Time: Tuesday, 11 am
Location: World of Wonders Bookstore
Lina felt Zack pulling her from behind before she even realized Cameron had a knife in his hand. Everything happened so quickly and before she had known it Trixie had knocked the young boy out. She had watched as Trixie walked away to investigate whatever was happening on the other side of the store but Lina was too distracted to look at that moment.
All that Lina could think of was that Zack had protected her. Not that she needed protected, she had after been to a few of Su Lin's martial arts classes before but regardless, Zack had been willing to protect her. Just like he had stayed to make sure she was alright the night before. As she stared up at him her eyes switched from that of her earlier disbelief that a boy as young as Cameron would even have a knife to that of adoration for the handsome doctor that now stood in front of her.
Taking his hands into hers she leaned up and kissed his cheek then whispered to him softly "Thank you."
As Zack looked back into Lina's eyes, he brushed a hand through her hair, his eyes unblinking for that moment. Zack never liked seeing anyone get hurt, but with this woman, he was actually fearful of it. "Welcome," he said softly. Then when Trixi knocked the boy out, he snapped back to the reality of the situation. He then moved Lina behind him, followed by Cheri as he knelt down beside the unconscious kid.
As he looked the kid over, he grabbed a small light from his back pocket and shined it in his eyes as he lifted the eyelids. The kid was definitely out cold, but his pupils reacted, which was good. "I don't think any serious damage was done, but can't be certain until more tests are done," he said to no one in particular. He then grabbed his cell and called the hospital. "Yeah, this is Ace. Need an EMT at World of Wonders stat. Who's on today? Okay. Tell Mitch to have radiology prepped and ready and have some restraints on stand by. May have a potential IED so have some Xanax ready" After hanging up he looked to Lina and Cheri. "Do you know him? Can you contact his family?"
Lina nodded her head "I don't know who the kid is but I'm sure that someone will be able to contact his parents." That was when she noticed that Cheri appeared to be visibly shaken. Lina left go of Zacks hands then and giving him a worried look she moved to Cherri's side. Lina hadn't even realized until she lay her hand on Cheri's shoulder that when she'd touched Zack just moments before that she hadn't gotten dizzy. The salt intake was helping already. Or so she thought until her hand came to rest on Cherri's shoulder and a wave of darkness threatened to overtake her. Lina fought it off as she spoke softly. "Cheri, are you okay?"
Cherilyn was trying to recover while still looking down at the kid, however something seemed odd. She couldn't help but look up at Lina and think of what they just discussed the other day.
"Lina...", Cherilyn tried to say, her mouth opened few times but it looks like she was still considering what to say. Digging her head between the palms of her hands, she pulled her cheeks as she looked up at her good friend, "Lina... What you told me...", she uttered slowly, hoping her friend would recall their dinner, "I think...", her hands were sent to rub her arms as she hugged herself, still confused, yet so sure it scared her. She was certain, "I think there is... a connection...", looking down at the kid she couldn't help but feeling goosebumps. It was not the child that made her recall, hell she was certain she never met that little boy in her life. But the pattern... There was something oddly familiar about the pattern...
Lina wrapped her arm around Cheri, bracing herself for a feeling of uneasiness to wash over her but it didn't come. She breathed a sigh of relief as she hugged her friend but concern flooded her as Cheri appeared to be almost pale in color now. She flashed a glance at Zack then back to Cheri. "Cheri, why don't you close up shop for a bit, there's been a lot of excitement for one day."
Lina looked around the store. The truth was that everyone there looked as though they needed a drink and the young woman who had taken a "fit" as she tore up books looked as though she could use a good meal too. "Cheri, I know it's early but maybe a glass of wine and a bite to eat at Jackie's would help calm you down, put things in perspective? After what we've all just witnessed I think everyone here could use a drink."
Just then the paramedics showed up and entered the store, at which time they were directed to the boy who still lay unconscious on the floor and while still there, Cherilyn couldn't help but pick up the phone.
After all Kant has yet to return... He went to pick up things for her... and... Su Lin... a strong and tough woman like her, she will know what to do, would be best to get her over and talk this... Over dinner... yes, that would be a wonderful idea.
"I'll call Su Lin, if that's all right, get her over... too...?", she looked at Lina while calling.
Lina smiled at her old friend "Sure, anything you want Cheri. While you call Su Lin I'm going to speak to the woman over there" Lina said quietly, directing her nod towards Bao.
As the EMTs took the boy away, Zack shared a few words with, telling them what happened and all. When he returned, he leaned on the inside of the doorframe and wiped his brow with a handkerchief. "I could use a drink myself, I think," he said to Lina and Cheri. "When we get to Jackie's drinks are on me."