Episode 33

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I was sweaty when I woke up this morning

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I was sweaty when I woke up this morning. I thought it was weird since it was cold the night before, but I didn't pay it much mind.

Since I wasn't going anywhere and no one but Cole and Honey would see me, I didn't bother to change out of my pajamas. I needed to shower, but I could wait. Cole always showered in the morning.

When I trudged into the kitchen, Cole was drinking coffee and reading the newspaper on his terminal. Honey was curled up at his feet, chewing on a bone.

"What did you want for breakfast?" Cole set his coffee down and jumped up.

"I dunno. I might wait to eat."

He raised an eyebrow. "You sure, Cy? It's almost ten o'clock. It'll be lunch time before you know it."

I nodded.

I didn't know it was so late. I thought it was closer to eight or nine. Still, I wasn't hungry this morning. If Cole never said anything, I wouldn't have paid it much mind.

"Did you get air in your room last night?"

I nodded. "I was freezing last night."

Cole must've went into my room cuz he left me in the kitchen with Honey for a few minutes.

He came back, saying, "Jeez, it's still cold in there. I wouldn't have been able to sleep if that was my room."

"It's still cold in there?"

"You don't think so?"

I shrugged. "I'm hot now, so no."

Honey came and put her head in my lap. The poor puppy whimpered.

"It'd probably be a good idea if you ate something." Cole opened the fridge. "Does it matter?"

"Not really."

What did we even have in the house? I couldn't remember the last time I went shopping. Knowing Ame, she wouldn't leave us food unless we asked. Even then, I didn't want to count on her.

Cole put some bread in the toaster. After he turned it on, he opened his terminal. The holographic screen was on a calendar.

"What day is it?" I asked.

Cole almost jumped out of his skin. "Huh? Oh, it's the tenth. My sponsor lined something up for me. I wanted to make sure I remembered what day it was."

The tenth? That meant the eleventh was tomorrow then.

Cole set the toast in front of me. He didn't burn it or anything, but it didn't smell good.

He raised an eyebrow. "Come on, Cy. It's something. You need to get something in you."

I took one bite and choked it down. "Check the—"

"I am." He studied the bag. "Cy. It's not expired. It's still good for a few more months."

"It tastes awful."

Honey nipped my pants leg. She clearly didn't like what I said. She'd done this to Alastair before.

Cole pushed her back. "Stop that." He took a breath. "I had some this morning. The bread tasted fine."

"Well, this was awful."

He put a hand on my forehead. "Well, no wonder you didn't like it, Cy."

I raised an eyebrow. "What?"

"You're burning up. No wonder you're hot right now."

I raised an eyebrow. "Seriously?"

He brushed my hair out of my face. "I think I saw a thermometer in your bathroom. I can go get it if you want."

"I don't care." My body ached. I wanted to face plant into the table but that'd hurt if I did.

"Go lie down on the couch, alright?"

I was about to cut him off.

"That bedroom was freezing. I don't want you in there until I figure out why the air's on the fritz. It'll just make you feel worse."

"I'll go lie down in Alastair's room then."

He put his hands on my shoulders. "I don't think we should go in there if we don't have to. I wanna leave his stuff how he left it."

"Fine."

Honey skidded after me when I trudged into the living room.


***


As far as I knew, Cole hadn't figured out what was wrong with the air in my room. He let me use his room when I went to bed.


***


I felt even worse the next morning. I woke up to a lovely coughing fit.

Cole must've heard me, cuz he brought me water.

It didn't help much. I spilled most of it all over myself and my blanket.

Cole threw the blanket in the laundry basket.

I jumped up. "I don't feel good." I stumbled into the bathroom in the hallway.

"I know, Cy." Cole scooped my hair up and rubbed my back. "We'll get through this, alright? It'll just take a little time."

I then threw up in the toilet. It was absolutely disgusting.

"I just wanna go back to bed," I said after I was done.

"Alright." Cole picked me up much like Alastair did after I come home from staying at Cole's apartment that one time. "I'll get you another blanket."

I couldn't really even eat that whole day. Nothing was staying down for long if at all.

Still, Ame paid us a visit in the evening.

Knock-knock!

Ame poked her head into the room. "I saw what happened. How are you holding up?"

"It could be worse," I said.

"I was with Hannah when I first saw it." She pulled a plastic bottle out of her pocket. "She told me you should try to drink this. It has electrolytes in it."

Cole raised an eyebrow. "Do you even know that is? Or what it's for?"

She shrugged. "Not that it really matters right now, but Alastair probably does."

"Sweet Minicha, Amethyst." Cole face palmed. "I need to show you something." He squeezed my hand. "I'll be right back, alright?"

I wished Ame hadn't shown up, but I couldn't help feeling grateful. Maybe I could sleep in my room after this.

I pulled myself off the bed. After spilling that water on myself, I wanted to change my clothes. Heck, I'd love to change into some colder-weather clothes. They'd be nice and soft.


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Poor Cy! Thoughts? Theories? Predictions?

Wanted to wish my friend, ImperialSun a happy birthday! Enjoy it, Senpai!

~Shino out!

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