He was about to go back sleep when he heard the door open, thinking it was his friends he let himself have a small smile appear on his face, it fell though when he saw who it was, the doctor who had ruined his life.
"Hello Lightning, so glad to see that you are awake" he said before he closed the door behind them.
Lightning tried to move, but his muscles refused to listen to him, it wasn't till he looked at them that he realised that he was bandaged up and had no chance of going anywhere
"Aw, what's the matter Lightning? Can't move?" Cooed the doctor.
"Please, don't do this" Lightning murmered "my car will know what you are doing to me, and he will tell someone"
"Oh little one, who is going to believe him, all the people who are looking after your silly car work for me, and they will make sure that no one hears him, I've made sure of that" he smirked even more before walking forward.
All Lightning could do was look away and hide the tears that were threatening to escape, he flinched when he felt the doctor brush his hand against this hair.
"Before I do anything though I need to put something in your body, don't worry though it is not something to kill or make you fall asleep, it is something that will help you later on in your life" he quickly put the injection into one of the wires that was connected to one of the racer's arms "there you are, all better" he brushed his thum over Lightning's cheek "you really are lucky you know, many girls would fall to the ground just to get to have a date with me"
"Please, leave me alone, I don't want this" Lightning whispered softly.
SMACK! Lightning winced as the doctor struck his cheek.
"Why won't you go out with me? I asked you before, I knew what was going on inside that house yet you still defended him, why won't you accept that I care about you?"
"If you cared about me you wouldn't be doing this, please if you stop this then mybe we can work something out but..."
"No, you are not leaving me again, I have been patient to when I can see you again but now I cannot and will not let you go" he grabbed both of Lightning's arms but not too hard that he would be in more pain "now let me kiss you"
"Drop dead Mitch" Lightning retorted and kept his lips firmly clossed.
"Ah, so you do remember me, it is truly an honour to be remembered by a famous racer like you"
Before Mitch could do or say anything else the hospital door opened revealing Lightning's dad, who froze in what he was seeing.
"So, it wasn't bad enough that you lied to me about having The Fabulous Hudson Hornet as your crew chief, you lied to me about having a boyfriend?" he snarled.
Lightning could not believe this "no dad, he is not my boyfriend, I have never dated
anyone since you have kept me too busy to do anything else besides racing" he exclaimed while trying but failing to get up since Mitch still had his arms.
"I don't want to hear your excuses, consider yourself out of my family, have fun whoring out with your boyfriend" he left the room without a backward glance.
Lightning, for once in his life, felt completely numb, his eyes were starting to blur and turning a paler colour than his origanal ones, he just stared at the ceiling and went limp, then his vision went black just as he heard the door barge open again followed by an angry voice.
Hudson saw his old enamy leave the room with an angry look but paid little attention to him, with Michael behind him he quickly barged through the door not bothering to knock and saw red at the sight before him. The doctor had one knee on the bed and was half on top of Lightning with his hands holding the boy's arms, Lightning was just laying there looking at the ceiling and didn't seem fazed at what was going on, it wasn't until Hudson looked closer and saw that Lightning had fainted.
"Get away from him, now" Hudson spoke calmly but his eyes were as cold as they had ever been.
"No you will not stop me from having what should have been mine a long time ago" Mitch snarled back.
"Do not make me use force, I am a police officer, or are you blind to see that I am wearing a uniform" Michael said as he came out from behind Hudson.
Mitch paled when he noticed the policeman, and he knew that he was done for.
"If you come with me quietly we can sort everything out and I can let you off with a warning" he really couldn't do anything about the past since it had been a few years ago, but with this he could only fine the man or let him off with a warning unless Lightning was willing to tell them what had happened.
"No, his dad promised me that when the boy was of age and had won the Piston Cup I could have him for mysellf" Mitch replied after some thought.
Hudson nearly fainted, Lightning's dad was going to sell his son like some prostitute? He didn't think so, his eyes were now looking like the glacier's of Antartica and Mitch was even more scared than before.
Before anyone knew what was going on Lightning woke up, his didn't seem fazed at all when he saw Mitch was still on top of him, he didn't even freak out, he used every ounce of strength he could muster and pushed the man's left hand away causing the man to loose his balence as he fell on top of Lightning before falling onto the floor in a heap.
Michael wasted no time in walking over to the man while Hudson quickly went to check on Lightning.
"What on earth is going on here? And why is Doctor Mitch on the ground officer?" Demanded the nurse that had come in after hearing all the comotion.
