Dante sat in the corner of the hospital room the sound of light beeping being heard in the room; followed by a loud gust of air from the respirator. How could he let this happen to her, it was his job to protect her and he failed? He was hunched over in the chair looking at the various tubes and cords that were hanging off of Renegades body.
“Dante?” He heard a familiar and smooth voice ask, he looked up from Renegades body to see the woman that he was so captivated by.
“Zira.” He simply stated, her name rolling off of his tongue holding a variety of emotions. She smiled at him softly and looked over at Renegade; she quietly walked over to her bedside and brushed a strand of her dark hair out of her face. She placed a doll next to her in the bed, its woven body resembling that of a voodoo doll. It wasn’t meant for evil doing it was more of a peace offering to let her know that the strength of her people would carry her through this. Zira quickly gathered her composure and looked at Dante walking toward him; his handsome face was wrinkled do to exhaustion and concern being painted on it. She took a deep breath, the sterile smell of antiseptic and other medical products filling her nose, her black heel boots echoed quietly in the room as she approached Dante. He remained seated and simply watched her, Zira took a seat on the window seat he was so precariously perched on, she said nothing, and she could say nothing. She simply pulled him into her and hugged him; it was like all barriers Dante held up to that point collapsed. He hugged Zira tightly as he could feel his own tears beginning to form.
“This is all my fault, I shouldn’t have snapped at her-“ He began rambling on closing his eyes, Zira held him tightly rubbing her hand up and down his back silencing him. She felt consumed by sadness; it was as if what he was feeling was taking over her. She kissed the top of his head gently as he took ragged deep breaths. She continued to hug him when she decided to speak.
“What happened?” She asked, he pulled away from her comforting embrace and turned his attention back to Renegade.
“I don’t know, I just remember snapping at her because I couldn’t find you, and she said some spell and I lost all consciousness just a sharp pain in my skull and then I woke up to Namine and seeing my brother and Renegade withering in pain. Zira, they said she is in a coma and may not come out of it. The last thing I said to her was I will kill you. My own fucking family Zira and that’s the last thing she will remember!”He shouted clenching his fist and punching the wall. A sickening crunch heard as his knuckles broke the drywall causing it to crumble. Zira stood up and touched his shoulder.
“Hey, calm down, we will find a way to help her. And you said you saw your brother?” She asked the confusion in her voice prominent.
“Yes, Leon was here, I thought he was long gone.” Zira’s skin ran cold; this extraordinary man was related to that. Her eyes widened at his name as she stepped back, her hand dropping to her side.
“Leon is your brother. Leon is my sister’s boyfriend-ex boyfriend.” She said covering her mouth as if she tried to keep the truth from escaping. Dante looked at her and smiled, he placed his hand on the back of her neck pulling her head closer to him, putting a gentle kiss on her head.
“I need you . . . do you think you can help?” He asked an evil glow shinning behind his eyes.
“Of course anything you need.” Zira said her heart skipping a beat when he said that he needed her.
“Good because I need to speak to my brother but he is going to refuse to speak to me.”
“That’s not a problem I have to speak to him as well, but not until tomorrow. Are you hungry?” Zira asked seeing him look up nodding slightly.
“I am a bit hungry but I can’t leave her.”
“Oh okay.” Zira said somewhat sadly as she picked up her phone and texted Namine that she was coming back to pick them to get dinner.
“I guess I will bring you something back then. arrivederci amore mio “ She said softly beginning to walk away, he sighed and grabbed her arm.
“Please don’t leave me.” He said, she smiled and cupped his cheek, watching him lightly place his hand over hers.
“I will never leave you, but right now we have to get food.” She said withdrawing her hand reluctantly; Dante looked at Renegade and walked over to her.
“I will be back.” He whispered kissing her cheek and walking back over to Zira. She gave him a gentle smile and began walking out leading him down to the car and to the restaurant that they agreed to meet at.