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I need help [RP for Lee] (spoilers for tonight's ER)
standing in the elevator
lockhart_md
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's sitting on the couch, favoring his injured leg, playing with is bag of IV antibiotics when Abby comes in. He looks up at her, surprised she's come up here to check on him. Hurts.

She sits on the edge of the couch, tentatively, focusing her gaze on his leg, the IV bag. Did you get something for the pain?

He shakes his head slightly. Just ibuprofen. I'm still working.

She looks at him skeptically. Still working? I think a camel bite counts as a get out of shift free card.

Probably. Still, I need to be here. Staff conference later. He snorts, looking over at her, thinking she'd rather him be here than at home with her. I didn't know you were on today.

She shrugs a shoulder. I'm not; I just came by to get some paperwork done.

Oh. He squeezes the IV bag again, the sooner it's empty, the sooner he can get rid of it. So you had a chance to see my hungry companion in the ambulance bay?

She nods, growing more and more uncomfortable, feeling like she's close to tears, knowing what she came here to tell her husband. She clears her throat softly. Yeah...When we made our bet I had no idea there'd be live desert animals involved...sorry about that. She chuckles weakly.

He nods, not entirely comfortable himself. Between the throbbing in his leg, their strained relationship and the fact that he'd really rather not fight at work, he stays quiet.

Lee...She runs a hand over her face, drawing in a deep breath and letting it out slowly. When she finally speaks again, her voice is strained in an attempt to keep it steady. I need help.

Hmm? He looks at her, confused at first. Help with what? His expression slowly softens as he takes in the look on her face, the tone of her voice. You...want me to help you?

I thought...I thought I was just...reacting. When David died, when Lily got hurt. The strain is obvious on her face now; a few tears escape, though she wipes them away. I thought I could stop...I can't stop.

He drops the IV bag he's been holding and reaches for her hand, relief almost palpable even if hearing her admit to her addiction breaks his heart. Oh, Abby...it's going to be okay.

She holds his hand tightly, her other hand covering her eyes, elbows on her knees. I...don't know. Her self-doubt is honest but ashamed. I need to get help...I need to go somewhere and get help...

I love you all!

(Anonymous)
Make love, not war!

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