Another long day in the ER of ‘ Cook County General Hospital ’. But it wasn’t just any day…
Today was New Years Eve, but
still, some of the staff had to work. And that included Abby, Haleh,
Malik, Randi, Kerry & Dave.
Abby hated the fact that she had to work, yet again, with that juvenile man – Dave Malucci.
And now they were working together
on yet another patient
The patient was a 14-years-old
girl, who had fallen from her boyfriend’s motorcycle She had broken
her right leg and sustained a lot of cuts and bruises.
“Well, Lindsey, you want to
pick a color for your cast, or is white okay?” Asked Dr. Dave, smiling.
Abby noted to herself that is seems as if having to work on New Year’s
Eve didn’t bother him at all.
“Yeah, White is good… Listen,
you’re not going to call my folks or anything, right?”
“Hmmm.. Abby, can you please
go bring the materials for the cast?” He said, turning to the nurse
who stood behind him.
“Sure,” she said and left the
“And about you… Well, don’t
you want us to call your parents?”
“No! They kill me if they’ll
know I went out with Tommy and got hurt! They hate him!”
“We’ll have to call them, because
of the insurance… And also, you’re still not 18… So I kinda ought to
call and tell them.”
“They’ll kill me, Dr.,” The
“Don’t cry. Listen, I’ll have
someone talk to them before they see you, is that okay?”
“Well, I guess that would be
okay… By the way, where’s Tommy?”
“I don’t know, but I can go
and check if you want.”
“Ok, so after I do your cast…”
At that moment, Abby entered
“Wait a sec, Lindsey … Abby,
can you do the cast? I need to do something…”
“Sure, Malucci,” Abby said,
smiling, and thinking, well, at least she can at least be nice to him
in front of the ER patients…
“Great, thanks. Lindsey, I’m
going to check on Tommy and call your parents, okay?”
Dave left the room. He mentally
noted that today Abby seemed to be acting nice to him. “Well, it’s probably
because she’s going to spend the New Year Eve here, with me.”
**** At the Admit Desk ****
Helah, Malik & Randi were
gossiping at the Admit Desk, while Kerry did some paper work on the
other side. The ER seemed to be pretty empty, though they knew that
it’d get flooded when the celebrations began.
Dave reached the Admit, and
went straight to the nurses & Randi.
“Hey, guys, a guy named Tommy
was brought in here, right?”
“Yeah, I think he was sent
up to surgery.” Randi answered quickly.
“What’s the extension for surgery?”
Dave asked her.
“Hmmm… 7629,” Randi answered, smiled, and went back to her conversion with Malik & Haleh.
**** On the Phone ****
“Hello… Yeah, that’s Malucci
from ER… Yeah, we sent a kid for surgery… his name is Tommy… Yeah, I
wanted to check on him… Yeah, I’ll wait. He’s what? His girlfriend,
yeah. I don’t know if they tracked his folks yet… I’ll check. Okay,
Dave hung up the phone. Shirley
had told him the kid died in surgery. And he was the one that had to
break the news to Ali. He hoped he would be able to deal with that.
**** Back At Lindsey’s Room
“There you go, it’s all done. Now you can go around town and ask people to sign it…”
The girl smiled. “Or are you
too old for that?”
“Guess I am. But I’m sure people
will want to sign on it… They kinda’ seem to like it…”
They both laughed. Just then,
they heard a knock on the door.
“Open!” They said together,
than smiled at each other.
Dave entered the room, and
signaled Abby to come with him, “I’ll be right back, Lindsey.” She said,
turning to the girl. Dave & Abby stepped out of the room, and Dave
said, “He’s dead.”
“Yeah… I just called surgery,
and Shirley told me… I was pretty… Well, you know, shocked. I mean,
she came out of it almost in one piece, and he died…”
“There are many things that
we can’t control, Dave. Death is one of them. We could only try”
“Yeah, you’re right… Anyway,
can you please tell her? I… I don’t think I can do it…”
‘Yeah, no problem,” Abby said
and smiled a sad smile toward him.
After that, Abby entered the
room, and Dave ran toward the elevators.
