Air rushed through my lungs and I opened my eyes. The light blinded me for a moment and I struggled to adjust. Then faces swam in to view.
"She's awake! Oh thank goodness she's awake!" A hand grasped mine and I felt another hand checking my pulse.
"I thought you were dead!"
"Don't ever scare us like that again."
"I'm so sorry for everything."
I struggled to wet my lips and speak. People made hushing sounds. When I finally spoke, my voice sounded croaky.
"I'm fine." I blinked several times and all the faces grew clearer. My best friend in the world leaned over me.
"Thank god you're ok. I don't know what... what I'd have done..."
"Nessie, I love you." I reached up, ignoring the ache in my shoulders and ribs so that I could throw my arms around her neck. She pulled me close.
"I love you too." She released me and I looked around. Logan was stood on the other side of the bed, his eyes red and tired. He looked like he hadn't slept much. Pippa and Eric were stood together, although Pippa looked a little worse for ware. Luke was stood behind Nessie, his hand on her shoulder.
"I love all of you. All of you." I said pointedly at Logan. I reached out and touched his face. Some day, he would become just like Aiden, I felt it inside.
"Alex, I'm so sorry." He looked so ashamed. "If there's anyway we could start again..."
"I'll think about it." I smiled and let my hand drop on to the bed. "I don't think I ever want to sleep again." I laughed. They all grinned. A doctor arrived and began shoving them all out so that he could check on me.
I leaned back on the pillow and let my eyes close. In my minds eye I saw Aiden sobbing next to my body. The woman had stabbed me, but had soon been stabbed by Aiden. My mind searched for a happy ending for him. I smiled as I watched him with a girl, riding across the grass of his kingdom. He was happy at least.
"Goodbye Aiden." I whispered, opening my eyes. The doctor stared at me.
"Nothing. I was just thinking. Dorothy got it right didn't she? In the Wizard of Oz. There really is no place like home."