Slow But Sure
By: M. J. Cogburn and C. E. Krawiec
Johanna tried to decline his kind offer, Lyle Conroy was very adamant and
stubborn, thankfully had her arm, and wouldn't let it go.
Once she had received her food, Lyle walked her back to her quarters,
while holding a very interesting conversation about his future
daughter-in-law who was having twins. It
was only after he'd taken her back to her quarters and sat on her couch with
a glass of tea and her food, did he bid her a farewell and leave.
sat on her couch and just looked at the door and shook her head for a moment
smiled then made a mental note to write him a thank you note before she
turned back to her food and ate. It
was only after she had eaten that she decided to maneuver down to the
infirmary to make sure that she hadn’t reinjured herself in the fall.
slowly moved through the hall, keeping one hand on the wall as she started
down the hallway. She knew that
if Lyle Conroy caught her in the hallway again unescorted after being plowed
over, even after a rest, he would have marched her back to her quarters.
Just the thought of Lyle Conroy giving her a good talking to only
made the brunette smile as she continued slowly down the hallway.
He had always been a gentleman and had raised his two sons to be the
same way. Trevor and Ron?
‘Yes, that’s it,’ she thought to herself as she made it to the
elevator and pressed the call button. She
was glad that she had other friends in the complex, especially after what
had happened to get her position.
the elevator doors opened, she met the eyes of a security officer that she
hadn’t seen in some time. She
smiled up at the handsome blonde gentleman before her.
“Officer Sylvane, how are you this evening?”
Sylvane smiled warmly at the woman before him and noticed how she was moving
slowly into the elevator and immediately held out his hand to assist her.
“Obviously better than you are, Ms. Royden.
Are you okay?”
took his hand in assistance and continued into the elevator and was
surprised when Quinton took her arm and wrapped it around his own and held
her to his side. She smiled up
at him and noticed the same warm smile back.
“I…” Johanna hesitated a moment before she finally gave the
whole recitation on what had happened to her.
“I broke my ribs a couple of weeks ago.
I just got out of the infirmary this afternoon and when I went to the
cafeteria to get something to eat; someone ran out of the cafeteria and
plowed over me.” She read the
concern in his features as she continued.
“Lyle Conroy found me down in the corridor and helped me up, helped
me with my food, and walked me back to my quarters to eat.
I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t re-injure myself.
That’s why I’m back out and about.”
nodded his head with a grin. “Make
sure that you don’t have to spend another week in the infirmary eating
their food, huh?”
nodded her head in agreement. “Don’t
get me wrong, it’ll sustain you, but when you have a craving – they
don’t give it to you.”
chuckled. “You don’t mind if
you have an escort, do you, Ms. Royden?
call me Johanna.”
nodded and lightly patted her arm that was draped over his.
“You don’t mind then, do you, Johanna?”
at all,” Johanna stated as the elevator doors opened to reveal that they
were already on the infirmary level. She
hadn’t realized that he had even pressed the button or that the elevator
they left the elevator and started up to the nurse’s station.
As soon as Olivia Robinson saw who it was that was approaching, she
immediately came out from behind the counter.
“Ms. Royden, why are you back down here so soon?
Did something happen?” she asked as she looked up at the security
officer that was with her.
kept a small smile on his face as he turned his head toward Johanna to let
her explain what had happened. He
just felt honored to be escorting her down anywhere; especially after he had
permission to call her by her first name.
He had always thought that Johanna Royden was a very classy woman and
he had learned of what she had to do to achieve her status within the
complex, he thought it was too malicious.
It was after another security officer reminded him about the
leaper’s job and its details, he changed his mind.
She had done what was needed to do to attain her position, just as he
had trained for his own. Once
that thought was settled into his mind, he had the peace of mind to push it
aside and treat the lovely woman as he would any other beauty in the
building – with respect and dignity. Even
as he looked upon her, he couldn’t help but find himself thinking of a
beautiful red-head that was somewhere within the complex.
listened to the same recounting as she had told him earlier and gently began
to unfold her arm from his when Olivia Robinson popped him on his arm
lightly and he refocused his attention on her.
“Yes ma’am?” he questioned.
you hear me?” Olivia asked
carefully as she frowned up at the chiseled features of the officer before
ma’am. I’m sorry.
Would you mind repeating what you said?”
Quinton asked politely.
Robinson tilted her head slightly at the tall man before her.
“Quint, please take Ms. Royden to room 23.
Once she’s there, you may leave.”
ma’am. Sorry Ms. Robinson, I
didn’t mean to be daydreaming. Thank
chuckled slightly as did Johanna as he slowly moved with her down the hall.
“Who were you thinking of, Mr. Sylvane?” Johanna asked
Quinton asked back with a grin as he turned a bit pink from embarrassment
that he had been caught daydreaming of Tala.
