Title: Nobody Wants to be Lonely Pt 4/4

Author: ML

Email: minorleeg@yahoo.com

Rating: PG, maybe PG-13

Disclaimers: Same as pt 1

Archive: Please ask permission first

Exactly eighteen minutes later, I'm walking down the corridor towards Donna's room. I called Leo and told him of Donna's condition. If your wondering, I looked at the hospital's clocks and not my watch. In my hands are two dozen roses, a dozen carnations, a dozen tulips and two stuffed teddy bears. Basically I spent every bit of cash I had in the hospital gift shop. The cashier at the gift shop asked if my wife just had a baby. When I told her I wasn't married, she went into this tirade about how couples should be married before bringing a child into this world. She had to be a republican. So I went into 'attack dog' mode and skillfully explained to her the situation. She calmed down after that. I still think she's a republican.

 

Nobody wants to be lonely

Nobody wants to cry

My body's longing to hold you

So bad it hurts inside

Time is precious and it's

Slipping away

And I've been waiting for you all

Of my life

Nobody wants to be lonely

So why

Why don't you let me love you?

I came to Donna's room and knocked on the door.

"Come in." Ah, so good to hear that sweet voice!

"Excuse me, I have a delivery for Ms. Donnatella Moss."

Her eyes lit up when she saw me-or it could have been the gifts. Can't be too sure, yet. "Joshua! Did you just get here?"

"Nope, I've been here all afternoon."

"Really?"

"Yep. Um, do you mind if I put these down?"

"Oh! I'm so sorry! Please do. And all those flowers are gorgeous!"

"Hey! What about the teddy bears? I'll have you know I spent fifteen minutes trying to decide which one to get you."

"Couldn't decide, huh?"

"Nope, so I got them both."

"In that case, they are adorable."

"Just like me?" Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes."

Donna smiles. "Yes, just like you."

YES! Victory! Then I lower my head. "Donna...while you were in the trauma room, I did some thinking."

"Yeah?"

"Yes. I found myself thinking about our relationship. I found myself not wanting to be without you. I think...I'm falling in love with you. You've been there for me through everything-from the shooting all the way up to my meetings with Stanley. And I feel that it's my turn to be there for you. Do you feel this way to?"

Silence. Nothing but silence. Donna just stares at me, and my heart drops. She doesn't feel the same. I've waited too long.

 

I wanna feel you need me

Just like the air you're breathin'

I need you here in my life

"I should leave you alone, Donna. I'm sorry." I move towards the door. As I begin to open it, Donna yells, "Stop!"

 

Don't walk away

Don't walk away

Don't walk away

Don't walk away, no

"Josh, please come back and sit down."

I do as I'm told and sit on a stool that's beside her bed.

 

Nobody want to be lonely

Nobody wants to cry

"Donna, I..." Donna places a finger on my lips to quiet me. Then she leans towards me and gently kisses me. Even through this entire trauma, her lips are still soft. I start to deepen the kiss and she reciprocates. I place my hands on her cheeks, feeling her tears. Her hands are around my neck-which is good because she can't feel my tears.

I reluctantly break the kiss. "Donna,"

"Josh. Don't feel ashamed of your feelings. I've already fallen in love with you. Have been for a while. The shooting just brought it out in me. But with all that's happened since then, I wasn't sure if I'd ever get to tell you."

I smile. "I think you just did." I lean over and kiss her forehead, just below the bandage.

"Josh, Where do we go from here?"

I think for a moment. "Well, once you're better, I owe you a night on the town."

"But the bill hasn't even passed yet."

"I know. I still owe you for that one. This one is because I care about you. I want you to have the time of your life."

Donna starts to cry again. "Oh, Josh. That would be wonderful. But, I mean what's going to happen at work?"

"Well, it's time to go to CJ and Leo."

"Oh," she whispers.

I grab her hand. "It's going to be all right. Donna, I don't want to be lonely anymore."

Donna yawns. "You won't be." I continue to hold her hand as she drifts off to sleep.

Now I need to figure out how to break this to Leo. But that will have to wait. For the first time in a very long time, I'm no longer lonely.

THE END

 

 

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