Adrenaline coursed through his veins. But fear was there too, overwhelming any other feelings. They were wrong, all of them. She couldn't be hurt. Not her. The elevator ride seemed to take hours, though it was only a few minutes to the top floor.
"Where is she?" He bellowed. Looks full of pity met his eyes, but they pointed further back, towards a balcony. Travis saw plant after plant, but they all seemed to be dying. Then, he saw her.
She was on a couch that had been dragged out there. Her skin was pale and her eyes heavy-lidded. The middle of her stomach drew most of the attention, though. It was a bloody mess, he couldn't tell where her shirt started and the blood began. She was sipping nectar, but it seemed futile.
"Hi." Her voice was weak but he could tell she was trying. "They came outta nowhere. I…" Trailing off, she pressed a clammy hand to her chest, just above the wound.
"Don't talk; you'll need all your strength for your recovery. You're going to be just fine Katie." His voice was thick with tears.
"Travis, I'm not gunna recover. You and both know that. I've got some time left, Travis, but not a lot. So just sit me and let me go peacefully. Please." She was crying by the end.
He moved to her side, "Don't say that. You can't go, Katie. The camp needs you, your cabin needs you, I need you." Her hand was clasped tightly in his own, as if his grip alone tied her to the realm of the living.
"Travis, please." She was getting weaker by the minute, the end was near. "Give me this before I go."
They lay together for a few minutes before he spoke, "I love you Katie. I'm so sorry I never told before, I figured we had time. I love you so much."
"I know. I love you too. Sucks that this is when we find out, on my deathbed. Huh?" She turned to look at him and he saw how tired she was, he knew she was only holding on for his benefit. "I'm so sorry."
He kissed her softly, murmuring sweet nothings in her ear. Telling her he forgave her, that she would get Elysium. That everything would be just fine.
Her breathing slowed, untill it eventually stopped. He shed the tears that had been threatening to spill since he arrived. Then it came to his attention that the plants had died. It was as f the plants recognized her as Demeter's daughter, as if their life force was tied to her.
I know it's a bit mushy but I hope you liked it!
-special thanks to Extraextraordinary & Bubbly Chick for being my first reveiwers and telling me of my errors. :)-