BLEMISHED LOVE EPISODE 42
© Loudest Thoughts (Christabel Hilda)
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For a whole week, they kept trooping in and out of the hospital but somehow Melisa kept avoiding them.
‘You really need to get over your pride and walk in there Lisa.’ Michelle startled her behind the door.
‘Don’t scare me that way again?’ She turned to her quickly.
‘I’m sorry, but watching him through the window won’t help.’ Michelle advised.
‘I know that but then how do I face him knowing he was so close to home and I couldn’t save him.’
‘That wasn’t your fault. Bryan made that decision for you so it’s either you find a way to leave with it or you continue living a lie with Bryan.’
Melisa found out that morning from Michelle Dane had called and Bryan hanged up on him when he needed help. She felt guilty of the whole shoot out.
‘I like Bryan and what he did wasn’t right but leaving him would break him.’
‘We can patch him up when he breaks.’ Michelle said jestingly.
A broad smile appeared on her face. ‘But is he alright?’
‘I think so, he’s been struggling with that scrabble game all day.’
‘That’s because it’s not a game for one person.’
‘I really don’t know much about it but Stella brought it yesterday.’
After a few chitchats Melisa sighed. ‘Wish me luck.’
‘Good luck Mel.’ Michelle said loudly and walked away.
Melisa pushed the door open slowly and entered. Dane raised up his head and stared at her but took his gaze off. She stood at the door for about five minutes and he hadn’t said a word. Melisa decided to go back but then paused facing him.
‘You know the best thing to do is say thank you to someone who had saved your life.’
He looked up and hissed focusing on his game. ‘Saved my life or ruined it.’
‘Screw you D.’ she said and walked out. Just when Dane heaved a sigh of relief she rushed back in and landed a slap on his face.
‘Jeez. What was that?’ He asked rubbing his face painfully.
‘You don’t have the right to make me responsible for choosing whether you die or live.’
‘What’s the big deal when you make that decision with your patients every day?’ He said still rubbing his face.
‘That’s my point, you were not my patient.’ She scowled.
‘What was I then?’ He smiled annoyingly.
‘Stupid question.’ Melisa wasn’t finding his quiet composure funny.
‘Don’t insult me Lisa.’ Dane was obviously enjoying their conversation because he kept smiling.
‘Do you have an idea what that has done to me?’
‘What did it do to you? I can see you are fine.’ He teased and dropped the Scrabble board in front of him on the side table.
‘Knowing I had to make a decision to pull the plug on the love of my life or get his leg cut off was hell for me.’
Melisa didn’t know she just admitted she still loved him. Dane kept staring at her laughing.
‘Are you done?’ He asked when she stopped talking.
‘What’s so funny right now?’ She stared at him smile.
‘You still love me.’ He teased.
‘You are heartless D.’ she picked up the pillow on the chair beside him and in an attempt to throw it at him Dane held on to her hands.
There was a minute of silence as she kept avoiding his gaze. ‘I think you still want me.’
‘Don’t flatter yourself?’ She said and released her hands from his grasp.
‘Tell me the truth. Can we start afresh?’
‘No, I already have a good thing going and I don’t want you complicating it for me.’ She said without blinking.
‘Are you sure?’
‘Quick recovery Dane.’ She said and walked out quickly.
Dane closed his eyes in anger. He wanted to cry but the tears were just not coming out. It was already night and he had no one to talk to yet. Stella insisted on a private room which he detest because previously he had a roommate.
Dane wondered how he would make it through the night while Melisa went about his night duty as if nothing happened earlier.
When he woke up the next day, he waited for Melisa to come over. Hoping she had changed her mind over night but it never happened.
Dane had told Michelle that morning he wasn’t going to undergo any more therapies and wanted to go home. Melisa who hadn’t gone home yet because she wanted to personally monitor some of her overnight patients seemed not to care when she heard he was packing out.
‘Grissel, do this for your daughter.’ Tom said standing an inch from her.
‘Trust me, I want to but what do I say when I walk in there.’
‘Mom, I’m sure you would figure it out.’ Dani ch¡pped in.
‘Princess it doesn’t work that way.’
‘But Daddy would leave me here if you don’t.’ She threw tantrums.
‘I know but we can’t force him.’ Grissel said smooching her back.
‘Everyone is avoiding him because he has only one leg now.’ She cried.
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‘Alright, I would go with you guys.’
‘Thank you mom.’ She threw herself gently on her. Shirley is always conscious of her mom’s body anytime she wants to jump on her.
