You know what’s fun? Sitting around in a hospital bed poking your bandages. That and trying to feel where the metal plates were. About three different doctors asked if I was in pain because I was messing around with my chest, and each one gave me an equally pissy response when I said I was poking it because I was bored. I was deeply focused on my ribs again when I think someone walked over to me. It was probably just another doctor so I kept poking.
“Cay?” a familiar English accent asked kind of quietly.
I looked up. “Maxxie…?”
He looked down at himself. "Looks like it. Mind if I...?" he asked, gesturing at the chair.
"Didn't expect to see you here" I said, not exactly giving him an answer.
"No, me either." He glanced at the flowers.
I sat in silence for a while. I might’ve said I’d be happy to see him but this was fucking awkward. It was for me anyway. “How's Hadley?"
"You mean apart from the fact that he’s never hungry and keeps getting dizzy? He's fine."
I frowned a little then said kind of bitterly "You haven't fucked him yet then"
He held his hands up defensively. "Look, I just came here to try and find out if there's anything i can do to help Hadley and apologise to you for what Alex did to you. I didn't come here to get yelled at."
I sighed. "Sorry"
"It's fine. You should get those flowers put in water... They weren't so cheap"
I arched an eyebrow at him.
"Why would you get me flowers?"
"Like I said I wanted to apologise but i chickened out and chose the most generic card they had going" he smiled weakly.
I didn’t say anything, resisting the urge to poke at my ribs again.
Maxxie bit his lip and looked around anxiously. "John's not around is he?"
"I haven't seen him in days"
"Oh..." he said and relaxed a tiny bit.
"We had a bit of a run in the other day" he shrugged, "doesn't matter"
The look on my face must’ve said it all. I wanted to know about this run in. Hey, it’d give me something to think about.
"It was nothing interesting. Sorry to disappoint" he smiled vaguely and I frowned a little but let it drop. "I... I should probably get going. Hadley's gonna think I've run off or something"
"Maxxie, I... Thanks for coming"
He smiled slightly. "It's okay. I probably should have come sooner but i was expecting more shouting than this. I can drop back round again sometime if you want"
"Don't worry about it, no one else seems to care"
"I'd bring Hadley with me but I think hospitals freak him out more than they do you"
"Kid doesn't like the smell. Well, that and being prodded by doctors" I laughed slightly.
"Yeah, I guessed as much from his flat out refusal to come here and get checked over"
"The only way you'll get him down here is if you carry him"
"I'll keep it in mind"
"He'll probably bite you, though..."
"I'll live. I just want him to stop being ill" he said with this adorable worried face. Is it bad that I still find him adorable?
"He'll be fine"
"Sure. Well anyways I'll come back some time tomorrow if you want"
I just shrugged and he sighed.
"See ya, Cay" he said and left.
I have to admit, I kinda missed having the guy around…