He woke up, then looked around before awareness flooding back in. “Ash.” He started trying to sit up, only to realize he was tangled in various medical things.
“It’s alright.” A calm voice said and someone reached over to pat his arm. “You’re in the hospital. Magda said to make sure to tell you as soon as you woke up that everyone is alright and they are looking for Ash right now.”
Stephan nodded. The woman sitting by his bed looked to be in her early fifties. She was a light skinned black woman, with warm eyes and a pleasant smile. He tilted his head. “Are you Laura’s mother?”
“I’m Gabriel’s mother.” She smiled.
“You’re…” He blinked.
“He’s adopted.” She shrugged. “We thought it best if someone was on hand to reassure you as soon as you woke up…” She lowered her voice conspiratorially. “So we may have let them all believe you’re my nephew.”
“Right.” He shifted on the hospital bed. “So, Aunt…”
“Patricia Williams, but you may call me Patty.”
“Aunt Patty…” He nodded. “Fill me in.”
“Good news first.” She leaned back. “Anna and her baby are healthy. I’m not sure what all is going on and as soon as things are settled I am going to box some people’s ears, but Gabriel said to tell you that he’s ‘playing guardian angel’ and that as soon as…” She took a deep breath and shook her head disapprovingly. “Your ass can get out of bed Matthias is probably going to need you.”
“Yeah. Probably.” He started to sit up, then gave a frustrated sigh. “Don’t suppose they left any —”
She offered him a set of clothes. “I’ll be right outside.”