‘Kindly fetch my scarf for me.’ She told her.
Shirley run off while Tom took her place beside her on the couch.
‘You are doing the right thing Grissel.’
‘This isn’t a big deal. I mean if he wants to jump out there with one leg just allow him to.’
‘Grissel, he’s vulnerable and besides Lisa has rejected him.’
‘So? He deserves that kind of treatment.’
‘He has paid for his crimes so stop being angry with him.’
‘Since when has he become your friend?’
‘Well, I love his daughter so I think he’s family now.’ Tom replied her.
‘Gosh, you sound like my daughter.’
‘I love her mom too.’ He teased.
Dani came back few minutes after and they left to the hospital. Gina had stayed back to get some laundry done before they get back.
Michelle had told Tom it was a bad idea for Dane to leave the hospital in his condition but he insisted it was his life and since Melisa didn’t care if he left or stayed, they called on Grissel to talk to him.
Stella and her mom had gone to the airport to pick up Judge Reed and his wife.
He reached out for his bag on the chair and fell off the bed. He held onto the floor in pains.
Just at that moment Michelle entered to check on him.
‘Get out.’ He yelled.
‘But you are bleeding.’ She said walking closer.
‘And I don’t need your help.’
‘Come on, don’t be a baby. Do you really think this your stunt would get you anywhere with Lisa?’
‘Just leave me alone.’ He snarled and gathered his clothing’s on the floor with him to cover his bleeding amputated leg.
By the look of things Michelle knew he wasn’t in any danger except he may need a few stitches. She walked out and saw Tom, Grissel and Shirley walking closer.
Michelle sighed with relieve when she saw the Addison family. Spending the last five months around Melisa had made her love the whole family.
‘Great, you guys are on time.’
‘Is he in there?’
‘Yeah, he fell off the bed and wouldn’t accept help.’
‘My daddy fell.’ She said rushing towards the door.
‘Come back here.’ Grissel pulled her back.
‘But mom, he’s hurt.’
‘It’s alright, he would be fine.’ Michelle murmured to Dani.
‘Can we see him now?’ Grissel asked.
‘Sure, I would just wait out here.’ Michelle told them.
They knocked and there was no response. Grissel and her daughter stood at the door watching him focus on the Scrabble board in front of him.
‘I said I don’t want to see anyone Michelle.’
‘Not even me?’ Grissel said with sadness in her voice. The sight of Dane on the floor helpless humbled her.
He raised up his face and stared at them. Shirley run up to him.
‘Dad, you are hurt. I brought mom so she can get you help.’ She pointed at her mom who was still at the door.
Tom standing behind her kept pushing her forward.
‘I don’t need help princess.’ He managed to say covering his amputated leg carefully.
‘You sure about that?’ Grissel finally said.
Dane just stared at her for a while.
‘I’m fine Grissel.’ He avoided her gaze while making sure he was properly covered.
‘You know it’s okay to be embarrassed but don’t do that in front of your daughter.’
‘Yes, daddy. We are here to help you grow your leg back.’
He finally smiled. ‘I’m sure you are. Thank you.’ Dane rubbed her hair smoothly.
‘Daniella can you go out with Tom for a while.’ Grissel whispered.
‘Mom, you called me Daniella.’ She smiled cheekily.
‘Yes I did.’ She said walking towards Dane.
Tom dragged her off before she could say another word.
‘You don’t need to be here.’
‘Well, I didn’t want to but I live with two kids who won’t let me sleep until I see you.’
Grissel saw the pain reflecting through his smiles.
‘I can’t look at you right now Grissel.’
‘Okay, I would just sit next to you then.’ She said and he raised his head staring her in the eyes.
Grissel smiled and held on to the chair beside him to sit with him on the floor.
‘Easy.’ He reached out to her hands to help her sit properly.
‘You see, there’s still some kindness in you.’
‘I can’t live with one leg Grissel.’
‘You can. Look I know you hate yourself right now but it’s a process which would blow over soon.’
‘I can’t drive my daughter to school.’
‘Why do we have drivers?’
‘For emergencies.’ He muttered.
‘Okay, you just have to see your daughter’s life as an emergency each school day.
‘I also need to work to fend for her.’
‘Last I checked, Brooks is doing fine with the company and you’ve made a lot of money so I’m sure you have your daughter’s entire life covered.’
‘She wants to get two degrees so I would need to work extra hærd and I can’t do that with one leg.’
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‘You are not an employee in your own company Reed.’
He gave up. ‘You have answer’s for every question right?’
