I woke up when she took my hand in hers. I knew it was Dani, she was the only one that ever did it. I just didn't feel like opening my eyes just then, I was enjoying the comfort it gave me to feel her holding my hand and I knew that she'd instantly let go if she knew I was awake. I didn't really register most of what she said, letting her words wash over me as I listened to the sound of her voice. It was soothing for me.
The ghosts were gone now, everything was gone. I just felt tired and a lot of the time I felt lonely in that room on my own.
'Steve, don't make me admit it. Don't make me admit that I need you more than anyone else. Because you know that I...'
I couldn't help it, I opened my eyes and looked at her. She stared at me for a moment and a soft blush crept across her cheeks.
"Hey Steve." She smiled at me and I tried to smile back but I didn't quite manage to get my mouth to turn up at the corners.
"We're all going to get the President and his daughter back at 3am. It's eleven ten now: what do you say?"
"I say lets do it!" my voice was quiet but firm and she looked puzzled. "But what about your nightmares, your...ghosts?" she said a little fearfully.
"They're gone." I really did smile then as I tried to sit up and suddenly she threw her arms around me and sobbed into my chest. "You're ok, you're actually ok... I knew you'd get better. I knew you would. You scared me so bad Steve you really did!"
I hugged her back awkwardly because of the tubing attached to my arms. "Your hair smells nice...." I murmured. Just then a loud cough from the doorway made the two of us look up and Dani jumped back from me, blushing.
Foster stood in the doorway. "We found Beth. The guy that Jagan caught knocked her out and put her in his van. Thank god we got him before he could take her away."
I ripped the tubing out of my arm and Dani winced. "Where is he?" I growled as I swung my legs over the edge of the bed. Dani gasped and looked away and I frowned. "What?....oh.." I was wearing nothing but my boxers. "Haha ermm....sh*t!" I grabbed a clean pair of combats from beside the bed and pulled them on. My muscles on my back rippled and I caught sight of my scar in the mirror. "Maybe I'll get a tattoo over it..." I commented thoughtfully as I went hunting for a tshirt. I couldn't find one so I just sat down on the bed as I pulled on my boots (someone had thoughtfully left them beside the bed for me) and then stood up.
I felt better then I had in years. The weight was gone.
"First, before I do anything, I want to see Jagan." I looked at them both. "I have something to say to him."
Foster nodded. "Ok let's go then." he turned away but I called him again.
"Can you give me a minute? Something I just want to eh... talk to Dani about." I scratched the back of my head sheepishly and Foster raised an eyebrow.
"You have three minutes." he said tapping his watch. "Two minutes fifty nine, eight..." he walked off down the hall laughing to himself.
I turned around to Dani and found her standing up slowly. "Look, I eh..." I put my hands on her shoulders and looked down at her. "I just want to say thank you...for believing in me, for visiting me all those times that you think I don't remember, and just for leading me out of it."
She blushed and looked down at the ground. "I was..." she cleared her throat. "...I just wanted you back to your old self again..."
I smiled and leaned forward and kissed her on the forehead. "Thank you."
Turning around I walked out after Foster, leaving her standing for a moment with a strange look on her face before she followed me.