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I鈥檝e become quite fond of your ocs, especially Darragh. I was wondering if it wasn鈥檛 too much trouble, or you have the time, would you write something where Darragh starts to have an episode but Orlaith isn鈥檛 home (she鈥檚 out of town or something) , but this episode is too much for Darragh to handle on his own so he has to call someone to come help? (Extra points if he鈥檚 so weak he can barely hold himself up) thanks so much!! you rock!!
Sooo, I loved loved loved this prompt - it made me realise that Orlaith is the only person I ever pair Darragh with. In the end, I wrote this as a collab with @emetoandotherthings using my Bridie and her McKenzie, and I鈥檓 personally a huge fan of how it turned out. Fair warning though, it is very long...
Darragh, 6:05: Patch ice is looking lonely without you鈥
Darragh, 6:57: I forgot to bring change for the hot chocolate machine 鈽
Darragh, 7:30: So weird that you鈥檙e not awake yet. If I鈥檓 in class when you get this, I hope your workshops today go well!
Orlaith, 8:15: Hey, sorry! Had a bit of a late one last night (oops) Anyway, how was your session?
Orlaith, 8:23: This breakfast buffet is looking lonely without you鈥
Orlaith, 8:23: Just kidding, the breakfast buffet is looking ABSOLUTELY DIVINE and it doesn鈥檛 need your help 馃槈
Orlaith, 8:24: I miss you though <3
Darragh, 8:26: Can鈥檛 believe you鈥檇 do this to me, you know how much I love a breakfast buffet.
Orlaith, 8:27: It really is heavenly
Orlaith, 8:27: They have all these little bite sized pastries
Orlaith, 8:28: And they make omelettes to order
Orlaith, 8:28: they鈥檙e so fluffy and buttery and golden, mmmmm鈥.
Darragh, 8:28: Don鈥檛 talk to me, I don鈥檛 like you anymore.
Darragh, 8:28: We鈥檙e breaking up right now, and I bet you don鈥檛 even care. You only have eyes for your cheese platter.
Darragh, 8:29: (I miss you too though, come home to me sooooon <3)
Orlaith, 8:42: OMG how did you know they had one of those? Are you spying on me? Do I need a restraining order?!
Darragh, 8:48: ugh, lucky guess, but I wish I was wrong
Darragh, 8:48: got labs this morning so g2g, I love you big <3
Orlaith, 8:50: love u big <3
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Darragh, 10:06: Fuck
Darragh, 10:06: Vommed all over my work bench :鈥(
Darragh, 10:07: Ruined experiment, lab partner is FUMING
Darragh, 10:08: Don鈥檛 know what came over me
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Darragh, 10:15: Why are the bathrooms here so gross already, the day has barely begun?
Darragh, 10:17: Thought it was the fumes or some shit, but no, SURPRISE I still feel like crap
Darragh, 10:17: I鈥檝e pomy6hr43ejk;
Orlaith, 10:20: You鈥檝e what?
Darragh, 10:22: shit sorry
Darragh, 10:22: hit send by mistake
Darragh, 10:22: I鈥檝e puked like six times already, I was saying
Darragh, 10:22: but it happened again before I could let u know. So seven now. It鈥檚 definitely an episode, fml
Orlaith, 10:23: Awwww shit. I鈥檓 sorry baby.
Darragh, 10:27: ughhhh, when are you home? I need cuddles *pouts ADORABLY*
Orlaith, 10:28: tomorrow night I鈥檓 afraid 鈽 You gonna be okay?
Darragh, 10:31: meh, im a big boy, ill survive
Darragh, 10:32: gonna just rehydrate and crash into bed
Darragh, 10:34: as soon as I figure out how to peel myself off this toilet without my stomach hitting eject
Darragh, 10:35: phone screen making me nauseous, call me later
Orlaith, 10:35: Feel better xxx
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Darragh, 11:12: made it home
Darragh, 11:13: thnks miss u
Darragh, 11:13: sleepin now
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Orlaith, 13:30: You awake? I鈥檓 on a lunch break if you want to call?