He quickly shook his head, his face aflame from the embarrassment.
What’s her name?” Johanna
asked softly as he opened the door of Room 23 and maneuvered to help her to
the bed. Johanna instantly
noticed the pink of his face and his smile broadened.
mind her name. I’m just glad
that I could help you to where you needed to be, Ms…. Johanna,” Quinton
said as he started back toward the door.
Johanna called out as he paused at the door to look back at her
questioningly. “Thank you.”
Quinton replied, “Your welcome, Johanna.
I hope that you haven’t re-injured your ribs.”
Nodding to her as she echoed his words with “Me too,” he closed
the door and went on his way.
was barely gone a few minutes before the door opened and Dr. Peter Hugen
walked in, his face heated. “What’s
this about you getting plowed into?” he demanded.
blinked at his words before she once again told of her plight.
It was during her words that Dr. Hugen came to her side his heated
countenance slowly ebbing away. “Anyway,
I finished my dinner then started down here when Officer Sylvane assisted me
into the infirmary.”
Hugen let out a sigh as he met her eyes.
“I knew I should have left you in the infirmary.” Seeing the look
she pulled with that statement, Dr. Hugen grinned.
“Well, let’s see what you did to yourself.”
rolled her eyes as she began to unbutton the shirt she had put on earlier.
“I didn’t do this to
myself. Someone else did it to
that he was pushing her buttons, Dr. Hugen offered, “Oh, never mind the
semantics. Let me have a
Johanna removed the shirt showing her already bruised, discolored ribs.
It was only after a thorough examination of her torso that Dr. Hugen
was partly-satisfied with what he had found.
“Just to be certain, I want to run a new set of X-rays.”
how meticulous he was, Johanna only nodded in response.
Twenty minutes later, after taking the extensive X-rays ordered,
Johanna sat still on the bed once again waiting on the results.
When Dr. Hugen reappeared, his face void of emotion, Johanna feared
her gaze steadily, Peter Hugen crossed his arms over his chest, let it out
slowly then answered casually, “You’re either the luckiest person in the
world or you’re related to a webble wobble.”
Seeing the perplexed expression adorn her face, Peter couldn’t help
but grin. “Infirmaries, as I
have told you before, dear, are for the sick or injured, which you are
neither. That doesn’t mean you
need to run outta here doing cartwheels and spinning madly like a top.
Your ribs are healing quite nicely and I think that within a month
you’ll be able to go back to full duty.”
smile that had begun to light up her face quickly dimmed.
“A month? Dr. Hugen,
I… I need to be back as quickly as I can.
This… this isn’t fair. I…”
Hugen raised his hand up to silence her.
“Johanna, I said to full duty in a month.
Within a week, you’ll be back to part time work.
I know that you think I’m joking, but when I said you’d have
difficulty getting around, I proved my words true, didn’t I?”
did you make it here to the infirmary all by yourself today?”
not fair, Dr. Hugen. I was doing
fine before Quinton Sylvane showed up,” Johanna protested.
may be so, but how slow was your progress from your quarters to just the
elevator? How long did it
long?” he persisted.
Johanna answered, “Over five minutes.”
I’ve just proved my point, Johanna. From
your quarters to the infirmary shouldn’t even take five minutes.”
Dr. Hugen watched as Johanna slowly bowed her head dolefully.
Peter moved a bit closer to her and placed a hand on her shoulder.
“I know that you don’t think that it’s fair.
I’m not trying to keep you from working, either.
I just want you fit. I
think that you know that.”
raised her head up to look at the man who had helped her numerous times
within her adult life and nodded. “I
do. A week?
I can go back to part-duty in a week?”
nodded. “A week,” he
you, Dr. Hugen.”
Hugen smiled at the young woman, reminded her about taking care of herself,
and then headed out the door to go to his next patient.
slowly made her way off the small bed and out into the hall when she heard
Olivia call her name. Turning
back to the nurse’s station, she waited for the older woman to come to her
side. “Yes ma’am?”
you like for me to call for someone to help you back up to your room?”
shook her head. “No, thank
you. I think that I’m going to
go talk to Lothos before I head back up to my quarters.”
looked at her uncertainly, but when Johanna pressed the issue, she nodded.
"All right, but if you need someone, you better let Lothos know
so that he can get someone to you."
Olivia shifted slightly and wagged a finger at her.
"You do understand me, don't you Johanna?"
ma'am," she replied. After
promising Olivia that she would do just as she had been told, Johanna slowly
started out of the infirmary toward the bank of elevators.
Finally arriving and calling an elevator, she entered into the
elevator breathing a bit heavily before she reached over and pressed the
button to head deeper within the complex to Central Control.
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