"This man isn't going anywhere until I answer him some questions" Michael said as he tried getting the doctor up, he wasn't going to cuff him yet until he got the answers.
"You're lying Doctor Mitch would never do something like that" the nurse retorted angrily at him.
Hudson looked at her and noticed that she was shaking, "is something wrong nurse? You seem to be shaking badly" he also became suspicous that she would say something like that when Michael didn't say anything about arresting the man.
The nurse realised she was and tried to think of something "I am fine, I'm just shaken up that you would immediatly accuse Doctor Mitch of something without an proof" she couldn't believe that she had just said that, if she said anythig else she would get arrested.
In a way the nurse had a point but Michael replied "unless you move aside you will be charge in the aid of helping him"
The nurse wanted to retort but knew that if she tried anything she would get arrested as well, she had been going out with Mitch for a while and knew what he did, but she didn't care, after all he was a famous doctor and had never lost a single patient. She only cared about her image but always tried to be polite in front of others so she wouldn't get in trouble.
Michael then moved the man towards the reception and asked if lady at the reception could call the police, since he really couldn't do any of it himself.
Hudson just continued to watch over Lightning as he had fallen unconcious again after he had pushed Mitch off of him.
Soon after that everything became a blur, Michael had to talk to the California police about what had happened in the patients room, they coulnd't talk to Lightning since he was still unconcious. Hudson was allowed to take control of looking after Lightning since he had operated on him before and that he wouldn't let any other doctor near him. After the man was dealt with everyone stayed as long as they could till Lightning was ready to wake up again.
Lightning felt like he was floating in mid air in a sea of darkness, he couldn't remember what happened or how he got here, he could hear voices though, muffled but there for him to hear, but one of them stood out the most, it was calming even though it was slightly rough, and dare he say it mezmerizing.
It was then that everything came crashing down on him, literally, he remembered destroying a building in Radiator Springs, he remembered everyone kicking him out just because of what his dad had done to destroy their lives...the fight with his dad...then the race and the flashback he got when he heard what Chick said and knowing what he intended to do...then giving the cup up to help the guy he considered a friend.
The voices began to get more clearer and he instantly knew each ones voice, but he was surprised to hear two voices he never thought he would hear again.
"I really do appreciate what Lightning did for me everyone, but I really don't understand why he would give up the Piston Cup just to help me out, if he knew that was going to happen to me why would he do it?" asked the Texas voice that belonged to none other than Strip Weathers.
his eyes as far a they would allow him to, he began to try and say something, although it came out as a croak "because at the end of the day" deep breath "it's just an empty cup"
Everyone snapped their heads in his direction that Lightning was sure that they had all cracked their necks.
Larry was the first to come out of his trance "bud, yer' okay" he jumped to his feet and to everyones surprise, walked to him and placed one arm on him as if to hug him but was afraid to hurt him even more, nobody knew he could be this gentle to anyone.
He turned around to see their shocked expressions "what? I can be calm whe I want to" he said it becuase it was true but to also break the tension.
It seemed to have worked since Lightning could not stop the laugh from escaping his mouth, once again everyone looked at him in shock "what?" he asked innocently.
"We have never heard you laugh before" Flo replied calmy lthough still in shock.
"This is the first time I havve laughed since my mum died" he had just been into formed by his car that he had told them everything, but Lightning couldn't blame him "anyway the answer to your question is because as far as I am concerned, it's just an empty cup, if you remember that speech I gave before the race then I think you'll get the idea"
Strip did, as well as Hudson although he didn't show it, Lightning did not want the same thing happening to Strip and his car like Hudsons, he wanted them to retire as the racer he was, and not some pile of trash that was considered 'history'
"How long have I been out for?" he dreaded the answer.
"About a week" Flo replied.
Lightning sighed as he moved his eyes toward the ceiling, he thought he would have been out far longer than that.
Hudson got out of his chair and tured to the group "if all of you don't mind I would like all of you to leave the room, I need to check on Lightning"
Nobody hesitated to leave, Hudson could be really scary if no one listened to him, he turned to face Lightning again and began to check him over, the casts that had been on Lightning had been taken off and only parts of his body were patched up from the burns he had gotten from the crash.
"What was the last thing you remember?" Hudson asked softly.
Lightning tried to think "I think it was around the crash, when I pushed The King out of the way before Chick could do anything, then nothing" Hudson sighed as he finished the last of the check over "that reminds me why are you checking me over? Shouldn't there be another doctor in this hospital to do that?"
Hudson was going to regret telling Lightning this but if he didn't, then Lightning would ever trust anyone again, so he began telling Lightning what had happened just after the accident.