Chapter 8

Two days later Rachel woke up in a hospital bed attached to countless monitors and tubes. She was tired and hungry, but that's not what she cared about at the moment. She moaned as she started to climb out of bed to search for Richard, but two strong arms pulled her gently back into her bed.

"Oh no you don't, doctors' orders are that you stay in bed." Rachel turned around and saw Richard by her bedside looking like he'd hardly slept in days. She smiled at him.

"Richard!" She flung her arms around his neck and without giving it a thought kissed him square on the mouth. Richard hesitated at first, but after realizing what had actually happened kissed her right back. When Rachel's monitors began to beep wildly at her heart acceleration Richard smiled to himself and broke the kiss. Rachel blushed as Richard gazed down at her.

"I was just going to look for you. I wanted to make sure you were ok." She told him and Richard chuckled under his breathe.

"I would say that I'm fantastic now that you're awake and feeling so much better." Rachel giggled at her actions and blushed a deeper red in embarrassment.

"I'm sorry about that, got caught up in the moment I guess." Richard nodded before making his way to her ear and whispering,

"Well, if there's another time you want to get lost in the moment I will not complain." Rachel giggled again as Richard leaned in and kissed Rachel passionately. They stayed tangled in each other for another few seconds before Rachel's monitors once again began to go crazy and Richard pulled away to tell her what had happened.

"Well, as you can see we were rescued. They brought you here and are treating your head wound. They said that you should stay in bed for at least a week, but can leave the hospital as early as tomorrow morning. I told Bruce about your dad and he's on trial for murder. Since you're going to be eighteen in less than a year the courts have decided that until you are eighteen Bruce has been granted guardianship. You get to live with us if that's what you want, that is…" Rachel beamed and reached over to give Richard another hug.

"Absolutely! That sounds perfect!" Richard smiled as he held her close to him, stroking her back gently as her laid her back against the pillows.

"I told you earlier, everything is going to be ok." Rachel shook her head in wonder.

"This is a lot better than ok." And she kissed him again and she would never get tired of it. For the first time in her life Rachel had someone that she cared about and she wanted to spend every second making sure she enjoyed every last second of it.