"I Feel Lucky"
Disclaimers: See Part 1
Toby paced the halls outside the ICU waiting room. Inside the room, Josh, C.J. and Leo waited for Abbey to come out and tell them how the surgery had gone. He couldn't stand being in the room any longer so now he was walking the halls desperately trying not to think about all the things that could go wrong.
All he kept doing was replaying the argument they had had in his office earlier. He shouldn't have told Leo about Kelsey's emotional state. It wasn't his place. How could he have been so foolish to let her leave the office in her condition? If only he'd gone after her then maybe she wouldn't be fighting for her life right now.
He looked up to see Abigail Bartlet walking down the corridor towards him. She was wearing her blue scrubs and pulling the cap off her head.
"She's going to be fine," Abbey declared.
"Can I see her?"
Abbey was about to ask him to wait, but she took one long look at the man standing in front of her. His eyes were red. He looked exhausted, both physically and emotionally. His clothes were wrinkled and there was a deep concern for Kelsey.
"Only for a few minutes," she replied and then escorted Toby done the hall.
Toby paused in the doorway, taking a deep breath before looking inside the room. He couldnít believe the sight in front of him.
Kelsey lay on the bed looking barely alive. Her left arm was in a sling and there were several needles going into her right arm. IV tubes and bags were delivering blood and other liquids into her body. Her face was swollen and the bruises were prominent now. Her hair was matted against her forehead and in several other places too. He walked slowly into the room and pulled a chair next to the bed before sitting down. Toby reached over and placed his hand on top of hers.
"Kelsey, itís Toby," he whispered allowing the tears to begin flowing down his cheeks.
"Iím right here, sweetheart. I just want you to know that I love you very much and Iíll be here until you open those beautiful blue eyes of yours and look at me. You just rest for now and when youíre ready to wake up, Iíll be waiting. Leo, C.J., and Josh are out in the waiting room and I know they'll want to see you soon. Danny sends his love too. I'm so sorry I fought with you today."
Ten minutes later, a nurse walked into the room.
"Excuse me, Mr. Ziegler, but youíre going to have to step out for a bit."
"IÖI canít," he replied. "I have to be here when she wakes up."
"I understand, but Ms. Saufl needs her rest and from the looks of it, you could use some too," she remarked.
"I promised Iíd be here when she woke up."
"Dr. Bartlet has given Ms. Saufl some very heavy sedatives. It's going to be a few hours before she wakes up."
"It doesn't matter."
"I'll make you a deal. Why don't you go out into the waiting room for an hour and then you can come back and sit with Ms. Saufl for a little while longer."
"I'm not going anywhere," declared Toby.
"Toby," Kelsey said, her voice barely above a whisper.
He turned his attention back to Kelsey, squeezing her hand in his.
"I'm right here, Kelsey."
"Go and rest."
"I'm staying right here."
Kelsey shook her head and smiled slightly.
She closed her eyes and drifted off into a drug-induced sleep once again.
"Well, I think I'll take that walk now," remarked Toby. "I'll be back in an hour."
As he walked back to the waiting room, all he wanted to do was jump for joy that Kelsey was all right. But then that would ruin his reputation. He offered up a silent prayer of thanks as he stepped through the waiting room doors.
"Toby how is she?" Leo asked, searching his colleague's face for answers.
"She kicked me out."
"Sounds like Kelsey's going to be fine," remarked Josh.
"Mrs. Bartlet and I are going to brief the press about the surgery," C.J. explained. "Tell Kelsey I'll be by to see her later."
"I will," replied Toby.