Darragh, 13:37: only if u like the sound of me retching in an echoey bathroom
Orlaith, 13:40: ew, okay, no thanks. Unless it鈥檒l make you feel better?
Darragh, 13:41: think ill spare u that ordeal
Darragh, 13:42: is not pretty
Orlaith, 13:42: Baby </3 Make sure you drink some water!
Darragh, 13:48: yes mom
Orlaith, 13:53: Wait, is anyone there to keep an eye on you??
Darragh, 14:01: no
Darragh, 14:02: weekend
Darragh, 14:02: gone home
Darragh, 14:07: im all alooooone theres no1 here beside me
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Darragh, 14:23: I bet ur in a workshop now, but I though id let u know that im feeling fuuuuuucking haggard
Darragh, 14:28: standing up is
Darragh, 14:30: hard
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Orlaith, 15:43: sorry I can鈥檛 be there 鈽
Orlaith, 15:44: that sounds really rough
Orlaith, 15:44: stay hydrated
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Orlaith, 17:03: you okay?
Orlaith, 17:15: hope you鈥檙e getting some rest xxx
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Orlaith, 18:34: Please let me know whether you鈥檙e still alive? I鈥檓 worried :/
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Orlaith, 19:03: Darragh??
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Orlaith, 19:47: Babe?
Darragh, 19:50: fuck
Darragh, 19:50: sorry
Darragh, 19:51: im rly bad
Darragh, 19:51: sorry
Orlaith, 19:51: Thank fuck you鈥檙e okay
Darragh, 19:53: idk
Orlaith, 19:53: ???
Darragh, 19:56: m so sick
Darragh, 19:57: idk wht to do
鈥淒arragh, honey, talk to me,鈥 Orlaith said gently, cradling her phone between her ear and her shoulder as she scrolled through the contacts on her laptop. Who did they know well enough who could get to him?
鈥溾檓 so fucking sick,鈥 he whispered brokenly. 鈥淗ave to crawl between the toilet an鈥 the sink. Bed鈥檚 too far.鈥
鈥淥h love,鈥 she consoled. 鈥淵ou still throwing up?鈥
She heard Darragh shifting restlessly, his skin squeaking against the tiled floor.
鈥淯rrrrmmngh, yeah鈥,鈥 he admitted. 鈥淛us鈥 like, water and acid and phlegm though now. Fucking hurts.鈥
鈥淚鈥檒l bet it does,鈥 she murmured, eyes lighting on a name. Hadn鈥檛 Bridie said she was visiting her boyfriend for the weekend? And wasn鈥檛 he somewhere near them?
鈥溾檓 not really okay,鈥 Darragh croaked, and she could hear the tears in his voice. God, this was all just such bad timing; she wanted so badly to go to him, but her place on this conference had been funded by the department so she couldn鈥檛 exactly just leave a day early. And besides, it would be the next day before she could get to him by public transport. She鈥檇 checked. 鈥溾檓 feeling like, loopy. 鈥榥 dizzy. Not like, hospital sick, but I don鈥檛 wanna be alone鈥︹ His voice cracked at the end of the sentence, and he sniffed pathetically.
鈥淣o, I鈥檒l bet. You must be exhausted too, and that can鈥檛 be helping,鈥 Orlaith commiserated. 鈥淟isten, I鈥檓 going to get Bri to come and take care of you, okay?鈥
鈥淢mmmm鈥.,鈥 Darragh agreed, swallowing hard.
鈥淵ou need to make sure she鈥檒l be able to get in when she gets there, yeah? As soon as possible, so you don鈥檛 forget.鈥
鈥淵eah鈥,鈥 he agreed faintly. 鈥淥h fuck鈥︹
There was a faint gulping sound, and a clatter, and then the line went dead.
Orlaith sighed. Fuck, indeed.
