i sat in wesley's lap, my head laying on his shoulder, in the waiting room downstairs at the hospital. keaton was rushed to the emergency room to check up on him, since he had been underwater for a while and had swallowed a lot of water trying to breathe. i had been crying since they took him, wesley trying to comfort me. he was pretty torn up over it, but it was rare to see wes cry over anything.
"keaton's going to be fine, ash. stop worrying about him," he said, rubbing my back.
"but what if he isn't?" i asked, lifting my head from his shoulder and wiping a tear from my cheek.
"don't think that way. have faith that he'll be alright and he will."
i nodded slowly, checking my phone. i had a few missed texts, but they weren't important right now. the only thing i was concerned with was making sure keaton was alright.
we sat there for a little while longer until a doctor came in, asking for us to come to keaton's room. he explained what had happened in the elevator on the way up to keaton's room.
"he's going to be alright, but the amount of salt water he swallowed has made him dehydrated, which will cause him to maybe be weak or confused for the next couple of days. just keep him drinking a lot of water or gatorade. he may have some slight lung damage as well, but he should be completely fine with that, other than having shortness of breath after long periods of extreme physical activity. as far as we can tell, he's just in a little bit of shock right now over the situation," the doctor explained, taking a short pause. "you kids are lucky you found him when you did."
i nodded. "thank you," i smiled softly.
we stood in silence for a few moments until the elevator stopped at our floor and the doctor led us into keaton's room. wesley squeezed my hand a little, walking over to where keaton was. i took in a deep breath. it was weird seeing keaton like this. "hi keats," i said, quietly, looking down at him.
"hey guys," he said. i could tell he was weak just by the way he was talking.
"you ready to get out of here?" wesley asked.
keaton nodded slowly, as the doctor's came over and started unhooking the machines from him. i shot keaton a tiny smile, and he smiled back at me.
"you're all set, keaton," the doctor said, wheeling a wheel chair over by keaton's bed and looked over at us, "you may want to have him use this for the next couple of the days, or until his strength comes back to keep him from doing too much."
we nodded, watching as the doctor helped keaton up and rolled him over to us. "just remember to keep him hydrated and no really salty foods for a little while. it'll just make him worse," the doctor finished.
we said thank you to the doctors, wheeling keaton down to the lobby. it was almost silent the entire way down between the three of us.
once we finished all of the paperwork, we piled into the car and drove back to the stromberg's house.
we got home, helping keaton onto the couch and getting him a tall glass of water.
"thank you, guys," he said, weakly, raising his arms up, looking for hugs.
i smiled and leaned over, hugging keaton carefully. he held onto me for a little longer than i expected him to, and then he let go. "your turn," he said, looking over at wesley.
he hugged keaton quickly, and looked over at me. "you must be pretty special, keats. wes doesn't ever hug anyone except for me," i laughed.
keaton laughed softly.
"you need anything else?" wesley asked.
"nope, not right now. i'll let you know if i change my mind," he shook his head.
wes and i nodded. "just get some rest. you seem pretty tired."
keaton nodded, laying his head down on the couch and was almost instantly asleep.
wesley and i exchanged glances, trying to think of something to do. since keaton was asleep, we needed to be quiet. but we couldn't go far in case he woke up and needed something.
wesley's eyes lit up, obviously having an idea. he picked me up, throwing me over his shoulder and walking towards the kitchen. he set me down on the counter walked over to one of the cabinets, looking through it. he pulled out a box of cake mix and everything we needed to make it.
we started mixing the ingredients together when wesley "accidentally" shot some of it at me.
"oh, it's on," i said, getting a scoop of the batter and throwing it at wesley.
it went on for a few minutes, until we realized there wasn't anything left. "dork," i said, laughing at him.
he lifted me up, setting me back on the counter. "this is why i set you down here originally. so you couldn't do that. now we don't have a cake to eat," he pouted.
"i have a better idea," i smirked.
wes must have caught on, because he planted his lips on mine, almost forcefully. we had a nice little make out session, until wesley pulled back, smirking at me.
"i know that face, wes," i said, letting out a small laugh.
"you do?" he asked, sarcastically.
"yes, i do."
"then you know what's coming next," he laughed, picking me up and leading me upstairs to his room, locking the door. it's not like anyone could walk in on us anyway. keaton was downstairs, asleep and wesley's parents were out of town for the last week of summer.