Title: Be Still My Beating Heart
Author: Casca Casccara@yahoo.com
Spoilers: YES, major spoilers from seasons 5-6
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"Fine, you know
what? Forget it, Carter," Med
student Lucy Knight snapped, choking on a sob.
She went back into the exam room where her patient sat, waiting. Forcing herself to stay calm and not show
any emotion to the patient, she turned to the man seated on the exam table.
"I'm sorry, Paul. It's going to be a little longer than I
thought. The . . . um, doctor that I
want to help assess you hasn't gotten back to me yet." She had wanted to say that the psychologist
she'd paged to examine him hadn't responded to her page, leaving Lucy herself
to rely on the residents help, specifically her resident advisor. However, her resident advisor, Dr. John
Carter did not think it important enough to listen to what she had to say about
Paul Sebricki. He seemed to think that
she was not doing her job with other patients because she'd been focusing so
much time on Sebricki. But what Dr.
Carter did not know was that Lucy felt that Paul Sebricki was a danger to
himself and possibly others if left alone.
Correction. Carter did know how
Lucy felt about the situation, he just didn't care.
That seemed to be
Carter's theme song where Lucy was concerned. Since the first day she'd been
assigned to him, he'd treated her as if he had something personal against
her. She could do nothing right with
him so she'd given up on trying to impress him ages ago. Now it seemed as if all she did was try to
survive his constant neglegance in helping her with her patients. A while ago, she'd start to consider him her
friend. But how could a person not want
to help his friend succeed? How could a
teacher not want to help his student succeed?
These were her
thoughts as she checked Paul's BP for the fifth time that day. If Psyche didn't get back to her soon, she
didn't know what she would do. Close to
tears, she told Paul she'd be right back and not to move, and went out to find
Dr. Carter again. She would just have
to do something drastic to get his attention.
Laughter bubbled up in her throat as she envisioned herself jumping up
and down, screaming on top of her lungs at him right in the middle of the
ER. Heck, it was so crazy around there,
she doubted if anyone would notice.
"And what a pretty
smile she has!" exclaimed a kind voice to her left. She turned to look at the source of the voice, a kind man in an
open supply closet. She smiled. "If you're talking about me, Yosh, I cannot
even imagine what I look like. Pretty
smile, my butt."
"Sounds like you're
having a bad day. Let me cheer you
up!" He leafed through a bright red bag
he'd obviously been carrying around and pulled out a bright red envelope. "Happy Valentines Day, Lucy!"
She really smiled
then. "Thanks, Yosh," Lucy opened up
the envelope to see a huge heart with mushy valentines greetings on it.
Lucy jumped at sudden
loud music coming from the ER desk. She
glanced over and saw the beginnings of the Valentines Day party taking
shape. She would give anything for a
piece of that blue cake she'd seen Chuni cutting up earlier. Then she thought to herself, why not? If everyone else can do it, why not me? She stepped out into the hall to go and
check on Paul Sebricki before going to get cake and the music seemed to
swell. She tossed the red envelope in a
garbage and as she trotted down the long hallway to the exam room. Reading the mushy sentiments printed inside
the huge red heart with a soft smile on her face, she pushed open the door to
the exam room.
She stopped short,
confused. The room was completely dark,
she could barely see the outlines of the exam table and instruments. "Paul?" she asked and turned to leave. But something pushed her back, hard into a
wall. "What . . ." her voice was droned
by the loud blaring music that could still be heard from the ER. "Help me-" But she never got a chance to
finish her plea. Pain erupted all over
as she felt herself being cut, stabbed.
She cried out, but couldn't hear her own voice. A bright sharp pain sliced through her
abdomen. She screamed in anguish and
then fear. She was screaming as loud as
she could, but all she could hear was the heavy beat of the music getting
louder and louder. Pain was everywhere in her neck, chest, stomach. The blast of the music echoed in her head,
louder than ever. She felt herself
falling, falling, until she met with cold floor.
Her eyes opened what
seemed like an eternity later, but was only a few seconds. She lay on her stomach, on the cold floor of
the exam room. The pain was unbearable
and the blood . . . For the first time she saw the blood, pools of it right
next her. Who's blood was that? Which patient died? She touched her throat and was met with
throbbing pain. She brought her hand
down and saw the smears of bright red.
