Title: "The Greatest Man She Never Knew"
Authors: Me (SpecialReader02)
Date: May 16, 2004
Rating: PG 13
Spoilers: Season 3, Episode 17 "Orders."
Summary: What would have happened if when Andy found out that her father
had a degenerative nerve condition that threatened his independence, it
turned out worse then it already was?
Disclaimers: I don't own anything, except for my ideas and writing.
Dedication: For now, to my fans.
Author Notes: This chapter takes place right in the middle of the episode
when Andy and her father are having an argument.
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everybody likes the story.
It had been such an unforgettable moment in her life. Not a good,
unforgettable moment, but a bad one. Andy was having a huge argument with
her father. He was starting to walk up the stairs while yelling at her, and
half way up his legs gave out beneath him and next thing she knew, her
father was collapsed on a broken foyer table and in severe pain. Andy
screamed for her father and quickly ran to him. She reached for the phone
and speed dialed the Rittenhouse Emergency Room and told them the
situation. They said they'd be there soon, so Andy grabbed her medical bag
and did anything she could to help her helpless father. People upstairs in
her house heard all the commotion and ran downstairs to see what was going
on. By the time the ambulance came, Andy's mother along with Les, Jessie,
and Lizzy piled into a vehicle and headed towards Rittenhouse. Andy rode in
the ambulance with her father. As they arrived to the ER, Andy's father
blacked out. Dr. Nick Biancavilla saw her rush in with a man on a
stretcher. He figured it was just a patient, but then he could tell by the
look on Andy's face that it wasn't. He quickly ran to her and started
taking medical orders. She ordered everybody to do a certain thing, but
then everybody stopped suddenly when the heart monitor rang a solid note.
Andy's stopped breathing for a second, while Nick grabbed an EKG machine.
He handed the juiced paddles to Andy.
"Charge to 150." He shouted.
"Clear." Andy said and the paddles zapped her father's chest. She quickly
looked at the monitor but there was no heart beat. "Charge to 200." She
"Clear." Andy let the paddles zap him again, but still there was nothing.
"Charge to 250."
"Clear." Once again, Andy zapped him. Still, there was nothing. It made her
breath increase rapidly and pain struck her eyes. "Charge to 300!" She
"Dr. Campbell." Nick said softly from behind her.
"Do it! Charge to 300!" She repeated herself.
Nick did what she said. "Charged."
"Clear!" Andy zapped her helpless father once more. Her eyes jolted to the
heart monitor, praying that it was beeping, showing some form of life in
him. Nothing. "Charge to 350!" She yelled. Nick gently grabbed her from
behind and took the paddles away. "Damnit Biancavilla!! Charge to 350,
now!!!" She yelled and tried to get the paddles back. His grip tightened as
he tried to restrain her. "Let me go!" She yelled. Nick held his grip as
she fought against him. After a few seconds her body went half-numb and she
fell still and silent.
"Dr. Campbell, I-"He said but Andy walked away from him, towards the exit
of the Emergency Room and entrance to other parts of the hospital. Behind
her, Nick turned back to the man on the stretcher, wondering who he was.
"Time of death: 8 52 P.M." He said and it made tears start falling from
Andy's eyes. Her steps forward were slow and dragging almost as if the
world was in slow motion. Black streaks started forming on her cheeks from
her mascara. Her heart was pounding in every inch of her body as she turned
corners. People looked at her with pity, wondering what had happened but
not daring enough to ask. She approached the RWHC and stopped yards away
from Lu and Lana sitting at the receptionist desk. There was nobody in
there except them. The clinic had just closed for the evening, so most of
the lights were still on. Lana noticed somebody standing out of the corner
of her eye and turned her glance in the direction of Andy. Lu noticed her
glance change and looked to. Andy stood there, weak with emotion. Both
women quickly walked to her with concern in their eyes.
"Andy?" Lu asked. "What happened?"
Andy didn't answer. She just looked at her hands. After a second she spoke
up. "Is my mother here?"
"Dr. Campbell." Nick called from down the hallway. He quickly walked to
them as Andy turned around to look at him. They paused and then he handed
her a wallet that was in his hand. "I'm so sorry." He said. Andy looked
down at the wallet that was just placed in her hands. It was her fathers.
She slowly opened it and looked inside. There were credit cards and a
She looked back at Lu and Lana and was about to say something but a
familiar voice called to her from the door of the clinic. "Andy." It was
her mother. Les, Jessie, and Lizzy were standing behind her. Andy slowly
started to walk towards them and they started walking to until they met
each other in the middle. Her mother looked at her with hope in her eyes
for anything besides the most terrible thing that could happen. The tears
that had built up within the past minutes now poured down her cheeks as she
shook her head. Andy handed her the wallet and even though she couldn't
actually see it, she knew that her mother's heart was sinking slowly inside
her. Her mother sank into one of the waiting room chairs, staring at the
wallet. Andy caught Les's gaze. He reached out for her and she fell into
his arms. Jessie took a seat next to her grandmother and tried to hold back
her own tears, but she couldn't. Lizzy looked from her grandmother, to the
wallet, to Jessie, and then up at her mother. She slowly tugged on Andy's
"Did Grandpa die?" She asked in a scared child's voice. Andy bent down to
Lizzy's height and pulled her in for a hug.
"Yes, honey. Grandpa didn't make it through this one." Andy said slowly and
squeezed her daughter even tighter. Les sat down on the other side of
Andy's mother and wrapped one arm around her.
"This wasn't supposed to happen." She said. Everybody turned their glances
to the women staring at the wallet. "It was just a nerve condition. It
wasn't supposed to cost him his life, not this soon!" She said. Tears
started pouring down her eyes and she grabbed onto Les. Andy looked at her
husband holding her mother and then to Jessie. The fourteen-year-old sat to
herself crying. Andy moved to sit next to her and pulled Lizzy onto her
lap. In the background, Nick was explaining that it was Andy's father and
what happened in the Emergency Room. The three friends glanced at the
grieving family with sadness in their faces.
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first chapter. There is more to come!