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Chapter 9 : Tests And A Much Needed Talk
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Draco looked at his friend with a 'I'm going to smack you' look. He knew Josh was good on his word about coming in the morning, but he didn't mean literally that early.
“I know it is mate, but I thought that you were going to wait until like, six or seven a.m.. Regardless though, I am really glad that you are here.” He said.
“Glad that I could be here mate.” He said being pulled into a 'bro' hug by Draco. Draco pulled back and smiled at his friend. He turned to see Harry watching him, and looked back at Josh.
“Josh, you remember Harry, and his wife Ginny?” Draco asked and Josh smiled, shaking Harry's hand.
“Of course. How are you Harry, Ginny?” He asked, shaking Ginny's hand next.
“We have been better. Thank you so much for coming. Draco says that you are the best.” Harry said, Ginny nodding along.
“Well, I am going to try whatever it takes to help.” He said and saw the doctor walk away from Hermione and over to a room. Draco grabbed Hermione's hand and looked to Josh.
“Josh, this is, as you know, Hermione. You are here for her daughter.”
“You're Josh?” Hermione asked and Josh felt his heart ache. Hermione looked completely devastated, and tired. Her eyes were rimmed red from crying, and she look scared beyond her liking.
“Yeah, I'm Josh.” He said, and a moment later was engulfed in a tight hug from Hermione.
“Thank you so much for coming.” She said in a half sobbing voice. Josh wrapped his free arm around her and pulled her to him tightly.
“I am more than happy to be here to help.” He said and a moment later they pulled away, and Hermione wiped her tears. “Honestly, I am really glad that I am here. And I hope beyond everything that I can help.” He said and Hermione nodded.
“So, what exactly are you going to do?” Hermione asked him and Josh smiled at her, and motioned for her to take a seat. They all sat down and Josh pulled out a note pad and pen.
“Well, first, I want you to tell me exactly what happened today. From the moment you awoke, to right now.” He said and Hermione nodded, taking a deep breath. “Take your time, because I need as many details as possible.”
“Right, okay, well I woke up seven, and went to the kitchen to put on the coffee. Then, I went and took a shower, got out, and then picked out my outfit for work, it was my first day. Oh my god! Draco, what are we going to do about work tomorrow?”
“It's okay, I took care of it.” He said and she nodded before turning back to Josh.
“Anyway, I picked out a black skirt, gray tank top and a black mini jacket. I got dressed, did my hair and makeup, then I walked out of my room to Aly's. I woke her up and told her to find an outfit, then to go brush her hair and teeth. While she did that, I got some coffee, and cooked her favorite breakfast, pancakes with strawberries.” She said this and Draco smirked. That's his favorite too. “As we ate, she asked me to do her hair, braids. I did, and then grabbed my purse.” She said and waited for josh to write before she went on. “While Aly put on her jacket, we went over the rules.
“Rules?” Harry, Ginny and Josh asked. Hermione smiled and nodded.
“Rules.” Hermione repeated. “Don't disrupt the class, try to be nice to everyone, and don't correct the teacher if she is wrong.” Hermione said and Ginny laughed. “After that, we left and went to the school. We went to her class and met her new teacher, Mrs. Jacobs. Aly had pretty much relayed the rules to her teacher, who just smiled at her and thanked her, and told her to tell her privately if she did male any mistakes. I told Aly to go and play, that I would see her at two, and we hugged and she ran off. I turned to her teacher and introduced myself, and she was 'double checking' by saying 'Harry Potters best friend'. I told her yes, and gave her my card saying if there were any problems to call me. She then told me to write my cell number down to get a hold of me faster in case of an emergency, she also told me her patronus. And I told her that if in any case she can't reach me, to call Ginny or Harry, and they could come and get her. We said our goodbyes and I looked at Aly to see she made friends... with two boys.”
“Aww, just like her mummy.” Harry said and everyone chuckled lightly. Josh finished writing and looked up at Hermione.
“You are doing great. So what happened next?”
“Well, I left and apparated to work, which is for Draco, I am his secretary. I got there and decorated my area of work with some pictures, and a ceramic plate with Aly's hand print. Draco walked in and said that he liked the office. And then saw a picture of Aly and said she was cute. Then we got to work, we had to go to a meeting. I took notes for it, after the meeting, I went back to my office and did some filing, made calls, got coffee, typed up some things for work, everything that I am suppose to do. Then Draco asked me to go to lunch and we left and went to eat.”
“What did you guys talk about?”
“The usual; what have you been up to, where did you go when you moved, my life with Aly, Aly's father, and lack there of. Just catching up.” She said and looked at Ginny, who smiled encouragingly at her, and she smiled back.
“Okay, and then what?” Hermione then talked about the rest of her day, and it started to get harder to do when she got to when she heard Aly scream.
