She sighed and said. "Somewhat..." She was twitching already and fidgeted.
[i "I'll prepare your discharge papers to get you out of here tomorrow morning. I don't foresee any complications overnight, but I'd like to keep you under observation a little longer. The health of our monarch is a top priority,"] the doctor bid them farewell.
[b "Will you be able to sit still that long?"] Alex poked at her hand.
She playfully slapped Alex's arm and laughed slightly. "Thank you, doctor."
[b "So you get to sit there and bark out your orders to us while we handle everything,"] Alex grinned at her. [b "Doctor's orders. No helping. Not even to cook."]
[i "Your health limitations are not restricted enough that you can't slap him when necessary,"] the doctor joked in return.
Ari smiled back at him happily and paused looking at the doctor. She listened and almost pouted.
[i "Danke, mein Mädchen,"] he smiled.
A knock on the door pulled Alex's attention. [i "Just me,"] the doctor came back in with a smile.
[b "Good news?"] he looked hopeful.
[i "Your MRI has come back. No long-lasting damage that we can see. There's bruising on the immediate area around the bullet wound, but that should heal up within the next couple of weeks. That is, as long as you stay away from missions or active situations."]
She reached up and hugged him. "Thank you for being part of my family." She whispered to him in German and blushed.
[i "Yes, my queen?"] He looked down at her fondly.
Alex was still unnerved to see the man he'd viewed as a villain for so long, acting gently with her. Then again, Ari had that affect on people.
She closed her eyes at the kiss on her forehead and smiled at him. "Erik?"
The older man's eyes grew soft and understanding. [i "I know, my dear,"] he assured her.
Rising from his chair, he leaned forward to press a kiss to her forehead. [i "Rest easy, knowing that you have us all behind you."]
[b "I don't think she knows the meaning of 'rest',"] Alex remarked with a smirk.
"I used to have more than just mental walls, Erik... Being in that place broke me in more pieces than I care to think about." She explained and looked up at him.
[i "As long as you're comfortable with it,"] Erik was mildly reassured. [i "I never could adjust to the idea of someone else in my head. I wear that helmet to keep him out."]
"this is the first time I've felt okay opening up." She said and looked at Alex. "The professor has been trying to help me let those walls down since I met him."
Erik's face fell into a frown. [i "Heaven forbid Charles Xavier be kept out of the loop for once in his damn life."]
[b "Do you want him in your head?"] Alex looked concerned for her well-being. [b "We can make him stop."]
"he was listening in... He's also apparently glad I kept my walls down for him to be in my head..." She said and sighed.
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