Through the door, into cooler air outside, and my legs gave way. Helega could no longer hold me up, and I crumpled to the floor.
A voice inside my head whispered "Breathe deeply, slowly..." but it was useless. Exacerbated by the cold sweat that shrouded me, I lay on the ground, trembling fiercely.
Helega knelt beside me and cradled my head in her lap.
"Please be calm, you are safe," I heard her say "You are soon well, yes, better soon, I believe."
Her voice was soft, her accent gentle and attractive.
Then she leaned over me. And kissed me.