We were about to pack up when we had seen Brittany and Dillion heading back towards us. Cat froze on the spot, worry creasing her features.
“I thought you would be going with?” Cat said to Brittany.
“They don’t need me. She’s stable and once they get her to the hospital they can start her on an IV of the medicine she will need to counteract the reaction to the sting. I’m sure they’ll check her lungs too. She swallowed quite a lot of water from the ocean, they'll have to make certain they're clear.”
“Do you really think she’ll be okay?” Cat asked, but I could see the intense expression Dillion had. Obviously, he was just as eager to hear the answer.
“I really do, Cat.” Brittany reached for Cat’s hand. “She’s in good hands and will be well taken care of. Now, you have to focus on that baby and relax.”
Cat gave her a small smile. “Easier said than done. I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to Olivia. We’ve been best friends since our childhood. She’s like a sister to me.”
I can see Cat’s eyes fill with tears and I put my arm around her.
“Well, she’ll most likely be admitted but I doubt any of us will get to see her tonight. I suggest you aim for first thing in the morning if you wish to visit,” Brittany proposed.
“I’ll take you,” Dillion offered. I gave him a look because if anyone was going to be there for Cat it would be me, but then I realized that this may be Dillion’s only chance to see for himself that Olivia is okay.
“Thank you, Dillion, but Alex can take me,” Cat replied.
“Yeah… of course.” Dillion looked away and he rubbed the back of his neck. I felt so bad for him but it was actually Brittany who spoke up in his defense.
“You should let your brother tag along. I know how he gets when he’s playing guardian angel. He’ll want to see for himself that Olivia is okay.”
Cat gave a nonchalant shrug of her shoulders. “Yeah, sure if you want to come. The more the merrier. I’m sure Olivia won't mind the company.”
“I doubt she'll be deprived of company. I’m pretty sure Doug is going to be glued to her side. The poor guy looked sick with worry,” Brittany commented and I couldn’t help thinking... you mean how Dillion looks right now.
Brittany wraps her arms around Dillion's midsection. “She was so lucky you noticed her, Dillion. God forbid if you didn’t … she may have drowned.”
“Yeah, it was pretty lucky,” Dillion forced out, before placing a kiss atop Brittany’s head. “I’m glad you were here. She needed your expertise.”
Brittany smiled up at him. “Ah, it was nothing. Guess I should have known better than to think I could actually have a normal night off.”
“The night isn’t over yet. Since nothing can be done tonight, I say we try and salvage the rest of the evening,” Dillion suggested.
I looked at Cat. I know emotionally this whole event has taken a lot out of her, so I leave the decision up to her. She looked up at me and smiled. “I did promise you a bonfire and smores.”
“If you’re up to it.” She nodded her head yes. “Okay then.” We got the fire going and the talk surrounded around getting to know Brittany a little more and her doing the same about us. Dillion responded when it was appropriate, giving the appearance he was a part of things but I could tell his mind was miles away. Still, it turned out to be a rather enjoyable evening, with just the four of us.
Cat began cuddling in and I could tell she was getting tired. “I think I should be getting Cat back home,” I interjected when there was a lapse in the conversation. “I’m okay,” she protested, sleepily and I laughed. “Uh, huh. Come on sleepy head. Let's get you home and to bed.”
Brittany looked at her watch, “It is getting late, and I have to be in early tomorrow for work. Did you…” Brittany looked at Dillion with hope, “want to come with me?”
Dillion took her hands in his. “I would Brittany but I’m sure Cat’s going to want to get to the hospital first thing in the a.m. and I don’t want her to have to wait for me.”
Brittany tried to hide her disappointment. She shook it off and smiled at him. “That makes sense. Tell Olivia, I was asking about her. I really do hope she’s okay.”
“Thanks to you, I’m sure she will be,” Dillion said and leaned in to kiss Brittany but it was a very brief kiss and confusion was evident on Brittany’s face when he pulled away. It was obvious that something had changed between them but she couldn’t figure out what.
I felt so bad for her. It was apparent she cares a great deal for Dillion. The way she kept stealing glances at him all night. “I’ll walk you to your car,” Dillion said taking her hand in his.
“Why don’t we drive you to your car?” Cat offered.
Brittany looked conflicted, as Dillion walking her back to her car was the only time alone she would get with him tonight.
“I’m sure they’d like a moment to themselves,” I tell Cat as I pack up the chairs and items we brought with us to the beach before dousing the fire.
Dillion gave me an odd expression that was hard to read. I almost thought he was annoyed with me. It took me a second to realize that Cat had unknowingly given him the perfect out of being alone with Brittany. Since his sights are now set on Olivia. He had already started to distance himself from her, but it wasn’t fair that he do so and not try and explain.
However, it wasn’t my place to tell him that.
“Where are you parked? I’ll drop him off at your car so he can go home with you.”
Cat told her and Brittany smiled at Cat giving her a huge hug. “It was really great meeting you, Cat. Dillion talks about you so much I felt like I knew you already. You too, Alex." She pulled away and reached out for my hand. "It would be nice if we could do this again sometime. Maybe dinner?" I shook her hand but wasn't quite sure what to say.