Her blood. It was all hers. The pain was hers too . . . this tragedy, it
was happening to her.
"Help," she tried to
say, but there was no sound from her.
I'm dying, she thought. I need
help, I'm dying. Dying . . . She saw a thin line of light and realized
that it was coming from under the door.
Desperately, she tried to move, and succeeded in inching her way
forward, towards the light. She cried
out in agony as the pain tripled. She
tried again and went to move her arm.
But the pain had her stopping.
She lay there and thought . . . I'm
dying . . . My mom . . . I want my mom . . . Someone help . . . please . . .
"Lucy didn't suture
that leg lac, yet?" Carter demanded loudly over the music as he looked at the
board behind the ER front desk.
"Still waiting on a
psyche consult in exam 3!" Lily shouted
and laughed as Malik pulled her into a wild tango.
shook his head and strode across the ER, making a sharp turn down the hallway
where he last spoke to Lucy. He rolled
his eyes at the thought of her. She
didn't understand that being an ER doctor meant getting in as many patients as
possible, not focusing all your time on one specific patient.
Yes, but that was
you a few years ago, a little voice told him. He laughed to himself.
Yes, it had been him a few years ago.
Getting emotionally involved with the patients was inevitable for med
students. Hell, he had a hard time
detaching himself to this day. He
should have cut Lucy a bit more slack, he thought. She'd seemed pretty stressed.
Well, he'd take care of Sebricki and then bring Lucy back to the
party. Maybe he'd ask her to dance to
cheer her up.
Reaching up, he pushed
the exam room door open and strode inside.
Confused by the darkness, he looked around and didn't see anyone. Figuring that psyche had finally made it down
and brought Sebricki up, Carter glanced around for Lucy. He saw a glint on the floor and bent down to
pick up the huge red heart. Smiling to
himself, he read the Valentine Yosh had given Lucy.
And before he knew
what was happening, pain erupted in his back, a sharp pain that seemed to slice
through his body. He stumbled and tried
to focus . . . he must have had a spasm or something. Reaching around, he started to massage the ache and the pain
exploded at his touch. He stared at the
blood soaking his fingers and he knew he wasn't alone in the room.
The music blared on,
piercing notes and heavy drums. He
gripped something for balance, but heard more loud banging noises. He was on the ice cold floor, rolling over,
trying to move so that the pain was gone.
But it wouldn't go away. He lay still
his face smashed against the floor, he tried to get up, but failed and his
wieght seemed to collaspe on the cold floor.
He laid his head down. And what
he saw made his heart stop.
"Lucy," he stammered,
staring in horror.
Her face was covered
with tears and blood . . . her blue eyes were huge and unfocused as they stared
at Carter without emotion. He watched
as they closed.
"No," he muttered and
began to move. Inch by inch, centimeter
by centimeter, like an insect, he made his way towards her. The pain sliced through him like a thousand
knives. He reached her finally and had
to press his cheek to the floor to try and stop the pain. Lucy opened her eyes to gaze unseeingly at
him, their faces so close their noses were practically touching.
"We gotta . . . get
help . . ." Carter said breathlessly.
The pain was starting to go away and in it's place was a dull haze. Lucy continued to stare at him hazily, her
eyes fixed, her breathing shallow. "The
door . . ." he whispered. "We gotta . .
. the door . . ." He felt himself
slipping into oblivion, a wonderful darkness where there wasn't any pain... He
felt something on his hand which was close to his face. Lucy's fingertips were inching their way
over his hand. She gripped his hand weakly.
Finally understanding why she wasn't fighting to live, he clutched her
hand in return and let the blackness take over.
Interrupting the dark
oblivion was a light . . . one . . . two . . . three lights . . . Carter flung his eyes open and the
familiar pain was back. He heard
voices, loud voices calling out medical instructions, saying his name, saying
other, familiar names . . . His vision came into focus and he saw a familiar
face and his eyes clung onto it. "Deb?"
his voice creaked. She was speaking to him,
so were others. "My back . . ."
