When I woke up I saw that I was in a hospital bed, groaning I looked around and saw Malachi and Sapphire by my side, Malachi was gently stroking my hand with her paw. "What happened?" I asked as I was still dazed. "You were stabbed by Harry yesterday, remember? You were unconscious all night and all morning" she said. "The nurse says you will be ok by this evening" Sapphire added.
"Are you two ok?" I asked as I sat up.
"We are both fine" Malachi said before adding "I think Sapphire has something to say to you"
"What is it you want to say?" I asked her.
"I just want to say, thank you" she said humbly. "You saved my life and kept your promise. I will never have to worry about Harry again thanks to you"
"You're welcome I guess" she then leant forwards and hugged me tightly. "Ok you're very welcome" I said as I pushed her away, my wound was throbbing badly. "Malachi? I said.
"Yes?" she replied.
"I need to ask, what happened to me yesterday?" I said to her.
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"I mean that blue glow from my hands and why on earth was I so strong?" I asked her.
"Well, my best explanation is that several years ago I shared my powers with you, right?" she said and I nodded. "What happened was your anger must have triggered something that made my power and yours combine in such a way that your were able to use one of my old attacks. Power paw"
"So that's why I shouted Power paw as I hit him" I said, I was surprised by what I was hearing.
"It must be" she said. "It's the only explanation I can think of that makes sense"
"So I have access to your powers?" I asked.
"Not quite, I think you just became so angry that the power built up enough for you to use it. I expect the same would happen to me if I was angry enough" Malachi explained.
"I'm the only one here who can use their powers" Sapphire added. "But I try not to as they are really only good for finishing off or fatally wounding an opponent"
"Why is that?" I asked her.
"They are very powerful but they sap most of my strength. Even using it once was enough to make me tired" she said.
"I nearly had to carry both of you back by myself" Malachi added. She then stroked me a couple of times on the top of my forehead and said "Visiting time end soon. But we will see you in a few hours" she then kissed me on the cheek before telling Sapphire to follow her out. I was left alone; the only person who came to see me was the nurse who constantly checked my readings. The last time we met that day was when she then removed all of the equipment and said "Somebody wants to talk with you. I will let him in"
She opened the door and a Police sergeant entered the ward, the nurse left us to talk. "Now then" he said. "I want to have a word with you about yesterday"
"Why? What have I done?" I asked, I was scared that he was going to arrest me.
"Nothing" he said. I breathed a sigh of relief and he then explained. "What I was going to say is that you and your two friends are off the hook now. We decided that the evidence was so strong towards Harry being a killer and now that he is dead we can close the case"
"But we killed him" I said.
"We understand it was self defence" he replied. "As for the girl who was killed, we have spoken to her family and asked them not to talk about this. We don't want the press to get hold of this story. As for her belongings the family decided to give a third of her money to her fox"
"Sapphire?" I said.
"I believe so, she will receive a third of Lucy's money and will remain in your care from now on. I also asked if she wanted to attend the funeral but she declined. I trust you will take good care of her and I also have one more thing to give to you" he said and he gave me a small box.
As I lifted the lid I found it to be the Balisong knife that Harry had used to stab me. "Why have you given me this?" I asked the sergeant.
"We have no need for it anymore so we thought you would find a use for it. Maybe as a self defence weapon in the future or as a memorial" he said as he stood up again. "I will leave you now. The doctor will take you home soon and try not to mention this to anybody from now on"
"I don't want to mention it so that's not a problem" I said as he left the hospital ward.
Later that day when the sun had gone down one of the doctors took me back home in his Audi; helping me out of the car he said "You will be fine in a few days. It was just a flesh wound. Now you go and have a good night's sleep"
"I suppose it's another scar to add to the list" I said sarcastically as I rang the doorbell. The doctor went back to his car as I watched Malachi run downstairs and open the front door. She draped her arms around my shoulders and kissed me, she then said "I'm glad you're back. I was so worried about you"
"It's good to see you my love. I was only gone for a few hours and I missed you so much" I said before kissing her again. She lead me upstairs and helped me into bed, "You don't need to fuss this much" I said to her. "The doctor said I will be fine"
"Nonsense. You need to rest" she said pulling the covers over me before sitting down on her side of the bed. "Sapphire said she will make hot chocolate"
As soon as she finished speaking the door opened and Sapphiremon walked in holding a tray with three mugs upon it. Handing me and Malachi one she sat on the end of the bed and said "I hope you will be ok soon. You saved my life twice so saving you was an honour"
"Thank you" I said. "Looks like we are even now"
"Does it matter if we are even?" she said. "You are my tamer; we are supposed to protect each other"
"Both of us are" Malachi said. "Sapphire and I decided while you were in hospital that we should share the duties of protecting you"
"I thought you already did" I said.
"I must confess that I was not trying hard enough before. I never needed to protect anybody in the past, not even Lucy until she we attacked. My fighting skills are also very poor so Malachi offered to help train me up" Sapphire said.
"But what if you don't need to fight?" I asked.
"I'm afraid we will" Malachi interrupted. "With our immortality we will most likely run into danger again"
"I hope not for a long time" I said as I finished my hot chocolate.
"I think you should get some rest Sapphire, you need your strength for tomorrow" Malachi said.
"Very well" Sapphire said, as she was about to leave she turned back and wished us goodnight. Malachi took off her gauntlets and left them on the bedside table before tucking herself in beside me. She leant over and kissed me on the cheek and said "You need to rest now" before she turned over and switched the light off.