Don't Get Involved.
She stopped mid-sentence; Had she really been about to say something so predictable? "- I know I've never told you this, but I love you?" They say people can hear within a coma. He'd have taken the mickey about that one once he woke up, she knew him that well. No, better to stay mute on the subject. Although The doctors also said that such jolts and revelations had caused people to surface before. She looked at his face, apparently peacefully asleep, actually in a pitched battle for survival, again according to the doctors. Her thoughts flitted in that direction. They could be making it all up for all she knew, the doctor's and Patrick, putting up a show to get her to say something stupid. She stopped that thought abruptly. What a stupid and horrifically selfish thing to think! Honestly, she'd promised herself she was going to stop this paranoid daydreaming years ago, before she believed herself and did something stupid. She never had done though.
"I'm sorry." She said out loud, knowing that he wouldn't have minded anyway. He was the one person she'd ever been able to share those thoughts with. He knew she never believed them, that she just reveled in the fantasy. "You can't help your fantasies," he'd once said. "They're built in."
"Are you thought-waffling again, Jo?" He mumbled. She looked
at him quickly, in time to see an eye open slightly.
"Are you ok?" She asked, oblivious to her own banality.
"Surely you can do better than that." He replied, starting to turn his head towards her. He stopped abruptly, a sharp intake of breath and creasing brow making intense pain evident.
"Wait," she said, "don't move. I'll get a doctor."
She rose quickly and half-ran to the door. In the corridor she stopped
"Mum, please " Said Patrick. Shiela looked at him.
"Patrick, my love, we've been so worried. -Are you ok?" Jo
thought she caught a hint of a smile on Patrick's lips and grinned to
The blast was heard 12 miles away, and of the estimated 247 people in the hospital only 28 emerged from the rubble. No one you know though.