A couple weeks went by and nothing really happened. Laurren and Zachery went home, Jayk was slowly getting over Misty's death, as were all of us. We knew it was time to move on. It was what she would have wanted. I introduced the rest of my good friends to the Dark Siders and they got along really well. Luca even joked to me one night that we were as terrifying as everyone always said. I'd just laughed and thanked him.
Other than that the next weeks were rather uneventful. Until one morning when I woke up not really feeling right. I felt a little dizzy upon standing and my head hurt but I just took an ibuprofen and ignored it. I had hoped maybe it would get better as the day progressed but it actually did the opposite and by the time Wingology came around, my head was pounding, my stomach was in about twenty knots, I was paler than a ghost and beads of sweat lined my brow. And Ryker took notice.
"Min? Are you OK?"
"I'm all right." I reassured him, sliding into my seat.
"You don't look good."
I rested my head on his shoulder and tried to stop the dizziness I felt. "I'm fine, really."
He placed his hand on my forehead. "Min you're burning up. What happened? You were fine this morning."
"Not really... I had a headache but I just took some ibuprofen and hoped it would go away. It obviously only got worse."
"Okay, I'm taking you back to our room. You're too sick to be here."
"No, no Ryker, I'm fine. Really. And neither of us can afford to miss another day of class."
"I don't give a rats ass about class. Your sick and Lord damn me to hell, I'm going to take care of you." and with that he got to his feet, grabbed both our stuff , scooped me up into his arms and carried me back to our room. I tried to protest but in all honesty, curling back up under those silky bed sheets with Ryker by my side and sleeping for a few more hours didn't sound like a bad thing.
And besides, maybe it would make me feel better.
Once back in our room Ryker tucked me back into bed and I was out pretty much instantly. When I woke again, I felt totally different. My headache was gone, my dizziness was gone and I felt like I could do anything. Ryker came out of the bathroom and smiled at me. "Hey how do you feel?"
"Good. I called Laurren while you were asleep. He thinks you might be going through the change so I want you to stay in bed until it happens. I'll bring you all your work but I want you to rest."
"You know, you make it sound like I'm pregnant, about to go into labor and I need to be on bedrest or something."
A hint of sadness came to Rykers eyes. "I wish that were the case. It would be so much less stressful than knowing I'll have to watch you die in a couple days."
"Ryker..." I felt guilty for bringing that up now, he couldn't give me children. "I'll come back... and maybe soon you'll be changing too."
"I doubt that. I've been a Dark Sider for far too long."
"That doesn't mean anything."
"Ok Min. Whatever you say."
I sighed and looked away from him. Great, now I'd gone and done it. Just can't keep your fucking mouth shut, can you? Obviously not. "Ryker?"
"Does it hurt?"
He looked up at me then cam eover and sat on thebed beside me. "I don't know. From what Jayk told me it's pretty much instant. You go numb then just die. I asked Laurren about it too and he said basically the same thing. Though he'd never been through it personally so I'm not sure how reliable he is in this."
"Well, I trust him. I mean, he is really, really old."
"So what does that make me?"
I laughed and shoved Rykers arm. He wrapped his arms around me and began tickling me. I screamed and squirmed, calling out his name and begging him to stop. If anyone walked by the room at that moment, they probably would've thought we were having sex. Finally Ryker stopped and just hel dme in his arms, soaking in the love I carried for him and savoring our last few days together before my untimely death and - hopefully - return.
"I love you Min. And I always will." Ryker kissed my head and tightened his arms around me.
"I'll always love you, Ryker Joseph Daae."
He growled low in his throat. "I'm going to kill Laurren one of these days."
I laughed and rested my head on his chest. "Nothing will tear us apart Ryker."
Not even death.