The Spine was still singing when the rest walked in, he paused for a moment, giving them a nod to acknowledge that he knew they were there before continuing the song for Rabbit. Peter and Michael walked over to the bed, and began to remove the metal covering his chest. Rabbit was vaguely aware of their presence, but he was focused intently on his brother, he stared straight into the bright green of his brother's photo receptors.
When the song ended The Spine made a motion to get up to allow Michael and Peter more room to work. Rabbit grabbed The Spine's hand tightly, a dark tear slipped out and fell down onto his pillow, "Please….. Don't stop." Rabbit whispered. The Spine looked at his defenseless older brother before holding his hand tighter, and whispering back "Okay Rabbit…. I won't stop."
As the other stood by watching Peter and Michael operate on Rabbit, they gathered together finding strength in each other, truly a family. Paige was crying on Brianna's shoulder, terrified of what might happen, Brianna had already shed her own share of tears. Matt, Steve and Hatchworth tried to hold it together for Rabbit.
Peter spoke for the first time since they had entered the room. "You might want to go into stasis for this part Rabbit…" Rabbit shook his head violently, and spoke a word that stopped them all. "No."
For a minute the room was silent, they all felt ashamed of their weakness while Rabbit went through a pain more than any of them could every imagine. The Spine picked up the song, a slow and rumbling voice that filled the room with strength and warmth. Rabbit smiled at The Spine before clenching his teeth hard as Michael and Peter started into the boiler.
Minutes stretched into hours, and The Spine continued to sing for Rabbit. Brianna brought the Spine a bottle of water to fuel his boiler. As the hours stretched longer The Spine refused to go into stasis. Not while rabbit ay on what could be his death bed. Rabbit squeezed The Spine's hand to let him know he knew he was still there. The Spine wished he could take his brother's place.
Through all of it The Spine kept singing for Rabbit, hoping that maybe somehow it could keep the pain and nightmares away. Even as Rabbit finally slipped into stasis he continued to sing. He felt his own power levels beginning to sink as he sat by Rabbit's bedside, but he refused to leave his side. He was still awake and singing when Rabbit awoke. Rabbit saw that his brother was still awake. He reached up and touched The Spine's cheek. "Sleep Spine….. you n-need it." Rabbit rarely played the part of big brother, but right now, his little brother needed him. "I'll st-still be here when you w-w-wake up."
The Spine finally allowed himself to slip into much needed stasis, hoping that his brother's words would be true when he awoke.