Newt arrives at the hospital at a run, crashing through two doors and skidding into reception- “I’m here to-” he chokes, swallows, tries to catch his breath, “I’m here to see Hermann- Hermann Gottlieb, do you know what ward-“
"I’m afraid visiting hours are over," the man at the desk frowns at him over his glasses, "It you’ll come back at eleven tomorrow-"
"Look," Newt draws a breath, holds up his hand, "I’m his husband, I just need to see him-"
The nurse’s mouth thins until it almost disappears, “Do you have your marriage certificate?”
"My- what-" Newt’s mouth opens, "I just heard he got taken to hospital- I didn’t have time-"
"Then I’m afraid you simply will have to wait," the man gives him a sickly grin, "Come back in the morning;"
For a moment, Newt cannot even speak, just standing speechless at the desk, a dull, heavy weight in his stomach and his mouth too dry to move;
"Please move," the man doesn’t even hide his distaste now, "People in actual need may require this desk,"
"Look," Newt should be shouting, but it comes out a croak; he should be angry, but everything inside him feels heavy and dead, "Just- I need to know, is he okay- I just heard that he was taken in, I don’t know-"
"I’m quite sure I shouldn’t be giving that out," the bastard doesn’t even look up, delicately picking up a file and pointedly ignoring Newt;
Newt leans forwards, and the file is covered at once and now the anger hits, “Just tell me he’s okay!” He screams;
Everyone in the waiting room is staring, and Newt feels his face burn, his eyes prick, “For all I know you are a total stranger- or even, some pervert-” the nurse’s eyes glitter in loathing, “Now get out, before I have you removed,”
Newt leaves, the world blurring around him and his hands shaking so hard he has to try three times before he gets Tendo’s number up,
"Newt- what’s up it’s like two in the morning-"
"Hermann’s in hospital," and god, the breath catches in his throat, "They won’t let him see him- the little shit at the desk won’t even tell me if he’s okay-” his voice shatters, he sobs;
"Okay, okay-" Tendo’s voice sounds more awake, "Shit just- calm down, breathe-"
Newt chokes, sits down on the step outside the hospital, the night is biting cold, the tears burn down his face, “I’m getting ready to go, just tell me what you need;”
"M-my marriage certificate, it’s int he top draw of Hermann’s desk, if you can get it-"
"Newt," Tendo’s voice is soft, "I don’t have the keys;"
And that’s just too much- the world shatters and Newt howls, burrowing himself into a ball and rocking on the freezing concrete,
"It’s okay," Tendo’s voice comes in and out, he must be getting dressed, "Shh, it’s going to be okay- look, Mako and Raleigh are camping at my house, they’re coming too; you’re at Warren General, right-"
Newt nods, realises Tendo can’t see him, and manages a shaky “Y-yeah,”
"Okay, we’re all coming, I’ll get your keys and get your certificate, and Raleigh and Mako will stay with you- Mako’s talking about getting Stacker along too when she can wake him- let’s see what you little shit will make of them,"
Newt gives a suffocated laugh somewhere under the snot and tears,
"Yeah, that’s right, it’s gonna be okay- we’re getting in the car now; we’ll be with your in fifteen- just hang on-"
Newt nods, any words lost; the first flakes of snow are starting to drift down and he shivers, feeling freezing cold inside and out.