**** In Lindsey’ Room, 10 minutes
“I can’t believe he just…died,”
Lindsey said crying, as Abby hugged her.
“That’s okay, sweetie, that’s okay…” Abby’s shirt was completely wet above her shoulder, but she didn’t care. She knew she had to be there for her patient, and right now, she had to be there for Lindsey.
“Have…have…have you called
my folks yet?” She sniffed.
“I don’t think so… why?”
“Because…I want to be alone
right now. Just to think… If you don’t mind…”
“Not at all. It’s good to be
alone sometimes.” Abby smiled a sad smile at Ali.
“Thanks, you know, for understanding,
and for being here and all…”
“You’re welcome. And if you’ll
need me, ask one of the nurses to page me, ok?”
With that, Abby left the room,
allowing Lindsey to be alone. She turned to the Lounge, where she changed
her shirt. She also drank a cup of hot coffee, and took a pack of cigarettes
out of her locker. ‘That’s the last time you smoke,’ she said to herself.
She took her coat, and turned to the elevators.
She entered one of them, and
clicked on the button that said ‘Roof’. While waiting for the elevator
to reach up, she thought about Dave. She believed she had seen another
side of him today. The serious, caring and mature side of him.
The elevator reached the roof.
Abby remembered her first day on the ER, almost one year ago. She had
gone up to the roof, and after about an hour of being there, thinking,
Carter came up. And they talked a bit. Then, they went back down for
the ER Valentine’s day party.
She stopped her thoughts there. She didn’t want to think of those miserable few hours, when the question of Lucy & Carter had hung in the air.
The roof was almost totally
covered with snow. When she looked for a place to sit, she saw a figure
curled near the edge. She went close to the figure.
The figure turned and looked
at her. “Abby… what are you doing here?”
Dace was glad Abby was there, because he needed to talk. Lindsey’ case brought back some memories he was trying to forgot for so long…
“I had to have one of those,”
she said and lifted the cigarette pack she was holding.
“I thought you quit a long
“So did I. But I also keep
one pack in my locker… it’s good when I’m stressed.”
“Like now, I guess?”
“Well, Lindsey’ case really
got me… After I told her, she was crying in my arms for about 15 minutes…
Poor girl. I mean, she’s only 14 and she just lost someone that meant
a lot to her… And I know how she feels…”
“Something like that has ever
happened to you?”
“Well… I had a friend named
Jaime. We were neighbors, and best friends since we were little…And
when I was 15, she and her family were involved in an MVA. She was killed
instantly. For two weeks, all I could do was sleep and cry. And I thought
I couldn’t survive…and now, even though years had passed…every MVA here
reminds me of Jaime…” Abby started to cry.
Dave knew he’ll have another
time to talk to Abby about his own memories. Right now, he thought it’ll
be better to just be there for her. His time will come.
“Oh, come here,” Dave said,
and pulled her towards him, and she sobbed into his chest.
“Thanks you, Dave… I’m sorry
for all the things I said about you. Maybe you’re not that childish
“I’ll take that a compliment,” He smiled, even though she couldn’t see his face.
**** 20 Minutes Later ****
Abby and Dave sat next to each other, close to the roof edge, talking.
“Hey, what time is it?” Dave
Abby looked at her watch, ”It’s
11:59pm… Wow, 1 minute until 2001…”
“And we’re here… alone… Together.”
They both turned to look at
each other… and when Abby’s watch beeped at 12:00am, their faces came
closer, and they kissed.
It was a sweet, long and passionate kiss. After a few seconds, both of them pulled away for some air, still holding each other’s face in their hands.
“You know what, Malucci?” Abby
asked and smiled at him.
“I think I love the man you
“And I think it’s mutual. And
you can count on me to stay that way…that’s…the new me.”
And they kissed again, as the
snow fell on both of them.
I know this one was pretty
kitsch, especially at the end… but it’s New Year, and I wanted to start
it with a happy feeling ;-)
Also, I want to remind you again that I LOVE feedback… So please send some! And I’m thinking about making this stand-alone a series. What do you think? Please send your thoughts!