The Journey's Just Begun-

A/N - I am SO SO SO SO SO sorry for the long wait. I've been busy and I have been updating some other stories that I have. Hopefully now, since I have spring break, I'll be able to update more. But that depends on the amount of reviews I receive and also if I have writers block, which I get like every freakin' second which sucks (writer's block is also a reason I haven't updated). So, once again I am extremely sorry and:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, REVIEW! THANKS :)

(BTW, about Summer and o.d.ing and stuff, I'm really trying to make it as realistic as I can, I'm sorta young so I really don't know about that kind of stuff. Sorry if you don't like it.)

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Chapter 7 -

For a good few minutes, Seth and Summer just sat there, in complete silence.

"Why?," Seth asked, breaking the silence, not staring Summer in the eyes, "Why would you do this?"

"I..I don't know."

"That's not an answer Summer! What are we gonna do? You could have died, Summer! Do you realize that?" Seth said outraged, running his hands through his curly hair.

"I know." She replied, scared, taken aback but his angry voice.

"Oh, so you're fine with it, that's gre-."

"No, Seth-."

"Did you think about them?" He asked her, cutting her sentence off.

"What?"

"Did you think about the kids?

"I..."

"Summer! You could have fucking died! You have three kids! They would have been so devastated if anything serious happened. They would be beyond devastated, we all would, I don't even know what would have happened. I can't believe this, I can't believe you! What the hell are we going to do!?" Seth rambled on, outraged.

"Seth, I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I don't know what else you want me to say!" Summer burst on the verge of tears.

"Tell me why...why the hell would you do this to our family..."

"I don't know why, Seth! It was a mistake, okay! We had this huge fight and I just couldn't handle it." She said as a few tears streamed down her face which was now red caused from stress and screaming.

"So you fucking o.d.? That's just stupid."

"I didn't know what to do."

"Summer! We could of talked things out. There are plenty of things that go before o.d.ing, I'm sure of it!"

"I know! Can you please stop yelling at me? Okay? I understand I made a huge, huge, huge mistake! I know. And I'm sorry. I was so stupid and I wasn't thinking and I'm just so sorry, I don't know what else to say." She cried as her sobs got louder.

"How long?" He asked, finally looking into her teary eyes.

"How long what?" She stuttered.

"How long has this been going on for?

"Cohen, it was only this once, I promise you, and I promise I won't do it ever again," She said looking him straight in the eyes as her tears continued to fall, she then lowered her voice, "I'm sorry."

"I know," Seth said, his voice not as cold as it had been before, "I know."

"Mr. Cohen...," A doctor appeared at the doorway, "May I have a weird with you?"

"Yeah sure," He placed a kiss on Summer's forehead and stood up, "I'll be right back."

"Mr. Cohen, have you made your decision about sending your wife to a rehabilitation center," The doctor said once the two were outside of Summer's hospital room, "We have a nice facility not too far from here and I could call to see if you can bring her in."

"Um actually, I think she'll come home. She said she only did it once and I believe her."

"Okay, but be sure to keep a close eye on her."

"I will."

"She should be able to go home in a few hours."

"Okay, thank you." Seth said as he reentered the room and returned to his wife's side.

"You gonna send me away?" Summer asked, not looking Seth in the eyes.

"No. I'm not. Because I believe you...that you only did this once. But please Summer, please don't ever do that again."

Summer's eyes started tearing up, "I'm sorry. I love you."

"I love you too," Seth said as he wiped away a few of her tears then placed a soft kiss on her lips.

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"You okay?" Seth asked Summer as his eyes still stayed focus on the road.

"Yeah, um, I'm fine, just tired."

"Okay, when we get back you'll go to sleep." Summer nodded, sighed, and closed her eyes.

'Something's definitely wrong.' Seth thought as he pulled into their driveway.

Seth quickly pulled the keys out of the ignition and got out, slamming the door. He quickly walked over to Summer's side, opening the door for her, making sure he was there if she needed help.

