Arnold woke up and didn't remember going to sleep. He blinked his eyes and looked up at a really small ceiling, barely ten feet by ten feet, then he turned his head and saw a really weird expression on Doris' face.
“You're finally awake!” Doris said and leaned close and kissed his cheek. “I was so worried!”
“Where am I?” Arnold asked.
“It's a small room behind my desk at the dorm.” Doris said. “I'm allowed to take breaks and sometimes if I'm here too late waiting for students to come back, I'll sleep here and get up in the morning.”
Arnold tried to sit up and felt a sharp pain on his forehead. He tried to touch it and Doris caught his hand and eased him back down to lay on the bed.
“The nurse said not to touch it and for me to keep an eye on you.” Doris said. “You banged your head pretty hard on my desk and your forehead is pretty swollen.”
“Is that what happened?” Arnold asked. He didn't remember doing that.
“Yes, and it was my fault. I'm so sorry.” Doris said. “Please forgive me for being so careless.”
“Okay.” Arnold said.
Doris was a bit surprised that he would forgive her so quickly for hurting him. The nurse said there was a chance for a concussion, even on a small injury, and Arnold needed to be watched and not allowed to fall back asleep. It was going to be a long night for the both of them. She had even called Cissily and told her that Arnold was hurt and that she was taking care of him. Cissily had visited and seen the state he was in and wanted to stay, too.
“No, no. You go home and relax with your friends. This is my job as a dorm mother.” Doris had said and Cissily reluctantly left. That had been an hour ago and Doris had debated heavily about calling Kelly to let her know. In the end, she decided it was wise to call and to tell her Arnold had fallen and banged his head, then she explained about having the nurse check him and she had him in bed resting.
Kelly didn't like hearing that he was hurt and wanted to rush right out to the college, as did Annie; but, it was getting late and he was being well taken care of by Doris, so she reluctantly had to rein in her emotions and agreed not to come out... if Doris texted her every half an hour to let her know how Arnold was.
Doris did that now. 'He's awake and doesn't remember hitting his head. The nurse said that was normal.'
'Ask him his name and who his girlfriend is.' Kelly typed back.
“Arnold, what's your name?” Doris asked him.
“Arnold Strickland.” Arnold said.
“Who is your girlfriend?”
“Kelly Kendall.” Arnold said.
'He got both answers right.' Doris typed.
'Thank god.' Kelly typed. 'You should ask him random questions at different times and see if he gets anything wrong.'
'That's what the nurse said, too.' Doris typed. 'Don't worry, I'll take good care of him.'
Kelly looked at her cell phone and sighed. She resisted the urge to respond that it was supposed to be her job. 'Give him a kiss for me and tell him I'll see him on Saturday.'
'All right. I better go. I'll text again in half an hour.' Doris said and put her cell phone aside. “That was Kelly. She said that she'll see you on Saturday.”
“Is that all?” Arnold asked, because that was a lot of typing for such a short sentence.
“She... also said to give you a kiss from her.” Doris said.
“Okay.” Arnold said and Doris leaned over to kiss his cheek. He put his hand behind her head and pulled her down, and to Doris' utter shock, he gave her a four second kiss on the lips instead.
“A-Arnold!” Doris exclaimed and put a hand over her mouth. “Wh-what was that?”
“That's how I kiss Kelly.” Arnold said and closed his eyes.
“NO! Don't fall asleep!” Doris said and shook him slightly.
“I'm tired.” Arnold said.
“Please, stay awake and talk to me.” Doris said. “I need you to... to... tell me about work! What did you do today?”
Arnold blinked his eyes and looked at her. “I showed up early...” He said and started to drone on about what he did at work.