Indigo Plateau: HQ [Kanto District Hospital - Colress's Hospital Room] || Early Afternoon || 48"Of course, hon,"
Wallace soothed. Wally closed his eyes, grateful for the millionth time that he had such an understanding guardian"And I'm leaving Austentitic,"
he heard Steven add. Make that understanding guardians. "No one will bother you, I promise."
Being so huddled into his cousin, he felt Wallace sigh a little, no doubt relieved that Wally would be so well guarded. He wasn't the only one. "I... I'd appreciate it a lot. Th-thank you. Both of you.""Of course."
The door opened and the sudden, expected noise, coupled with the immediate knowledge that someone was entering, set Wally's nerves afire; before he could control himself he jumped near out of his skin. Wallace held him closer while Wally breathed deeply, feeling his face flush as he tried to reign in his heartbeat. Wow, that was pathetic. At least Steven was handling all the talking."Yes? Can I help you?""Ah- Champion Steven, sir- um-"
Wally's heart sank as he turned in his seat to look. Oh no, don't let it be someone here because of Karen or someone else official asking them back, please don't, please please please- "Security Chief Karen asked me to come find you and Mr. Simmons. She'd like to speak with you."Damn it.
His stomach felt full of rocks."We'll be right along, thank you,"
Steven promised the lady in a response entirely expected and super unwelcome. Far from stupid, Steven turned around to see Wally watching, eyes sad."I'm sorry, Wally,"
he apologized softly, and Wally tried to smile to ease his guilt at having to leave him. It wasn't his fault, after all. "I know. It's okay. Go do your Champion stuff."
Realizing he needed the company asap, Wally let Orion out, the fairy standing antsily on the side as he waited for Wallace to part from his human's side so that he could take Wallace's place in holding him. Steven in turn let out Austentitic, and Wallace, Bubbles. At the Champion's last worried look at him, Wally gave him another smile he was sure did not look happy, but hopefully the fact that he managed a smile at all would set him at ease. "I'll be okay."
Wallace smiled too, and the sight soothed Wally a little further. "You certainly will."
And then, with a final hug, they were gone. Orion moved to occupy the seat that Wallace vacated, pulling Wally close as he curled into him."I'm here,"
he soothed. Wally wiped at his face, reluctant to spill his soul when Bubbles and Austentitic were in the room. He loved them dearly, but there were a great number of things he'd like to talk about and none of them could ever get back to Wallace and Steven ever.
It would have to wait until later."Stay close?"
he pleaded. "Of course."
It was quiet for a few minutes and then the door opened again, Orion looking to find Lavender nosing her way in, a bundle of folded clothes in her mouth. Instantly, Wally relaxed, giving the cat a tearful smile as she brought the boy her package and rubbed her face against his leg as he relieved her of it."Th-thanks, Lav.""Of course,"
she purred, eyeing Colress as she stopped loving his leg and sat back to survey him. As she spotted the bunny-mouse and the bird, Wally watched the gears in her head turn as she made the split-second (reluctant) decision not to immediately leap onto the hospital bed to settle around the sick doctor. They all understood how important it was to maintain the idea that Wally wasn't as close friends with the man as he was, and so regretably, the cat would be denied her usual nature here.
Wally had no doubt she would make up for that later at some other point, but for now she'd have to forgo snuggling. At least until the man was visibly upset."I'm gonna go change,"
he said softly, and Orion let him go so he could stand. He stumbled a moment before finding his balance and then stretched, giving his worried pokemon a reassuring smile that probably came out a lot more nervous than he would've liked.
Stepping inside the bathroom and being alone again made it all real again in a rush, especially as he stared at the blood on his uniform. Swallowing a sound of disgust and pain, he ripped the clothes off as quickly as he could and with shaking hands tried to pull his clothes on.
He didn't know what he would do when Colress woke up and panicked, as he definitely would, but for the moment he just had to keep himself calm and not think too much about the blood and the dead person and all the other dead people he'd seen and wow he was bad at this.