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    i didn't mean it :: haddles

    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:59 am

    It was the middle of the night and Remy was awake. Remy wasn't often awake in the middle of the night--she preferred working during the day, and her job required her to wake up early. Tonight was different.

    "You're sure this isn't a joke?" Remy asked Eveline briskly. Eveline was a security officer that patrolled around the Earalas estate. She'd been the one who had woken Remy from her sleep, her voice sounding urgent.

    "As far as I know, the man sent from the doctor was being truthful."

    Eveline had been on the receiving end of one or two of Hadley's games in her time working for him, so she knew Remy's wariness was warranted.

    Remy nodded and pulled on a coat before letting herself and Eveline out. The stars were twinkling bright in the sky, darkness enveloping them. Her heart was pounding but Remy still only half believed that something bad had happened to Hadley. He was usually so careful about himself. He'd never put himself in danger--that spot was reserved for anyone else that he could pay to take his place. And it wouldn't be unlike him to pull something to get Remy out of bed and riled up if there was some sort of entertainment to be gained from it.

    Eveline walked Remy to the hospital, which was thankfully not that far from the estate. It was raining. It made Remy all the more sure Hadley was playing some sort of game. Oh, get Remy out of bed. Don't give her time to do her hair (he KNEW how much she loved her hair). Make her walk a mile in the rain. Scare the wits out of her for fright something had happened to her only friend in the world. The whole situation had Hadley's name written all over it.

    She hated him. She'd make sure he knew it. Her pants were soaked, her shoes caked in mud. Why was he so damn annoying? If she had any brains, she'd turn around right now. Crawl out of her clothes and back into her nice, warm bed.

    If she wasn't already almost there, she'd probably have done exactly that. But Eveline was with her, and it wouldn't be good of her to let the woman know how little Remy thought of their boss right now.

    When she got to the hospital, everything changed.

    "Miss Monroe?" a nurse asked, as soon as the pair walked in. Remy looked at her, her heart suddenly dropping.

    "You were listed on Overloridian Sterling's emergency contact list," she said. And then nothing else mattered.

    "Where is he?" she asked, her limbs feeling suddenly numb. "What happened--where is he?"

    The nurse explained whatever they knew about Hadley's condition, but Remy was barely listening. All she heard was blind, and that he was in a coma. He was stable.

    Hadley was stable but he was in a coma. And blind.

    Those three things together just made no sense. Stable and blind. Stable and coma. He was stable.

    Remy finally reached the room Hadley was in; his body was hooked up to wires and IVs, and he certainly didn't look stable.

    The nurse must have finished explaining the situation to Remy, or else she had acknowledged the fact that Remy wasn't listening, because she left as soon as Remy crossed the room.

    "Hadley," she said in a broken voice. He didn't look like Hadley, lying here attached to all these things that were helping keep him alive.

    It was a strange thing, seeing someone who was always on top of his game looking so broken. It made Remy feel broken too.

    "What the hell happened, Hadley?" she asked him quietly, knowing he couldn't answer.

    A million thoughts ran through her head, none of them good. Something had finally caught up to Hadley, that much was apparent. The bruises that covered his skin told her that much, at least.

    Remy stayed there, sitting in a chair, for the rest of the night. Making him deals she hoped she would have the chance to keep. "I'll never call you stupid again (she cried, knowing that he was stupid)." "I'll never tell you to do it yourself ever again (she whispered, knowing she definitely would)." "Just wake up and I promise you I will never tell you I hate you again (she bargained, knowing she had never hated him and that he already knew that)."

    She eventually fell asleep hunched over his coma-ridden body, but not until the sun was peeking through the windows and birds were chirping happily outside.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:17 am

    Hadley woke up having no idea where he was or how he got there. His last coherent memory was getting the everloving shit kicked out of him by a man and his two shadows, wondering if he was going to make it out alive. That last memory, combined with waking up to pitch blackness in an unfamiliar place, immediately set him into panic mode.

    He was also still incredibly out of it, which he would later find out was due to a combination of a severe concussion that had put him into a coma and a cocktail of pain meds. To his drug and pain addled mind, he needed to get away from wherever he was and to safety. He reached over and felt something in his arm, and moved to yank it out.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:30 am

    A quick jerking on the edge of the bed Remy had used as a pillow woke her. Her eyes flew open to find Hadley ripping at the IV in his arm.

    "Hadley, Hadley, stop!" she cried, reaching over and grabbing his hand. "It's me--it's Remy!" she added, knowing he would feel disoriented. She felt a little disoriented herself.

