[b "Well sure, if you want to put it in a sweet and welcoming way,"] he scrunched his nose playfully.
[b "I'll go get started on this then. I can let the others know you're free for visitors, as long as they behave themselves. Do you want company while I'm gone?"] he stood from his chair.
Ari snickered and rolled her eyes. "I want it to be a reminder that he's welcome to our home and family."
Alex took the bullet from her and inspected it. [b "They could probably drill through it at the top here and thread a thin chain through it. Definitely possible to make a necklace. Scott will be both touched and haunted by the reminder that you almost died for him. I, personally, plan to use it against him for the rest of his life,"] he beamed at her.
She rolled her eyes and smiled. "Can you please do me a favor though?" She asked and picked up the bullet that the doctors had removed. "I want to give your brother something... So can you take this and get the local jeweler to make it into a necklace or something? Something tasteful?"
Alex pressed a kiss to her temple. [b "Don't worry. I can employ everyone we know to make sure you follow what the doctor says. I'm sure Beast would be more than happy to babysit and read you the latest in his science journals."]
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.
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