When they arrived at the Hospital, Arkase let the paramedics lead as they carted Haruhi into the depths of their halls. He needed a moment to breathe and organize his thoughts, now that the pressure was off and his old 'friend' wasn't bearing down upon him.
He was giving stupid orders, true enough. He wasn't thinking clearly, but who could have asked him to? Sending the Hei off wasn't a mistake, though. Who else could have followed her? Himself? -- No. Haruhi was in more need of his supervision.
He and Haruhi-Juni weren't getting off to a good start. Arkase needed to do something to clear it up quickly, no matter who was at fault. Hopefully she would understand, and if she didn't he could care less. The sniping war between them had to stop.
Arkase also realized he needed to loosen up. Nothing bad had happened yet, and there was nothing for anyone to punish him for. Things had gone as well as they could have hoped for, thanks to a fair bit of luck and a good deal of training. The Aeon was already shaping up to be a better assignment than his previous tours. He wasn't in a position where he had to force subordinates into submission, and he wasn't being abused by his superiors.
Give it time. He thought, The good feelings are going to pass, and leave me in the dust.
Shaking his head once more, he caught up to Haruhi's gurney just as it entered the room.
I need to give it a chance.
Once the doctor had left, and it was only he and Haruhi, Arkase decided to speak.
He needed to choose the quickest path to fixing the problem between him and the Master at Arms, and that was submission.
"I apologize for my behavior Haruhi-Juni. I was out of line in more ways than one. I questioned your authority, and I could have gotten people killed. I won't let myself get out of hand again." He bowed low, and then waited for Haruhi's Yea or Nay.