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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:41 am

    Before Hadley could start trying to fight off the person grabbing him, she spoke up and he managed to recognize Remy's voice through the haze of disorientation. He blinked in confusion, waiting for the room to come into focus, but it didn't. It was just so dark he couldn't even make out a silhouette. "Remy?" he repeated. Why was she here? Where even was 'here'? "Where are we?"
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:48 am

    When Hadley spoke, Remy choked back a sob. Oh Gods, he was okay.

    "We're in the hospital," she told him, wanting nothing more than to hug the asshole. "You were unconscious. You've been in a coma," she said, her voice broken. She took a deep breath, trying to calm herself. She was just so thankful he was awake and talking to her. It was overwhelming.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:55 am

    "A hospital?" Hadley repeated her again. He tried looking around. "Why is it so dark then?"

    If Hadley was in his right state of mind, he would have realized much sooner that even in a dark room he should still be able to make out shapes and silhouettes. Or maybe it was just good old fashioned denial keeping him from figuring out the truth. Either way, he wasn't going to even begin to fathom why he really couldn't see anything until someone came right out and told him.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:06 am

    He was blind.

    The nurse's words from the early morning rang in her ears. He was blind.

    "Hadley..." she said softly, gathering all the courage she could muster. How did you tell someone they were blind? How did you tell your best friend they would never see again?

    "You were hit in the head," she told him. Deciding it was best to explain what had happened before telling him the consequence. "The doctors aren't sure what happened--how you got hit." She wondered if Hadley knew. How much did he remember?

    Remy took a deep breath. "The nurse told me the blow you received had blinded you." Even though it had already happened, Remy felt like she were the one sentencing him to a life of darkness. Why did she have to be the one to tell him?
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:16 am

    Hadley didn't say anything or really react at all for several moments. He let Remy's words ring in his ears, played them over and over again in his head. He waited, waited for her to say something else, like "temporarily" or "for the next week." This didn't make any sense. He had been beaten bloody, yes, but nothing had happened to his eyes. The blow to his head...that was all it took to...to...

    Forever? He tried to look around the room again. It was useless. Nothing. This is how it's going to be for the rest of my life?

    "There's nothing," he said hollowly, "they can do...?"
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:24 am

    Fresh tears sprung to Remy's already watery eyes. "I'm sorry," she whispered to him. The nurse had said it would be permanent, that he would need therapy to learn how to live without his sight. Last night Remy hadn't been worried about that--she'd just needed him to wake up. But now it was really sinking in.

    Hadley was going to be blind forever.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:42 am

    "But," Hadley started, as if he could somehow negotiate his sight back, "but how am I supposed to--?"

    Read? Write? Travel by myself? Do fucking anything by myself? Hadley was growing more and more desperate as the list of things he wouldn't be able to do anymore grew in his head. How the hell was he supposed to keep running a fucking country in this state?
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:54 am

    "We'll figure it out," Remy reassured him, though she wasn't so confident, herself. She would, of course, try her best to help him. She'd do anything for Hadley, whether or not she had ever admitted it to herself before. Hadley was the closest thing she had to family--and Remy didn't take that lightly.

    Only after she spoke did Remy realize how patronizing that sounded. "We'll" when of course it would be Hadley who needed to relearn how to do everything. But Remy was determined, already, to be there every step of the way. "Things will get better. There's therapy. The nurse mentioned it to me..."

    Maybe she should go get the nurse. "Hadley, I think I need to go tell her that you're awake." Maybe she would be able to help Hadley through this better than she could. It was hard for her to see Hadley so defenseless and unsure of himself. This had never happened before.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:02 pm

    "Fine," Hadley said, because he couldn't think of anything else to say. He was just completely shell shocked, and Remy's assurances didn't comfort him at all. How could his whole life be changed like this in one night? Just a few days ago things had been normal. His last conversation with Remy had been him teasing her about her jealousy and enjoying the outraged look on her face. Now he'd never see her face, or anyone's, again.

    He heard several footsteps that told him that Remy had come back with at least one nurse. It turned out to be a nurse and a doctor, who asked him several questions like where did he live and what year was it. After that they explained his injuries, from the serious ones like a concussion and several cracked ribs to the more minor bruises and cuts. Apparently getting hit in the head hard enough could fuck with all sorts of things, including the senses. Following that they did a physical examination, which was incredibly uncomfortable when he couldn't see what they were going to do before they did it.

    Hadley had mentally checked out early on during this process, and thus was barely paying attention when the nurse finally started telling him about what his life was going to be like now. The jist of it was that he was going to need help functioning like a normal person until he could figure out "a system" that worked for him. He could hire a specialist and blah blah blah. The nurse apparently realized that he wasn't really listening, because she finally just said they could talk more later when he was feeling up to it and left with the doctor.

