The Deaf KnightI finally had some inspiration for this. :)
I've decided that this is going to be a Xander/Faith pairing.
Giles stepped out of Xander's hospital room, he'd taken over from Faith for the night. The girl hadn't moved from Xander's bedside since he'd been moved in there. Faith, her reaction to Xander's injury was most unexpected. She'd only left tonight because she needed a shower and in her words to 'beat the shit out of something.' Giles suspected that it was something to do with the fact that Xander was likely the first person to risk his life to save hers, and she'd reacted in a far more protective manner than Buffy did.
Giles sighed as he reached the hot drinks machine, he frowned as he his mind turned to getting the drink. He never drank coffee and he didn't trust the stuff Americans call tea. So the safest better would be a hot chocolate. God he missed England sometimes, even the tea from these machines were better over there. As he waited for the drink to dispense, his mind turned once again to the event three nights ago. He would never forget the scene as there got to the quad after they'd heard the explosion. The quad was in ruins and most of the tower was damaged. But the worst thing was the crumpled body lying against one of the pillars, covered in burns and blood. Xander Harris.
The following few hours was a time he'd quite happily forget, after discovering that thankfully Xander was still alive, he'd called an ambulance. The only reason Xander wasn't facing charges was because Angel had picked up Jack O'Toole outside of the school, because he couldn't hear a heartbeat from him. O'Toole then confessed to setting the bomb. Mysteriously the car taking O'Toole from the police station to the jail exploded killing both O'Toole and the two officers, a few days later. The mayor came and covered the medical bills from the town council, saying that more young men should be like Xander. That was the essence, but Wilkins had used far more words than that. Only a politician could say so much and yet say so little. It was a good thing too as it was clear the bill was going to be a lot. Xander's parents weren't interested, they hadn't come to the hospital once since the incident. But from what Willow said, that wasn't unexpected.
The doctors said that he was lucky to be alive. He'd fractured and dislocated his left shoulder socket, fractured his left collar bone and shoulder blade, as well as broken his left arm in three places. Most likely from being thrown into that column. They said it was unlikely he'd ever regain full mobility in that arm. On top of all that he'd suffered severe burns and fractured several ribs.
Giles opened the door to the hospital room to find Xander awake and staring at him, but something was off, Xander looked, as the Americans would say, freaked out by something. Mind you waking up in a hospital after being court in an explosion would have that affect on anyone.
"Xander, I'm glad your awake," Giles said, then frowned when Xander didn't reply. Xander wasn't type to not respond, even if it was with one of his annoying jokes, but Xander was just continued staring at him and he looked even more 'freaked out'. Then the boy frowned and his right hand snapped up to his ears and seemed to be searching for something.
"Xander, are you alright?" Giles asked, this seemed to be just the wrong thing to do as it seemed to tip the boy over the edge. Xander started to thrash on his bed seemingly going into a panic attack. He started to babble incoherently, Giles couldn't follow any of it. When the stand that steadied his cast started to wobble Giles was spurred into action, he tried to restrain the boy before he did himself any damage.
"Xander! Stop this, your safe, your going to be alright," Giles said, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Then Xander started to repeat two words over and over. Two words that chilled Giles to his core.
"Can't hear, can't hear." Then Xander stopped talking as he started to hyperventilate. Feeling numb Giles hit the call button next to the bed to alert the nurses. Then he tried to comfort the boy, not an easy thing to do if the person your trying to comfort couldn't hear you. They had been so lucky in the passed few years that no one was permanently hurt. Even with supposed loss of mobility in one limb wouldn't have stopped Xander from helping out. In fact Giles suspected that the young man would have treated it as a battle scar, something to be proud of. But the loss of an entire sense? That was something completely different. Something that couldn't be ignored, something that couldn't simply be worked round. It would put Xander firmly out of the fight, permanently, not something the young man would find easy to deal with. As the nurses finally got to the room, Giles realised that all of their lives would be inherently changed by this. Life had just become far more complicated.Please tell me what you think! :)
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