C.C. sat in the bed quietly as she listened to the comforting rhythm of the heart rate monitor. Staring at the tall glass of water sitting before her, she was motionless as she concentrated solely on the drink. Outside she could faintly hear the rest of the world bustling about but she chose to ignore them. Even as the door quietly opened, she sat still.
“…They’ve been prohibited from seeing you. At least for the time being until you’re well again.”
Gino stood sadly by the bed. His eyes low, he was silent for some time. Chewing through his thoughts, he tried to think of what would best comfort her, of what he could say to help make her feel better, but no matter what he thought of, there was always something wrong. How could he tell her of Suzaku’s tears? Of his regret and shame over what he’d said and done. Or what of Lelouch’s sleeplessness as she lay in the hospital?
“Where’s Milly?” She spoke reluctantly, and her voice croaked from disuse, but Gino caught the fear and concern in her words.
“She’s on her honeymoon. We…didn’t tell her what happened. Thought that it would have been for the best.”
She nodded. There was a knock on the door, and the doctor stepped inside. Gino asked for a second. Turning to his friend, he knelt by the bed and took her hand.
“You know, C.C., I really… I just want to let you know that all of us love you and that no matter what you choose, we’ll still love you. All of us. So don’t be afraid to do what you want. Don’t be afraid of being selfish. Sometimes being selfish is good. Sometimes it’s the least selfish thing you can do, and I hope you know that.”
“…I understand,” she said softly.
He squeezed her hand before slipping out. outside, he could see the two men. Mirror images of one another as they sat three seats apart from each other, hunched over and their faces covered. Gino thought of going to them, but even if he were to stand in front of them, he wasn’t really sure what he would say to them. He wasn’t really sure what there was to say to them. Both had made some poor decisions; more Suzaku than Lelouch, but both had been the cause of such pain from C.C., he wasn’t really sure if he’d be able to temper himself if they were to crowd him with their questions. So Gino did the only thing he could: he left.
. . .
“Good afternoon, Ms. Corabelle. I’m Dr. McCoy – Your Dr. McCoy – and… Well, I’ve come to inform you of a revelation that we’ve encountered.”
He took the empty chair that Gino had forgone. Setting his clip on his knee, he pushed his glasses further up the bridge of his nose but chose not to say anything more. He seemed lost in thought for some time until she jolted him with her dry voice.
“What is it that you wanted to tell me?”
He pursed his lips. She sat quietly. He glanced up at her nervously.
“Ms. Corabelle, the revelation is- Well, the truth of the matter is that our test results have shown that you’re with child, ma’am.”
She felt her heart stop.