Zander's ICU room --
Elenore was unaware of Emily's presence in the room as Alexis wheeled her in to see Zander. "How is he?" Emily asked and startled Elenore.
"He's the same, dear."
"May I?" Emily asked implying she'd like to sit with her husband.
"Oh sure, dear. Alexis and I will go get some coffee or something." Elenore replied as she and Alexis left Emily with Zander.
Emily wheeled herself to Zander's bedside and reached for his hand to hold it. She quickly felt a light squeeze and she knew that he realized she was there with him. She brought his hand to her lips and softly kissed it as tears welled in her eyes.
"Zander .. baby, I know you can hear me." she whispered to him as her other hand brushed back the nagging forelock from his eyes.
"I want you to listen to me, okay .... we're going to survive this, you are going to be as good as new soon and I will be here waiting for you." she whimpered as she felt another squeeze on her hand.
"Devon misses you, he loves his daddy so much." Emily said as she continued to talk to her husband.
It had been about 6 hours since Zander came out of surgery, and Emily was hoping by now he'd be waking up. She sat a little longer with him, caressing his hand and talking to him, just so he'd know she was there with him.
As she sat with him, she looked up and saw her parents standing just beyond the plexiglass window. She laid Zander's hand down and wheeled herself out into the hallway, her father holding the door open for her.
"I hope Dr. Meadows gave you the okay to be out of bed, young lady?" Alan scolded.
"Dad, I'm not 10 years old anymore. And yes, Dr. Meadows said it was okay for me to out of bed." Emily replied with a smirk.
"There's no change?" Monica asked about Zander.
"Not yet, he's still hasn't woken up. And to tell you the truth, I'm scared. He should of woken up by now."
Alan stood behind Emily and comforted her as he caressed her shoulders. "Give it a few more hours, he's only been out of surgery 6 hours, sometimes it takes longer for some patients to come out of it."
Emily sat with her parents in the waiting area across the corridor from Zander's room, she wanted to be near him in case he woke up.
"How's Devon? Is he being a good little boy for you?" Emily asked.
"Devon is just fine, he's really keeping Alice on her toes." They all chuckled at the thought.
"I just wanted to thank you both for taking care of Devon while all this is going on."
"There is no need to thank us, Emily. Devon is our grandson, of course we would take good care of him for you."
"I know, but I also know how Dad and Zander are, and ...."
"And Devon is no part of that. Zander and I have problems yes, and probably always will, but I don't hold that against Devon."
"I know, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to imply that the two of you ...." Emily hung her head as she realized what her words had sounded like to her parents.
The three of them were startled to hear the alarm coming from one of machines in Zander's room. Monica rushed into the room to see what had happened, while Alan wheeled Emily to the doorway and told her to wait.
"Zander! ....." Emily cried out to her husband.
Monica checking the machines to find which one's alarm was blaring, and soon the sound stopped. As Monica turned off the alarm, she noticed a pair of eyes staring up at her.
"Sorry." Zander whispered to her as a smile came over Monica's face.
Alan realized that Zander had woken up and wheeled Emily to his bedside.
Zander felt Emily's hand intertwine with his and he rolled his head towards her and smiled.
"Hi ..." he whispered, his throat feeling like cotton.
"Hi." Emily smiled at him so glad that he was awake.
"We're going to leave the two of you alone, but only if you, Zander promise not to pull anymore alarms."
Zander smiled, wanting to laugh, but it hurt too much. Monica took his smile as a promise and she and Alan left Emily with her husband.
"Aren't you .." the words barely escaped Zander's lips, he trying to talk but with the cotton feeling in his throat, it was making it difficult.
"Shhh .. don't try to talk, okay. And yes I'm suppose to be in bed, but Dr. Meadows said it would be okay if I came and sat with you for a while." Emily reassuring her husband that she would be okay there with him.
She drew his hand to her lips and kissed them softly, thankful he was alive and grateful that he would be able to see his children grow up. It was her worst fear that Zander wouldn't be able to see his children grow up and be happy. She felt his hand caress her jaw and she leaned into it.
Zander wanted to tell her just how much he loved her, and it took all that was within him to do so. "I love you so much, Zander." she whimpered as tears welled up in her eyes.
"I .... love you .. too."