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Powers of the Mind – Chapter 4
Olivia felt the warmth of a few sheets and blankets as well as a nice, firm mattress beneath her. She heard the sound of a heart monitor beeping.
"A heart monitor?" she thought.
Olivia opened her eyes and sees an eggshell white ceiling above her.
"Where am I?" she thought.
She then began to sit up to get a better view of her surroundings. She noticed that she is in a hospital room. However, this isn't just any hospital room, this is one of the few nicely decorated hospital rooms that sat in the private part of the medical wing of Massive Dynamic that was set aside just for members of the Bishop family.
She knew the rooms well. She'd given birth to Etta in one and about two months after she and Peter were married, it was where Peter spent three days in a coma after wrecking while chasing a suspect.
She looks to her right and sees the door that leads to the private hallway, no doubt guarded by security guards at both ends. Olivia knew her husband well. He would've insisted upon the extra security while she recovered from whatever she had been sent here for, because she honestly had no clue at the moment.
She turned her head to the left, and that is when she noticed Peter laying on the comfy couch that she remembers him insisting be part of each suite when they decided to renovate the wing for the family. He wanted to be comfortable just in case something like this were to happen and they needed to stay overnight.
Peter had not changed out of his suit. He'd only taken off the jacket and placed it on the back of the chair sitting by her bed. Peter had also rolled up the sleeves of his dress shirt.
Olivia knew Peter liked to do that for comfort. She knew this was not a comfortable situation for Peter. She knew he hated hospitals, even if it was owned by his father. She did not know if Peter was asleep or not, but at that moment she was quite sure that he'd want to know that she had woke up. She still had no clue from what, though.
"Peter!" she called.
Peter heard his name in Olivia's voice and didn't know whether he was dreaming, because it was rather common for him to dream of his beautiful wife. However, Peter heard her say it again and knew that she had awoken and that she probably wanted to know why she was where she was. Peter knew Olivia never remembered having seizures, but that she almost always ended up at Massive Dynamic afterwards, as a safety precaution.
He opened his eyes and turned his head towards Olivia.
"Livvy?" he asked as he got off the couch and walked over to her. When he got to her bedside, he grabbed her left hand in his and kissed it. He then leaned down and kissed her on the cheek.
"What happened?" she asked with a confused look on her face.
"You had a seizure at the warehouse", he told her.
She looked at him with a blank stare. "What warehouse?" she asked him.
Peter looked at her with a confused look and asked her, "What is the last thing you remember?"
Olivia looked at Peter blankly and said, "You waking me up and saying we have a case."
Peter nodded in understanding and began to fill her in on what had happened. As he told her, he began to see recognition dawn on her face.
"No wonder I feel so sore", she says.
Peter just smiles down at her and gently strokes her left hand with his own. "I'm going to go get Brandon and let him look you over, OK?"
Olivia nodded and let go of Peter's hand unwillingly.
Before he walked across the room, Peter stole a kiss from Olivia. He opened the door to Olivia's room and stepped into the private hallway. He carefully closed the door behind him and turned around to see a security guard coming towards him.
"Can I help you, sir?" the security guard asked Peter.
Peter looked at the man and said, "Yes, please go get Dr. Fayette for me. Mrs. Bishop is awake and he wanted to check her over when she woke."
The security guard nodded in understanding and went off to fetch Brandon as Peter had asked.
Peter walked back into Olivia's room and said, "Brandon is on his way", closing the door behind him.
Olivia nodded that she understood Peter.
Peter walked over to Olivia's left side and sat down in the chair that was sitting beside Olivia's hospital bed.
A few moments passed in silence and a knock was heard on the door.
"Come in!" Peter tells the person on the other side of the door.
Brandon walks in and greets Peter and Olivia with, "Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. I'm here to check over your vitals, ma'am"
Peter and Olivia nodded in Brandon's direction at his greeting.
