Author Notes: Hey, this is a completely new fic idea. I usually don't write
Strong Medicine stories about Dana, I know, but this one just came to me,
thanks to Kay! This takes place I guess about mid-season four. Note-Dana is
now in Virginia, remember? And Nick is still there...Kayla Thornton is yet to
arrive at Rittenhouse.
Dedication: To Kay for inspiring me so much and to Megan for helping me out
with this story.
Disclaimers: I don't own anything....duh.
Feedback: Same as usual. I love reviews!!
Hidden Secrets: Chapter 1
Krystal Marie Johnson opened her eyes slowly. The morning light
shinning through her lavender window curtains caused her to quickly shut
them again. The sounds of birds chirping on the big oak tree outside her
window made her realize it must have been early. She glanced at her clock
and yawned as she saw that it was seven. Krystal kept looking at the clock
waiting for her twin sister, Kayla Whitney Johnson, to come running into
her room. Since she could remember Kayla would come into her room at
exactly seven oh one on the day of their birthday. Today was no different.
It was their eighteenth birthday and just as Krystal thought, Kayla came
bouncing into her room and jumped on her like a little girl.
"Ugh." Krystal grunted. She looked up to see Kayla smiling while her long
curly brown locks floated down around her face.
Krystal and Kayla were practically identical. The only difference was that
Krystal had naturally straight brown hair while Kayla's was curly. They
both had big blue eyes with long dark brown eyelashes and brows to match
their hair. Also, big smiles were always on their faces under a slender
nose. Neither girl knew which parent they got their looks from considering
they didn't know their parents. Three years ago, on their fifteenth
birthday, their so called 'mom and dad' leaked the information that both
Krystal and Kayla had been adopted from an orphanage when they were just a
few months old. The news had hit them hard as ever but they got through it
and realized they still loved the parents they had.
Something inside them directed them into searching though. A feeling and a
need to find their biological parents had sat with them since they found
out they had been adopted. So, since their sixteenth birthday, the two
girls set out researching it and discovering various information.
After awhile of full dedication and raising enough money, they decided that
on their eighteenth birthday they were going to set out on the road and
finally meet their real parents. A shock had hit them again though around
the age of seventeen when they discovered that they're biological dad
wasn't living anymore. He had died in a terrible car accident a few years
after they were born. Kayla and Krystal wondered why their parents abandon
them when they were little and why they never came to find them as they got
Kayla forced Krystal to get out of bed and start getting dressed as she did
the same. "By the way, Happy Birthday Sis." Kayla yelled while heading back
into her own bedroom.
Krystal smiled and shook her head. "Same to you Sis." She responded and
walked into the joint bathroom that connected to both bedrooms.
Kayla walked into the bathroom to join her sister after a minute of getting
dressed. She had slid on a pair of jean overalls with a blue shirt under
it. She started pulling her hair back into a ponytail. "So.....you ready for
"Yep. I'm nervous. I have a feeling you are to." Krystal said.
"Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because we are going to meet our biological
mother for the first time in eighteen years?"
"That could be it." Krystal said and laughed. She put her hair into a
ponytail also and headed into her room to put on identical overalls but
with a purple shirt underneath. "I'm really glad Mom and Dad are ok with
"Me to. I thought they would freak when they found out we were really going
to meet her." Kayla responded with a sigh as she put on some fresh make up.
"Totally." Krystal said and walked back into the bathroom. They both looked
at each other in the mirror and laughed. Ever since they were little, they
always loved how they looked almost exactly alike and they could wear the
same clothes. "I wonder what they have planned for us today?"
"Probably another family dinner, just the four of us. Same as every year
Krystal laughed at her nickname. "Probably." She responded and started
putting on fresh make up herself. "Do you think she'll like us Kay?"
"I sure hope so. We aren't that bad...right?"
Krystal shrugged and semi-smiled as she finished with her make up. "Come
on, let's get downstairs."
"Ok." Kayla agreed and put one last touch on her blush before following her
twin sister out of the room.
Kayla and Krystal were greeted with smiles by their parents when they
"Happy Birthday girls." Their father said.
"Thanks Dad." They said in unison.
