Camilla and Mia were asleep on each other in the corner. Alyssa was asleep on her bed; on her side facing me now. I remained vigilant. Her hand twitched in my own. Her violet eyes opened and found my own.
“Hey you” I said.
“Logan” she said, blinking the sleep from her eyes.
“How are you feeling?”
“Better… sore… wet”.
“Well you did stand in your shower for ten minutes” I said. She smiled. I brought her hand up to my lips and planted a kiss there.
“I’m sorry you had to see me like that Logan” she said, avoiding my gaze.
“You don’t have to be sorry for anything Alyssa. I like taking care of you”.
“I like that you care enough to take care of me” she said, meeting my eyes again.
“I don’t just care, I love you”.
“I love you too”. She brought her lips to mine and we locked together in an embrace. Time went still and the kiss seemed to last an eternity.
“Eeewwww. Get a room you two” came Mia’s voice from the corner. We broke the kiss and turned to look at her. She and Camilla were stretching and waking in the corner.
“This is my room” Alyssa joked.
“Oh yeah… well then… carry on”. We all laughed. I planted a last quick kiss on Alyssa’s lips and then helped her sit up. I sat on the edge of the bed next to her, wrapping my arm around her shoulders and she leaned into my body. Camilla and Mia sat on the end of the bed.
“How are you feeling Alyssa?” Camilla asked.
“I feel better now… thanks to Logan. And thanks to you guys for caring…”
“If Logan cares, I care” Mia said. “Is there anything we can get you?”
“A bandage for my wrist maybe”.
“Where can we get that?” Mia asked.
“I’ll show you” Camilla said. They both rose to their feet and left the room. I turned back to Alyssa.
“I’m sorry if I scared you Logan” Alyssa said.
“It’s okay Alyssa. Just please don’t scare me like that again”.
“I won’t. I promise”. She kissed me again and closed her eyes. Mia and Camilla returned a few minutes later. I took the bandage from them and gently wrapped it around Alyssa’s wrist, and then took her hand in mine again while she slept.
“I’m going to stay with her until she wakes up” I said.
“I have to go” Mia said, “The parents want me back home early tonight”.
“I’m sorry we didn’t get to catch up properly Mia”.
“Don’t worry about it big bro. You had to look after Alyssa. That was more important”.
“We’ll spend the day together next time I promise”.
“I’ll try and come back in the next few weeks” she said. I stood up and hugged her.
“I love you sis”.
“I love you too bro”. I sat back down and took Alyssa’s hand in my own again.
“I’ll walk you out Mia” Camilla said. “I’ll see you downstairs later Logan”.
“Yeah see you then. See you again soon sis”.
“See you big bro”. She waved at me as she left the room, and Camilla smiled back at me. Then they were gone. I turned my attention back to Alyssa and watched the rise and fall of her chest as she slept. She looked entirely at peace.
After a few minutes had passed, she opened her eyes.
“You’re still here?” she asked, a shy smile on her face.
“Of course” I said.
“You don’t have to stay”.
“Yes I do”. She leaned forward and cupped my face in her palm.
“Will you hold me Logan?” she asked.
“Of course I will” I said. She slid back the covers and moved so I could slide beneath them beside her. Alyssa pulled the covers back up over us and snuggled into my chest. I wrapped my arms around her and gently stroked her back. I rested my head gently against hers. Her right hand was on my chest, her left was beneath her head. In a matter of moments she was asleep in my arms; her breathing calm and peaceful. It was bliss.