The door into the emergency room opened, the nurse poking her head out. “We’re done with Madison, if you’d like to come back in, Juan Carlos.”
“Great, thanks,” he said. “What are you guys gonna do? You don’t have to hang out here. She’ll be okay.”
“We’ve got two days to kill,” Richardson said. “How long is Madison going to be here?”
“I don’t know,” Juan Carlos said.
“We aren’t sure about that yet,” the nurse said. “I’d guess she’ll be here overnight.”
“Okay,” Richardson said. “I’ll call the emergency room and let you know where we’re gonna settle.”
“Roger that,” Juan Carlos said. “I’m going in.” He followed the nurse inside.
“Your chair is still there,” the nurse said. “Let me know if you need anything.”
“Thanks,” Juan Carlos said. He parted the curtains and saw Madison’s smiling face.
“I’m a little loopy,” she said. “They’re using strong pain meds. They’re really hitting me now.”
“Enjoy it,” he said. “How are you doing?”
“I wish we could just curl up into a bed somewhere together and cuddle,” she said.
“You and me both.”
“Can I have a kiss?” she asked.
Juan Carlos got up and moved over her, kissing her tenderly. She pulled his head down and raised the passion.
“Wow,” he said.
“Did that bother you?” she asked, eyes dancing with the drugs and her happiness.
“Are you kidding?”
“Well, then kiss me again, silly,” she said. He kissed her again, more urgently than before.
“Ahem,” the nurse said as she walked in. “Better slow that down. She’s a little too open to suggestion right now.”
“I know,” Juan Carlos said. “I’m sitting back down.”
“Spoil sport,” Madison said, grinning ear to ear. “You’re trembling.”
“You have that effect on me.”
“Kids,” the nurse said, shaking her head. “The doctor says you can leave tonight at about six. Do you have a place to go?”
Madison laughed. “Yeah, we got a hole in the ground where the trailer used to be.”
“Don’t worry, Richardson and the others are finding a place for us to spend the next couple of days.”
“What happens after that?” Madison asked.
“We’re being moved to the Houston area,” Juan Carlos said.
“Oh,” Madison said. “That’s not bad. At least it’s a big city. We’ll be harder to blow up there.”
The nurse shot a glance at her. “Lunch is coming in about twenty minutes. Would you like a second lunch brought up, Juan Carlos?”
“Sure,” he said. “I can pay you for it.”
“Don’t worry about it,” she said. “You’re a service member. It’s the least we can do.”
“Thanks,” Juan Carlos said.
“Remember, no monkey business in here,” the nurse said as she left, pulling the curtain closed again.
“Monkey business?” Madison asked, eyes dancing. “Is that what it was?”
Juan Carlos chuckled. “So you’re okay with following me to Houston? With getting a place there?”
“What, you want me to shack up?” She giggled. “You probably want to knock me up too.”
“You’re a riot when you’ve got a buzz,” Juan Carlos said. “Maybe we should hold off on this conversation.”
Madison rolled her eyes. “I’m gonna follow you wherever you go, but you already knew that.”
Juan Carlos snickered. “Oh, really? Anything else you want to tell me?”
“A great many things,” She giggled. “This stuff is fun. It feels stronger.”
“Do you feel your cut anymore?”
“Just a dull throbbing,” she said, voice slurring. “Don’t change the subject.”
“Marriage,” she said.
“Marriage? When were we talking about that?”
She put her hand over her mouth. “Did I just say that out loud?”
Juan Carlos chuckled. “That stuff is hitting you harder.”
“You’re still trying to change the subject,” she said. “What about us?”
“You’re going to follow me wherever I go, remember? We’re going to find a place in Houston together.”
“Are Lita and Richardson going to get married before we leave?”
“I don’t know,” Juan Carlos said. “Maybe.”
“They’d better not go without us,” she said.
“I wouldn’t worry about it,” Juan Carlos said.
“But I want to be there,” she said. “You want me to be there too.”
“What are you talking about?” Juan Carlos asked.
“You’ll try to get me to marry you while we’re there.”
“You warned me not to do that,” Juan Carlos said.
She laughed. “That’s what I told you. You’d better do it anyway.”
The nurse poked her head inside the curtains. “You know it’s illegal for her to make contracts when she’s under this kind of sedation, right?”
“Well, she is my fiancé,” Juan Carlos said.
“You’ve been eavesdropping,” Madison slurred. “Naughty naughty.”
“Yeah, whatever,” the nurse said. “You’re right next to me. Curtains don’t kill the sound.”
Juan Carlos looked at her and winked. “It’s okay, we were having this conversation before. I’m just a little more anxious. She loves to tease me, and these meds ramp that up.”
“Understand,” the nurse said. She got up to his ear and whispered. “This woman is seriously in love with you. Don’t hurt her.”
“She’s my whole life,” he whispered back. “Don’t worry.”
“See that you do right by her,” the nurse said. “She’s a lovely girl.”
“You can count on that,” Juan Carlos whispered.
“Hey, no fair whispering,” Madison said. “What’d you say?”
“I told her you were pregnant with triplets,” Juan Carlos said.
The nurse rolled her eyes and left.
“You did not,” Madison said. “What did you say?”
“I told her you were my whole life,” Juan Carlos said.
“Oh. That’s nice. Is that really true?”
“You know it is, Madison.”
“I love it when you use my name,” she said. “My very own man using my name.”
Juan Carlos laughed.
“Don’t change the subject,” she said. “What about Lita’s wedding?”
“I don’t know about that yet,” Juan Carlos said. “Sure you want to talk about that now?”
“Why not?” she asked. “You were planning on marrying me there, weren’t you? I could tell.”
“The thought crossed my mind.”
“If you do, I’ll say yes, but don’t tell anybody,” she said softly.
“I already knew that,” Juan Carlos said, face serious.
“Get out,” she said. “Really? You want me that badly?”
“Madison,” Juan Carlos said, shaking his head.
“Yes, I do want you that badly, you troublemaker,” he said. “You won’t remember any of this later, I suspect. I’ll probably do it anyway, and you’ll get all flustered. Then you’ll still say yes.”
She giggled. “I’m getting sleepy again.”
“Good, sleep for a little while,” he said.
“But I want to be with you,” she said.
“I’m right here, honey,” he said, taking her hand. “Sleep. You’ll wake when the food gets here. I’m not going anywhere.”
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