Peter then addresses Brandon with, "Dr. Fayette, Nina advised me to ask you about the project that is researching for a way for Liv to use her abilities and not have seizures afterward. I want a result ASAP because I don't want her to have a seizure at a crime scene again, or even worse in front of Etta. Walter, Astrid, and I can handle her, but Etta would have no clue what is happening to her mother, and I just can't put her through Liv having a seizure. If you need help on it, I offer my services personally in finding the result we need."
"We are getting some results from it, but now that this has happened, I'm quite you wish a result to come before we discharge Mrs. Bishop" Brandon says.
Peter nodded yes to Brandon's answer.
"I will get the best of Massive Dynamic's scientists on it, sir" Brandon says.
Peter smile at Brandon's enthusiasm. "Dr. Fayette, please don't hesitate to ask my father or myself for help. We both want to make sure that something like what happened today doesn't happen again."
Olivia smiled at Peter's enthusiasm to find a way for her to use her abilities without having a seizure. Ever since he had stepped out of the machine, Olivia would have a seizure after she would use her abilities. It bothered her, but she knew that it hurt her husband to watch her have them and her was making it urgent that they find a way to stop the seizures before they left Massive Dynamic.
Brandon finished checking over Olivia's vitals and said, "Vitals are normal, sir."
Peter nodded and smiled. He was happy knowing the woman he loved was OK.
Brandon turned to leave and said, "I'm heading to the lab now to assemble a team to work on a solution for Mrs. Bishop to use her abilities without harm to her body." He then opened the door and walked out into the private hallway and set his sights for his lab to work on the project that Peter had asked of him.
Brandon didn't close the door completely behind him, which bothered Peter, but he understood that Brandon had a lot on his mind at that particular moment.
Peter walked to the door and closed it completely. He then walked back over to the chair beside Olivia's bed and sat down.
Peter grabbed Olivia's hand and said, "I love you, Livia."
"I love you too, Peter." Olivia replied.
He leaned over and kissed her hands and then kissed her on the lips.
Olivia knew it was Peter's way of dealing with her being put back in the hospital for another seizure. She knew he liked showing her affection in an attempt to bring himself small amounts of comfort in this stressful situation.
After about 10 minutes of them sitting in quiet, there was a light knock on the door.
"Come in!" Peter said.
The door opened to reveal Astrid, Etta, and Walter. They walked into the room.
Etta had the biggest smile on her face when she saw her parents. She ran over and hugged Peter.
Peter picked up Etta and sat her on his lap.
Etta reached out to Olivia for a hug and Peter sat her up so she could carefully hug her mother. "Daddy, what happened to Mommy?" the little girl asked her father.
"She had a small accident at work. Don't worry, Mommy will be fine. She just needs her rest." Peter tells Etta.
Etta nods and looks at her mother and says, "I love you, Mommy. I hope you get better soon."
Olivia smiled at Etta and said, "I love you too, baby girl. Don't worry, I'm going to be OK. You are going to stay here with Daddy and me tonight"
Etta looked at Olivia and asked, "Why do we have to stay here?"
"Because Mommy is still too weak to go back to work. The doctors want to watch her and make sure she is OK before they let her go back to work, and because Mommy can't go home, we are going to stay right here to keep her company" Peter tells his daughter.
Etta nodded her head and leaned into her father's chest.
Peter looked up and saw Walter and Astrid watching the conversation between them and asked, "Are you going to stay in your room upstairs, Walter, or do you want to go back to the house?"
"I'll stay upstairs. I know how you are about me being alone at the house, even if Asterisk is continually checking on me." Walter replies to Peter.
Peter nods in understanding and says, "Astrid, can you make sure he has everything he needs upstairs?"
Astrid nods in understanding and says, "Come on, Walter. Let's get your room ready."
"Nonsense, my dear. I want to make sure certain Olivia is OK. I want to stay down here for a while." Walter says.
"Walter, I can assure you that I am fine. Just a little weak, like Peter said, and you know that's normal" Olivia tells him.
Walter nodded in understanding and turned around left the room behind Astrid.
