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phoning home [RP for Lee]
standing in the elevator
lockhart_md
After three hellish days in detox, Abby is finally feeling well enough, relatively speaking, to settle into a routine of sorts at the inpatient rehab center she's checked herself into. Throughout the detox process, throughout the tremors, nausea, debilitating headaches, and insomnia, all she's thought of (other than having a drink) is Lee and Lily. She's cried more than she'd ever admit, missing her husband and daughter and home almost to the point that she feels it physically. She almost regrets saying she needs to do this alone, but knows she'd never be able to do it if this wasn't her decision and hers alone.

But she still needs them. More than she's ever admitted to herself before. She takes a shower, subconsciously wanting to be fresh and clean for her first allowed phonecall after a successful completion of the detox process. She makes her way from her room to the main floor where she waits, impatiently, for her allotted time slot to begin.

When she finally gets on the phone, she freezes for a moment, her fingers forgetting what to do, what numbers to dial. When she shakes herself and dials the familiar numbers of Lee's phone, she can feel her heart banging around in her chest. What can he think of her now? Maybe he won't even want to talk to her. Maybe he's relieved to be rid of her and the mess she's made of her life. She wouldn't blame him, and she can feel her palms sweating as she listens to the phone ring.

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I'm mean? He points at himself, looking incredulous.

She nods, mock seriously. Very mean.

He arches an eyebrow.

She arches an eyebrow right back.

Okay, okay...I'm mean. He holds his hands up in surrender.

She laughs at that. Better.

I think you're the one being mean. He challenges.

I'm not. She protests, then nudges Lily gently with her chin. Huh, Lily? Mama's not mean. Right? Say nooo, Lily. Mama's not mean.

Noooooooo Mama mean. She obliges and Lee bites his lip to keep from laughing at the omitted words.

Abby can't help but laughing at the little girl, shaking her head. Oh, Lilybug.

Meeeean. She tries again and Lee looks at Abby. Out of the mouths of babes...

She makes a face at Lee. You're loving this.

Of course I am. He nods, chuckling.

She rolls her eyes and sits back again, cuddling Lily to her chest. After several moments, she nods her chin towards the package they'd brought. So...Neela's sending Christmas presents?

He nods. Yeah she said she thought you'd want this here. He shrugs, not having any idea what he's delivering for his resident.

She furrows her brow, recalling again the shaky footing her friendship with Neela is on. What is it?

I don't know. *He shrugs again* She just asked me to give it to you.

She bites her lip. Does she want me to open it now?

I imagine so. He nods. She did say she thought it was something you'd want here. He's puzzled about that, knowing he hasn't even considered celebrating Christmas in this place.

She reaches for the package then, somewhat nervously. Should we see what it is, Lily?

He watches them, smiling at Lily's curiosity as she pats the gift wrapped object. I'm pretty sure it won't bite, whatever it is.

Well, no, I didn't think it would. She peels back a corner of the wrapping paper and lets Lily pull it so it rips.

He shrugs, he had noticed her nervousness about the gift in question, that's all. As the contents are revealed, he arches an eyebrow.

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