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Orlaith, 20:18: Hey Bri, can you do me a huge favour and go check on Darragh, maybe stay a bit with him? I鈥檓 sorry to interrupt your weekend, but he鈥檚 really really not doing very well鈥
Bridie, 20:31: Oh shit, is it his thing? Don鈥檛 fret, I won鈥檛 abandon you in your/his time of need 馃槈 Chuck us an address and I鈥檒l be there as soon as xx
Orlaith, 20:32: My saviour!!! I owe you one x
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Bridie, 20:35: Hey kiddo, heard you鈥檙e not doing so good x
Bridie, 20:35: Anything in particular I can get for you on my way? And I鈥檓 going to stay the night, so is your couch comfy bc if not I can bring an air mattress x
Darragh, 20:41: diet coke
Bridie, 20:42: Okey doke x
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Darragh, 20:59: fuck sorry
Darragh, 21:00: rude
Darragh, 21:00: me not u
Darragh, 21:00: sofa is good but small.
Bridie, 21:01: aw sweetie, don鈥檛 worry, you鈥檙e not well. I鈥檒l see you soon. Try to stay alive until I get there x
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聽鈥淥kay, so I鈥檝e got coke zero, some of those rehydration sachets, one of those forehead cooling things that you crack then it activates,鈥 McKenzie was loading things into a canvas bag. 鈥淎iden said I should bring some motion sickness tablets cause apparently that can help get rid of nausea, but what do you think?鈥 McKenzie paused and looked up at Bridie.聽
"Uhhh, I'm really not sure," she muttered, looking through the route on her phone. "I've never really had to deal with this before, he used to just disappear from school for a few days. Crackers, maybe? Or soup? Whatever, let's just go - I'm sure he lives near a shop." Her phone pinged and she glanced down at it.聽
鈥淲hat?鈥 McKenzie glanced across at her as he shoved his bag onto his shoulder.聽
Bridie checked in her pocket for her car keys and began to head for the door. 鈥淚鈥檓 not really sure,鈥 she said uncertainly. 鈥淗e doesn鈥檛 seem entirely with it. Let鈥檚 go.鈥
They arrived at Darragh鈥檚 building almost five minutes earlier than the SatNav had predicted. Bridie parked hastily and jumped out of the car, checking her phone.聽
鈥淚s this the right block?鈥 McKenzie asked, unfolding from the small car. 鈥淒o you know what number we鈥檙e looking for?鈥澛
鈥淵eah, yeah, it鈥檚 this one,鈥 Bridie muttered, still peering at her phone. 鈥淗e says he鈥檚 left the main door and the door to his flat on the latch. Ground floor, on the right.鈥
McKenzie headed to the door, then paused. 鈥淵ou should definitely go in first.鈥澛
Bridie brushed past him and through the door. All the lights were off, save for a glowing sliver that peeked out below the bathroom door. 鈥淒arragh?鈥 She called out, knocking on the door before poking her head round. 鈥淥h sweetie鈥︹
McKenzie hung back, feeling slightly awkward at the whole thing. He was here for Bridie, but he still felt a bit strange. He didn鈥檛 want to get in the way.聽
Bridie hurried into the bathroom, crouching down next to her friend. Darragh was white as a sheet, and there was something reminiscent of a ragdoll in the way he sat propped up against the side of the bath.
鈥淢ade a mess,鈥 he croaked, his lower lip trembling as he gestured to the wetness staining his pyjama shirt. 鈥淚 tried鈥 I tried to make it.鈥
鈥淒on鈥檛 worry about it,鈥 she said, she reached out and squeezed the top of Darragh鈥檚 arm. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 why I鈥檓 here - to help.鈥澛
鈥淛ust wanna sleep,鈥 he breathed hoarsely. He took a sharp breath in, wincing, and pressed a hand against his stomach. 鈥淚 feel rubbish,鈥 he groaned, and then as an afterthought: 鈥溾楳 sorry about all this.鈥
鈥淣o, no鈥︹ Bridie shook her head. 鈥淣o apologies. I鈥檓 gonna get you to bed, and some water for you鈥︹澛
鈥淭hank you鈥︹ He trailed off, looking a little vacant, and then threw up a soft gush of water down his front. It all happened very quickly - a jolt of his shoulders and a gurgle in his throat and it was over. 鈥淔uck, 鈥榤 sorry.鈥
Bridie forced a smile. 鈥淎t least I can tell Orlaith you鈥檝e been trying to rehydrate.鈥
Just then, a crash came from another room in the house, causing Darragh to nearly jump out of his skin. 鈥淲hat was that?鈥
鈥淚鈥 um, brought some help with me,鈥 Bridie looked back towards the door. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 - I鈥檓 not strong enough to help you.鈥澛
鈥淥h jeez,鈥 Darragh groaned, rolling his head round to rest against Bridie鈥檚 arm. 鈥淚t鈥檚 your man isn鈥檛 it鈥 The really attractive, super sexy rugby player that Orls keeps banging on about. This -鈥 He waved vaguely towards himself. 鈥- is not how I wanted to meet him.鈥
鈥淲ell maybe,鈥 Bridie countered, rolling her eyes, 鈥測ou should have thought of that before this little bathroom floor pity party.鈥 She flicked the side of his head and he chuckled roughly.
