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My nerves were back. I tensed up immediately. My brows furrowed, and I felt like I wanted to cry. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. “Hey… Ms. Jolivet… Lynn. Look at me.”
I opened my eyes to see Arrow standing over me. He grabbed my hand and caressed it with his thumb. The way he stared into my eyes almost lured me into a trance. Those perfect thick lips looked moist and hydrated. I wanted to kiss him suddenly. “Take a few deep breaths for me,” he said softly, not breaking his gaze into my soul.
I wondered if this felt as intense for him as it did for me. My entire body had heated up. I took the deep breaths, and he did so too, coaching me through it. After three or four, he said, “You finna knock this out the park. Everything is gonna go well, and you’ll be back at work before you know it, giving the city Mo 2 Luv. I promise I’m gonna be there every step of the way.”
I smiled at him and nodded. The nurse smiled too, and they began pushing my bed in the direction of the operating room. He slid his mask on then looked at me. I could see the smile in his eyes. “Keep taking those deep breaths, Lynn.”
I did as he said, and it helped. When we got to the operating room, they had R&B music playing. It was soothing, and I was grateful for that. I was more than sure Arrow had picked the music. Dr. Schrapps was an old white man. I doubted he listened to this. It had a soul, jazzy type feel to it. I looked over at Arrow and asked, “Who’s singing?”
“King. You like it?”
“I do. I love R&B, soul, and jazz. I like hip hop and gospel too, but those are my favorites.”
“I judged you right then.”
After they got my bed situated, the nurse left the room. There were a couple of other people in the room moving around. Dr. Schrapps entered the room and spoke to everyone then came to my bed. “Hey, Ms. Jolivet. We’re finally getting the show on the road. You ready?”
I glanced at Arrow as he grabbed my hand and nodded slowly. I took a deep breath. “I’m ready. Let’s do this.”
He smiled at me and patted my shoulder. When he walked away, Arrow said, “What I’m giving you will have you sleeping like a baby. It’s gon’ be the best sleep you’ve ever gotten. When you come through this and heal up, you gon’ have to hit me up to celebrate your new beginning.”
I smiled at him as he got the syringe to push through my IV. “Okay. Thank you, Dr. Vaughn.”
“What I tell you about that Dr. Vaughn stuff?”
“Thank you, Arrow. You’re gonna stay the whole time?”
He smiled at me as Dr. Schrapps stared at him. He nodded. “The whole time. You ready?”
I nodded and closed my eyes. “Okay. Within a couple of seconds, you gon’ be out like a light.”
That was the last thing I remembered him saying before the lights went out.