Thanks so much for all of the reviews! I really hope you like the last chapter and thanks so much for sticking with the story! And, if you keep on reading this last chapter, you will NEVER guess who shows up.
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She told herself that she wasn't going to fight it. She was going to go through the steps and actually work at them and do it. The steps weren't going to just fly over her head like she was in some sort of a dream. No. Abby Lockhart was going to take the program seriously.
She stood up and walked into the middle of the twelve chairs sitting in a circle. For the first time in a month and a half she spoke. "Hi, I'm Abby Lockhart. It's weird to think that I've been here for over a month and I'm just speaking now. I guess that's how this all started. I was never one to ask for help. I always thought I could handle it on my own. Well, look where I am," she took a deep breath and continued. She told her story just as it had happened. From the start.
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Glade that she talked during her group session, Abby received the confidence and push to take the next step. As she worked through each step one at a time, everyone at the center took notice at her sudden quick progress. The program works if you follow it. It was working just before their eyes.
Another month and a half brought much joy to Abby. She was so much better and healthier. She was checking herself out of rehab to be with Joe. Luka was coming home, and finally ready to face him, Abby took a deep breath and checked herself out. She was excited to be with her family and she was glade that she got a second chance to be a better doctor, wife and mother.
Abby pulled her stuff into the street. It was weird standing outside alone. She wasn't with her group or sponsor, but she felt as if she could conquer the world, but instead she whistled for a cab to go pick up Joe from Susan's. She got into the cab and headed there.
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Abby walked slowly up to the front door. She rang the doorbell once. She waited a moment before a man opened the door. It was Chuck. "Hey Abby. You look so much better." She smiled at him as a thank you before he yelled for his wife to come to the door. "I'll go get Joe's things." She thanked him again.
"Wow Susan! You're showing a bit. How has Joe been?" Susan smiled completely grateful that her friend was going to be ok.
"Joe was so good. He wanted his mom and dad at night, but he was great. He started walking a little too and he started saying 'Dada'. I feel so bad that you missed it." She frowned and tears drizzled out of Abby's eyes.
"You know, as sad as I am that Luka and I missed it, I would rather miss that than something bigger, or even more smaller things. I can be there for everything else." Susan smiled at that.
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Abby fumbled through all of the things in her purse trying to locate her house key will managing to juggle Joe and their belongings. After a minute or so of searching, she finally found them and opened her door revealing a large, tall hunky man sitting on their couch. She dropped her belongings, and running with Joe in her arms, ran up to the man. "Luka!" He stood up not realizing she was home. He smiled and they embraced in a hug, which included their son.
"I'm so sorry Abby! I am so sorry." A single tear slid down his check. She shook her head.
"No Luka. It was my fault. I'm sorry. I should have had more control. You had obligations to you father and family in Croatia. You shouldn't have had to worry about me. I am so sorry." More tears ran down their face. "I'm going to make everything better Luka." He nodded at her knowing the truth.
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"Hey Abby, Carter send us an invitation to the grand opening of the Joshua Carter Center Party. Should I RSVP yes?" She nodded getting Joe dressed for bed.
"When is it?"
"Yeah, we should go." He nodded and filled out the response card so it would get into tomorrow's mail. "Tomorrow I have a meeting with Anspaugh to talk about me possibly returning to work." He nodded.
"Are you ready to go back to work?" She smiled at him and they snuggled together on the couch.
"Yes." He smiled and kissed the top of her head. "Let's go get some sleep." The walked upstairs together hand in hand.
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"Dr. Anspaugh, I've completed the program and I go to AA meetings once a week. I am still following the program, but I do have a disease. I am going to stick with the program because I do have a husband and son who both need me, and my patients need me. If that argument isn't good enough, I don't know how I even got hired." Dr. Anspaugh continued looking at Abby in the eye.
"Ok. You can come back to work on two conditions." She nodded, and he continued, "You must go to AA meetings twice a week and submit yourself to random blood tests once a week." She smiled knowing that was a reasonable negotiation.
"I'll see you tomorrow then." She stood up and Donald Anspaugh shook her hand. "Thank you."
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They all gathered outside of the new hospital wing. Abby and Susan were talking with their husbands. The glanced around and smiled as three familiar faces to Abby showed up. The four people spotted them and quickly walked.
"Holy Crap! What is Doug Ross doing here?!?" Susan screamed and hugged her old friend. "You don't show up to Mark's funeral, but you show up to this?" Doug shrugged and his wife laughed.
"Carol was in labor. She was having her third child." Susan sighed. She honestly couldn't believe it the timing. She laughed at them. Susan introduced Doug to Abby.
"So," she said, "You are the infamous Doug Ross." He nodded loving the ego boost. Doug and Carol turned to the other couple that walked in with them. Peter Benton and Cleo Finch.
"I remember when Carter came to find me his first day as a third year med student," Peter said. Carol, Doug, Benton and Susan laughed with Cleo and Abby out of the loop, but they felt better once they were filled in.
"Who would have know Carter would be opening his own wing?" Doug asked slightly amused. Carter walked up to the ribbon with a pair of scissors getting ready to announce the official opening, and to Carol, Doug, Susan and Benton, it almost felt like they were back in the older days with Mark, but for Abby, it felt like it was the start of the future with love, happiness, and a complete lifetime.
I hope you like it and I really hope you liked me bringing back the older characters.