A/N: I was watching an episode of Once and Again, and I wondered, "What would have happened if Peggy had gotten hit by that cab?" I did some thinking, and this is what came out. BTW, I do not own ANYONE that is on the show, only the people from my weird little brain P.S. Crossovers with 'Heroes' and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

"What If?"

It was as normal a night as any. Peggy was walking to her car when suddenly, a taxi whipped out of nowhere, and then…….

Declan's office phone rang. He studied it carefully while sitting with Miranda.

"Aren't you gonna answer it?" Miranda asked Declan.

"It's a weird time for my phone to be ringing, don't you think?" Declan replied.

"It's probably just Nadine reminding you about your ortho appointment tomorrow," Miranda said

"We have an ortho appointment tomorrow?" Declan asked with one eyebrow raised.

"For God's sake, just answer your phone!" Miranda said while lifting the receiver.

"Hello?" Declan said into the phone.

"Declan? This is Nurse Miller," the nurse told him, "There seems to have been an accident involving Peggy."

"An accident? What happened?"

"Peggy was hit by a cab going 180."

"Oh, my God, I'll be there right away."

He hung up the phone and relayed the conversation to Miranda. She then grabbed her cell phone and called Nadine, Aleeta, Jen, and Rand to let them know what had happened, and they said that they would be there ASAP.

When Declan got to the hospital, he borrowed Miranda's cell phone to call Emma.

"Hello?" Emma said in a tired voice.

"Emma, sorry to wake-"

"Declan? I've been meaning to ask you-"

"Peggy got hit by a cab."

"Oh, my God, tell me she's gonna be okay."

Declan sighed. "It doesn't look so good. They just took her in for emergency surgery."

"I'll be right over."

A few minutes later, Emma walked into the waiting room, followed by Nadine, Rand, Aleeta, then Jen, who ran in after using the nurse's station's computer to Google 'surgery'. "Just trying to get all the possible outcomes," was her explanation.

"And next time you're on there, go search 'the meaning of life' on Wikipedia," replied Nadine.

"Really? Okay!" said Jen as she rushed over to Nadine's laptop.

Just after Jen left for Nadine's laptop, Nadine's half-sister, Claire, close friends, Geoffrey, Hiro, Ando, Preeth, Lars, Colton, Harris, and Kelly (the last five go to school with the others), uncle and aunt, Phillip and Vivian, and cousins, Ashley,. Carlton, and Hilary arrived. "How's she doing?" Vivian asked.

"Yeah, has she croaked yet?" added Hilary, which got a sharp elbow jab from Ashley.

"We don't know anything other than she's in emergency surgery," Miranda said.

"How's Declan taking it?" asked Carlton, "Because if I were him, I would recommend taking legal action, incase-", being cut off from an upside smack on the head from Phillip.

"Shut up, Carlton," Everyone else said.

Meanwhile, Declan was sitting in a waiting room not too far from the action, wondering about all of the possible outcomes that this surgery could result in. What if she-? No. He couldn't think like that. He had to stay positive; strong for Peggy. Emma, sensing his sorrow, sat down next to him, and squeezed his hand.

"Hey," she said.


"How are you holding up?"

"I'm doing okay."

"No, you're not."

"I'm scared, Emma. I can't imagine what she went through when her husband was in the same place she is now." He looked at her with shining eyes. "I just-I just want her to be okay."

"I know." It was then that she realized that his eyes were filled with tears.

Over where the others sat, a man in his late fifties to early sixties strolled over to the group.

"Excuse me, miss?" he asked Nadine.


"I'm looking for people waiting for Peggy Fowler."

"You're looking at them. May I ask who you are?"

"I'm her father."