Their mother giggled and motioned for them to sit down for breakfast. She
placed two pancakes on each girl's plate with a plate of bacon in between
them. "Are you glad that you're finally eighteen?"
"Yep." They said in unison again.
"What do you have planned tonight?"
"Nothing yet." Kayla responded.
"Oh, well aren't you two going to do something for your birthday? With your
friends or something?" Their mother asked. Both girls looked at her
strangely. Usually this was the time when they asked them if they wouldn't
mind just having a family dinner. "Your father and I are going to your Aunt
Mel's house for dinner." She stated.
"Oh." The girls said.
"We thought we would have a family dinner like always." Krystal said
"Really? Oh...well, you're welcome to come to you're Aunts house with us if
"We'll think about it." Kayla said and continued eating her pancakes.
After breakfast, the twins jumped into their Jeep Wrangler that they
shared. Their parents had gotten it for them on their sixteenth birthday.
Krystal was driving this time. They were going to the mall and local Wal-
Mart to finish shopping for things they would need for their trip.
Kayla flipped on the radio and played with the stations. "I can't believe
they didn't plan a family dinner." She said randomly.
"I know. They always do a dinner for us. What are we going to do instead?"
"There's nothing we can do...with other people. All of our friends are
mysteriously all on vacations this week, remember?"
"Yeah. We could just hang out together." Krystal suggested.
"No offense Sis, but I'm going to be hanging with you all day tomorrow. I
wanted to chill with you and our parents, or friends." Kayla responded.
"Yeah, same here." She responded. "Then, let's just go with Mom and Dad to
"Fine. What a great eighteenth birthday huh?"
"Pssh...yeah right." Krystal said and pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot.
That night, the girls dressed in identical looking shirts and tops.
The only difference like always, was that they were different colors. Kayla
had on a black and pink striped skirt with a matching pink tank top while
Krystal had on a black and orange striped skirt with a matching orange tank
top. Since, the girls took too long shopping that day they were running a
little late for dinner. They promised their parents they would hurry but
Kayla was driving and she always took extra precautions while under stress.
It was a bad combination when she thought about it because when she was
running late, which was a lot, she would drive slower and more carefully
and be even later than she had already planned.
"Would you step on it some?!" Krystal ordered from the passenger seat.
"You know how I am Krys so just shut up. It's not that big of a deal." She
responded staring at the road in front of her.
"Yeah, I do know how you are. And it's a good thing I don't have that
quality because...I mean, how would that look after medschool and I'm in
residency at some strange hospital and surgery or something?..."
"Uh, bad." Kayla said. "I can't believe you want to be a
doctor...eww..blood...gross." She shivered at her words.
"It's genetic remember?"
"Yeah I remember. That's another thing that isn't the same about us. You
like blood, I hate it."
"I don't like blood...that's just morbid. I like the idea of saving peoples
lives and helping those in need." Krystal responded and looked out her
Kayla shook her head and continued to look at the road in front of her.
Within minutes, they pulled up in the driveway of their Aunt's big mansion.
Both girls quickly got out of their car and ran to the front door. It was
locked so they rang the doorbell and waited.
"Hello ladies." Their Aunt greeted as she swung the big glass and wood door
"Hello Aunt Mel." They greeted back in unison. As they entered the house,
it was completely dark. The only light that could be seen was in the
dinning room where their parents already sat at the long dinning table.
"As I was telling your parents girls, I completely forgot about tonight and
let my maid have the night off. Will you help me with the food?" Their Aunt
Kayla and Krystal looked at them all awkwardly. Something was up and they
knew as soon as she had said that she gave her maid the night off. She
never did that and she never forgot about family dinners. The twins headed
towards the kitchen first shrugging at each other on their way. Their Aunt
and parents followed.
The lights were off in the kitchen and Kayla reached to flip them on. When
she did, both of the twin's jaws dropped. Several of their closest friends
were standing there in party outfits with balloons and Hawaiian lays around
"Oh my god." They said together.
"Surprise!!" Everybody else yelled at them. Big smiles were coming from all
different directions. Kayla and Krystal looked at their parents and Aunt
with smiles of their own.
"You guys did this?" Kayla asked.