"Relax, man, try to
Carter gazed up at
Benton and he knew something was wrong, terribly wrong. A paper heart flashed across his mind . . .
then the pain seemed to make sense . . . he'd been hurt . . . the blood. Lucy's face swam in his mind, covered in
blood. They'd both been hurt.
croaked. As if it were ment to, his
head fell to the side and he saw her, across the way, laying on another table
just like he was. "Is that Lucy?" he
asked, desperate to know if she were alive . . . or if she'd been consumed by
that wonderful darkness where there was no pain.
Fear was there, like
the sharp knife that had stabbed him.
If he died . . . he couldn't die.
But if Lucy had to die, then he had to . . . there was no question about
it . . . it would be fair. The haze was
coming back, slowly romancing him.
"Carter,"a sharp voice
said and Carter's eyes snapped to Benton's.
"Don't do that."
"What?" he croaked.
"Don't close your eyes
. . . stay with me, man. Look at me,
look right at me."
He nodded ever so
slightly . . . he couldn't think about Lucy . . . he couldn't think about the
sharp pain in his back or the fact that he might die. All he could do was focus, focus on Benton and on keeping his eyes
Lucy lay flat on her
back as her eyes fluttered open. It was
strange . . . she couldn't feel her body . . . or parts of her body. Her legs found feeling and she moved her feet
slightly. She tried to adjust her body,
but couldn't . . . a huge weight was holding down her chest, an invisible force
that frightened her to no end. Lucy
heard soft beeping sounds and clanging metal in the distance, but other than
that it was quiet. Nothing but the
screaming pain in her body.
remembered. She'd been stabbed . .
. She'd thought that she was going to
die . . . what happened? Had someone
saved them? Them . . . Carter. The last thing she remembered was Carter
calling for help . . . his voice echoed in her head. Something about a door . . .
"Lucy," a soft voice
spoke and Lucy looked up into the face of Dr. Corday. She stared. "Do you know
She tried to nod.
"Okay," Lizzie said and began
to tell Lucy slowly what her injuries were.
She heard the words "aorta" and "open"and "heart." She'd been injured near her heart and they
had begun to repair it in the ER. Now
they would opperate. She knew the odds,
knew the trouble that her life was in.
She would die, probably. It
wasn't good, not good at all.
"Don't worry Miss
Knight, we put far too much effort into your training to lose you now." Her
eyes slid to the side and she saw Dr. Romano gathering tools. Dr Romano . . . he was the best ... the very
best . . . if he were working on her . . .
But the horrible
things she'd just lived through haunted her again. She'd had a treck? Her
chest had been cut open? Something told
her that even though it was the most horrible thing she could imagine, she knew
she had to accept it and try and get through this. There was no getting around it . . . she needed to beat this, she
would not give up.
Just then she started
to hear beeps of all kinds, loud, shrill noises that blended in with the loud
thrash of the music that was blaring in her head. Familiar music. She was falling
again, on the cold floor of exam three, laying in her own blood.
As she crashed Lizzie
and Romano frantically began to work.
Many, many minutes had
passed. Lizzie had tears streaming down
her face and Romano had a crazed look in his eyes every time Lizzie yelled
"clear!" And they shocked Lucy's heart with the internal paddles. Romano tried to focus, he'd never ever in
his entire career felt like this. As he
held his med student's heart in his hand, as he watched her body jerk with each
shock, he knew there was no hope.
"That's it we've done everything we can." He and Lizzie shared horrified looks and help up their hands,
watching the monitors with a false hope.
Romano sent a supplies
table flying. "Son of a bitch."
Lizzie stood there,
staring at nothing, uanable to believe.
said. "NO." he repeated it and marched
back to Lucy's body. "Another
round. Come on Lizzie, come on!!"
"Robert . . . " she
"Now, Elizabeth. Give the last eppy a chance to circulate."
Tears streaming down
her face, Lizzie held up the paddles.
Their eyes met,
horrified, glorified. "V Fib."
Silence. Then, Beep, beep, beep . . .
"We've got a
rythm! Elizabeth, we've got a rythm!"
Elizabeth just stood
there, stripped her hands of her gloves and pressed her hands to her
Lucy was alive.
To Be Continued . . .
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