Again Ben was beside Rook as he rested. Ben had barely left Rook's side after they'd brought him back.
Ben seemed to push everyone away while he was in this sort of state. Sad, angry, moronic and above all guilty. IF he hadn't yelled at Rook before this had happened then Rook wouldn't have gone out on that drive down to the creek to clear his thoughts. Rook had been captured by a group of alien hating scientists and was used as a lab rat for their own entertainment. Ben didn't want to imagine what Rook had gone through while he was there, but he saw all the scares, all the bruises and burns. They'd almost massacred Rook while he was with them.
Ben tried to ignore those thoughts and looked at the ground, this was his fault. All his fault, he wouldn't be surprised at all if Rook never spoke to him again.
Ben almost jumped when he heard a noise from next to him and turned his head. He froze.
Rook was sitting up in bed staring at him in confusion. "Ben where am I?" he asked. Ben couldn't contain himself and leapt to Rook wrapping his arms around Rook's stomach and pushing his face into Rook's chest. "Ghah! Ben, what are you doing?" Rook choked at Ben's bone crunching grip.
"I'm so sorry Rook!" Ben said and snuggled into Rook's shirt, "I'm so sorry."
Rook had no idea what was happening and just put his hand over the back of Ben's head. "Ben?"
Ben began to sob into Rook's shirt and shouted, "I'm so sorry Rook! I shouldn't have said those things! I didn't mean them! I didn't want this to happen-"
"Ben," Rook said sternly. Ben sniffled and looked up at Rook. Rook was glaring down at him and Ben whimpered, "It was all my fault."
"No it wasn't," Rook said shaking his head side to side, "None of this was your fault." Ben blinked up at Rook and Rook sighed when Ben started to cry again.
The door opened and Grandpa Max entered. He smiled when he saw that Rook was awake, "Rook, you're awake," he grinned.
"Yes sir," Rook replied, saluting the other plumber.
Grandpa Max shook his head, "Don't salute me Rook, we were all very worried and we are all very happy with your recovery."
Rook frowned and Max began to speak again, "When we found you, we thought you were dead and we had no choice but to leave you behind, but Ben wouldn't let go of you," he chuckled. "We ended up bringing you back here and it turns out you were alive, if it wasn't for Ben's stubbornness you probably would have died," he smiled.
Rook's eyes were wide from what Max had said and he looked down to Ben. He ruffled the boy's hair and smiled, "Thank you Ben," he said. "Is there any way I can repay you?"
"Smoothies," Ben murmured with his face still buried in Rook's chest.
"Right," Rook sighed and rolled his eyes. Grandpa Max just laughed.
Part one- [link]
I just couldn't let Rook die so I made a part two for all the people who cried over part one..... next time though! I might not make a part two!
Love you Rook!!!!!