That night, Alex stayed at the hospital. The doctors were still working on Will, and he wanted to be there when they finished. He did not want to be desturbed, so he had locked the door to the hospital room and sat by himself, thinking and worrying. Anything could go wrong with surgery, and it was nerve wracking.
Thirty minutes later, he heard a soft knock on the door. Jumping up, he opened it to find Bailey smiling at him with a worried expression.
"Do you mind if I come in?" His lover spoke softly, watching him.
Alex stared at him for a moment, then shook his head. "I don't mind, babe." His mind was still numb, and he felt like he would pass out at any time.
Bailey entered and closed the door. He took Alex's hand quietly and led him over the the bed. Once they were seated, Bailey pulled Alex into a tight hug. His boyfriend was stiff, almost resistant, but he did not let go. He just held Alex, trying to offer comfort.
They stayed like this for a few more moments, with Alex still not relaxing. He finally pushed Bailey back, kissing him lightly.
"I need to go speak with the captain about this situation...I'll be back," he paused, looking back at Bailey. "Thank you, babe."
Bailey stood up, pulling his leader to his feet. "If you need to talk about it, I'm here. Remember that."
Alex swallowed hard, then nodded. "Thanks, but I don't need to talk about it...he will be fine and back in no time." He shook his head, trying to clear his mind from the sight of his brother seizing up and convulsing. He knew what electricity could do to a body.
Squeezing Bailey's hand, he slipped out of the room and walked down the hall.
Bailey found Jorden in his usual spot, high in the tree planted in the courtyard. Sitting down, he watched the catlike man, who seemed oblivious to his presence. He shook his head and settled on one of the benches.
Jorden finally broke the silence. "People don't usually have much of a chance against electricity, you know? Unless you have some kind of miracle workers here, he won't be coming back to the team...if he survives." He looked down at Bailey, who nodded.
"I know," Bailey whispered. "I know...damn it! If only I had been able to get to them sooner, this wouldn't have happened."
Jorden glared at him. "Don't you dare fucking blame yourself. Will should have listened to Alex and let go sooner...it's his own fault, not to sound harsh or anything."
Bailey sighed, picking at the peeling paint on the seat of the bench. He did not know what to say to that. He somewhat agreed, but didn't want to encourage Jorden's forward comments. Leaning his head back, he closed his eyes.
"Agent Mathias, please have a seat. There are a few things we need to discuss," the captain looked tired and stressed out, as was mirrored on Alex's own face.
Alex collapsed in the seat offered to him, staring blankly.
The captain watched him for a moment, then continued. "With the current situation, it will be in the best interest of everyone if we pull you out of the case. It is standand procedure, and only until we find out whether Will is going to be alright or not. I am sure you can understand. You are too close to him, and we cannot have you working on the case in this state of mind. Do you understand, Alex?"
The young man sighed, nodding slowly. "Sure. I don't care if I am on the case or not, since I won't be of much use. If I see the bastard that did this to my brother, I will rip him apart, so it's best that I stay away."
The captain ran his hand through his greying dark hair, then looked into Alex's eyes. "That's another thing...he is already dead. Bailey snapped his neck."
Alex's eyes widened in surprise. He had not seen this happen. He had been too concentrated on Will to notice anything else. "Good." His voice was full of hatred as he spoke.
The captain frowned. "No. Not good. Under the rules of STAR, agents are not supposed to kill, unless there is not another way out...Bailey knows this."
Alex swore lightly. He knew it was true, but didn't really care, as long as he was dead."So, you would pull one of your most promising agents from the case, not to mention, the one who saved Will's...hopefully saved Will's life..." He shook his head. "That makes a lot of sense."
The captain smiled at him carefully. "We never did a proper ground check on Agent Lewis, and now I wish we had. I know that he wouldn't kill someone that easily, without reason. It's Headquarters that will need to be convinced."
Alex shook his head. "That's bullshit. You could go speak with them and get this all cleared up...they need Bailey."
The captain sighed. "He may be placed back in soon. We will have new agents coming in tomorrow, so please be welcoming. Like I said, I'm sorry."
Alex glared at him. "No, you're not. Fuck you." Without another word, he turned and stalked out.