Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cool With A "K" PART 24 - CHAPTER 10

Leo opened his eyes in the darkness. He looked at his phone; 2:29 A.M.
Leo sat up and swung his feet over the side of his bed. Then, he heard a small whimper from the other bottom bunk.

"Tae-Hyun?" He whispered into the blackness.
No answer.
Leo got up and carefully walked over to the other bunk bed.
"Hey, are you okay?" He whispered.
Tae-Hyun didn't answer at first. She groggily opened her eyes and said, "Mwoh?"
"Huh?" Leo whispered.
Tae-Hyun mumbled something in Korean.
Leo chuckled and whispered, "I don't know what you're saying."
"Mwoh?" Tae-Hyun said again, "Mwoh? Mwoh? Mwoh? Mwoh?"
"Tae-Hyun, wake up." Leo whispered, putting his hand lightly on her shoulder, "Are you okay?"
Tae-Hyun was quiet, but then she whispered, "No..."
"No?" Leo said, "What's wrong?"
"My stomach hurts bad... I feel really sick." Tae-Hyun said, wrapping her arms around her stomach.
Leo said slowly, "Are you going to throw up?"
Tae-Hyun laid on her bed lazily for a second before she nodded.
Crap. Leo thought.
"Oh, uh, okay. Let's go to the bathroom, okay?" He whispered. Sitting her up, Leo put one arm around her and put her arm over his shoulder.
"No..." Tae-Hyun said.
Leo looked at her, "What?"
Tae-Hyun looked at him and said, "We can't afford to wake up the others."
Leo glanced at Daniel and Johnny, who were sleeping in the upper bunks.
Leo whispered, "Should we go to the Mess Hall bathroom?"
"That would be appropriate." Tae-Hyun said.
Leo grinned.
She has a great sense of humor, even when she's sick. He thought.
"Main Building..." Tae-Hyun said.
"Okay." Leo said. He helped her to the door as quickly as he could and quietly opened it.
They went to the Main Building and Leo pushed open the first bathroom he saw; The unisex bathroom. Oh, the irony.
Tae-Hyun ran to the toilet and threw up.
Leo ran over to her and kneeled next to her, not sure now to help.
He gently held her soft black hair away from her face.
Tae-Hyun gasped and coughed and Leo looked at her red face.
"Tae-Hyun," Leo said, "What are you wearing under that jacket?"
Tae-Hyun took a few breaths before answering, "... A t-shirt... And my binder."
Binder? Leo mouthed to himself. He had no idea what that meant.
Leo said hesitantly, "Uh, Tae-Hyun... I'm not sure how to say this, but..."
Tae-Hyun glanced at him for a second.
"I... Think..." Leo said, blushing, "You might have to... Take.. Your shirt off."
Tae-Hyun looked over her shoulder and stared at him like he was insane.
"No." She said.
"Okay, I can understand why that would sound weird." Leo said, "But you could be dehydrated."
"I am not taking my shirt off." Tae-Hyun said, sounding offended.
"Tae-Hyun," Leo said firmly, "It's not like that. It's 96 degrees outside! Dehydration could be what's making you sick!"
Tae-Hyun looked like she was thinking.
"Okay..." She said, unzipping her hoodie.
Leo blushed when Tae-Hyun took her jacket and her t-shirt off. She kept on the binder, which turned out to be an ace bandage wrapped around her chest. The evening air felt nice and cool on her skin.
Tae-Hyun threw up again and Leo held her hair for her.

"I'm sorry you're so sick." He said, "You should drink water after... This."

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