鈥淯ghhh, stop that,鈥 he complained. 鈥淚鈥檓 sick, you have to be nice to me.鈥 It was clear that he was trying to joke with her, but the rasp in his voice and the way each word seemed to take effort gave him away.
鈥淚鈥檓 here, aren鈥檛 I?鈥 Bridie鈥檚 voice softened slightly; Darragh鈥檚 face had gone very pale again, as though the colour had literally drained out of it.聽
鈥淎long with - your man鈥︹ Darragh muttered.聽
鈥淒on鈥檛 be such a whiny bitch,鈥 Bridie reprimanded him, stroking her hand gently over his hair. He swallowed heavily. 鈥淎re you going to chun again?鈥 She asked, narrowing her eyes at him.
鈥淢nnn鈥︹ Darragh groaned, screwing his face up a bit in a slightly non-committal manner.聽
鈥淎lright, come on,鈥 Bridie shifted to the side. 鈥淟et鈥檚 get you nearer the toilet.鈥 She began to steer him by the shoulders, suddenly thankful that he wasn鈥檛 as broad or as beefy as McKenzie.
鈥淗urts鈥︹ Darragh ground out, clutching at his stomach and pressing his face into the cool, hard tile of the bathtub.
鈥淗ave you managed to keep any painkillers down?鈥 Bridie pushed away a strand of hair that had fallen into his eyes. 鈥淥r anything down?鈥 She bit her lip nervously; Darragh looked horrific. He shook his head. Latching one hand onto the rim of the toilet, he slowly, painfully, pulled himself up so that his head was hanging over the water. 鈥淥kay鈥︹ Bridie put her hand to the indent in between his shoulder blades. 鈥淵ou鈥檙e going to be okay, I鈥檒l make sure of it.鈥澛
He whimpered, his head bobbing erratically, and then a strained retch worked its way up his ragged throat. He coughed, and retched again. Bridie winced at the harsh, scraping sound and the obvious pain it was causing him. She felt his back arc, and the shaking feeling of him spluttering on the thin trickle of liquid that he managed to choke up. 鈥淐an you鈥.did you bring any coke?鈥 He asked eventually, still gripping onto the toilet, white-knuckled.
鈥淵eah, we did,鈥 Bridie replied, reaching to tear a strip of toilet paper so she could wipe his face. 鈥淒o you want it now?鈥澛
鈥淧lease.鈥 He folded his arms on the toilet seat, and pillowed his head against them.
鈥淥kay sweetie, I鈥檒l be right back.鈥 Bridie patted him on the shoulder as she left.
