The next morning, Sidney woke up before the alarm went off. He reached over Karen to turn it off and when he moved back, Karen stirred but cuddled back into his chest. Sidney wrapped his arms around her and just laid there until she woke up.
Ten minutes later, Karen woke up confused "did the alarm go off?"
"No, I woke up before and went ahead to shut it off."
"Oh, what time is it?"
"Won't you be late to practice?" she asked looking up at him.
"I think they'll understand under the circumstances."
"Well in case they don't, I guess for you to get up I need to first" she said making the move to get up only to be brought back down.
"We can get up after this" Sidney leaned in and kissed her with more passion then before.
"I'd be amazed that you can go play hockey after that."
"If I would have woken up a little earlier we could have accomplished something else."
"Apparently you need to learn that a little sooner" Karen smiled then kissed him and got out of his grip, getting out of bed.
Sidney got up and got dressed as Karen emerged from the bathroom dressed. "Are you going to the hospital?"
"I'm going to the house first to shower and change then I'll head over."
Sidney walked over to her "tell me you're going to pack your bags and come home after."
"I might need pursuaded a little" she said smiling.
"I think I can handle that." Sidney placed his lips onto hers lightly kissing her and letting it get more heated between them before pulling away. "Well?"
"I definitely think that did it."
"Good. I better get going and I'll see you at home later."
"Not sure how long I'll be at the hospital but I will be home later."
Sidney couldn't contain his smile "I love you."
"I love you too." Sidney gave her one last kiss and headed out as Karen got something to eat before going to the hospital.
A couple hours later, Sidney was at the arena towards the tail end of practice. Max had been watching him all day and noticed a change in him. They were standing over by the boards when he decided to inquire about it.
"What's going on Sid? You seem overly happy for some reason" Max asked him.
"Let's just say everything is back to where it should be."
"Meaning you and Karen?" Sidney gave his teammate a look "relax, I know because Nat told me. She was worried for her friend and I promised not to say anything and I haven't. You guys been having problems and now it seems you're working them out."
"Did Natalie tell you what the problem was?"
"No and I didn't push it. I figured if it was a big enough problem and you wanted someone to talk to you would probably come to me if you needed to."
"If we weren't able to, I probably would have but I think it might have been something we needed to go through."
"What do you mean by that?"
"There had been some tension between us because I wanted to start a family and she kept avoiding the situation. I never got a true reason until everything blew up."
"What was her reason?"
"She wanted it to be us for a couple years before having a baby which in a way I understand but she only wanted that because if I found someone else it would be easier to leave her if it was just her."
"I hope you told her how ridiculous that was?"
"I did but with her being older than me, of course she's going to have that feeling. I love her and have no intention of leaving her for anyone else."
"Well just keep pounding that into her head and you guys will be fine" Max said then took off skating towards the net as Sidney stood there for a couple more minutes. He knew there was one other person he needed to talk to before really knowing things would be fine.
After practice was over, Sidney walked past Jordan and asked him if he would stick around so they could talk. He agreed and each of them finished getting ready to head out. They decided to meet at a coffee shop to get away from everyone else at the arena since really no one else knew about what happened between them.
"What did you want to talk about Sid? I haven't snuck away to pursue Karen or anything."
"As much as I appreciate that I want to know, why did she go to you? What did you offer her that I couldn't?"
"Maybe you need to ask her that."
"I'd rather hear it from you."
"Look Sid when it started between us, it was one night after drinking a lot but that next day we saw each other something sparked. Before I could make my move to want something more with her, you came along and swept her away. You were like this White Knight all romantic and loving towards her and I was the forbidden lover that only wanted to have the wild sex with. When we got together the one night after you guys started dating, I remember her saying I wasn't anything like you and I brought out the rawness that you didn't during sex. She couldn't let go of what we brought out in each other when it wasn't there between you two." Jordan saw how he just sat there staring at his coffee cup "she loves you man, maybe you just need to spice it up a little to keep her guessing. I don't think it was so much me she went running to than to something you wouldn't give her."
"I guess I never thought about it. When we were together, I wanted it to be like that but I never realized she was that type of woman since she didn't complain."
"She's not going to complain when she loves you."
"You know Sid, I love you as a brother but I never imagined in a million years we would actually have this conversation about our significant others."
"I know, me either but when my wife needs to seek out someone to give her what I'm not, I need to find out what to change."
"I don't think you really need to change a lot, just add to it" Jordan said finishing his coffee and looking at his watch "I need to go so I can meet Britnie for lunch in a little bit."
"Yeah, I told Karen I would stop at the hospital after practice. Thanks Jordan, I appreciate you being so honest."
"I just want us all to be ok again" he said before leaving. Sidney sat there for another few minutes before heading out himself.
Meanwhile at the hospital, Karen had been sitting with her dad all morning until he had another visitor. Karen looked up when she felt a hand on her shoulder.
"Hi baby" she said hugging her as Karen got up "how's he doing?"
"Better actually but the meds are causing him to fall in and out of consciousness. He's been asleep for a couple hours now so he should be waking up in a little bit."
"I'm awake now pudd."
"Hey, you have another visitor." Karen's dad looked at her mom and a smile crept on his face "I'm going to leave you two alone for a while and go get some fresh air."
"Thanks baby girl."
Karen walked to the door but turned and saw her mom sitting beside his bed and took his hand in hers. She smiled at how strong their love was and left the room. As she was walking down the hall, she looked up and saw Sidney standing there like he was waiting for her.
"Better now that mom's in there. How was practice?"
"I wasn't late if that's what you're asking" he said as Karen smiled "but it was good. Should be a good game tomorrow night and I saw Ray and told him what was going on."
"I totally forgot about calling and telling him I wouldn't be in today.."
"He understood since it was your dad and sends his best" he said. "So what are you doing now?"
"I'm giving mom some time with dad so I guess I'll take a walk or sit in the waiting room and watch tv."
"Why don't you let me take you away for an hour or so and get something to eat? Clear your head for awhile."
"Since mom is here, I would love that." Sidney smiled as he held out his hand and Karen took it as he lead her out of ICU and out to lunch.
About 10 minutes later, they were sitting at the Olive Garden in the back room for privacy that Sidney requested waiting on their lunch order.
"How long has your mom been here?"
"She got to the hospital maybe a few minutes before you and if I know her she'll be staying with him tonight."
"Do I dare ask where you going to stay?" he said taking her hand.
"If I told you that I dropped off my things at home before coming to the hospital give you any clues."
"It gives me a hopeful one."
"I am truly sorry Sid, for everything. I never intended for you to get hurt. I thought I could end it after we got together but it didn't work out that way."
"Why don't we just say what's done is done and leave it at that. I've forgiven you and we both know it won't happen again, let's just start fresh."
Karen looked down before looking back up and into Sidney's eyes "I want to believe that but don't know if I can."
"What if I told you, something will let us know that everything will be fine. Will you believe me then?"
"You mean like a sign or something?"
"Maybe. Right now you're going to feel like I'm going to go out and cheat to make us even and I still feel that maybe this thing with Jordan is stronger than you and something may happen again there. Something will tell us it's going to be alright we just need to wait and see what it is."
"I hope you're right."
"I'm always right, you should know that by now" he said getting a laugh out of both of them. Karen knew he was right but wasn't going to give him the satisfaction of telling him. Soon, their food came and continued to talk during lunch.