Italic text denotes J.D.'s internal monologue.
Lyrics at the end by Chad Fischer, Chris Link and Tim Bright.

The Hand That Breaks The Fall
(Part Three)

The last couple of days have been a little weird around here. It all started when a bus load of patients arrived at Sacred Heart, and everyone was called down to the ER to help deal with it. Dr Cox flipped out when he saw one of the patients and started to chase her down the halls: he didn't look like he was going to catcher her until she ran into Jordan, who promptly grabbed her by the collar and dragged her into an empty room. Still don't know what's going on there. The Todd, unfortunately, was on fine form and hit on all of the young women that came in, getting slapped by most of them until one seemed to be willing to take him up on his proposition and dragged him away. Elliot is also missing: I know she's not been back to the apartment, and she left her pager and cell-phone in her locker. I'm starting to get kind of worried, as she's not the kind to just take off like that, unless she's been drinking...

"Yo, Darlene!" Dr Cox whistled, snapping J.D. Out of his train of thought, "Over here, now."

"Lighten up there, Uncle Perry." The young woman with him protested, "And I see you're still calling your protégé by girls names to distance yourself from any emotional involvement?"

"I'm your protégé?" J.D. asked, then shook his head in surprise, "Did she just call you 'Uncle Perry'?"

"Bad newbi!" Cox hit J.D. on the head with the chart he was carrying, "What did we discuss yesterday?"

"Only speak when spoken to..." J.D. rolled his eyes as he repeated the order parrot fashion.

"Good newbi, good." Cox smiled as if he was addressing a puppy who was having trouble being house-broken, then quickly returned to his regular pained expression, "Now listen up: you have one job and one job only today." He grabbed his companion by the arm and pulled her close, "This is my niece, Faith; you will make sure that anything she needs is provided while I make sure that her test results come through without a hitch. And if you do anything, and I mean ANYTHING that either Jordan or I do not like, then you'd better hope that I get my hands on you first, because you do not want to have Jordan that angry with you!" with that, he turned and stormed off down the hallway.

"So, you're Dr Cox's niece, huh?" J.D. looked at the young woman.

"Through know fault of my own." Faith lifted herself up onto the nurses station desk, "Jordan's brother and my Mom had a 'thing' back when he was in collage, and so I'm here." she looked around, "Can I smoke in here?"

"Not really, no." J.D. shook his head, "You're not from around here, are you?"

"No, I'm from Boston originally, but I lived out here for a few years, that's when I got back in touch with Perry and Jordan. My Mom and I, we'll let's just say it's been a while since I last spoke to her, and we didn't part on the best of terms." Faith looked round at the everyday hustle and bustle of the hospital, "You sure it's okay for Perry to have you baby-sitting me like this? Shouldn't you be off doing Doctor things?"

"He tends to get what he wants around here: he does this big, scary face thing that he thinks everyone's afraid of." J.D. shrugged, sitting on the counter next to Faith, "So, if you've been living out here, how come I've never seen you around before today?"

"I was in prison." Faith's tone was calm and relaxed, as if it was the most natural thing in the world to say, "Don't worry, I didn't escape or anything; I got paroled."

"Prison, huh?" J.D. stuttered, "That must have been, interesting..."

"Believe me, it's not like the movies on the adult channels make it look." Faith laughed, "I was there because I deserved to be there; I did some things I'm not very proud of, and I had to pay the price."

"Well, I guess that's the important thing." J.D. started to edge away, only to stop dead in his tracks when he saw who was walking down the corridor, "Oh my God..."

"What?" Faith turned to follow his gaze, and her jaw dropped when she saw Xander walking towards them with his arm around Elliot's shoulder, "Xander got laid?"

"And it's good to see you too." Her friend rolled his eyes "And it's a little more complicated than that; Elliot, this is my friend Faith Lehane. Faith, meet Elliot Reid, my, um, wife..."

Holy Hanna Montana!

"Wife?" Faith blinked, then gave Elliot a quick once over, "Well, I'll give you credit for taste, but I have to ask, have you been drinking?"

"Alcohol was involved, yes." Xander admitted, "I know it's a cliché, but we went out for a drink, and the next thing either of us remember is waking up in a Las Vegas hotell room..."

"You realize of cause that you're never going to live this down, right?" Faith grinned, "I mean, of all of us, this is the sort of thing I always though I'd end up doing, not you."

"Well, we did consider getting an annulment, but having spent the past couple of days together, we decided to give it a go." Elliot smiled, "And it's going to kill my parents when they find out!"

"All good reasons to stay married, for sure." Faith rolled her eyes, deciding that she couldn't deal with it all without a cigarette, "No if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take my own personal McDoctor here and see if I can find a way to make Uncle Perry's life a living hell." She dropped down off of the counter and went to walk away, before inspiration hit her like a bolt out of the blue, "You got the number of the place where you guys got married?"

The End

You crossed the finish line,
Won the race, but lost your mind.
Was it worth it after all?

I need you here with me,
Because love is all we need.
Just take a hold of the hand that breaks the fall.

Well I know what I've been told,
You've got to break free to break the mould.

But I can't do this on my own,
No I can't do this on my own,
I know that I'm no Superman...