"You need help?" He asked, lending his hand out.

"No, I'm fine." She said quietly.

"Are you sure?"

"I said I'm fine," Her voice came out cold without her realizing, "Cohen, I'm fine. Thanks." She said and gave him a small smile. She hates being treated like a baby.

"No problem." Seth said as he stepped aside giving her room to get out of the car.

Seth placed his hand on her back and guided her to the front door. Summer was going to say something but then decided it would probably be best if she didn't.

"Mommy!" Was the first sound the two heard as a rambunctious four-year-old ran towards Summer.

"Riley, sweetie, mommy doesn't feel so well so maybe you should let her get some rest."

Riley, at Seth's words, stopped from running as her bottom lip began to tremble.

"But...I...I...just want...wanted to say hi..to...mommy..." The little girl said as her eyes began to water.

"Seth," Summer said, taking her eyes off her crying daughter, "It's fine."

"Are you sure? You seem pretty tired."

"Yeah, I'm fine," Summer said, walking over to her daughter and placing her on her hip, "Hey baby. I missed you."

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"Dad is mom okay?" Madison asked as Seth stood in her bedroom doorway.

"Yeah. She's going to be fine...She's sleeping right now."

"What happened? Jake wouldn't tell me."

"Madison, your mom, she overdosed...on painkillers."

"What?! You're joking right?"

"No." Seth replied shaking his head.

"Oh my god. She could've died."

"I know, sweetie, I know. But she didn't. She's fine. And that's all that matters now."

"But what if she does it again? And the consequences are worse? What happens then?"

"She said she would never do it again. That it was only this once and that's it."

"But you don't know if she's telling the truth."

"You're right. I don't. But all I can do at the moment is trust her...that's really all we can do right now."

Madison nodded and then spoke up again, "Dad."

"Yeah?"

"This is sorta off topic but, you never, um, you never really spoke to me about what happened with ya know, Eric." She said quietly as her eyes began to water.

"Um, yeah, listen. Your mom and I both want you to take this guy to court. We want him to get caught. What he did to you is so wrong and I'm not quite sure if you understand that. Look, Madison, you're a very smart girl and by you not doing anything about his actions, you're just letting him get away with it. And I'll have to admit, I was mad at you and your mother at first about you still seeing him, and...I did say a few things I definitely regret, but thinking about, it's one-hundred-percent Eric's fault. Because this all could've happened before I said you couldn't see him. Who knows? So I really want you to think about the court thing, because I don't want this guy getting away with this. Okay?"

Madison nodded and wiped a few tears away from her eyes. "I'll think about it."

"Okay, that's all I ask," Seth said as he gave his teenage daughter a hug, "I love you."

"I love you too."

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"Summer...you feeling better?" Seth asked as he entered their bedroom, sitting down on their bed where Summer lay, her head face down in the pillow.

Summer lifted her head up revealing her tear stained face.

"Baby, what's wrong?"

"I..I think I wanna go." She managed to say between sobs.

"Go where?"

"To the rehab center."

"What?"

"Seth, I'm not sure if I can trust myself here. And I wanna go so I can make sure I'm all better and that this thing will never ever happen again. I wanna make sure I can trust myself and never hurt you guys like this again."

"Are you sure? Positive?"

"Yeah."

Seth took a deep breath and spoke, "Um, okay. I'll call them and let them know."

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"Kids," Seth called out, "come say bye to your mom."

Jake and Riley came down the stairs. Where's Madison?

"Where's Maddie?"

"Upstairs in her room."

"I'll go get her." Seth said.

"Mom," Jake spoke, breaking the uncomfortable silence, "Why are you leaving?"

"Kids, your mom needs to get better. Once I'm sure I'm all better, I'll come right back home."

"I don't want you to leave, mommy."

"I know Riley, I don't want to leave either. But I have to. But don't cry," Summer said as her own tears starting filling her eyes, "Because I'll be back before you guys know it."

"You promise?"

