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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 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.

She watches them leave, waving at Lily until the little girl turns as well. Then she lets the attendant take her into the facility, though she wishes she could have followed them back out the door.

He won't let himself turn around or look over his shoulder. He does wrap both arms around Lily and hug her tightly as they go back to the car. He can't hold his wife so he'll hold their daughter. She's who he'll focus his concern on. She's who he'll have to look out for if Abby can't pull herself together in rehab. Oh, Lily...let's hope Mommy can do this.

Abby listens as the attendant talks, telling her the routine and rules of the facility, but her mind is also on Lee and especially Lily. She has to do this. She has to be okay, she has to be well, she needs to be a mother, the kind of mother her daughter deserves.

It's not until he has the baby back in her carseat and is pulling on his own seatbelt that he stops to just feel everything. Hope, fear, anger, hurt...and just how much he loves the woman who is causing this leaden feeling in his gut. So much is hanging in the balance here and he doesn't know what will happen if it falls.

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