It was in these brief moments that I felt the currents of my life flowing. Flowing and dancing across the river's bed. My eyes were closed to the world, but in new sight I saw the fondness of love. Light and darkness birthed one another and I was no longer alone. No longer alone for I knew when I opened my eyes she'd be there.
She had been holding my hand the whole time that I was stuck there lying in that bed. Crying while I laid there still. Reading me my favorite short stories even though she knew I wasn't there to listen. Talking to me about all we were going to do once we got out of here even though there was no guarantee that we would. She sat there loving me even when I wasn't there to love her back. And when my eyes finally opened there she was smiling. Smiling at me with so much joy.
"Hey there stranger." She said.
"Hey..." I said as I looked at her somewhat confused.
As much as I wanted to tell her I loved her, that it didn't matter why I was here, there was something else I had to do first.
As I scanned my gaze across the room somewhat frantically I finally returned my eyes to her.
"Hun," she said, "Hunny are you ok?"
It took everything in me to withhold my laughter, but I managed to cock my head slightly to the right and produce a hazed gloss over my eyes.
"Hunny, it's me Karen. Hun... you goddamn asshole!"
I guess I wasn't able to hold it in any longer. She saw me smirking or something and it must have given it all away.
"Hey there stranger." I said.
"No." She said. "I've been losing my mind the past week and when you finally wake up the first thought you have is to fuck with me. Why do I even... Why..."
"Babe you know you're gorgeous when you're flustered."
"Shut the fuck up. You know I look like a hot fucking mess right now."
"I don't know maybe it's whatever is in that IV, but you might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."
"Shut up... just shut up."
"Don't babe me. I thought I lost you and I thought..."
"But you didn't. You couldn't if you tried."
"Well maybe I'll try a little bit harder next time."
"Babe this wasn't your fault."
"No it wasn't. It was mine."
"Don't say that..."
"We can talk about this later babe. Just let me look at you for a while. Just let me look at you."