|Life's Little Lessons
Author: Greyhawk750 PM
Everybody tries to move on, after the death of Paul. Rated T for drug references.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 11,986 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 11-18-12 - Published: 10-07-08 - id: 4582606
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'Cate you should get over to ER, right now'. Her supervisor said as she volunteered to take over her post
'Why, Becky? Is that cute doctor there? You know, the one you keep trying to set me up with' she replied with a smile
Becky looked serious and said 'Your son was involved in an accident'
Cate ran as fast as she could and was approached by a police officer. She grew panicky as she knew it was policy to have a police officer present, when the worst news was given.
'Ms. Hennessey', he asked
'Yes... what... what's going on' she stammered
'Ma'am, your son was hit by a car about an hour ago'
'Oh my god, I have to go see him'
'He's in surgery, right now ma'am
'I need to call my kids' she said, her heart beating a million times a minute
'A police officer has already been dispatched and your daughter Kerry is on her way'
'What about Bridgett'
He told her to sit down and replied 'Ma'am, your daughter is in custody for driving under the influence of narcotics. Evidentially she was driving on Mason Street where... where she hit your son who was riding his bike. I'm very sorry to have to give you this news, Mrs. Hennessey. I really am'
'She was doing so good', Cate mumbled to herself
'So she was using before', the officer asked
She quietly nodded her affirmation and said 'About 6 months ago, she admitted to using marijuana and cocaine. She's been going to counseling on a regular basis. She's not a bad kid, officer. She really isn't. We've all be going through a hard time since their father died.
'I'm so sorry to hear that. There is an excellent treatment program here in Detroit that we can try and enroll her in'
'We've researched some options too'
'Mrs. Hennessey, I am required to ask you... did you wish to file formal charges' the officer asked
'No, of course not. I just want my daughter to know that we still love her'
'Of course. I understand. You will still need to post bail for her release'
Bail. It was hard enough just paying the bills and keeping food on the table
'Yeah, ok. Do you know how much' she asked
'You will need to discuss that with the jail clerk'
At that moment, Kerry ran into the ER room and embraced her mom, with tears streaming down her face
'God damn that Bridgett', she muttered
Cate simply very lightly thumped her daughter on the head and said 'You need to watch your language. She's still your sister and she needs help. She has a disease and needs our help'
'Yeah I know. I'm just tired of everybody having to clean up after her'
Cate chuckled and said 'I understand totally'
'I should have stopped her. I should have grabbed the keys from her' Kerry said
'No, this is not your fault' her mom tried to assure her
A few hours had passed and Kerry went over to the nurse's station to try and get an update on her brother, but there was no information to be had
Frustrated , scared and angry she yelled 'Then why don't you go find some information. That's MY brother, in there'
Cate quickly went over, grabbed her daughter's arm and drug her away from the desk and said 'Baby, we just have to be patient'
About another hour passed as CJ joined them, having posted bail
'How did you manage to get the money', Cate asked
CJ just shrugged and said 'So I'll miss a semester of school. Big deal'
'I will pay you back. Every last penny'
'Aunt Cate, after everything you've done for me, this was the least I could do'
'Where is she', Cate asked
CJ pointed to the far end of the room, where Bridgett sat, with her head buried in her hands
'I'll be right back', she said as she walked over to where Bridgett was sitting and sat down on an empty chair next to her, and held her hand
'Bridgett, what the hell were you thinking'
'I don't know' she mumbled, not even looking up
'That doesn't cut it this time'
'I know' she replied and looked up and said 'And you were right'
'About what, sweetie' her mom asked
'I need help. I really need help. No matter what it takes'
Her mom smiled, as tears were beginning to show as she hugged her daughter tightly and whispered 'Yes you do, and we're going to get you help'
She tugged on her daughter's hand and walked her to the rest of the group.
'Are you OK', Kerry asked
'Yeah... I guess' she replied, not able to make eye contact with anybody
Finally she turned around to face Kerry and said 'I am so sorry. I am so sorry for everything I am putting this family through'
Kerry reached out and hugged her sister in a warm embrace and said 'I know you are'
'Excuse me', a doctor said as he walked over
'How is he', Cate asked, almost scared to hear the answer
'He has a broken leg, some broken ribs and a bruised chest. But physically he should be fine in about 3 or 4 months'
Cate was overjoyed but the doctor had a more serious look and said 'We should talk' as he lead her to his office as Bridgett and Kerry went to his room
Kerry entered quietly in case he may have been sleeping, but Bridgett was unable to bring herself to enter, but as Kerry's insisting, she finally did
'Hey, how are you doing', Kerry asked as she sat down next to him
'Fine. Sore' he replied drowsily
'That's to be expected' she replied
'Hey I am so sorry for everything. Can you ever forgive me', Bridgett stammered
'For what', Rory asked
'I hit you with the car. Don't you remember'
'Sorry. I don't even know who either of you are'