It’s the afternoon of the next day and we’re back at the Hollands’ for lunch. Tom has been absent all morning.
“Where’s Tom?” I wonder aloud.
Nikki frowns, “didn’t he go out?”
“The door never opened,” Sam says, “I’ve been sitting here all morning.”
I stand up, “let me go check upstairs.”
I run up the stairs and the door to one of the bedrooms is slightly open.
“Tom?” I call out.
He mumbles something in response and I enter. He’s completely out of it, lying down on his bed. He looks terrible.
I quickly walk over to him, “are you okay?”
“I don’t feel so good,” he mumbles and sits up.
I smile and shake my head, “that isn’t funny. I cried in that scene.”
Despite how sick he seems he grins, “you cried?”
“Off topic,” I place my hand on his forehead which is abnormally warm, “is there anything else you’ve been feeling? Any nausea, any stomach pains, any—“
“—Rina?” I stop my rant, “as much as I love this whole Dr. Bianco facade, it’s just food poisoning.”
“How do you know?” I ask.
He chuckles, “because I’ve had it before and because the food we had yesterday was nasty.”
Oh. I smile and shake my head.
“I’m such a worrier,” I laugh.
He smiles at me, “I’ll be okay. I just need to rest up for a couple of days.”
“This was supposed to be a holiday and you’re sick,” I pout, “I’m going to the store, I’ll buy you some stuff.”
“What kind of stuff?” he tilts his head.
I shrug, “chocolate?”
He pumps his fist, “yes! Like Haz always says, why have friends when you can have food?”
“Maybe you need friends to go out and get you food when you’re sick?” I retort.
“Yeah,” he smiles, “but you’re my girlfriend, not my friend.”
I smile and kiss his cheek, “I’ll be back.”
Rina leaves the room and I feel like shit again. I’m sick but when she was here, I felt so much better. Why have medicine when you can have a Rina?
I lay down and go underneath my covers again.
My mum enters the room, “Corinna told me you’re sick. Are you okay?”
“Does it look like it?” I chuckle.
She shakes her head and smiles as she walks over. She sits on the side of my bed and puts her hand on my forehead.