Powerless Chapter 1

Summary: Dana begins to feel weak and helpless when she's overcome by a torrent of hard-to-manage emotions, but in her quest to understand them, she discovers how valuable her friends really are. This is my first story here, so please R&R.

Dana sat on the couch in her office with her head in her hands. Her life was out of control. She regretted breaking up with Nick more than she ever thought possible, but she couldn't fix it. He was barely speaking to her now, and she was afraid she'd only make it worse if she dredged it all up again, since she'd broken up with him, not the other way around. She knew it was best for him to make the first move, but at the same time, she knew that if she didn't at least try to fix things, she'd live the rest of her life under a cloud of regret. She wanted to scream. When had her life gotten so complicated?

At that moment, she heard a knock on her office door.

"Come in." she said as she tried to fight the tears that had suddenly sprung to her eyes. Lu stepped into her office and regarded her partner with a warm smile, which faded immediately when she saw the unshed tears in her eyes. "What's wrong. Dana?" Lu asked gently as she crossed the office and sat down beside her on the couch. "It's my mistake." Dana replied. Her voice was cracking already, so she knew it wouldn't be long before her unshed tears would fall.

Lu touched her friend's arm gently. "What is?" she asked softly. "Breaking up with Nick." Dana answered sadly. "All because he wasn't ready to have kids, and because I was so worried that I didn't have time to wait. It was the biggest mistake of my life, Lu, and now I'm afraid I can't fix it." Tears were rolling down Dana's cheeks now.

"Oh, Dana, come here." Lu told her friend as she put her arms around her. "What makes you think you can't fix it?" Dana sighed. "Lu, Nick barely talks to me now, and I'd only make it worse if I brought the whole ugly mess up again." she replied. Suddenly, she burst into tears. Lu knew that Dana needed a good cry, so she held her as the tears soaked her lab coat.