They nodded. "We knew you'd fall for it."
"Thanks." Krystal responded and the two girls gave them all hugs. After a
few seconds, their friends came to them and greeted them, wishing them a
happy birthday and saying that they should have seen the look on their
faces when the lights went on.
After the party ended, it was late as ever and the girls still had to
make the drive back home and get up early in the morning to leave for a
very long road trip. They quickly gathered all their presents into their
jeep and Krystal drove them home considering Kayla could barely keep her
eyes open. The next morning, they woke up to their alarm clocks and were
constantly yawning as they both got dressed.
Kayla and Krystal heading into their bathroom at the same time and saw each
other. They sighed and realized they were wearing almost exactly the same
thing again. Kayla had on blue jeans and a black shirt while Krystal had on
blue jeans and a white shirt. They both shook their heads and put on their
make up. Kayla pulled her hair into a ponytail again but Krystal left hers
For the next hour they packed their car up and kissed their parent's
goodbye. They had figured they would be traveling all day from their
hometown of Sanford, Maine to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were going
to have to travel through three different states to get to their
While on the road, the girls listened to the radio mostly and occasionally
one of them would pop in a favorite CD. Krystal did most of the driving
while Kayla sat in the passenger seat and concentrated on her journal.
Unlike her twin, Kayla wanted to become a writer in her future. She kept
journals about everything and wrote down anything that popped into her
head. Most of her stories or poems were of being a twin and their
Now she was writing about what she saw in the towns they would stop at for
gas or to use the restroom. Everything seemed to inspire her lately: music,
movies, and random people in the mall or on the street. She seemed to be
full of different thoughts about life and she put all her thoughts on
On one of their pit stops, she found a young couple stopping also from what
seemed like a long road trip. She could tell they had just fallen in love
and gotten into a serious relationship by the way they were acting. The
kind of couple that is all lovey-dovey and constantly linking arms or
holding hands, even when he was paying for their drinks and gas. It made
her think of the special someone she used to have in her life before they
all graduated. Her boyfriend then went off to college in Michigan and left
her there alone. He had told her before he left that he didn't want to be
tied down while starting college and she, with sadness, has agreed to move
Kayla remembered exactly how it had happened. Afterwards, her sister was
there for her. Krystal was always there for her and vice versa. They were
twins and they stuck together. It inspired her to write more and more on
their trip. Not only about her old flames but Krystals to. Her twin sister
had been in love with an older man earlier in the year but it hadn't worked
out. He also left her alone in Maine for a new job in Texas. Their parent's
had always warned them about how hard it would be and that sometimes love
hurts. Both girls knew that now and it only brought them closer together.
After many, many hours of traveling, the girls arrived at their
destination earlier than they thought they would. The Rittenhouse Women's
Health Center was just a few feet away. Both girls tried to swallow past
the knot in their throats and took a few deep breaths before entering.
Lana Hawkins was sitting at her receptionist desk as usual and Dr. Lu
Delgado was looking at a patient's file next to her. Dr. Andy Campbell
walked out of her office and saw the two twins standing there awkwardly.
"Can we help you?" Andy asked slowly approaching them.
"Umm..." Kayla said.
Krystal looked at her twin and then back at the women in front of them.
"We're looking for Dr. Dana Stowe." She said.
Lu and Lana heard them mention Dana's name and approached them like Andy
"What do you need with Dr. Stowe?" Lana asked curiously but awkwardly. The
twins looked familiar to Lu and Lana.
"Dr. Delgado?!" A manly voice called from behind them all. It was Dr. Nick
Biancavilla from the Emergency Room. He noticed he was interrupting
something when he walked to them. "Sorry. It's just a patient thing. Is
"They're looking for Dana." Lana said.
Nick looked at the girls curiously and thought they looked familiar to.
Andy looked around at them all.
"What's the big deal? You're probably just old patients of Dr. Stowe's
right?" She asked the twins.
Kayla and Krystal shook their head no in unison.
"Who are you?" Lu asked.
"I'm Kayla Whitney Johnson."
"And I'm Krystal Marie Johnson."
"Dr. Dana Stowe.....is our mother." They said together.
End Hidden Secrets: Chapter 1
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