Walter left the door ajar, to Peter's dismay, so he sits Etta down in the chair they were sharing and walks over to the door and closes it.
Peter then notices a bag left on the right side of the bed with a note taped to it.
Here are clothes for the three of you and any other essentials you may need. Don't hesitate to call if you need anything.
Peter smiled as he read the note from Astrid and placed it on the table next to Olivia's bed.
"What's that?" Olivia asked.
"A note from Astrid", Peter tells her handing while handing it to her.
Olivia smiles and says, "That's awful nice of her. We need get that girl a pay raise, Peter."
"She doesn't get paid by Massive Dynamic, Liv. However, since she does care for Walter so much, I see where it would be time to put her on the payroll" Peter says.
"You and Nina make those decisions now. I'm sure Nina wouldn't hesitate, Peter" Olivia says.
"I agree, Liv. I'll talk to her in the morning. Tonight is about you getting stronger and us being together. Just the three of us" Peter says.
After Peter, Etta, and Olivia ate dinner, Etta told her parents of her time at daycare.
However, Peter soon noticed that Etta was asleep in his arms and smile. "Looks like it's time for bed" he says.
Olivia nods and says, "I agree. I'm pretty tired myself. Are you going to be OK sleeping on that pullout with Etta?"
Peter nods his head yes and walks over to the bag Astrid had left for them. He bends down and opens it up to find a clean set of pajamas for himself and Etta, along with toothbrushes for all three of them, "I'm impressed, Liv" Peter says. "Walter must have had something to do with this."
Olivia nodded and smiled at her husband.
"There's also three sets of clothes for tomorrow. I'm sure we can go home tomorrow afternoon and you'll be back in the field by Wednesday morning."
Olivia smiles and says, "I hope so, Peter. I hope so."
"First thing tomorrow, I'll go check on the progress of Brandon's project as well as getting Astrid added to the payroll. Maybe I can even get her some extra compensation for all these years she's helped us look after Walter" Peter says.
Peter picks up Etta's pajamas and walks over to the sleeping three year old. He gets on her level and whispers, "Etta. Etta. Etta, sweetie, it's Daddy."
Etta groans in her sleep at hearing her father's whispers.
"Etta, you need to get ready for bed. Once you are all ready for bed, you can cuddle up with me and go back to sleep" Peter says to his daughter.
Etta opens up her blue eyes and yawns. "OK, Daddy."
Peter smiles and hands Etta her pajamas that Astrid had packed for her.
Lately, Etta was on this I can do it myself kick. Most things she could handle. Things like changing clothes and brushing her teeth were a no brainer to her.
Peter lets her handle it with minimal observation while she brushes her teeth.
After Peter gets Etta ready for bed, he places her on the pull out bed built into the room, just for nights like this. He then walks over to Olivia and sits back down in the chair by her bed. He grabs the toothbrush left for her by Astrid and hands it to her.
"Thanks, Peter. You really are a wonderful husband and father. I wouldn't want to spend my life any other man. You're always here for me, even when I don't need you to be" says Olivia.
Peter helps Olivia get out of her bed and walks her over to the adjoining bathroom to let her brush her teeth. "I know you'd rather sleep in one of my t-shirts, but the medical staff wants you in this hospital gown for the night" Peter tells her.
Olivia just nods her head in understanding at Peter's words.
Peter helps Olivia back to her bed and gets her settled back in. He kisses her hair and says, "I love you, Livvy. That's why I do what do for you. Because I love you so much." He leans down and kisses her on the lips.
She deepens the kiss that Peter started until they were both out of breath. "I love you, too" she tells him.
Peter just smiles at her and says, "Good night, Liv. If you need me, don't hesitate to wake me." He leans over and kisses her hair again. He dims the lights in the room so he can still see, but also so Olivia and Etta can peacefully rest. He changes into his pajamas and brushes his teeth. He walks to the pull out bed that now hosts his sleeping daughter and quietly climbs in beside her and falls asleep.
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