of Carlos' grip.
Kelly chuckled. "You're right; those dogs do get wild without someone yelling at them." She said fondly.
Gustavo chuckled as well. "Nah. They're just teenage boys." He said fondly.
Author's note: So that was probably the worst thing I've ever written. I'm so sorry BookWorkKendall! I tried my hardest, but my muse continued to elude me; forcing me to try to do this without it! I'm really sorry!
Normally I would say that Gustavo was out of character with that tender little moment. But not after 'Big Time Camping' and 'Big Time Rescue'! I loved his parts so much in BTC; he was all worried; it was adorable! And in the end of BTR (ha) he admitted that he loves them! ^^ So, this little Gustavo fluff is all justified, even if y'all don't like the soft side of him. :P