John was woken by Sheelagh, who had just arrived back at the hospital.
“How long have I been asleep?”
“4 hours. Why not go and stretch your legs for a little while, we’ll look after him”
“No I don’t want to leave him, I promised”
Stephen, Sarah, Gavin and Stuart all walked in “See darling everyone is here, we won’t leave him alone”
“Hmm maybe, what happened with the police?”
“They are going to make us look at mug shots when we are more with it”
“It’s all my fault. It would never have happened if I was here”
They were all about to say something when Stirling jumped in “John this is not your fault, it’s that man who put a knife in him NOT YOU”
John finally broke down in Stirlings arms.
“C’mon son, let’s go for a walk, and get something to eat”
Big John and Stirling took him out to get him some fresh air.
“I made a statement to the media Sheelagh, you shouldn’t have a problem with them”
“Gavin that’s great, thank you so much”
“Anything for this family you know that” He started to walk over to Scott “You listen to me Gill it’s time to wake up now, you’re scaring everyone”
The rest of the family sat around Scott’s bed talking to him about anything and everything, the doctor said it might help.
IN THE CANTEEN
Big John, Stirling and John were sitting at a table with a sandwich and a coffee, but John couldn’t eat a thing”
“John, son you need to eat”
“I can’t eat anything”
Stirling looked at it and said “I don’t blame you son, it looks dreadful doesn’t it”
John tried a smile “I should have been here, it was his birthday for heaven sake and I wasn’t here”
“John it wouldn’t have made a difference”
“It would, he would never have been out. We would have had a romantic meal, made love and held each other close as we slept”
“No offence but I don’t want to know about my son’s sex life
John did laugh a little then.
“Listen John it really is not your fault”
“Mmm” John could still not believe it though.
Big John started to laugh “I can see it now. Scott will wake up see everyone worrying, and be more upset about that than anything. Then he will get mad at you for blaming yourself”
“That’s true; Scott always tries to look after everyone else but himself”
“Well that’s my job. I should be doing it now”
John and his dad got up and walked back to Scott’s room.
When they arrived everyone was around Scott’s bed speaking to him. They all stopped when John came in “I spoke to him too, I think he can hear us”
“Course he can” Marion stood up and let John sit next to Scott”
A few hours later the doctor came in “I’m afraid you have to leave now”
“Can I please stay, I don’t want to leave him alone” John was started to get upset again.
“Alright, I will see if I can get you some blankets, but the rest of you have to leave, I’m sorry but you can come back in the morning”
The family all kissed John and Scott goodnight and left. The doctor came back with blankets for John.
“Alone at last hun. This really isn’t the romantic night I had in mind, but it will have to do until you are better, and we can do anything you want. Goodnight sweetheart I love you”
THE NEXT MORNING
It was a little fuzzy. The room he was in was all white, he had tubes all around him and he was in a great deal of pain, he started to try and move his arm, but he couldn’t, there was something there- he tried to see what it was, it started to became clear who it was. The man of his dreams; his husband!