Maggie was finally waking up. She let out a soft groan, and after a few attempts, was able to open her eyes.
OA smiled brightly at the slightly disoriented agent. "Hey Mags."
She swallowed a few times before trying to speak. "O- OA." Her throat was dry and it hurt just to get OA's name out.
OA grabbed his bottle of water and helped his partner take a small sip. "You had a breathing tube in until this morning. I'm sure that's why it hurts to speak."
Maggie gave a small smile of thanks for the water. "How long have I been out?"
"Might as well say about twenty-four hours." He wasn't exactly sure how long it had been since they'd first arrived at the hospital, considering every minute felt like an eternity. "Do you want me to go get the doctor?"
The brunette shook her head, but cringed when she made herself lightheaded. "Not yet. Just tell me how I'm doing."
"You've made so much progress.. Just overnight. The surgeon repaired the damage to your lung. You still had to have a breathing tube in for a while.. But this morning you started breathing fine on your own. You're going to be okay Mags.'' OA had to look away when it came back to him how close she'd come to not pulling through. He cleared his throat, and changed the subject. "Jubal and Kristen are here. JJ was here all night. She said that she would be back later."
Maggie smiled, grateful to have such amazing friends.
"I should probably let Jubal know that you're awake." OA pulled his phone from his pocket and sent Jubal a text.
The next two hours were a blur. Jubal and Kristen came in to visit. The doctor explained to Maggie her condition, ad ran a few tests. Maggie was completely exhausted and couldn't help but fall back asleep afterwards.
Kristen and Jubal left after Maggie went to sleep, as they had to get back to the office, but Dana and JJ came in shortly after.
With a lot of effort, the two women were able to convince OA to go home for a bit. Dana had to practically order him to.
OA was reluctant to leave, but Maggie was asleep, probably for a while… and he knew that he wouldn't be doing any good for her if he burnt himself out. He nodded his thanks to JJ when she gave him the keys to her SUV. "I won't be gone long. Just enough to take a shower, and grab a bite to eat."
True to his word, OA wasn't even gone two hours. When he got back, Dana told him that Maggie had been awake for a few minutes, but was already back out.
JJ and Dana went downstairs to the cafeteria, while OA took his usual spot beside Maggie's bed.
Maggie woke up shortly after OA came back in. She gave him a warm smile. "Thank you for being here."
"I'll always be here for you Mags." OA shifted in his seat, knowing that he needed to have a talk with his partner. He never imagined having this conversation in the hospital, but he didn't want to waste anymore time. "Maggie, I, uh, I know that this probably isn't the best time, but I need to tell you something."
Maggie looked sort of surprised, although she had a feeling that she knew what this was about… and she became kind of nervous. "Okay."
OA moved a little closer to Maggie, and started to subconsciously rub her arm. "Mags, I, I love you. I don't know when it happened, but I've wanted to tell you for a while… I should've told you before, but I didn't know how to. Things have been changing between us… but I don't know what that means, or how you feel. All I know is that I love you… and it took this for me to realize that I needed to tell you. You're my world Maggie."
Maggie was completely silent. It took her a moment to process the fact that OA just told her he loved her. She knew he was right about things changing between them. She had felt it too, over the past few months… but didn't really expect either of them to bring it up. "Um, okay, so bare with me here OA, because you and I both know that I'm not good with saying how I feel… but I'm glad you told me. I've been too afraid to be honest with you… and myself really. I do feel the same. Like you, I don't know exactly when, but it hit me hard. I tried to deny it, but… now I don't want to." She covered OA's hand with her own, and smiled brightly at him.
OA's eyes lit up, as he stared at Maggie in surprise. "Really?"
She nodded and her smile grew. "Really."
OA returned the gesture before leaning down and placing a soft kiss on her lips.