McKenzie was still standing, clutching the canvas bag rather awkwardly, in the middle of the room; he seemed a little relieved to see Bridie again.聽
鈥淗ow鈥檚 he doing?鈥 He asked quietly.聽
"God, he looks awful," Bridie muttered, reaching for the bag. "Where's the coke, we brought it right?" She rummaged frantically through the contents.聽
"I'll find it," McKenzie said, taking it gently from her. "Your hands are shaking, maybe you should sit down."聽
鈥淚 can鈥檛 Kenz,鈥 Bridie shook her head as McKenzie put a large hand inside the bag and scooped out the diet coke. 鈥淗e really is bad鈥︹
鈥淲ould he not be better in bed, trying to get some rest?鈥 McKenzie questioned.聽
"I don't know!!"聽
鈥淗ey,鈥 McKenzie caught hold of Bridie鈥檚 forearm and pulled her towards him, 鈥渋t鈥檚 okay. You鈥檙e doing your best, and that鈥檚 enough鈥︹澛
She was stiff in his arms for a minute before sinking against his chest. "I never knew," she whispered, distraught. "He was one of my best friends and I never knew!"聽
鈥淏ut you鈥檙e here now,鈥 McKenzie kissed the top of her head. 鈥淚 know it鈥檚 scary, but you鈥檙e helping now.鈥
"Yeah," Bridie agreed. "Yeah, you're right. I'm going to take this through -" She waved the bottle of coke at him. "- and you can come poke your head round the door in like five minutes and we can get him to bed."
鈥淥kay,鈥 McKenzie nodded, 鈥渏ust call if you need me before.鈥澛
Darragh was still curled around the toilet, and he groaned dramatically when Bridie entered. "I thought you'd left me for dead," he accused her, making grabby hands for the bottle. His phone buzzed on the floor next to him, and he squinted at it while Bridie unscrewed the bottle lid.
鈥淥f course I wouldn鈥檛 leave you - not in this state!鈥 Bridie crouched back down next to him, offering the bottle with the lid off. 鈥淎re you sure coke is the right thing to be drinking right now?鈥澛
鈥淚t鈥檚 what my mam always gives me,鈥 Darragh replied, taking a tentative sip. He closed his eyes, feeling the cool, syrupy liquid trickle down his raw throat. 鈥淪ugar is important.鈥 He took another tiny sip, and then handed his phone to Bridie. 鈥淐an you tell Orlaith I鈥檓 alright? I keep spelling stuff wrong so she won鈥檛 believe me.鈥
鈥淐ourse!鈥 Bridie pulled out her own phone, 鈥淚鈥檒l send her a message to let her know I鈥檓 here, and you鈥檙e being looked after.鈥澛
鈥淭hanks,鈥 he mumbled, looking down at his hands. He rested his palm on his abdomen and made a little grunt of discomfort in his throat. 鈥淔or everything. Really.鈥 He swallowed, and took a longer pull on the coke. 鈥淚鈥檓 such a wuss, I don鈥檛 like to be by myself.鈥
鈥淣o one does when they鈥檙e not feeling well,鈥 Bridie placated,鈥漛ut don鈥檛 worry - I鈥檓 going to stay here until you鈥檙e better鈥 or until Orlaith comes back.鈥澛
鈥淭hank you,鈥 he repeated quietly.
Just then, McKenzie peered in through the crack in the door.
鈥淗ey, Kenzie, this is Darragh.鈥 Bridie beckoned him in. 鈥淒arragh, this is McKenzie.鈥
Darragh smiled weakly, the dry skin of his lips pulling tight.
鈥淗ey,鈥 McKenzie gave a small wave, trying not to seem as awkward as he felt. 鈥淪orry to be meeting you like this鈥︹
"Tell you what, next time we meet we can just pretend this never happened," Darragh said lightly. "Save all the awkward introductions for then, and I can interrogate you over your intentions for our Bridie. I don't have the energy now."聽
鈥淚鈥檒l agree to that,鈥 McKenzie chuckled. 鈥淏ut right now, I think I鈥檓 the muscle to help you move.鈥
"Oh, must we?" Darragh wrinkled his nose as he unfurled himself from over the toilet. "Bri, hold my drink," he instructed, paling as a wave of vertigo swept through him. He felt McKenzie's hands grip under his armpits and begin to lift. "Wait," he muttered. The room was spinning, and his head was suddenly too heavy for his neck. "One minute." McKenzie paused for a second, looking over at Bridie, but she nodded her head, and so he continued. With little difficulty, McKenzie scooped his arm underneath Darragh鈥檚 knees, just as soon as he went limp.聽
鈥淢mmmn,鈥 Darragh moaned, his head sagging against McKenzie鈥檚 chest. He pawed ineffectively at McKenzie鈥檚 shoulder. 鈥淟et me down, I don鈥檛 feel well.鈥
鈥淲e鈥檙e gonna get you to your bed first,鈥 McKenzie insisted . 鈥淏ri, do you know where I鈥檓 going?鈥澛
鈥淯mm, no. Darragh, care to enlighten us?鈥
Darragh whimpered, pressing his bloodless lips together. The dizziness was worse now that he was being carried, washing queasily over him in great waves, and the coke wasn鈥檛 sitting as calmly as it had earlier. 鈥淪econd door on the left,鈥 he forced out, gulping down a mouthful of warm, stringy spit.