    The room was quiet. "Are you still there?" he asked, feeling ridiculous that he might be talking to an empty room. If Remy had stayed, she'd been silent throughout the entire process.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:05 pm

    "Of course," Remy said softly. She'd stayed quiet while the doctors talked to Hadley, letting everything they told him sink in. It was the first time she had heard a lot of it too.

    She wanted to say something to Hadley... something that would make things go back to normal. But she wasn't sure what she could say. Nothing seemed right. Even the few words she had spoken felt tinny on her tongue.

    Apologies would mean nothing. Nothing she said could give him his sight back.

    "I sent word to Solange," she told him. "I'm sure she'll be here soon." It wasn't a short trip from Dahlin to Earalas, so it would probably be a few hours still, even if Solange had left immediately from when she'd gotten the message late last night.

    Seeing Hearing Solange would probably be one of the best things for him. If that was all Remy could do for him, she was happy to do it.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:26 pm

    "Oh...okay," he said, feeling extremely exhausted, both physically and emotionally. Sol would be here soon, huh? This would be a somewhat familiar situation for her, only this time their roles were reversed. She'd be the one rushing here worriedly while he was the one crippled in a hospital bed. While he'd be glad to--to talk to her, he wasn't sure he wanted her to see him that way.

    "How bad do I look?" he asked Remy. He knew he was covered in bruises and bandages, but didn't know what the full extent of his injuries looked like. The doctor had described his injuries to him, but only in the most clinical sense possible.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:43 pm

    "Not... it's not good," Remy said, deciding to be truthful. She wasn't in a position to be lying right now. "But I'm pretty sure everything is going to heal," she told him. Everything except his sight, of course.

    "But you were never as pretty as me, anyway," she reminded him, trying to lighten the mood. She grinned at him before realizing he wouldn't be able to see it. The smile slipped off her face quickly.

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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:59 pm

    Hadley attempted a smile but didn't quite manage it. "Guess you can't keep trying to impress me with your looks anymore," he said to her. "Now all you have is your personality to try and seduce me with instead."

    He wondered if she would get mad, like she would if things were normal, or if her sympathy for him would keep her from getting angry right now. He just really wished he could see that adorably angry look on her face again. He could picture it so clearly in his head.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:10 pm

    Remy glared, instinctively. "You wish I was into you," she told him, her voice pointed. But she couldn't help smiling after. Joking was good. It made her feel more relaxed. The easy banter made her feel more comfortable, like things were normal again. She only wished he was smiling too. Really smiling.

    It'll come in time, Vex told her. And Remy was sure it would, but until then she would miss it.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:24 pm

    "It's okay Rem, you can admit it," Hadley replied, taking a small solace in the fact that he could hear the edge in her voice. He wasn't sure if she was lying to save face or just in denial, but he had known ever since the whole Arizona incident that Remy was attracted to him. And he never went long without reminding her.

    He was glad Remy wasn't going to be walking on eggshells around him, at least right now. Knowing that could let him pretend that things could still be at least a little bit normal. But would she still be so casual around him when he started needing help with, well, basically everything? Would she put up with his dependency?
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:11 pm

    "Oh, please," Remy said, narrowing her eyes at him. "You're literally the last person on my list."

    Vex lifted his non-existant quolly eyebrows.

    Shut up you, Remy warned.

    She'd convinced herself, after the Arizona incident, that her jealousy had stemmed from her thought that Hadley had found Arizona more attractive than her. Which so obviously wasn't the case, because come on. Vex still wasn't so sure, and Remy didn't want him being a jerk and saying something.

    Her daemon and Hadley were too much alike. Remy hated it.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:17 pm

    "Well yeah, since I'm the only person on that list," Hadley mumbled tiredly, his exhaustion really starting to catch up with him. He was trying to fight it, but he was starting to fall asleep in the middle of talking to Remy. He didn't even manage to stay awake for her next response before drifting off.
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    Post by Remy Monroe on Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:30 pm

    Remy opened her mouth to spit out some retort, but watched as Hadley's eyes fluttered shut. Her heart dropped for a moment before she remembered the doctor had said he might spontaneously fall asleep. Something to do with the concussion. As long as he was still breathing (which his rising and falling chest told her he was), he would be fine.

    Her mouth closed and she sighed. At least he was acting like his normal self.

    Remy didn't want to leave, but she knew Solange would be here at any time, so she decided it was time for her to go home. There would be things she would need to take care of in Hadley's place, anyway. She'd come back tonight, so Hadley wouldn't have to be alone too long.

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