Of course, my point is you didn’t choose this to happen. It’s a tragedy but life must still go on.’
‘I don’t have anything to live for.’
‘Really?’ She frowned. ‘Dani, can you come here for a minute.’ Grissel knew her husband wouldn’t be far away from the door.
Dani came rushing in.
‘Mom, is he okay.’
‘Yes, he would be fine. Kindly tell the doctor he’s ready for the stitches.’
‘Okay mom.’ She said and rushed out again.
‘That right there is who you have to live for.’ Grissel said tapping him on the shoulder.
Dane gave out a loud sigh and smiled.
‘I’m really sorry.’ He started to shed tears and Grissel let him do that for a while and handed him one of his shirt’s from the chair.
‘I’ve forgiven you Reed.’
‘Thank you so much.’ He muttered and a knock came on the door.
Michelle sent a nurse to clean him up while Tom and Dani went in search of Melisa. They heard she was still around that morning.
‘Rosa, why is there a crowd in front of the VIP room.’ Melisa asked after she was done with her last round on Dane’s floor.
‘’Oh, that’s Mr. Addison’s room.” The nurse who was on duty with Melisa throughout the night said.
‘I already know the occupant of that room but why is there a crowd.’
‘I understand he fell earl…….’
She didn’t even finish her statement and Melisa was already on her way to the door. She dropped the file she was holding earlier on the floor. Rosa picked it up wondering why she had rushed out that way.
Those around the room withdrew their steps back when they saw her coming.
‘So I heard you are having twins again.’ Dane asked to take his mind off the pains.
‘Yeah, they are boys and my husband insists on naming them after his two moms.’ Grissel laughed.
‘Wow! Girls name for boys. That’s nice.’
‘You two are really one hell of control freaks.’ She hit him on the shoulder while Dane laughed.
The nurse dressing his wound smiled at them. Melisa entered at that moment and wasn’t expecting Grissel to be there so she was surprised and stood at the door for a while.
‘Lisa, I didn’t know you were around.’ Grissel asked as they both were staring at each other.
‘I had a rough night with my patients so I decided to monitor them for a while before I go back home.’
‘Alright, we arrived a while ago.’ Grissel announced.
‘Sylvia, what are you doing?’ Melisa was focused on her since she entered the room.
‘Dr. Michelle said he needed stiches.’
‘Michelle? Stiches in here?’
Sylvia is already eleven months in her internsh¡p so Melisa was expecting her to know Dane doesn’t need stitches and besides stiches aren’t done in there.
‘Yes, she asked me to clean him up.’
‘You can go now.’ Melisa ordered.
‘But I’ve been ta……’
Melisa gave her a stare. ‘He doesn’t need stiches.’
‘Huh! Do you want to kill me?’ Dane finally spoke up seeing the seriousness on her face.
‘Yes, I thought about that last night.’ Melisa replied him.
Grissel just looked on unperturbed.
‘Nurse, please continue where you stopped.’ Dane asked politely.
‘I think I have it covered Sylvia.’ Melisa glanced at her sternly.
‘What are you doing? You are even not my doctor.’
‘You think I came here to attend to you?’ Melisa asked rudely.
‘Then let the professionals do the job.’ Dane responded while Grissel watched on smiling.
Melisa gave him an angry look and turned to the nurse. She held her hand gently and walked her out of the room.
‘I think Tom is looking for me.’ Grissel broke the silence in the room when they were both exchanging glances.’
Grissel held on to Dane on the floor and finally made her way up.
‘You look unwell Grissel.’ Melisa shifted her attention to Grissel walking towards her.
‘Your brother isn’t feeding me well I guess.’ She teased.
‘Don’t let him hear that?’ Melisa laughed.
Grissel glanced at them and walked out.
Melisa walked over to his wheel chair and dragged it to where Dane was seated.
‘Get on to the chair.’ She ordered.
A smile appeared on his face and vanished in a split second. He was obviously happy Melisa was talking to him.
‘How do I get in there? Remember you cut off my legs.’ Dane said shifting himself from the floor.
‘You think I made that decision slightly?’ She asked annoyingly.
‘You should have just left me to die.’
‘Great, there’s still time to die.’ She said and turned around checking the medicine cabinet in the room when she heard a bang.
‘Jeez.’ Dane winced in pain.
‘What happened?’ She rushed to him on the floor.
‘You said I should get on the wheel chair right?’
‘I’m sorry. That’s a lot of blood.’ Melisa said when she took off the covering on the amputated leg.
