Kaiden has no idea how he felt about hospital’s yet, he hadn’t been in one long enough to really make up his mind, and the last time he was in one, Ina had almost died. Now his daughter was here. Her life not exactly in peril, but still, he did not like this sight, his daughter surrounded by strange people. Why should they see her when he hadn’t even really met her yet?
Meeting Ria for the first time had been absolutely terrifying. She was his daughter and yet the hospital staff in Georgia had known her for a longer time than he had. The knowledge made him sad, so when he met her and he could hold her, Kai did not plan on putting her down until he absolutely had to, she had his eyes, even at such a young age, his intense blue eyes were notable in her own. Her curls mimicked his and her hair shown the same a rich, deep brown as his own. Her skin a beautiful golden tan that Meera would have been proud of. Although Ria’s hair and eyes were his own, she was every bit as familiar as Meera as well. Her nose and lips, and even her small ears were her mothers.
It wasn’t long before Ria was to be taken away from him again and he was left with his thoughts.
The travelling was rough, and one that Kai could not be happier with as soon as it ended. He rushed off to the hospital nearest his home, and admitted baby Ria immediately. She was still dehydrated and needed more food in her body. She had no lasting trouble, just her lack of food and water, though the hospital still wanted to Ria to remain in the hospital for another few days, so that her strength could come back to her.
Kaiden messaged everyone he held dearly that he was at the hospital, but back home.
When he entered the room it entirely hard, cold steel, slicing through the white walls like a hot knife through butter. The only thing different was a pale body in the center of the room. Kaiden’s heart gave a tight squeeze and crawled its way up into his throat, remaining a heavy lump that no amount of swallowing could get rid of. Her hair darker than it had been usually, like molten chocolate, her skin a pale purple, with dark shadows under her eyes, which were lidded. He thanked the man silently for that, Kai was strong, but not strong enough for that.
She was still hooked to a few machines that beeped every few moments. Energy reading, they were decreasing in power, it was obvious to Kaiden. He swallows again, his eyes glassy and as hard and cold as the steel she lay on.
”It’s her.” he says, his voice smaller than he had wanted.
”We know who it is, boy. We had to show you the pulses.” he says, his eyes watching Kaiden’s every step. “What of the baby” was his next sentence, and it crippled him far more than the lifeless body in front of him.
”And well. Well, as well as one could be. She’s stable for now. If you’re taking her, you’ll have to admit her into a hospital immediately, although it is advised that you keep her here.” his eyes still never left the back of Kaiden’s head. He turned to face him and shook his head.
”I will keep her in the hospital until Friday. Then I should go.”
”As you wish.”
”Can I see her?” his voice was thick with emotion. He had never met this stranger before, never met this child.
”Of course, we thought you might want to visit” The coroners voice was far softer than it had been a moment ago, he sympathized with the boy.
Kaiden nodded to the man, gave a final look towards the body on the table and left, his stride long and meaningful, he reached the reception in moments and had the directions to see his daughter.
He would meet her at last.
The heat was almost unbearable, and the weight that the air held almost equaled the heaviness in his heart. The sun was high and the wind held no bite to it, held no escape from the dry heat, the sky was an unburdened blue, no clouds dared to come out today. In the middle of the city it was bare, there was no hustle and bustle of every day life, it was rather unnerving, but Kai had come to the conclusion not too long ago that if he’d had the option, he would be indoors as well, air-conditioning would be most welcome at this point. Nevertheless, the buildings in Midtown, Atlanta grew tall and strong, with an abundance of greenery flanking the town. It was a gorgeous city, no one could deny, but Kai’s purpose for the journey was not one he thought he should spend with wanderlust in his eyes.
He walked with a purpose, a strong steady pace down the town towards the hospital where the coroner was waiting for him in the morgue. The people he does see give the man odd looks. It’s not uncommon, and understandable in Georgia. People aren’t exactly fair-skinned, and Kai is the fairest of them all. His scar radiated a deep burgundy, illuminated by his pale skin, his eyes were an unnatural blue and his hair a dark mahogany. Kai was a winter born child in a sun infested city.
He turned down a road, and knew that it wasn’t much farther. Atlanta Medical Center was only a half hour walk from Midtown, and walking meant Kai had somewhere to go, somewhere to be. He had to keep going and that helped him. He had nothing to clear his thoughts, nothing to burden his mind other than the thought of Meera’s dead, weightless body, the only other things that flitted across his mind was Ina and Thane and Andy, he felt guilty when he thought about Andy, going to see his ex fiancee’s body without so much as a goodbye. He felt more guilty about Ina, leaving her with no brothers and no…well…him. She would survive though, she had his home, their home. She had food and comfort and everything she could want.
He approached the hospital with a heavy heart and a light foot, his eyes and head are low as he enters, only lifting them when he has to talk to the receptionist, an especially perky brunette who seems slightly bewildered by the man in front of her, stammering over her words and doe eyes fixed upon him. He asks for the coroner and her face falls only slightly, betraying her chirpiness. There was only one reason a person asked for the coroner, and more often than not it ended with swollen bloodshot eyes.
The coroner was oddly cheery as well, if not a little off his rocker. Kai supposed it came with the job, though. He walks him down a long corridor that has much too little lights for it’s length. He talks to him quickly and earnestly about what a wonder the find had been.
”Even weeks after death, her body emits energy” He would so incredulous. Kai nodded, giving a light hearted,
”Well, she always had some to spare.” Kai gave a short smile that disappeared when they came to a solid metal door, the older gentleman burrows deep into his pockets to try and locate the key, the fact the morgue is locked at all worries Kai.
Nothing could have prepared him for the next twenty minutes of his life.
[Text to][Andy<3]: Ria was found not too far away. She’s alive but she’ll need to be fed through a tube. I couldn’t leave her, I’m sorry. Be back to as soon as I can, love. xx