“FRIAR LAURENCE: Ascend her chamber; hence and comfort her.
But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
For then thou canst pass to Mantua,
Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back
With twenty hundred thousand times more joy.”
Alex and Angelica were growing antsy as the 9 hour mark was passing. The doctors gave them a large time span of how long it could take, 8 being the shortest, but to them the longer it took meant the higher likelihood of complications. That’s when a doctor came over to them. “Philip Hamilton’s family?”
“Yes.” Alex said, standing up.
“Philip is out of surgery. It was successful and went very well. I can take you to see him.” The doctor said.
Alex breathed a sigh of relief. “Yes please. Angelica why don’t you go find Eliza and tell her the news?”
Angelica nodded and went off on her own. Alex followed the doctor.
“Like before he was in surgery, you need to wear a gown and mask, and wash your hands, he’s on very strong anti rejection medications and they weaken his immune system so he’s more susceptible to getting sick.”
Alex nodded in understanding. “Will he be awake?”
“Not immediately but he should be awake soon.”
“Will he be sedated more after this?”
“No, not as of right now. He no longer needs the heavy-duty antibiotics or liver failure medications that he did before. Therefore won’t be those severe side effects anymore for us to keep him asleep to avoid.”
Alex nodded in understanding.
They soon got to the room. Alex gowned up and washed his hands and pulled a mask on, then went into the room. Philip was still asleep but clearly would be awake soon. Alex took a seat at Philip’s bedside and watched him closely.
Philip’s eyes soon fluttered open. He looked around. “Dad,” He croaked.
“Philip, how ya feeling bud?” Alex smiled and sat on the edge of his chair, closer to Philip.
“Groggy, but not too bad I think. Where’s mom?”
“She’s coming, she was with Aunt Peggy.”
Philip nodded. “Is Aunt Peggy alright?”
“I haven’t heard otherwise.” Alex offered.
“I thought Aunt Angelica would’ve gone to see her and that mom would’ve stayed with you…”
“Mom’s not exactly happy with me right now. I did something really dumb and she’s pissed.” Alex admitted to his son.
“What’d you do?”
“I messed up. That’s all you need to know right now.”
Philip nodded a bit.
Eliza then came in. She ignored Alex and paid attention only to Philip.
“Philip, hi, how are you feeling? I’m sorry I wasn’t here when you woke up.”
“It’s alright mom.”
“I’m so glad you’re okay.” Eliza smiled.
Philip smiled at his mom.
That evening once Philip was asleep Eliza looked at Alex. “Can we talk?” She whispered.
She moved to a chair beside Alex rather than the one she’d previously been in on the other side of Philip’s bed. “I’ve thought a lot, I have questions.”
“Go ahead. I’ll tell you anything you want to know.”
“It was only one time, right?”
“Only once, I promise.”
“And you don’t have any feelings for John anymore?”
“You guys made sure to be safe?”
“And John is clean?”
Alex nodded. “He is.”
“It happened in a moment of weakness? It wasn’t planned?”
“It most definitely was not planned. I had previously thought about sleeping on John’s couch, but I didn’t plan to sleep with him.”
Eliza nodded a bit. “Then this is what I have to say about it. You still need to earn back my trust, Alex, but I do understand to an extent. It has been a stressful time and things happen. I haven’t done anything to equate to what you did, but I have thought about how easy life would be if I just left and pretended that I was never a part of this. It’s been rough. I believe you that you haven’t lied to me about anything, so I’m willing to let it go.”
“Really? You’re not gonna leave me?”
“We’ve all done some stupid things the last weeks. Angie beat up a kid at school without being provoked, Al hasn’t done anything at all at school all week and yelled at his teacher, James left school and tried to come here by himself, Angelica nearly got herself arrested for yelling at a pro-gun person on the street. I ate two boxes of cookies in one sitting, blamed the kids, and helped Angelica scold them for it. It’s not the same level of stupid as what you did, but we’ve all done dumb things the past week or two. Something dumber than what you did though, would be to leave you over it. It was a mistake, it only happened once, and it would really mess up the children. Our family has been through too much already. So no, I’m not leaving you. You can, however, sleep in your office instead.”
Alex nodded. “I probably deserve worse,”
“Sleeping in your office doesn’t just mean that, Philip is gonna be camping on the couch because four flights of stairs to his room on the third floor is too much. You get to wake him up for his meds in the middle of the night and come for him when he calls.”
Alex nodded. “I understand. Thank you ‘Liza.”
“You’re welcome. Angelica tried to convince me to make you sleep in your car, but I’m not that cruel, we don’t need you getting sick.”
“Hey, as long as I can patch things up with you, I don’t care what Angelica thinks of me.” Alex smiled a bit and kissed her hand.
Eliza smiled back at her husband. “Now we just gotta get Philip and Peggy out of the hospital and back to full health and this nightmare will be over.”
“Philip won’t be able to return to school this year at this point will he?” Alex asked.
Eliza shook her head. “No. He could maybe make it back for finals week, but there’s not much point in it. I’ve taken an extended leave of absence from work, with partial pay, by the way. I can teach him what he’s missed and he’ll be back in school next school year.”
“What would I do without you?” Alex asked.
“You’d fall apart Alexander. Honestly. Do you remember how bad off you were when we met?”
Alex chuckled a bit. “You are quite right Eliza. I really was a disaster.” Alex chuckled, and Eliza did with him.
With the right work and a bit of time, they’d make it through this, and Alex had an idea. He’d write his way out of this not so great situation and Eliza would love him once again.