鈥淥kay, we鈥檒l get you in,鈥 McKenzie carried Darragh as though he was a toy, shouldering at the door that Darragh had intimated, then laying him very gently on his bed, the covers were ruffled and unkempt from the last time he had been in bed. He kept one hand on Darragh鈥檚 shoulder but turned to Bridie, a frown on his face. 鈥淒o we need to think about taking him to hospital?鈥
Bridie鈥檚 eyes widened. She opened her mouth to answer, then pursed her lips together, looking torn.
鈥淚鈥檓 fine.鈥 Darragh muttured, his eyes screwed tightly shut. Even lying down, he was feeling light-headed, and he grasped his sheet in his fist in an attempt to ground himself. 鈥淛us鈥... Just leave the coke on the bedside table and鈥︹ He broke off, breathing out sharply.
鈥淣ah, I'm not leaving anything,鈥 Bridie said firmly, 鈥渘ot with you like this.鈥 McKenzie had taken a few steps back, allowing Bridie in to comfort him; but as he saw the pallor of Darragh's face, he stooped and picked up the waste paper bin from the corner. 鈥溾檛's gonna be okay - you're gonna be okay.鈥
鈥淢mnnnnghh, Bri鈥,鈥 Darragh moaned, 鈥淚 think I, I鈥︹ McKenzie took one of his giant strides forward and planted the bin right beside the edge of Darragh's bed.
鈥淗mmmmk!鈥
鈥淥h God," Bridie perched on the edge of Darragh's bed, "is there anything I can do to help?鈥
Darragh clamped one hand over his mouth struggling desperately to raise himself up on his elbow.聽
鈥淗ere," Bridie picked up the bin and held it to the edge of the bed with one hand, then used the other to gently help Darragh lean further over. He hung his head over it, panting harshly. "It's gonna be okay - you're gonna be okay.鈥
鈥淕od 鈥榤 sorry,鈥 he whimpered, gripping tightly onto the edge of the mattress.
鈥淵ou don鈥檛 need to be sorry,鈥 Bridie said gently, brushing some hair out of his face. 鈥淵ou can鈥檛 help this鈥︹澛
鈥淗heuurrrggghhhh鈥︹ Darragh鈥檚 hands flew to his stomach, cradling it as spasms ran through him.聽
鈥淭hat鈥檚 it鈥︹ She encouraged, rubbing his hand up and down his arm as she couldn鈥檛 reach his back.聽
鈥淜鈥檏krrr鈥檋hhuurrrkk!鈥 Bridie winced at the sound Darragh was making, and she looked across at McKenzie, who returned the look of concern.聽
鈥淲hat can I do?鈥 He mouthed at her. She shrugged, her lower lip trembling.
"I - I don't know," McKenzie raised his eyebrows, feeling just as helpless as Bridie. Darragh was still coughing raggedly. McKenzie took the moisture around Bridie鈥檚 eyes, the tightness in her face. This all was tough for him to watch, but it had to be a hundred times harder for her when it was one of her closest friends. Crossing the room, he nudged Bridie to one side, taking her place by Darragh. 鈥淕o,鈥 he muttered. 鈥淕et some air. I鈥檒l come find you once he鈥檚 resting.鈥澛
"But-"聽
"Go," he repeated, then he put his hand on Darragh鈥檚 back, his arm long enough to reach round, and made small circular motions.聽
"Thanks," Darragh breathed once the door snicked shut. The coughs had tapered off; now he lay very still, almost melting into the mattress, trying not to breathe too hard in case it set his still-churning stomach off again.聽
鈥淲hen I was younger, my brother used to do this,鈥 McKenzie said quietly. 鈥淗e says it does something to our nervous system to help calm us. He鈥檚 a nurse now, so I trust his advice.鈥澛
鈥淢mmm, what鈥檚 his name?鈥 Darragh whispered, rolling himself back onto the mattress properly.
