“You’ll be fine,” the nurse said. She was just your standard nurse dressed in dark pink scrubs, with her brown hair visible, and pulled back into a tight pony tail. Her eyes were bright and blue. She must have been new, considering all of the other nurses didn’t look as cheerful. She smiled at me, and tucked her clip board under her arm. Donny and I were in emergency care. The cops had taken us after they had arrived on the scene.
“Thanks,” I said. I gave her a small smile, and then looked at the ground. The nurse nodded as well, satisfied with herself, and then left.
I couldn’t get Donny out of my head. My thoughts only allowed the worst to be considered, and I was falling more and more into myself, until a new person stepped in front of me. Someone else’s presence seemed to pull me out of my funk.
The first thing I noticed was how not cheap the guy’s shoes were. Expensive shoes. Who wore expensive shoes? Touching his shoes at just the perfect length were dark dress pants that were slightly dirty. I skipped the rest of his body to look at his face, and my heart stopped.
There was no way I was ever going to forget a face that beautiful. He had high cheekbones, an asian tilt to his brown eyes, and sexy hair that was styled to look professional, yet show off just how young he was. Twenty-four. He had to be twenty-four.
“Hi,” he said. There was moment were we didn’t say anything. I just stared at him. “Well,” he said, letting out a nervous chuckle, “I uh, was there when you and your buddy were...I, uh, wanted to see how you were doing.”
“I’m not the one that was shot.”
The man shrugged awkwardly. “I’m aware, but he’s not receiving any visitors at the time, so...I just come by to say that I’m glad you’re okay.”
I didn’t say anything right away. My mind was blank. I thought about pointing out his lack of social skills, but that seemed rude and uncalled for so I went with the next best thing. “...thanks.” I couldn’t come up with anything better.
He nodded, and stuck out his hand. “Hiro,” he said.
I looked at his hand, and took it, but I didn’t have the confidence he had when we shook hands. “Bethany.”
“That’s a pretty name.”
“Yes, it is.”
The man chuckled. “So, are you okay?”
I smiled. His laugh was nice. “Yes, I’m fine. Nothing permanent. Just small bruises and scrapes.”
“Yeah....” Hiro paused, and then sighed. I didn’t like the way he was looking at me. It was critical, as if he was examining me. “Do we know each other?”
I let out a laugh. “No. I think I’d remember if I knew you. You have expensive shoes.”
Hiro laughed, as if a little embarrassed. “No, I mean, you seem really familiar.”
I shrugged. “I don’t know, you might have seen me around town, it’s not like I’m a recluse.”
Hiro was silent for a moment, and then he nodded. “Right,” he said. “Well, it’s nice to know that you’re doing good, Bethany.”
I nodded. “No problem. Thanks for everything, Hiro.” He walked away, and I stared at his butt until he was out of sight. He was a very handsome man, and I liked the way he walked.
A little while later, I was released, and I went to see my mom. Her eyes lit up when I walked in. “Oh, Bethany, you’re here! Good. I was just getting bored with the TV. They have such lame shows on right now.”
I chuckled. “They do, do they?” I stuck my hand down my shirt and fished around my bra. “Here, I got your IPod.” My mom smiled, and turned off the TV. She patted the spot next to her on the hospital bed and I climbed up next to her. “Mom,” I started, giving her the IPod, “you have a lot of debt.” I was whispering.
My mother shrugged, but didn’t say anything.
“Don’t worry about it, Beth,” she said. She patted my hand and I felt my heart sink. “I’ve got it.” I looked up at my mother, how oblivious she was to how bad her situation was. We both didn’t have money, and she probably was ignoring the whole thing, thinking luck would prevail. I nodded, and then got from the bed. “Beth?” I didn’t respond and instead left.