Dane just stared at her while she checked him out. He knew it was just a matter of time before she stopped being angry with him.
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‘I need to get rid of the blood before you get an infection.’
Dane watched her go about attending to his leg in a haste.
‘Uhmmm.’ She hummed still focused on the leg.
‘I love you.’ Dane announced while Melisa gently raised up her head just for their nose to meet.
Melisa didn’t care if there was blood on her hands because she didn’t hesitate to give in quickly. It was just as if she was waiting for him to make the attempt.
Just when their l-ips found their rightful places Dane started to shed tears. Melisa felt the tears on her face and paused slowly.
‘Are you okay? Did I hurt you?’ She stared in to his eyes.
‘I’m just not sure what this k×ss means for us Lisa.’
‘Can we talk about this later?’ She said withdrawing her hands wrapped around his neck.
‘What’s stopping us from talking right now?’ Dane asked anxiously.
‘Because I just cheated on my boyfriend with an ex that I’m very much still in love with?’
‘I didn’t mean to put you in that position.’ He said remorsefully.
‘It’s alright, I always knew this would happen someday.’
‘Oh so you were bluffing earlier.’ Dane teased.
‘About?’ Melisa asked resuming the attention she was giving his leg earlier.
‘Yesterday you slapped me and a while ago was another story.’
‘You hurt me and went away without a goodbye then you expect me to save your life when you came back half dead?’
‘I remember you asked me to leave.’ Dane said smooching her hair.
‘I was expecting you to fight for me but you just gave up and left.’
‘I wasn’t a magician to know that was what you wanted.’ He replied sarcastically.
‘But I came looking for you.’ She confessed.
‘Yes, but you were not at the cabin nor Dallas.’
‘Oh I went to Connecticut.’ Dane smiled at her.
‘Where you lived before with Grissel?’ Melisa finally finished cleaning his leg up and dropped the used cotton in,side the bin.
‘Yeah and it has nothing to do with Grissel.’
‘I know that Dane.’
‘Good, can I get another k×ss? I miss you.’ He smiled.
‘Same here but we have to do this right.’ Melisa cautioned.
‘Can you just call Bryan now and do the break up?’ Dane figured that was what she meant by doing things right.
‘Come on, he deserves an explanation not just a phone call.’
‘Alright, I can wait.’ He finally gave up and drew her closer once more in a r-mantic lip searching.
‘Someone might come in.’ Melisa said in between their clenched l-ips.
‘Who cares besides this is a private room.’ Dane tried to convince her.
He reached out pulling her closer for another k×ss. For a few seconds, Melisa felt a shadow on her and quickly left his face for him.
‘Tom.’ She said turning around to face him. Melisa could smell his perfume from a hundred miles away.
Dane just feigned a smile.
‘Do you have something to say?’ Tom asked smiling.
‘Emmm, I was just clea…..’
‘Cleaning him up?’
‘Yes.’ She responded coyly.
‘Look man, I think you should allow your sister to live her life.’
‘And who said I want to stand in her way.’ Tom responded.
‘Good because I’m ready for another fight.’
Dane said then both Melisa and her brother laughed.
‘With one leg?’ Melisa teased.
‘I had no idea you love my leg that much.’ Dane teased back while she continue cleaning his wound.
‘Lisa, you really want him?’ Tom asked after few moments of silence.
She nodded smiling.
‘Come on, don’t ruin the fun. I want to hear you say it.’ Dane laughed.
‘I’m waiting for you.’ Tom stressed.
‘Of course, you were my only obstacle.’
‘Great, but if he dare touch a strand of your hair violently yo….’
‘I can’t be foolish twice in my life so your sister is safe with me.’ Dane cut him off.
‘You are on probation for now.’ Tom added smiling.
‘Thank you Tom.’ Melisa rushed to give him a hug.
‘But you do know my house is off limit now right?’
‘Roger that.’ Dane said after a humorous laughter. He was expecting that and see nothing wrong with it.
Melisa thought that was harsh but she understood his brother needs to see some changes in Dane to let him near the family.
After a few more warnings Melisa personally took him through the rest of the process for his wounds to be properly attended to.
After several hours of talking things through with Dane, Melisa was sure she could handle the whole relationsh¡p though she admitted it would be hærd dealing with him being in a wheel chair since he has refused help concerning prosthetics.
Dane however didn’t want her leaving his side but she had to go in for some other rounds. Dani was the first to congratulate Melisa on getting back with her dad.
Stella called about his parents who were on their way to the hospital.