鈥淎iden,鈥 McKenzie told him, 鈥渉e鈥檚 a good nurse, he always used to look after me and all the other kids too. He used to hum to me, but I鈥檓 tone deaf as hell, so I don鈥檛 think you want me doing that.鈥澛
Darragh sniggered. The movement made his head throb and he groaned, laying a hand across his eyes. "There's an Aiden in the A&E here," he murmured. "He's really nice."聽
鈥淭hat鈥檚 probably him,鈥 McKenzie laughed. 鈥淚f he鈥檚 got flaming red hair, it鈥檚 definitely him!鈥澛
"Yeah, that's the one." Darragh rubbed his face, peering up at McKenzie. "Did Bri leave that coke around somewhere? Orlaith will kill me if I fall asleep without rehydrating鈥"聽
McKenzie picked it up off the bedside table, but he didn鈥檛 hand it over yet. 鈥淚鈥檝e got some rehydration sachets with me, if that鈥檇 be better?鈥澛
Grimacing, Darragh reached for the bottle. "Those things taste so bad they're not worth the hassle," he said, with the grim assurance of someone who'd tasted them too many times, both going down and coming up.聽
鈥淔air enough,鈥 McKenzie unscrewed the lid partially and passed it into Darragh鈥檚 hand. 鈥淵ou know best, I suppose.鈥澛
Darragh rolled to the edge of the mattress so that he could take a swig without sitting up. "Except about my triggers, ha ha, such fun."
鈥淚t must really suck鈥︹ McKenzie said quietly.聽
"Eh, you know," Darragh mumbled, sipping more carefully, "you learn to live with it. I'm lucky, I can still do most of the things I love." He went quiet for a minute, his eyes fixed on the middle distance. McKenzie noticed his jaw twitching. "I kind of hate that Orlaith has to live with it too though. With me, like this."聽
鈥淚鈥檓 guessing she really loves you,鈥 McKenzie replied. 鈥淎nd if that鈥檚 the case, this won鈥檛 bother her. Not even a bit.鈥澛
"Bothers me," Darragh muttered, putting the coke down and rolling onto his back. "She nearly left her conference today to come back for me. She can't keep doing stuff like that, we're not in high school anymore."聽
鈥淢aybe we could help?鈥 McKenzie offered, he didn鈥檛 know why he was offering - this was the first time he鈥檇 met Darragh and maybe he was being a bit too much. 鈥淟ike if she鈥檚 going away and something happens鈥 I鈥檓 nearby anyway鈥︹澛
"You have your career to worry about," Darragh pointed out morosely. "I bet you barely get time with Bridie as it is once you're done with training and conditioning and game tape and away matches."聽
鈥淵eah, but I can make time for friends,鈥 McKenzie shrugged.聽
"Not for this," Darragh insisted stubbornly. "Not if Bri is right and you want a shot at the World Cup." He reached behind his head, pulling his pillow closer. "I wonder a lot about where Orlaith would be - with the skating - if she didn't have me missing practice and failing to put muscle on and just generally holding her back鈥"聽
鈥淪hush,鈥 McKenzie said. 鈥淩ight now what you need is rest, and more liquids鈥 Your brain does funny things when you don鈥檛 feel right.鈥澛
鈥淚 guess鈥︹
鈥淗ave another sip鈥︹ McKenzie told him. 鈥淭hen close your eyes鈥︹澛
Darragh groaned. Every muscle in his body hurt - especially in his shoulders and his abdomen - and moving to get more fluids seemed like an ordeal. 鈥淚鈥檝e had enough,鈥 he mumbled, huddling into his blankets.
