After the two shook hands, Alice scanned her surroundings once again.
"Um, where exactly am I?" she asked, eyeing the IV tubes nervously.
"Like I said, you're in a place that's safe," Ratchet reassured her, placing a hand on her arm. She flinched as a shock of pain shot through her veins. "Nobody can harm you here."
Alice gave him a sarcastic glance before her expression turned deathly serious.
"How could any place be safe?" she whispered, gripping in her sheets so tightly that her knuckles turned white. "Especially for me..."
Staring into her hard expression, Ratchet noticed her entire face became a light shade of pink. His hand moved from her arm and touched her face, the heat burning his hand through his leather glove.
"You're getting a bit warm," he stated as he grabbed the nearest thermometer and tried to place it under her tongue. Which was easier said than done, since she pretty much refused anything that went into her mouth.
"Who knows if that thing's poisoned," she had