by Rhiannon and AJ
After having a very long cry, Abbey realized that she forgot to ask Ron about something, so she picked the phone up and dialed his number. "Ron, it's Abbey. Can you talk right now?" Her voice was very shaky.
"Abbey, you don't sound to good. Tell me where you are, I'm going to come to you. We can talk in person."
"I'm in the St. Regis hotel." Abbey replied. "Ron?"
"You mentioned something about reading some papers or something like that..." Tears began to form in Abbey's eyes again.
"Yeah, I did." He kept his reply short.
"Can you bring them with you, please?"
"Abbey... I... I don't think that's such a good idea." Ron said, genuinely looking out for her best interest.
"Ron, please? I need to know everything."
Giving out a loud sigh, Ron said, "Okay, I can be there in 20 minutes."
"Thank you." Abbey responded as she hung the phone up. ~~~ True to his word, 20 minutes later, there was a knock on Abbey's hotel door. Abbey sluggishly got up and went to it to answer it, revealing Ron. When she opened the door, Ron could tell that Abbey had just been crying, but she had tried to cover the tears up.
"Thank you for coming so soon, Ron." Abbey was physically trembling as she stood there.
"Abbey, you don't look to good. Come on, over here, sit down." Ron guided her over to a chair and sat her down.
"Do you have the papers I asked for?" Abbey's voice cracked. She really did not want to read whatever it was, yet she really did.
"Yeah, I have 'em right here." Ron handed the papers.
Abbey didn't respond, she didn't even bother to make eye contact with him as she opened up the envelope. With tears already in her eyes, she began to read the contents to herself, as she already recognized the handwriting as Jed's.
'Dear Meredith, Abbey is going away again. This time for four weeks. I don't know where she's going. I've stopped paying attention at this point. The only thing I care about is spending time with you. Please tell me that you will be able to come and spend some time with me. I need you, Meredith. I'm finding myself needing you more and more as time goes by. I'm thinking of leaving Abbey, but I don't want to cause a scandal. But I'd do it... for you... I'd do it if you ask me to. I love you Meredith. I love you. Jed.'
When Abbey finished reading the letter, she shifted through some more of the pieces of papers, to find much of the same thing, over and over again. Then she looked up at Ron, trying her hardest to choke the tears back.
Ron moved in to comfort her, but before he could, there was a knock at the door. Abbey tried to get up, really, she did. But she couldn't do it. She was afraid that it would be Jed, and she just couldn't face him. Not ever again.
Ron took notice of Abbey not moving, and of the pounding on the door getting louder, and decided to go and answer it. When he did, he was surprised to find Leo.
Leo looked up at Ron, very curious as to why he was there, but he decided against saying anything. He just took a few more steps into the room until he could see Abbey. His gaze was soft, and genuinely worried for her well being.
Abbey caught Leo's figure out of the corner of her eye and glanced up. She returned the same soft look that he gave her. Then she heard a door shut, to find that Ron Erlich was no longer present.
Leo noticed it too, and then took a few more steps into the room, until he was right up on Abbey. Kneeling down by her side, he reached up and wiped her tears away. "Oh, Abbey..."