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"There's No Place Like Home" - Part 10

"Well your chart looks very good Charlie. Looks like you'll be out of here and listening to my husband's tedious stories in no time." Abbie said to Charlie as she looked over his chart.

Charlie looked up from his hospital bed, "I'm not sure if I'm that strong yet ma'am." He said.

Abbie and Zoey each laughed softly. "I think you're getting stronger by the minute." Zoey said squeezing his hand.

They all looked up when a quiet knock came at the door. For a few moments no one said anything.

"This is your room Charlie. It's up to you to invite them in." Abbie said smiling at him.

"Oh, right. Come in." He said out loud.

The door opened slowly and Caitlin walked through. "I hope I'm not disturbing you, I was look..."

She was interrupted by Abbie and Zoey's exclamation: "Caitlin!"

Zoey jumped up and hugged her big sister tightly. Abbie stood watching her two girls. When they broke apart, Abbie approached Caitlin. "You never listen." She said then smiled and pulled Caitlin into her arms. "How I've missed you, precious one." She said softly.

"I've missed you too Mom. And I couldn't stay away, and I shouldn't have been expected to." Caitlin almost got into her whole speech when she remembered where she was. She stepped away from her mother and walked to Charlie's bed. "You must be Charlie. I'm Caitlin." She said as she held out her hand.

Charlie shook it, strongly and Caitlin was glad to feel the strength in his hand. "It's nice to meet you." He said.

"Well I had hoped our meeting would be under better circumstances, but this will have to do." Caitlin grabbed a chair and pulled it next to Charlie's bed. "Tell me Mr. Young, what are your intentions towards my sister."

"Caitlin!" Zoey cried.

"I'm kidding, I'm kidding." Caitlin said laughing. "I'll wait until he's completely well before grilling him." She winked at Charlie.

Charlie smiled back at her then fought to stifle a yawn.

"Oh, that's our signal to leave." Abbie said, moving towards the door.

Caitlin got up and took Charlie's hand. "I'm really glad you are ok, and it was nice to finally meet you."

"Thanks" he said "I'll be preparing myself for your grilling." He smiled at Caitlin.

Caitlin walked outside with Abbie leaving Zoey alone with Charlie to say good-bye. Once outside Abbie hugged Caitlin again and they fell into a comfortable silence as they waited for Zoey.

After a few minutes Caitlin began to fidget, looking up and down the halls.

"Room 206" Abbie said.

"What?" Caitlin asked looking at her mother.

"Sam, he's in room 206. And I'd bet he'd love to see you." Abbie said smiling.

Caitlin blushed a little, hoping she wasn't that transparent. "Is he really ok Mom?"

"It was rough, honey. I won't lie to you. I've read his chart and checked on him. He's still got a long recovery process, but I think he's going to be ok." Abbie said encouragingly

"I'll see you back at the White House." Caitlin said, kissing her mother before heading off in search of room 206.

When Caitlin came to Sam's room, she stood outside for a few moments, afraid to open it. She hadn't seen Sam in almost two years. This was not how she pictured seeing him again. Ok so the way she had pictured it was completely unrealistic with him professing his undying love, but still a hospital room never factored into it. She took a deep breath and slowly opened the door, as her two Agents waited outside.

As soon as she entered she gasped quietly and felt tears spring to her eyes. Sam was asleep, but he looked so different. She almost didn't recognize him. He was pale with dark circles under his eyes. He was hooked up to all different machines that were blinking and beeping. Looking at him she felt overwhelmed with sadness and fear.

She quietly sat down in the chair next to his bed and took his hand. She didn't want to wake him, knew he needed rest, so she just sat watching him. Listening to the machines that assured her his heart was beating. Watching his chest rise and fall. Her tears freely flowed down her face and she didn't try to stop them. She was feeling too much to hide her emotions anymore. She was soon overwhelmed with exhaustion. She laid her head down on his bed next to his hand, only wanting to close her eyes for a few moments. Within minutes she was fast asleep, lulled by the reassuring sounds of Sam's life.



There's No Place Like Home - 11



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