Bonds of Circumstance

AUTHOR: Amy/Lukafan1
SPOILERS: I guess The Crossing and On The Beach
DISCLAIMER: I own none of them. I'm not creative enough.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Hi. Elizabeth/Luka friendship. Just thought this might be interestin
SUMMARY: Mark's funeral. Two dr.s find out just how much they have in common.

Well lately, been wondering, who will be there to take my place?
When I'm gone, you'll need love to light the shadows on your face
If a great wave shall fall, and fall upon us all
Then beneath the sand and stone could you make it on your own?

Hawaii, May 2, 2002

"Time of death, 06:04." The doctor said, as she looked to Elizabeth. Rachel stood in the doorway of the little bedroom, having just woken up. A few tears fell from her eyes. Elizabeth's own eyes filled with tears, and she realized she couldn't keep them from falling anymore. As the doctor stepped out of the room, Elizabeth began to sob. Rachel placed a hand on her arm. "Elizabeth... It's gonna be okay." But she, too, was crying. "Rachel. Could you please go and make sure Ella is alright?" "Of course.." she nodded and went to Ella's room, coming back a few minutes later with the sleepy toddler in her arms. "Mama.,," Ella said. "Oh sweetheart it's going to be okay I promise." Elizabeth took her daughter in her arms, and the three stayed there together, taking the moment as a family, mourning Mark.


And maybe I'll find out a way to make it back someday
To watch you, to guide you through the darkest of your days
If a great wave shall fall, and fall upon us all
Then I hope there's someone out there who could bring me back to you

Vukovar, Croatia, November 23, 1991

The graves stood lonely and hidden in the snow. A rose, a bear, a doll... These were their markers, and the engraving on the stones Danijela Anibella Keitec-Kovac- Beloved wife and mother; Jasna Irena Kovac; Marko Allen Kovac. The snow fell all around and started to surround these graves. These three had died only days before. Vukovar had fallen. With it one of its surviving residents, Dr. Luka Kovac. He stood at the graves of his wife and two small children. "Goodbye, I love you all. But I cannot stay here anymore." Many people were leaving now that Vukovar had surrendered, and while Luka didn't think that where they were going in Bosnia could possibly be any safer for long, he couldn't stay in Vukovar now. So, Luka turned and walked away from the graves, never planning on returning to Vukovar.


Run away with my heart
Run away with my hope
Run away with my love


Chicago, May 8, 2002

The ER staff- Peter, Cleo, Michael, Pratt, Luka, Abby, Susan, Lydia, Haleh, Kerry, Jerry, Frank, and many others, along with Jennifer, Elizabeth, Ella, and Rachel, were at the funeral. Everything had just ended and some of them were starting to walk away. Finally only Elizabeth stood there. Jen had taken Rachel and offered to watch Ella.

Chicago, May 23, 2002

It was Elizabeth's first double-shift in weeks and she was finally done. She walked towards the door to leave, but she couldn't bring herself to go home. She walked into Doc Magoo's, walking to sit at the counter in the front, and ordered a coffee. Suddenly she heard a familiar, accented voice behind her. "Mind if I join you?" Elizabeth looked back to smile at him. "No. Of course not, Luka.. Please, sit. I'm glad for the company!" she said. "Thank you..." Luka replied, and sat next to her at the counter. "So. How've you been?" "Alright, I guess." Elizabeth said with a sigh. "It's so hard sometimes. I miss him so much." Luka nodded. "I know. It is hard. But, it will get a little better as time goes on. It becomes livable." He replied. Elizabeth looked over at him and saw simply understanding in his eyes. "You... you know what it's like?" Luka nodded. "Eight years ago.. I lost my wife and two children in Vukovar." "Oh. I'm so sorry." Elizabeth replied. "It's hard enough without Mark. If I'd lost Ella too.. I don't know what I'd do." Luka shrugged. "You... Pick up the pieces and move on the best that you can."


I know now, just quite how
My life and love might go on
In your heart, in you mind
I'll stay with you for all of time


Chicago, March, 2005.

Luka and Elizabeth were at Luka's apartment, along with Ella. In the months following that day after Mark's death, they had formed a friendship which had helped both of them go on and live their lives. Now, they were best friends, and even Ella enjoyed these visits to Luka's apartment. They had just finished dinner. Ella was in Elizabeth's arms, falling asleep. "Well... I'd better get going now. Thank you." She smiled. "Anytime..." He nodded.  In their grief and sad tales each had found a friend. That was something they would always be grateful for-- Each other.

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