Dukani stayed by her side the whole time, even when the doctors tried to kick him out. He knew he had to get a message to their faction, but that could wait. There was no way he was leaving her without protection.
After asking dozens of questions, the doctors finally accepted his vague story of pirates ambushing them and they left him alone with her. He touched her pale face gently, "You're gonna be fine." he murmured, though she couldn't hear him.
Her head lulled towards his voice. Even in unconsciousness she could feel him near. Andy whimpered quietly. She seemed so young in sleep, child-like even. Utterly delicate even though she wasn't delicate at all.
He held her hand. It was cold, but he could feel a pulse through it, which made him feel better. "We'll be out soon, and home." he continued to talk, hoping maybe she could hear him. She did seem to react. Her face looked so innocent. Squeezing her hand, he blinked back the tears that hadn't come earlier, "I'm sorry." he said, reffering to the way he'd acted toward her before.
"I forgive you." She murmured, on the edge of wakefulness. Andy weakly squeezed his hand, a shiver running through her. She was cold. Andryah's eyes fluttered open "I'm sorry too." Her voice was faint but she was alive.
Relief surged through him when she spoke and opened her eyes. He kept talking, "I already forgave you. I was too cold, you didn't deserve that. I'm sorry," he repeated, "I was just angry..." he still was angry, but not at her.
"You had a right to be. I abandoned you. I should have broken the rules and come for you." There was a half sob in her voice Andy felt beyond guilty, not to mention sore and weak.
"It's too late to change that, don't cry about it." he told her firmly.
She closed her eyes "I should have died from that stab wound. I left you. I left you for dead! How can you not hate me anymore!"
"How could I?' Dukani replied quietly, "I've lost too much, I couldn't lose you, after you'd just come back."
Andy bit her lip hard, pain in her amber eyes "I'm so sorry Kani..." she felt tears streaking her cheeks. She wiped them away angrily but more followed them
He shook his head, "You're the one who got hurt, I should have helped you better. I should have stopped it."
She was angry thar she was crying. Andy, however, just couldn't stop her tears. "No. I deserved what I got." Andryah turned away, tears streaking her cheeks. She let out a semi-hysterical sob and curled in a ball even though it hurt her terribly.
"Careful!" Dukani warned, "You'll rip your stitches. And don't ever say that, you didn't deserve that." He looked up at the IV that dripped into her arm, full of healing accelerant. Normally a wound like that would take weeks to heal, but this would make it take just days. He hoped it would work quickly, he hated seeing her like this.
She uncurled. "I hate crying." She said before letting out a hiccuping sob "It shows weakness and when you are weak people take advantage. My father used to. He beat that lesson into me and when I cried he beat harder. I hate emotions. You know that. You know I try to hide them."
"I know, but no one's here to see but me." He reassured her. "It may show weakness, but it also shows you're human."
sshe turned back towards him "I still don't like to lookie weak. Sometimes I wish I were a man.
Dukani laughed weakly, "You think I never cried?" he said. "I did. A lot. That doesn't make me weak."
She closed her eyes. Andy was utterly exhausted. She closed her eyes and slowly began to relax into semi-conciousness "Dukani?" She said softly
"Yes?" He answered, watching her fall asleep. Sleep sounded good, but there was no way he was doing it.
"I missed you." She whispered before drifting off entirely. Andy's breathing was soft and even.