“Aly screamed, and on the phone Draco asked 'what was that?' I was running to her room, calling her name. When I got to the door of her room, I saw her on the floor, just laying there.” She said and Draco squeezed her hand. “I was about to go to her when I heard a pop outside the door. It was Draco, knocking on the door. I opened it and he walked in. We ran to Aly's room, and I dropped down next to her. I was tapping her face, asking her if she could hear me. Draco felt on her neck and said, 'she's not breathing', and then grabbed both Aly and me tightly and apparated us here. After that, it's kind of a blur.” She said and Josh nodded.
“You did great.” Josh said and looked at Draco. Draco then began to tell him what happened while he was at the hospital, and like Hermione, only kept a few details to himself. After another twenty minutes, Josh shut his notepad and stood up. “Thank you for your help guys. Now, what I am going to do is some blood tests. I hope to not have to take too much of her blood, but I need enough for the tests.”
“How many tests?” Ginny asked.
“As many as it takes. Sadly, there are tons of blood poisons, and I need blood to test them all, but the good thing is, is that I don't need much blood for each test, three drops for each test is more then enough, but again, there are a lot of tests.” He said and they nodded at him.
“Please, just do what you can.” Hermione said in a small voice and Josh nodded at her, and then walked off to the doctor, who waited patiently for Josh to get done.
“Dr. Evans, my name is Dr. Simmons, and I am taking this case, with your help of course. I deal with really important, top priority cases, and this is one of them. Now, I understand that you studied this sort of thing?” He asked, motioning for Josh to follow him into Aly's room.
“Yes sir, for three years so far, I am still working with it.”
“So, what is it that you need to do, because I have never seen a case like this in my twenty-seven years as a doctor.” He said as Josh walked to Aly's bed, checking her vitals.
“I have to do blood test to identify which poison it is, and then I will know how to cure it. It sounds easy, but it could either take me minutes, to days to figure it out.”
“I understand, it's just, I am not sure that the girl has days.”
“I know.” Josh said, putting his stethoscope around his neck and looking to the doctor. “That's what I am afraid of.” He looked around the room, and studied it for a moment. “I need a big table in here, a some extra vials, gloves, swabs, and syringes.” He said and the doctor nodded, leaving the room to get Josh what he needed. A few minutes later, maintenance came in with a table, and a nurse following the man expanded the far wall to the left a bit to fit the desk, and then handed Josh the bog she was carrying while the maintenance man set down the desk with his wand, and left the room. “Thank you.” Josh said to them as they left.
“Is there anything else that you need?” Dr. Simmons asked Josh, as Josh grabbed his bag and started setting everything out in a neat order.
“No, not right now, but I will let you know if anything comes up.” Josh said, and Dr. Simmons nodded before leaving. Josh finished setting up, then washed his hands thoroughly, put on some gloves, got a brand new syringe out of its packet, the rubber band tie, and walked to Aly. “Hey Aly, my name is Josh, and I know that you are hurting in there, and I am sorry. I don't know if your mummy knows that you are in pain, but I know, and I am here to fix it. Now, I have to draw some blood, and it may sting a bit, but I know that you are a big strong girl, so just hang in there sweetie, because we are here to help.” He said to her. He wiped her arm with a cleaning swab, tied the band around her arm, and stuck in the syringe. He drew out enough blood for about thirty tests, undid the band from her arm, and put a Hello Kitty band-aid on her arm. He looked at her for a moment, and then set to work. He got his first five vials ready for the poisons test, and tested the first five poisons.
“Do you think that he will figure it out?” Hermione asked Draco as they sat in a corner of the waiting room alone.
“Josh has been heard of as being the best. Plus, he really is just great at anything he does. The guy was made to be a doctor. So in my honest opinion... yes, I think that he will figure everything out. It just might take a while. Do you want to get some sleep?” He asked her and she shook her head.
“No, I just want everything better.”
“Better how?” He asked her and she looked up at him.
“Aly being better, getting out lived here on track, and maybe finally settling down. She's older now, and maybe I could handle getting myself lost in a relationship.” She said and he smiled at her.
“You have no idea how much I have missed you Mione.”
“Yes I do, because I have missed you just as much. Draco, why didn't you come find me?” she asked and he looked down.
“After that fight, which I know was bad, even though I don't remember what it was even about - -”
“Neither do I.”
“You walked out. I thought that you needed some time, that you would come back. But the next morning, you weren't’t beside me, or even there at all, you were just gone. And I did look for you. I searched all of England, and then Paris, but I couldn't find you. Harry knew that you were in New York, didn't he?”
“That ass. I asked him where you were because I knew you couldn't’t go long without writing or talking to him, but he said that he couldn't’t find you. Said he even had your owls followed but somehow there was some way that they lost track of yours. And I cant believe I bought it.”
“You looked for me?” She asked and looked him in the eye.
“I only just stopped about three months ago. I figured if you wanted to be found, you'd show up right in front of me, and then you did.” He said and she smiled up at him.
“I'm sorry I made harry lie to you.” she said and he cupped her cheek and smiled at her.
“It's okay, you are here now baby, that’s all I care about.” He said, before kissing her, making her sigh with happiness, and he smiled into the kiss. Just for a moment in the sad time that they were in, they were blissful.
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