A/N: And this is the last (short) chapter. Hope I've convinced you that Oliver Crane is not just a rude, unsympathetic man, but also a loving husband, despite his faults.
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There was a knock on the door, and Clint opened it. He looked surprised when he saw who was on the other side.
"Oliver, good evening," he said, a smile on his face, as he welcomed his colleague.
"Doctor Cassidy," Oliver acknowledged. "Is nurse Nichol here as well?"
"That she is," Clint nodded. "Why don't you come on in?"
A quick nervous look down at his feet, then he looked up again. "Oh, eh, my wife, Lynn."
"Howdy Ma'am," Clint greeted her, shaking her hand. "Nice to meet you."
"Likewise, doctor Cassidy," Lynn replied with a smile. By this time Nancy had also joined them, and introductions were finished. There was a moment of silence, in which Clint and Nancy waited for the reason the couple had come to Clint's apartment. Oliver exchanged another look with his wife, took a deep sigh, then looked up at the younger couple.
"I eh, I realised I may have been a bit rude today, and I'd like to congratulate you both with your engagement."
Nancy looked surprised, and Clint nodded, smiling knowingly. "Thanks, Oliver."
"Well, then I guess we should be going again," Oliver said, looking over at Lynn. Nancy and Clint exchanged a look. "Why don't you stay here for coffee? I was just making some," Nancy offered. If doctor Crane was polite enough to admit to his own impoliteness, she could certainly return the favour by inviting him for coffee.
To his own surprise, Oliver felt he'd like that, and with a quick look at his wife, he nodded. "Please."
Perhaps there could be more than animosity and grudging respect between him and the newly engaged couple. He was starting to see that second chances were not to be taken lightly. Both in friendship, and in love.