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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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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...

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