Struggling Onward

by AJ

"Excuse me, Mr. President, but if I may take Dorian from you for just one second. It's time to check up on him." The female nurse said as she bent over to take Dorian from Jed.

"Alright," Jed said as he handed him over. "So, Kiddo, let's go get some food in you, huh?"

"No, Dad. I want to stay here. I want to stay with him." Roni said quietly, as her eyes were staring at the nurse and Dorian.

"Roni, come on. Let's go." Jed said, as he got behind her chair and began to push her. "It isn't going to do any good for you to stay here. So come on."


"No but's." Jed said firmly, rolling her out of the pediatric ICU.

"Fine!" Roni exclaimed as she folded her arms up and pouted. "I'll go with."

"I'm doing this for your own good, Roni. You know that, right?"

"Yeah, I know Dad. It's just... seeing him in the hospital like that ... it breaks my heart."


"Roni, sweetie, come here." Abbey took slowly walked over to her daughter, who had just returned from a late night dinner date with her father.

"What's wrong, Mom?"

"His temperature went up. They are afraid that he has pneumonia." Abbey reluctantly said, as she took turned her attention from her daughter to her husband standing behind him.

"What?!!" Roni screamed in fear. "NO!!! No, this can't be happening. I should have been here for him. I should have..." Roni backed up like a bat out of hell, immediately causing Jed, who was right behind her, to crash to the ground, twisting his knee in the process.

"Ow!" Jed exclaimed, falling to the ground. "My knee!"

"Jed!?" Abbey ran to her fallen husband, who was clutching on to his knee for dear life. "What'd you do?"

"I twisted my knee." Jed said through clenched teeth.

"Okay," Abbey turned back to her daughter. "Roni, go get a nurse, or someone, with a wheelchair for your father."

"I'm so sorry." Roni spoke up at last. "I didn't mean to, Dad. I'm sorry. Oh, God! What have I done?"

"Go get a nurse!" Abbey shouted. She didn't have time to listen to her daughter's guilt trip, she had to *doctor* her husband.

"I'm so sorry, Dad. I didn't mean to hurt you. I didn't realize you were behind me." Roni began to become incoherent.

"Just do what your mother said," Jed couldn't get the pain out of his voice, which to Roni, sounded like anger.


"Well, you were right. You twisted your knee." Abbey frowned as she looked up from her husband's ex-ray's and at him. "You're gonna have to get it wrapped, babe, which is going to mean crutches."

"Okay." Jed frowned as well. "Where's Roni? I think I was kind of short with her earlier. I want to apologize."

"She won't tear herself from Dorian's side. She says it's her fault that he got worse, because she wasn't there for him... again."

"I was afraid of that." Jed turned his gaze down to his throbbing knee. "Is she blaming me at all? I mean, I made her leave."

"No, she isn't. She feels just as sorry for having hurt you." Abbey moved over, to the side of Jed's hospital bed, and climbed up with him. "She's scaring me, Jed. It seems as if she's been transported back to the same frame of mind as she was just after she was paralyzed."



Struggling Onward - 6


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