The shivering increased as she moved into a small alcove outside a townhouse. It was almost a half hour later when someone opened the door. “Lotus-san?” a voice sounded from the door. Jumping, Kaoruko turned to face the green-haired boy. This wasn’t expected.
“Oh, Fujisaki-san!” she said, a chatter interrupting her greeting.
“You’re shivering. Come inside,” Suguru offered, opening the door wider. Since that was who she was looking for, she took the offer to get warm and entered the small town home. “I’ll dry your clothes,” Suguru said after he shut the door. Nodding slowly, Kaoruko entered the bathroom, changing out of the wet outfit she was in, and into a pair of Suguru’s mother’s sweatpants and shirt.
Kaoruko was warmer as she came out of the bathroom, but she still wasn’t feeling better. Kaoruko sneezed. “Bless you,” Suguru said as he came back into the room with two cups in hand. “Tea?”
Looking at him, Kaoruko nodded and took the cup. “If I ever find the jerk who stole my umbrella, I’ll kill him,” she snapped into the cup as she sipped at it. She lifted her face to Suguru’s, she saw that he was staring at her. Nice job, you idiot, she thought fiercely. Covering it up, she giggled stupidly. “I’ve never caught a cold so fast before,” she said, but the end of her sentence was cut off by an onslaught of coughs.
“That cough sounds really bad,” Suguru noted. “Maybe I should take you to the doctor.”
I can’t get sick, not now. “I’ll be okay, thank you Fuji—,” again another set of coughs. Damn it!!
“I should take you to the doctor’s, but we can’t have you walking in the rain again. Plus, I can’t drive. I can either wait for my parents to come home or for Seguchi-ssan to pick us up.”
Not Tohma, anyone but Tohma. She didn’t reply, as she realized that it hurt terribly to speak. Rubbing her throat, she took another tissue and wiped her nose. “I know, I’ll call a cab,” Suguru suggested.
“Thanks,” was all Kaoruko could eke out. This is not good. Suguru left her side, picking up the phone to call the cab.
“The cab will be here soon,” Suguru said a moment later, hanging up the phone. “I’m gonna go get dressed, and then we will go.”
Kaoruko nodded and that was it. Her throat felt almost like it'd closed up and she leaned back against the couch. She had no idea what was wrong with her, but she had a sinking feeling that it wasn't good. Swallowing with a flinch, she sniffled.
Suguru bounded up the steps. A few minutes later, he was running back down with a shirt and pants half buttoned. "Ack where are my socks..." he disappeared into the basement.
Blinking as she stared at the ceiling, she clenched her eyes shut, opening them a moment later. I can't pass out, not now. Telling her body that, though, didn't work, and she lost consciousness.
She regained consciousness about half way through the ride, trying to lift her head off of his shoulder. I don't need him....I can do this myself.... Her head dropped back onto his shoulder. My head is so heavy. I can't keep it up. Suguru lifted a hand to caress her head.
Kaoruko made a small whimper that wasn't quite audible. Get off, stop touching me...don't get feelings for this person...stop... She had no voice so she couldn't say anything
“We are almost there"
"Mm..." was the only reply.
"Lotus-san?" Kaoruko heard a moment later. She forced her eyes open as she made another sound to acknowledge him. She lifted her head weakly, trying hard to keep it up.
"Stay here" Suguru said, and ran inside. He appeared a bit later with a nurse and a wheelchair.
I don't need this!! She thought firmly, standing up and out of the cab. Kaoruko's legs buckled and she collapsed into the chair. This can't be happening.
"Come on, its alright…" Suguru pushed her into the hospital and admitted her. Kaoruko was semi-conscious, not really registering, let alone caring that he was admitting her under the wrong name of Tamiya Lotus. He let the nurse take the chair away from him and followed her to the room which she would stay in. He sat by her side until the doctor came in. Kaoruko turned her head towards him and made another attempt to speak. "Sorry..."
"Sorry for what?"
"Not at all"
Closing her eyes, she cracked a small smile. "Stupid rain..."
"Hai, it can be pretty and deadly at the same time.” Kaoruko didn’t hear this last statement, as she lost consciousness again after commenting on the rain.
Kaoruko opened her eyes fully, turning her head to look at the ceiling. She looked at the IV in her arm and blinked. Taking a deep breath, she turned her head back to Suguru, who was still in the room, sitting next to her bed. "Fujisaki-san...."
"Hey. don't strain yourself too much,” Suguru smiled softly.
"It's all right, I'm not as weak as I was," Kaoruko insisted, though it was not totally true.
"The doctor said you have pneumonia. You'll have to stay here for a few days."
Kaoruko groaned. "A few days?" She sighed. "I wasn't too much of a hassle, was I?"
"Not at all ^_^"
Damn. She gave him a small smile. "Thank you, Fujisaki-san."
"Hey I must go now. I promised Shindou-san i would go over and work on some songs with him, I'll be back tomorrow."
"I should sleep anyway. Good luck, Fu--" she was overcome by another fit of coughs, turning her head away.
"Don't talk anymore…you'll only get worse...I'll see you tomorrow." Suguru smiled and waved before leaving.
"Bye..." she said hoarsely, resting her head back on the pillow. She closed her eyes. Great, this is just great...I can't get home, and there's no one I can contact to get me my things. Falling asleep, she didn’t wake up the next morning.
The next morning, Kaoruko was just finishing her breakfast when Suguru arrived. She thanked god she’d remembered to put the wig back on that morning. “Lotus-san?” He said, peeking through the doorway.
Looking over, she put on a large fake smile. "Good morning, Fujisaki-san."
"Morning, I brought flowers!" Suguru chirped.
"I see that," she said, pausing and coughing a bit more. "They're beautiful, thank you."
Suguru placed them by Lotus's beside table, "How are you feeling?"
"I'm stronger than I was yesterday..."
"That is good at this rate you might be out today,” Suguru suggested.
"I have my ups and my downs, but I hope you're right,” Kaoruko agreed, which she did.
"I'm always right!" Suguru joked as he sat down beside her.
"Is that so?" she retorted, smiling as well. Little brat is full of himself. She laughed a little, which really wasn't a good idea, as that initiated more coughing. When she finished, she leaned back, groaning a little, swallowing with a wince.
"I told you to not strain yourself."
"It's your fault for making me laugh,” Kaoruko retorted.
"Touche!" Suguru laughed.
That coughing seemed to have drained her, for her eyes started to drift shut. "Did you get anything done with Shindou-san?" She asked dreamily.
"Not really…we had a food fight."
"Mm...Food fights are fun…" Kaoruko said, not really registering the conversation anymore.
"I really hope you feel better, I hate hospitals." Suguru said, shivering slightly.
"You don't have to stay if you don't want, Fujisaki-san..." Suguru didn’t reply, but he stood up and left. Seeing as she was exhausted anyway, she didn’t protest to his sudden departure, and closed her eyes, falling asleep.