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I need help [RP for Lee] (spoilers for tonight's ER)
standing in the elevator
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After a strangely jarring conversation with the new hospital chaplain, Abby finds herself taking the elevator upstairs, to the surgical department. Making her way to her husband's office, she waffles outside the door, pacing, stalling.

It's not until she sees one of the surgical nurses casting a curious look in her direction that she knocks softly on the door, then pushes it open. She takes a deep breath, running her fingers through her hair, and lets the door close behind her as she steps into Lee's office.

She begins to speak but has to clear her throat before she tries again.
Hey...how's the leg feeling? She approaches her husband slowly, gesturing to his injured leg.

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He pulls his hand back, placing it on the steering wheel again, tapping his thumb against the leather nervously. So ah...phone calls, visitation...am I going to be allowed to?

She plays with her fingers on her lap anxiously. There are visiting days...I don't know about phone calls, except they did say I won't be able to call until I'm through...She clears her throat. Through with detox.

He nods, this is what he expected. You said you needed to do this alone...does that mean you won't want me to come see you?

She bites her lip; she honestly doesn't know what she'll need. She's never been in rehab and in a serious relationship at the same time before. But then when she thinks of her previous rehab experiences, she shakes her head. It doesn't mean that.

He just nods, knowing he needs to be patient and adopt a wait-and-see attitude even if it's harder for him this way. All right. Well...you'll just have to let me know. You know I'll want to see you.

She nods. I know. I'll call you, okay?

Okay. He tenses somewhat as they reach their destination, pulling the car into the facility's parking lot. How many times are they going to torture themselves with good bye? Should...we...come in with you?

She looks at him anxiously, unsure. Do...do you want to?

He parks the car before looking over at her. I want whatever's going to make this easier for you.

She nods. I'd...like you to come in. If you could?

Of course I can. He pats her leg then unfastens his seatbelt. Hey, Lily...you ready to come say bye bye to Mommy? He asks the little girl in a too cheerful voice, not wanting her to be upset by what's going to transpire.

She unfastens her seatbelt, thinking this was a mistake to bring Lily. The little girl won't understand, and she can only hope she won't get too upset. She gets out of the car, taking her bag, and opens the back door for Lily.

He gets out of the car and comes around to help her with Lily. I'll get her...

She nods, stepping aside to let him get their daughter out of her carseat.

He keeps up the happy chatter with Lily as he gets her out of the car, adjusts her coat and mittens and finally holds her close as he pushes the car door shut. Giving Abby an expectant look, he nods at the building. You ready for this?

She nods again, leaning in to kiss Lily's cheek, then takes a deep breath, steeling herself as they begin to walk up to the building.

He shifts Lily a little higher on his hip and places his free hand against the small of Abby's back as they walk, only letting go to open the door for her. Instead of steeling himself for what's coming, he simply adopts the air of detachment he uses with his patients. It's easier.

She feels his detachment and attempts to adopt the same. She steps into the building and waits for him to do the same before walking towards the reception desk.

He follows her to the reception desk, pressing a kiss to Lily's cheek as the little girl looks around curiously. As he watches Abby he tells himself to get her checked in, say good bye and leave. Don't linger and just get this over with.

She gets herself checked in and hands over her bag for inspection by the attendant who meets them at the desk. She hates the feeling of violation, even though she understands the reasoning for searching the patients' belongings. Once the bag is handed back to her, she turns back to Lee and Lily. So...I'll call you when I can...

He nods, bites his lip. Looks away for a moment then leans in to kiss her cheek and to let her kiss their daughter good bye. Call me any time, my phone is always on.

She turns her head to kiss his lips lightly, nodding. I know. I love you. She says it to both Lee and Lily, and then kisses the little girl as well. Be good for Daddy, Lilybug.

I love you too. He clears his throat as he stands up straight again then tries to coax the little girl into saying farewell. Say bye bye, Lily. Tell Mommy bye bye...

Bye bye, baby. She tells the little girl. She won't cry, not now, not in front of her daughter and husband.

He lets Lily wave before turning away from Abby and heading back across the lobby to the exit. Why did he want to come with her? All it did was hammer home how much he's going to miss her.

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