Let Me Fall After Her
RATING: Probably my standard PG-13. This is a Carter fic (of
course) so there will be Carter angst, drama, and probably heavy
swearing. It's just the way I write.
SPOILERS: All through Season Seven. Just small note, Mark Greene
has recovered from his surgery and is back to working in the ER.
Carter did tell Abby off that he does not want to be her friend.
This continues in this story. Everything else is basically where it
left off at the end of the season, but I'm not getting into Mark's
fiasco that happened in "Rampage". No spoilers of that epi except
Carter telling Abby he no longer wants to be friends with her. This
subject is discussed in Chapter 2
DISCLAIMER: ER characters property of NBC and writers. None I own.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: this is my new fic. be gentle! i'm working hard to get it done as
quickly and as efficiently as possible. please send comments, or
anything. just so everyone knows, i'm a bit rusty with the er
history, so if i get anything mixed up or forget anything, don't get
mad. im remembering the best i can.
SUMMARY: Anna Del Amico comes back to visit Chicago. However, her
meeting with Carter does not go smoothly. Something happens to her
while she is there, and Carter gets thrown into another tragic loop.
The woman's pale eyes were locked on something invisible from
the back of the cab. The driver cleared his voice, startling her
from her thoughts.
"We're here, ma'am," he told her. "You want me to wait?"
The woman shook her head, her loose blond hair sailing easily
in the air.
"No, that's okay." She handed him a few bills, and fumbled
for the door handle. "Keep the change." She exited the cab. As it
drove out of the lot, she returned her gaze to the sign. Cook County
General Hospital. She'd missed seeing that sign all the years she
was gone, yet when she looked upon the building, she felt like she
had never left.
Taking a breath to try and clear the butterflies from her
stomach, she slung her bag over her shoulder and approached the
entrance. She would have been giddy had she not been so nervous.
The idea of returning to her home scared her. She'd been gone for
three years; three years without any contact from anyone inside. No
cards, no phone calls. She guessed they were all too busy to call or
write, for she had never found the time to do so either. She
wondered, as she stepped out of the sun into the florescent lights,
how they would all react to seeing her.
Finding the emergency room was easy. She could do that in
her sleep. But another question arose in her mind. How many of the
staff would still be working there? She'd left. Many others could
have, as well. Her butterflies turned to stone as she approached the
desk, not at all expecting what she would find.
Chapter 1 "A Happy Reunion"
Randi watched with narrow eyes as the blond woman approached
the front desk, her long hair dancing delicately as she balanced a
bag on her shoulder. She busied herself with a nail filer, waiting
for the woman to speak.
Randi looked back up, meeting the woman's eyes with her own.
Today was not her day for playing secretary. "Yes?"
"Hi, my name is Anna Del Amico and I was wondering if I could
speak to someone…" She paused, glancing around the desk. "Isn't
"Jerry? The desk clerk Jerry?" Randi raised an eyebrow when
the woman nodded. "He left a long time ago. Like years ago. What
do you need?"
The hospital had a new desk clerk. Anna's worst fear
deepened that none of her friends would be here.
"Um… is Dr. Greene around, Mark Greene? Or Dr. Ross?"
"You wanna speak with Dr. Greene?"
Anna nodded again. "Yes, please."
The secretary swiveled around in her seat just in time to see
Kerry Weaver exit an exam room. "Dr. Weaver," she called.
"Someone's here to see Dr. Greene."
Kerry looked over at the desk. Her blank face immediately
"Anna?" she exclaimed. Limping over to the desk, she
enveloped her in a long hug. "Oh my god! What are you doing in
Chicago?" she asked as soon as she pulled away. Anna grinned at her.
"Just visiting a friend, so I thought I'd drop by, see
everyone and all that."
"I can't believe it. It's been… years! How have you been?"
"Great. I'm an attendant at CHOP, working in the Pedes
"That's wonderful. Everything's working out then?"
"Yah, it's great. So how are you? How's Dr. Greene, and all
the others?" She'd meant to ask about one specific person, but she
couldn't quite bring herself to asking boldly. She listened intently
as Kerry rambled on about everything that had changed.
"Mark's doing great. He just got married and had a baby."
"That's cool. What about Dr. Ross? Still terrorizing
Kerry refrained from once again bitching about everything
about Dr. Ross that got on her nerves. "No, Doug left, a little
while after you did. He's living in Seattle. Carol moved out there
with her babies a couple years ago."
Anna held a hand over her mouth. "Oh my god. I'd meant to
call Carol, and all you guys, but I've been so busy."
"It's okay. We've all been busy." Kerry motioned around the
recently finished ER. "We just remodeled everything down here last
year. There's new equipment, new doctors. A lot has changed."
Anna nodded in agreement. "I guess a few years does do that
sort of thing."
"Oh there's Mark. Hey Mark!" Kerry called out to him as he
passed by, toting a baby carrier under one arm and Elizabeth's hand
in the other. He turned, brightening as he saw the woman standing by
Kerry. Him and Elizabeth made their way through the small crowd, and
Elizabeth threw her arms around Anna, laughing.
"My god, I can't believe it's you," Elizabeth cried in her
"Anna, welcome back. Coming to join our ER again?" Mark
"As much as I'd love to," Anna answered. "I'm here seeing a
friend. Couldn't resist coming by." Her eyes focused on the bundle
that shifted her position, letting out a small coo. "Oh, Mark, she's
beautiful. I'm happy for both of you."
"Thank you. How long are you staying around?" Mark asked,
letting Anna peek at his new daughter.
"Just a few days. I haven't really decided actually."
"Well, I want to get together with you," Elizabeth
announced. "Catch up on old times."
"That would be great."
"Lizzie, I wasn't aware you were back from maternity leave so
Another person joined the group, stepping in between Anna and
"Afternoon Robert," Elizabeth returned primly. "No, actually
I was just paying Mark a visit for lunch."
Robert nodded his approval. "Kerry, where's the drug boy?
He called me for a surgical consult."
Kerry rolled her eyes at Robert's referral to Dr. Carter.
Since his return last year, Dr. Romano had never bothered to call him
by his name. "Robert, I do wish you'd treat my doctors with the
respect they deserve."
"Believe me Kerry, that is all the respect he deserves. Now,
where is he?"
"Kerry's right, Robert," Mark said. "We don't need to hear
that crap from you."
"Well, maybe if you were courteous enough to inform me of this whole
situation as it happened instead of three months after…"
"Robert knock it off," Kerry interrupted. "That was over a
year ago. I can't believe you!"
"Kerry," Mark said calmly. "Dr. Romano, we apologize, but
this is all over and done with. Yes, Carter made a mistake, but he's
paid for it. And he's done exceptionally well since then. Treat him
with some decency, if you please. We all have been able to move on.
I suggest you do the same." With that he turned and left, with
Elizabeth following. Robert said nothing for a moment.
"Hey, you!" he snapped at the desk clerk. "Page Dr. Carter
and tell him to get his ass down here." He stormed away.
"That was our Chief of Staff, Dr. Romano," Kerry explained to
Anna's confused look. "Why don't we go into the lounge? Randi, if
you see Dr. Carter, have him meet us in the lounge."
Randi gave both an odd look as they headed in that
direction. Picking up the phone, she muttered, "Jeez, what the hell
did Carter do?"