鈥淥kay,鈥 McKenzie said, 鈥淚鈥檓 gonna put the light off, if that will help you get some rest?鈥澛
鈥淵eah,鈥 Darragh said quietly. He was almost drifting off when he had a sudden thought. 鈥淵ou guys don鈥檛 need to stay. The sofa is tiny if there鈥檚 two of you. I鈥檒l be fine now鈥︹
鈥淲e鈥檙e staying, don鈥檛 worry鈥︹ McKenzie whispered. 鈥淵ou just call if you need us.鈥澛
鈥淥kay鈥︹ Darragh couldn鈥檛 focus his eyes on McKenzie properly anymore, could feel them sliding off target and sliding closed of their own volition. He still felt twisted and tight and pent up inside, in more ways than one, but it was masked by the heavy, woollen fog of exhaustion that was seeping in through is pores.
鈥淪leep well,鈥 McKenzie said.
鈥淥kay,鈥 he repeated faintly as the door clicked shut.
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5 facts about my best friend I have two sooo I鈥檒l do both!! These are gonna be very random and oddly specific Liz ( @oohbbygirl )1. She drives an xr6 and idk anything about cars but she鈥檚 proud of it2. We relate very deeply on an emotional level because we鈥檙e Pisces moon sisters3. One time her hip fell off and she always tells people about it4. shes a people pleaser libra and spreads herself too thin with literally everything in her life, friends, responsibilities etc. but manages to do remarkably well considering 5. Terrible taste in men and good taste in women
Bridie 1. astonishing landscape artist2. Opposite of modest but we love that for her because she knows her worth3. Ignores messages from boys for months because she has an aqua moon and Venus bless4. always brings cake cutoffs/failed cakes to school for the group to eat which we always do5. favourite heterosexual
Thank you xx
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orllamccool a month ago
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the best part of derry girls is that every time the girls do something crazy or illegal the adults can鈥檛 rightfully be angry with them because they鈥檝e usually done something worse and can鈥檛 bear to have it brought up
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cassianandfenrysaremyboyos a month ago
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People will talk about iconic dance scenes in media and then not mention the "rock the boat" scene from Derry Girls
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maddiegoldbeck 8 months ago
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psychopyro813 a month ago
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You know this episode exposes another parallel between Luz and Philip, further cementing them as foils to each other:
They are both unreliable narrators in some capacity.
Philip is the more obvious flavor, deliberately falsifying his diary and his intentions from anyone who might read them.
But Luz, Luz is lying to *herself*. She's adjusting her internal dialogue to obfuscate her pain. And I don't think she's entirely conscious of it, unlike Philip who is VERY aware of what he's doing, but I do think she's using it as a defense mechanism, and the end result is the same: the narrator cannot be entirely trusted.
It's not as big or heavy a reveal as some of the other theories that have cropped up around their connection, but it is still a thread that ties. And like their other connecting threads, it's their external support systems (or lack thereof) that determine how their lies affect them and those around them.
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Claudia aged up! she offered to boost Step-Grandma Bridie鈥檚 skincare regime with some microneedling, but apparently she鈥檚 not into quack science smdh 馃様
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pianoblood 4 years ago
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Happy birthday and happy valentine's day my special little country gal~~ I love you~~馃挄馃挒
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tovezza 7 months ago
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heart-stopping realisation today that inej and nina as mothers would be mary and sarah from derry girls聽
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arutai 4 months ago
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Bridie Chillemi by Art T
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I tried using an app to color
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psychopyro813 2 months ago
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I actually hate the take that "well k*t**ng spent more time on screen together for three whole seasons and Zutara only had half a season of friendship so it's not as real"
Buddy just because they had the time to develop their relationship more doesn鈥檛 mean they actually *did*. You can have all the time in the world but if you don't do anything with it, it does not matter. 3 seasons of a monotone one-note relationship is not nearly the same as the sweeping, arcing, *dynamic* development Zutara was given during that ""half a season"".
I swear people just don't know how to look critically at writing.
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