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I need help [RP for Lee] (spoilers for tonight's ER)
standing in the elevator
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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She's not...She shakes her head. And no...not yet. I need to call around today.

Do you want me to help with that? He knows he isn't going to be much good in the OR, he was on crutches just to tend to a trauma patient in the ER.

She swallows, knowing he's not going to like this. I need to do this alone, Lee.

He drops his hand from her back. It's always alone with her. Never wanting his help. I see.

Lee. She sits up a little, turning to look at him, pleading with her eyes. Please. I *can't* do this if I don't do it myself.

Do you need me for anything? He looks back at her, his own plea needing to be answered.

Don't give up on me? She asks, sincerely needing his support.

Have I ever? He'd do anything for her, even now, if only she'd let him.

She shakes her head in answer. Be here when I get home...Take care of Lily...that's what I need.

Of course I'll be here, I'll take care of Lily. He can't help but be hurt that she'd think he wouldn't do those things.

Her eyes fill again as she nods. I know you will. She hates this, feeling so inadequate and guilty and knowing it will only get worse before it gets better.

He pulls her close again, at a loss as to how he should comfort her. You don't have to worry about us, just do what you have to do, okay?

She leans into him, selfishly taking his comfort at the moment. Okay...It comes out as a whisper.

He presses a kiss to her hair as he echoes her whisper. Okay.

She stays resting against him, wishing that this could be enough, him and Lily and their love, their family. Wishing that she could be strong enough to stop this on her own, for them.

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