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For the first few days, Caelan had seemed alright. He really had. But then he’d started moping around, spending a lot of time alone in his bedroom or the firing range.

It was just over a week since Zeke had walked away and Beth had managed to drag Caelan into the living room to watch some TV with her. He was sat beside her quietly.

“I can't stand this anymore,” Caelan said, standing up suddenly.

“Good,” was all Beth said in response.

“I'm going to go talk to him.”

“Go on then.”

But Caelan didn't move. “But what if he doesn't want to talk to me? What if he's found someone else?”

“In a week?” Beth laughed. “No, Cae, you'll be fine. Just go and talk to him. You both need to apologise to each other.”

“I know...” Caelan said, his shoulders slumping.

“No, don't look like that. Just go.”

“Will you come with me?” he asked quietly.

“What? Of course I will. Let’s go.”

Beth turned the TV off and stood, smiling reassuringly at him.

“Thank you,” he whispered.

She smiled and put her hand in his, squeezing gently. He took a deep breath and then they were standing in front of a massive building, no ‘building’ wasn't flamboyant enough; it looked like one of the stately homes that would have been passed down through generations before eventually becoming a site of historical importance.

“This is Zeke's home?” she asked.

“A quarter of it is. The rest is the hospital,” Caelan told her, sounding very distracted, reasonably so.

“That's still a lot,” she mumbled.

“It once took him two hours to find me in a game of hide and seek. It's why we stopped playing it fairly quickly.”

She nodded. She could imagine that it would eventually just get boring, having to either walk around so large a place or sit still hiding for hours on end.

“Come on then. Lead the way” she said to him.

He slowly began to walk up to the large double front doors, Beth followed. He pushed them open and walked through, holding the door for her. She thanked him quietly. Inside of the house, everything was very white, almost bare, nothing but essentials. Women in a white uniform hurried about, one occasionally stopping to greet Caelan.

“Ah, Caelan! It's been a while since we've seen you here,” grinned a women in a similar uniform, though hers was blue.

“Hey, Celine. Do you know where Doctor Wade is?”

“Which one?” she grinned.

“Jordan.”

“He's upstairs in the children's ward. Shall I message him?”

“No, that's okay. I'll just go up and find him. It's not that urgent.”

“Alright then. I'd best get on with my work. It was lovely to see you, as always, dear, no matter how brief.”

He kissed her cheek before leading Beth away. He led her over to a set of lifts, which surprised her. He laughed when he saw the expression on her face.

The End

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