A Knight of Appreciation
AUTHOR: Sadira Jewelsten
CATEGORY: Carter/Lucy Friendship
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT own any of the characters from "ER". They belond to
NBC. The only characters I own are Lucy and Carter's twin daughters,
Annabelle and Gabriella.
SUMMARY: Carter takes Annabelle into the ER to get her ear checked and Lucy
realizes how much she is appreciated by her friends and family.
"A Knight of Appreciation"
It was around 4:00 in the morning. Lucy was finishing up some charts while
Carter got ready for work.
"I can't belive Weaver suckered you in to work the day and night shift,"
Lucy said, shaking her head.
Carter gave her a look before planting a kiss on her cheek.
"Now, now, don't make fun of me. Your time will come."
Lucy nodded and laughed slightly.
"Yeah, sure. Whatever you say."
Just then, Annabelle, who was one of Lucy and Carter's twin girls came into
room in tears.
"Annabelle, sweetheart, what are you doing up so early?" Lucy asked,
her daughter up and setting the young child in her lap. "Did you have a bad
Annabelle shook her head as more tears continued to fall.
"Then what's the matter?" Lucy asked, beginning to stork the child's light
brown hair gently.
"My ear hurts!" Annabelle whimpered into Lucy's blouse for support and
"Which one?" Lucy asked, pushing a couple strands of Annabelle's long hair
to see what was going on.
Annabelle pointed to her right one.
As Lucy touched it, the young child gritted her teeth.
"Aw, I'm sorry, sweetums. I'm sorry. Ooh, that does look red."
"What looks red?" Carter asked, coming over to see what he had missed.
"Annabelle's right ear. Come here and look at it. See for yourself."
As Carter gazed closely at his daughter's ear, he nodded.
"You're right, Luce, it's red all right. Do you think we should take her in
have it checked?"
Annabelle shook her head and continued to cry as Lucy got up and patted her
"Shh, it's all right, sweetheart. It's gonna be okay I promise. We won't be
there for long."
"I think she's more scared than anything else," Carter replied, as he
the way his daughter was clinging to her mother for dearlife.
Lucy nodded in agreement as she picked up the phone
and dialed County's number.
"Hey, Belle, it's okay, sweetie. Hey! Do you wanna go see Aunt Abby?"
asked, hoping the mention of Abby's name would ease Annabelle's fears.
Annabelle nodded as she began to cough and let out a frustarted sob.
"Aw, that's my girl," Lucy said. "You're gonna be fine. Here, go to Daddy
minute while I get ready."
Annabele nodded and allowed Lucy to put her in Carter's arms.
A few minutes later, Lucy heard Getel start crying.
"I'll be right back," Lucy said as she got up and headed for
As Lucy entered the room, she found her youngest daughter, laying on her
with tears in her eyes.
"Hey there, sweetheart. What's a matter, huh?" As Lucy picked her
sobs became less and the tears started to subside a little bit. "Are you
hungry?" Lucy asked as she carried Gretel out into the kitchen.
A few minutes later, Lucy returned to the living room with Gretel in
"What was wrong with her?" Carter asked as he continued to stroke
"She was just hungry," Lucy replied as she rocked her youngest
daughter in her
arms and continued to feed her.
Carter nodded as he headed for the door.
"Well, we'd better get going," Carter said as he grabbed his beeper and
"Weaver wants me there early for some reason."
"Well, have a good day."
:Thanks. You're coming to pick this little one up, aren't you?"
"Yup. I'll be there by two thirty/three o' clock."
"Gotcha," Carter replied as he bent down and gave Lucy a kiss.
Lucy returned it and then gave Annabelle a kiss and hug.
"Now you be good for Daddy," she said.
As Lucy watched her husband and daughter leave, she smiled. She had come a
way since the Valentine's Day incident and so had her daughters and husband.
"Almost done, sweetums," Abby said soothingly as she took one last peek in
Annabelle's right ear while the young child squeezed Carter's hand.
"It hurts!" Annabelle wailed as tears came spilling out.
"Shh, it's okay, honey," Carter said as he began to stroke Annabelle's hair.
"It'll be over soon, I promise."
"There!" Abby said as she took the instrument out of Annabelle's right ear.
"Done. I am so proud of you," She gave her niece a hug. "You were so
"Wait until Mommy hears what a big girl you were. She's going to be very
of you too."
Annabelle grinned slightly as she stasrted calming down.
After settting Annabelle on his lap, Carter turned to Abby.
"So what's the verdict?"
"She definitely has otitis," Abby said firmly. "There's no doubt about it."
"So what approach do you wanna take?" Carter asked his friend and former
"Well, I'd say start her on Amoxicilin for ten days and we'll go
"I'd say you're right," Carter replied in a British accent which made Abby
By the time Lucy picked Annabelle up from the hospital, she was VERY tired
didn't want anyone but her mother.
Gabriella was also a little grumpy, but that was from not having
eat for dinner yet and taking such a short nap.
"So you'll be home around nine-thirty?" Lucy asked John as she
watched him file
a chart and leave it on the admit desk for Kerry.
"Yup. Nine-thirty on the dot."
"Good," Lucy said with a smile. "I'm counting on you."
"I won't disappoint you," Carter promised.
"That's good to hear," Lucy replied as she gave him a kiss before leaving to
Annabelle and Gabriella something to eat.
"I'm sorry sweetheart," Abby said to Gretel as she put her back in
arms, "but I have to give you back to your Mommy now."
As soon as she did so, Gretel started crying and fussing.
"Shh, I know, I know sweetheart," Abby said as she took her niece
and began rocking her back and forth. "You just want Aunt Abby right now.
That's what you want."
"Well, while you are taking care of Gretel, I'm going to go get Annabelle
Gabriella something to eat."
"Where are we going?" Annabelle asked, resting her head on her
"How does Wendy's sound?" Lucy asked, smiling lovingly at her duaghter and
giving her a kiss on the cheek.
"It sounds good to me!" Annabelle replied with a grin as her tears
and pain started to subside a little bit.
Lucy smiled to herself as she and Annabelle left the hospital. It was good
to know that she was doing the best for her daughters and she felt even
better knowing they appreciated everything she did for them.
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