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Part 31
No. A little tipsy is too tipsy to risk. I can't let her leave.

He stayed in her path, barring his arm across the door. "You're staggering, Enya. Maybe you're not drunk, but I'd feel a lot better if you just crashed here for the night."

She blew a raspberry at him and tried to move past his arm. "I'm fine," she insisted. "Really, I'd be more worried if you were trying to drive. Now let me get home to get some sleep. I need to get up at six to get my shit together before work..."

"Humor me, please. I don't care if it was only three drinks, unless you can walk home..."

"Now you're being silly. My place is further than Alton's..."

"Just stay, please?"

"No. Move, Nathan."

He wouldn't move. "Look, I'll crash on the couch and you can have my room. Just... be reasonable."

"Reasonable?" She raised an eyebrow and narrowed her eyes at him. "I had three God damned drinks. I am reasonably sober. Now move the fuck out of my way."

"No. Don't make me take your keys."

"Don't make me flip you. I have a black belt."

"I just think it's better to be safe than sorry..."

"You're gonna be sorry if you keep pissing me off!"

"Be pissed!" he shot back, growing equally annoyed. "I'm not moving!"

"Damn it, Nathan!"

"Marni, please!"

They both stopped, catching the slip moments after it left Nathan's lips. His face turned red and he began to shake, lowering his arm from the door. "Enya," he said weakly, the correction coming too late. "I meant to say... never mind." Justified or not, it no longer felt right to stop her, and he slowly moved away from the door. "Leave if you want..." That was the only reason he was worried, wasn't it? Because she looked like Marni, and he couldn't bear the thought of her getting into another car accident. He wandered to the kitchen table and sat down. If she left, he didn't want to see her leave.

Enya followed him. She didn't speak, but brushed her hand lightly over his shoulder, then gave it a gentle squeeze. She stepped around the table, set her purse down with her keys beside it, and stopped a moment, watching him. She let out a quiet sigh. After another moment, she turned and walked into his room. She retrieved a pillow and brought it back to the living room, tossing it on the couch, then returned to the bedroom. She watched Nathan again for a minute or two, then silently closed the door behind her.

She had agreed to stay.

After the door clicked closed, Nathan lowered his head in his hands and took a deep breath. He was ashamed of himself, but relieved. Now he didn't have to worry about her. With another sigh he stood, moving to the bathroom to get his medication. Another whirlwind evening, and he was ready for a little help getting to sleep. The bottle of little blue pills was set out on the sink beside his toothbrush, a silent reminder for him to take two before bed.

As Nathan reached for them, however, he stopped short, cursing under his breath. "Fuck. I can't." He paused for a moment, then picked up the bottle anyway. Tiredness was starting to make his vision blurry, but he tried to read the label anyway, altogether forgetting why it was he couldn't take his insomnia medication when he knew he needed it. His thoughts weren't coming together properly, which made matters worse, and the words just looked liked jumbles of letters. Despite this, he knew he wasn't going to sleep well without them.

God damn it all, what am I missing here? Why shouldn't I take these? Fucking insomnia... maybe (whatever it is) I can just take half a dose and be okay, but will that be enough to get me to sleep? Why did I have to have insomnia, of all things...

Maybe I'd be better off not taking my pills at all tonight, but then I might have withdrawals... maybe... ugh, stupid sleeplessness...

What should I do?

Random note: I dislike pranks in general, especially on April Fools', so don't worry about any coming from me. The one DA is running has me slightly amused, but is bordering on extremely annoying.

Moving on...

Short chapter this week. I could have done more, but I really wanted a poll for this particular choice Nathan has to make. To say more would spoil things...

Anyway, enjoy ^_^

THE CHOICE HAS BEEN MADE: Read Part 32 to see his decision!


ON TO PART 32 >>>

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crazyBookworm013 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I even felt the slight tension and awkwardness when Nathan mistook Enya. Number one rule with medicine..... DO NOT take medicine with alcohol.
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It seems a lot of people have realized this, though we all know he'd be alright if he slipped up (since Gabriel is his guardian).
crazyBookworm013 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes but it is still quite serious and we don't actually want to hurt....just make him uncomfortable or tease him
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think that's actually crueler... and you guys did have him deliberately attempt suicide thrice.
crazyBookworm013 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, we are humans
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. We hope.
UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Well, like Vera said, many meds and alcohols don't mix (some do. You're allowed to take Crohn's medication and alcohol) but I'm sure you don't take insomnia and alcohol together.
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To quote an article I looked up on the subject:

"Never mix alcohol and sleeping pills. Alcohol increases the sedative effects of the pills. Using alcohol with tranquilizers or sleeping pills will multiply the sedative effects of both drugs, which can slow down your central nervous system enough to cause loss of consciousness, a coma or death. Even a small amount of alcohol combined with sleeping pills can make you feel dizzy, confused or faint. "
vera-san Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Tsk tsk, Nathan. I learned about this in health class. Meds and alcohol don't mix!

I'm glad he made Enya stay, though. Who knows what could have happened if she had driven home?
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She would have likely been fine, since she was drinking much less.

And yes, alcohol plus eszopiclone equals very bad. Good on you for remembering he had drinks!
vera-san Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Mm, true, but even the slightest of intoxication can have an effect on one's driving abilities...

Haha, thanks! Now that I think about it, even if he did take enough pills to die, Gabriel would just save him. But even so, that would make Mr. Death pretty angry, no?
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It would disappoint him, yes, but Nathan isn't in the best frame of mind at the moment.
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