Summary: It’s Killian and Emma’s first wedding anniversary, but Killian is sick and has no clue what day it is. To make matters worse, he is driving Emma crazy as she takes care of him.
Note: So many men are big babies when they get sick (apologies to any men who may be reading this), so I thought the same could be true for our former pirate. This goes back and forth between Emma and Killian’s POV. Hope you enjoy it! ~Steph
…Man Flu: Part 1/1…
Today is our first wedding anniversary. This first year of marriage to Killian has been the happiest of my life.
Minus the last three days, that is. When I said the vows in sickness and health, I never imagined this.
I squeeze my eyes closed as the ringing once again fills my ears. Why did I give Killian that damn bell?! He’s been ringing it incessantly for the last two days. I thought it would be an improvement over him bellowing my name every five minutes, but I was sorely mistaken.
Three days ago, Killian came down with a cold. The usual: scratchy throat, cough, runny/stuffy nose. But you would have thought the man had contracted the plague. He hasn’t left our bed and complains about every little symptom. Here’s a man who has lost his hand, been hit by a car, been stabbed, nearly drowned, been tortured, and actually died. I’m sure in his more than 200 years he’s endured even more than that. But somehow the common cold brings him to his knees.
There’s a name for this. Man flu. Basically, men act like babies when they become even slightly sick. Apparently, my brave, strong, resilient pirate isn’t immune to such an affliction. And now I must also suffer.
The bell rings again, followed by a pitiful moan of “Emma”.
“Coming,” I grumble, as I head up the stairs.
I find him in our bed, the comforter pulled up around his neck. Tissues are strewn everywhere. His hair is sticking up in all directions and his nose is red. His blue eyes are watery.
I come to stand before him, hands on my hips. "You rang?“
"Love, do you think perhaps you could close the curtains? I’m afraid the sunlight is hurting my sensitive eyes.”
I bite my lip, but nod. "Sure.“
I walk over to the window and pull the curtains closed.
"Not quite that much. I enjoy a bit of light.”
I feel my fists clench as I pull the curtains open a little, nearly pulling them off the rod with my vice-like grip.
“Better?” I ask.
“Perfect,” he says, offering me a weak smile. "Thank you.“
"Can I get you anything else before I go?” I ask.
“You’re leaving?” he croaks.
I sigh. “Killian, I’ve been waiting on you for three days. I have a job, you know. I’m surprised this town hasn’t been destroyed by monsters yet.”
“My apologies for being so much trouble,” he mumbles.
I roll my eyes. I know what he’s doing and it won’t work.
“Look, you have your cell phone right there. If you need me, just call and I’ll be back in no time at all.”
“I don’t want to be a bother,” he mutters. “I’m sure I can fend for myself in my weakened state. After all, I’ve cared for myself most of my life.”
I roll my eyes again and walk over to him, placing a kiss on his lips against my better judgment. I don’t really want to risk getting sick, but a kiss usually placates him for a bit.
“You’ll be fine. I told you. It’s just a cold.”
“I beg to differ. I feel as if I am on my deathbed. It must be scurvy.”
“For the thousandth time, it is not scurvy.”
“With all due respect, love, you aren’t a doctor.”
“True, but I do know how to google.”
“Look stuff up on the, as you would say, computer box.”
“And you have none of the symptoms of scurvy. It’s also very rare in modern times, mostly occurring in poor countries due to malnutrition. What you have is the common cold.”
“There’s hardly anything common about it. I don’t see why I can’t be given some medicine to cure this infernal disease.”
“Because there’s no cure for the common cold, which, by the way, is not a disease. You just have to ride it out. You can relieve the symptoms like we have been doing with over-the-counter drugs, but there’s not much else you can do.”
“I suppose I’ll just suffer then.”
I wait for him to acknowledge our anniversary, but he’s so delirious from the meds and distracted by his constant whining, that I am pretty sure he doesn’t have any idea what day it is.
I try to hide my disappointment, as I hook my thumb in the direction of the door. "Ok, I’m going to go now. Call me if you need me.“