Noel walks over to gather her things, excitedly and she hurries along.
Dr. King looking over at her with a smile as she notices the worry etched on Kris’ face.
“Dr. King…” he utters.
“Are you sure, she’s okay to go home, it’s only been a couple of days.”
“I would not let her leave if I thought she was at risk in any way.”
“I know I just- I’m worried…I don’t want to rush her recovery and she’s like full steam ahead with wanting to know things and be like we used to be in hopes that it could jog her memories. I’m just worried all this will do the opposite and will instead lead to a set back.”
“I’m not going to lie to you, Mr. Thornwood, there is always the possibility of setbacks with any surgery or accident. But in my true medical opinion aside from your wife’s memory loss, she is fine. Being home and out in the real world may actually do her some good.”
“Is there anything I should be doing to help her along?” he says whispering as he glances at an oblivious Noel dancing around and packing up her things.
“Talk to her, show her pictures, videos, tell her stories, take her to places of significance…here, take my card, if you have any questions about anything, call me, I don’t want you to feel alone in this.”
“Thank you, so much,” Kris says taking the card.
Noel hurries over seconds later, with her bag.
“So I’m all ready, can we get me signed out?”
“Yes right this way, the nurse has the paper work at the front desk.”
Kris reaches and takes the bag from Noel. She smiles at him and kisses his cheek.
“Um, Dr. King,” she says causing her to halt and turn before leaving the room.
“Are we allowed to…ya know…” she says gesturing a wave of her hand accompanied by wide eyes.
Kris’ eyes widen as he looks over at his wife, shocked doesn’t begin to describe how he felt.
“Noel…” Kris begins.
“If…you are asking me if I think it is safe for you two to have sex at this point in your recovery…” Dr. King says trying to gage the situation, her face slightly confused.
Noel nods, “Yes that’s what I’m asking.”
Kris coughs and looks down.
“Oh now, who’s blushing,” Noel says looking over at Kris. “It’s a valid question,” She says.
“It is, I agree. You should know exactly what your body can handle at this state in your recovery. In my medical opinion I think waiting at least a day or two before any sexual activity would be your safest bet. Although you are recovering better then we could have ever expected, you still did have surgery and you did suffer a concussion, so it’s important to take it easy and not exert yourself too soon.”
“Ok so, like two days then?” Noel says.
“If you feel like your up for it in a day or two, (she says awkwardly looking from Noel to Kris who still seems uncomfortable) then yes, I think you would be fine.”
“Great!” she says smiling as she takes Kris’ hand and leads the way out, Dr. King following close behind a small laugh on her lips.
Kris and Noel walk out of the hospital and Kris leads the way toward the parking garage, Noel tightening her grip on his hand.
“Are you cold?” he asks looking over at her.
“No, I’m fine,” Noel says smiling.
“It’s not too far, Jack brought my car over last night, and he said it was parked right on the main floor.”
“Ok, no problem.”
Kris and Noel enter the parking garage and make their way to their car.
Kris beeps the car as the locks open, he throws the bag in the back seat and then walking Noel over to the passenger seat, he opens the door for her.
“Thank you,” she says smiling as she hops in.
Kris gets in and starts the car, waiting for it to warm up.
“Did I upset you, asking Dr. King about when we can have sex?”
“I’m not upset, I just-I was surprised I guess. I didn’t think you’d be up for something that intimate, just yet.” he says looking over at her.
“Well let’s see, I may not remember everything, but there are some things I do know.”
“Oh yea?” Kris says smirking.
“I know I’m your wife and I know that I think you are really sexy.”
Kris laughs and leans over to her, “Trust me, I think your even sexier,” he whispers.
Noel smiles, as Kris leans over placing a soft kiss on her lips.
“Hey you got me to fall back in love with you in a matter of days, so me wanting to have sex so soon, really shouldn’t be a surprise to you.” she says laughing.
“Can you be serious for two seconds.?
“No.” Noel says smirking.
Kris rolls his eyes, a smirk on his lips.
“Sex is a big deal with us…it’s not just a physical thing, it’s a whole other emotional level.”
“And your afraid that I’ll ruin it. Because I’m not me. Or at least not the me your used to?
“That is absolutely not what I said nor is it what I mean. I just don’t think we should rush it.”
“Are you afraid to be with me, is that it, because I’m not going to break, Kris.”
“Let’s just talk about this at home, okay?” he says pulling out of the garage.
Noel huffs and looks out the window.
Feeling bad for how he’s been acting Kris looks over at her, while at a red light.
Noel turns to him, obviously frustrated and hurt.
“I’m sorry. I love you.”
Her face softens and falls into a small smile.
“I don’t know what I’m doing here, this is completely new territory for me.”
“Oh me too,” she says laughing.
“I know and I am not meaning to make this about me. I just- I don’t want to-“
“Shhh,” Noel says putting her finger to his lips. “I love you, and you love me, let’s just focus on that.”
Kris sighs and smiles, “Come here,” he says smiling as Noel leans into him, he kisses her once again.
“Let’s get you home,” he says with a smile, his hands on the wheel.
“Yes, please!” she says happily.
Kris begins driving.
A few minutes away from home, a car stops short in front of Kris, causing Kris to slam on the breaks. Instinctively he places his hand out over Noel, to shield her.
Noel’s body jerks slightly forward as her seat belt prevents her from going anywhere, an image of a loud crash and shattered glass jolts through her mind, as she remembers a slight moment of her collision.
“I’m so sorry, are you ok?” Kris says nervously looking at Noel.
Noel stares ahead, frozen.
Noel’s heart begins to race, her palms start to sweat and the car begins to close in on her. She starts to feel her oxygen suck out of her.
“I…I can’t breathe,” she says clutching her chest.
“Wha- What?” Kris says jolting and turning, reaching for her.
“I need to get out of this car…”
“Ok, um, ok…” Kris pulls over to the side of the road and hops out of the car rushing to her side. Opening the door, he brings her to her feet.
“Hey, hey, hey come here, I got cha,” he says sitting her on a bench near by. “What’s happening, I need you to tell me what your feeling,” Kris says staring into her eyes, his heart pounding as the nerves start setting in.
Noel starts to breath deeply, as she begins to calm herself.
“I’m ok, I’m sorry I just, I felt like the car accident just came flooding back full speed, once that guy stopped short in front of us.”
“Ok, well just breathe baby, small, steady breaths, you were probably having a bit of a panic attack,” he says kneeling in front of her and holding her hand, while his other hand cups her face.
Noel nods as she starts to calm down.
“Are you ok?”
“Yes, I’m ok.”
Kris looks at her, Noel noticing the fear on his face.
“I’m ok, I promise,” she says cupping his face in her hands.
Kris closes his eyes and puts his forehead against hers.
“Let’s go home,” Noel whispers.
“You sure, we can wait a few more minutes.” Kris says staring up at her.
“No, I can’t wait to be in my own home, with my husband.”
Kris smirks and leaning up he kisses her, as they then walk hand in hand back torward their car.
TO BE CONTINUED…