"Of course. Now listen, Jake, you have to take care of your sisters now because we all know that your dad can't. And Riley, try not to torture daddy too much. Just, behave for him you two, because he's going to be under a lot of stress," Summer saw the frowns on her two younger children, "Guys, please don't be sad. You probably won't even miss me. There will be nobody telling you to clean your rooms or do chores. When I come back, you guys will wish I never left that place. Now don't cry, 'cause then you're gonna make me cry and we don't want that. I love you guys." Summer said giving them both hugs.

"We love you too, mommy."

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"Madison...," Seth tried the door but it was locked..., "Please open up."

"What do you want?" The brunette opened the door the slightest bit.

"I wanna talk to you?"

"What?" She asked exasperated as she let Seth into her room.

"Why are you acting like this? A few hours ago you were fine."

"That was before I found out mom was leaving."

"She wants to go, Madison, she wants to make sure it will never happen again."

"Earlier you said she was fine."

"Look, she just changed her mind two hours ago."

"Why? Why are you letting her go?"

"Because I want her to get better too. I don't want her to hurt herself again. Isn't that what you want, too?"

"I don't want her to leave. This family is already screwed up, imagine when she's gone..."

"Madison, what would you like me to do? I don't understand."

"Don't let her go."

"Sweetie, she has to. Of course there's a part in all of us that doesn't want her to go. We love her and we'll miss her. But then there's the other half that wants her to go because we want to make sure she doesn't do it again. And, you and me, we have to stay strong for Jake and Riley, because they probably don't know what's going on. It'll be hard, but the four of us will get through it. Now, can you please come downstairs and say goodbye to your mother?"

"No. I'm not supporting this."

"Fine be stubborn," Seth said walking to the door, "You don't know how heartbroken you're making your mom."

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"Where is she?" Summer asked as she saw Seth appear at the top of the staircase.

"Um, she won't be coming down."

Seth saw the major disappointment in his wife's eyes.

"Oh, um, okay." She replied trying to fight back tears.

"Sorry, babe." Seth said as he put an arm around her.

"Yeah, well...we should get going. I love you guys."

"Bye mommy."

"Bye mom." The two replied, giving their mother a final hug.

"It's going to be okay, Summer, it will." Seth said as they walked outside. She didn't say one word, not one. And that's the same way their car ride was too. And then they were there. Seth was about to open the car door when Summer stopped him.

"Maybe, I should, um, go in alone."

"What? Are you sure?"

"Yeah, I think it will be better that way."

Seth nodded.

"You're gonna be okay, right?" She asked him.

"Yeah...we'll all be fine. What about you?"

"I think I'll be okay. I'll miss you guys, but it'll be fine."

"You're doing the right thing, Summer, you are."

"I know. Um, Seth, I want you to talk to Madison, about the whole thing with Eric. I want her to talk to someone about it. Okay?"

"Yeah."

"And Jake and Riley. Well, just make sure that they stay the same because I don't want to come back to a house where they're all different."

"I don't think we have to worry about Jake and Riley. I promise you when you come back, they'll be fighting."

She gave him a small laugh. "Good. And, um, you. Cohen, I'm really sorry about this all."

"It's fine, Summer, really. Let's just forget about it all. Just get better, okay?"

"Yeah, I will."

"Okay, well..." Seth signaled the end of the conversation.

"Yeah, I should, um, I should go." She started tearing up.

"I'll call you as soon as I can."

"I'll be waiting by the phone."

"I love you."

"I love you too." He then gave her a passionate kiss.

"Bye Cohen." She said a few seconds after they parted.

"Bye Summer." She opened the car door, shut it, went to the trunk and pulled out her bags. As she walked by the car again, Seth saw that she was now crying. She lifted her hand up and waved, and mouthed 'I love you', as he did the same.

She then continued walking past the car as he watched her walk away. A lot of things were about to change...they both knew it.

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A/N - So, I'm not really sure if I liked this chapter but I really wanted to get something out because it's been so long. I hope people are still reading! Please review! Thanks!