(July 20th)

Hello my peeps! So here's my final installment for Alone and Distressed. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for being so supportive and writing constant reviews and sending me awesome messages :D Please be kind and leave a final review about how I did and how you enjoyed my story! If you like this story check out my other McSwarek stories; Resist Me (almost complete), This Passion's Controversy and In the Spirit of Christmas. So thanks all again, read and REVIEW!

Disclaimer: see chapter one

Chapter 7: Answers

It wasn't until the surgeon came out four hours later that they received any news. The waiting room was filled with officers, desperate for a breath of good news. The surgeon appeared through the doors and for a second stood there looking around, trying to decide who he should be talking to first. He cleared his throat.

"Is there a family member or spouse here?" Andy stood up and walked over, her arms crossed over her chest.

"I'm Andy, his partner." The surgeon nodded.

"Well your partner was lucky. The knife penetrated his kidney but we were able to control the tear and the bleeding. He lost a lot of blood but with some rest he should be fine." Andy exhaled and relief washed over her.

"Can I see him?"

"Right through here." He gestured and she followed him through a set of doors. Andy looked back, giving a thumbs up and a smile to everyone else. There was a roar of people laughing with relief. She was led down a hallway and into room 719 where she saw Sam lying in the bed, looking very pale. She went over to the chair beside him and sat down, holding his hand, she was pleased to find warmth radiating from him. She looked back to the surgeon. He understood her question. "He'll be awake in a few hours. His body is recovering from the surgery."

"Thank you." He nodded and disappeared. She turned back to stare at his face; pale and drained. She had been that close to never being able to see his face again. To hear his horrible jokes. To feel his warmth against her. How could she have been so stupid not to notice? It was her fault he was here in the first place. She should have never gone downstairs alone. A flash of pain ran through her and she looked to where she had been cut on her collarbone. Her shirt was damp with blood but she hadn't even noticed in her concern for Sam. I'll wait until a nurse comes in. I don't want to leave him.

And she did. She waited hours for him to wake up. Tracy brought some food for her before heading out to pick-up Leo. Noelle and Frank waited in the corner until they had to go back to shift. Noelle gave Andy a hug, letting her know it would be alright. Frank waited until Noelle was out the door to speak.

"McNally, I expect you to report in after Sam wakes up. We need to… discuss some things." She nodded, knowing exactly what they needed to talk about. He turned and left leaving them alone once again.

Andy was woken up to her shoulder being shaken. The bright afternoon sun blinded her as she tried to gauge her surroundings. When her eyes adjusted to the light she looked around for the source of the shaking only to find Sam sitting upright with more colour in his face. Andy's mouth dropped open in surprise and launched herself at him, enveloping him into a hug.

"Ouch Andy, stiches." He wheezed and she let him go, unable to stop fluttering her hands over him in concern.

"You're okay." She stated, still unable to comprehend that he was awake. He gave a dimpled smile and he cupped her cheek gently.

"Even better now that you're here." She leaned forward and captured his lips, weaving her hands into his hair and kissing him more passionately than ever. Minutes later they separated and he grinned. "Well if you're always going to kiss me like that, maybe I'll get stabbed more often." He mused and Andy's face turned stern.

"Sam Swarek! If you think for one moment that—" He pulled her in for another kiss, silencing her. He pulled back after a bit to find tears down her cheeks.

"Hey now, why are you crying?" He pulled her onto the bed next to him and gently rubbed her back. Her body was shaking as she cried unable to stop herself.

"Because… you nearly died… I would have lost you forever… because I was stupid!" Sam shook his head.

"This isn't your fault. I should've been faster to shoot them. But I was afraid for your safety. If anything this is my fault." He could feel another sob. "You did nothing wrong."

"This should've never happened. This is why training officers and rookies don't get involved; because someone always gets hurt." Sam felt a rush of cold run through him at her words and when he spoke his voice was quiet.

"Is that what you want? To not be involved with me?"

"All I want to do is be with you! I think of you every moment of the day! But it'll never work!" She rubbed her eyes.

"And why's that?"

"Because I'm a disaster. A train wreck. Nobody wants the damaged goods. Everything I touch always dies. Ask Tracy about my attempt at keeping a plant! I'm absolutely hopeless!" Andy rested her forehead on his shoulder. "And now look what I've done. I nearly killed the only person I've ever wanted to marry and have a future with. I can't live with that." Sam felt his head get dizzy again.

"Well I can. And that's enough for the both of us. I don't care if I get fired for getting seeing you because I would rather lose my job than lose you." He lifted his head up so he could see her face before he spoke again. "Which is why I'm going to ask, Andy McNally, will you marry me?"

Andy was sitting in parade when she felt it. A wave of nausea rolling through her stomach. Damn Chinese food. She thought, doing her best to keep it down while Frank was talking. She put a hand over her mouth and inhaled deeply. Just wait until parade's over. Thankfully he was concluding his speech and soon the final words "Serve, protect and keep Dov from doing something stupid" and everyone laughing as they stood up to leave. Andy rushed to the locker rooms and to the toilet where she threw up her breakfast. Tracy had followed her in since they were together today.

"You alright?" She asked and Andy flushed the toilet, washing her hands before returning to her locker.

"Yeah, I ate some off Chinese food a week ago and I think it's not settling with me. I've been throwing up all week." Tracy raised an eyebrow.

"Really? Because it sounds like morning sickness to me." Andy looked sceptical.

"Yeah and I'm a teletubbie." She scoffed but Tracy didn't give up so easily.

"Well think about the honeymoon was how long ago? Six weeks ago? It can start anytime between four to eight weeks."

"Yeah but we're not trying Trace, we agreed that we'd wait until he got settled at 16 before we even thought about having a kid. He's only been there for a six months."

"Sometimes things don't go according to plan." Tracy shrugged as they headed out to the cruiser. "You should take a pregnancy test. Get it over with, otherwise it'll be all your thinking about until you do." Tracy was at the wheel, turning onto the main street. Andy gave her a sceptical look. "Come please? Do it for me!"

"Shouldn't we doing our jobs right now? How about we stick to patrolling 'kay?" Tracy huffed and for several hours they did just that. Finally when it was time for lunch, Tracy pulled into a plaza in front of a pharmacy. "Tracy? What do you think you're doing?" Andy demanded, panicking.

"Exactly what you should be doing. Now stay here." She got out of the cruiser and came back five minutes later with a bag. She got into the car and handed her it. "Now we're going to get some lunch and while I wait for the food you're going to pee on a stick." Andy just gaped at her. "I'm not joking Andy. You better pee or I'll force you to until you do." She laughed and put up her hands in surrender.

"Alright fine. But you're responsible for what comes afterwards."

"Deal." They walked towards a subway and entered. Tracy waited for their subs and sat down waiting for Andy to emerge. When fifteen minutes passed by she grabbed the bags and headed to the back towards the door to the women's washroom. She waited for a moment before tapping on the door. "Andy?" There was a pause before Andy's voice wavered from behind the door.


"I'm coming in." Tracy opened the door to find Andy standing with her hands pressed to the basin of the sink leaning over the white and blue stick. She closed the door behind her slowly and waited a moment for her to speak. "So?" Andy looked up and her friend could see she'd been crying. "Oh Andy." She walked over and pulled her into a hug. She started to cry again and Tracy rubbed her back. "I'm so sorry." Andy sniffed.

"This is so stupid. I shouldn't be crying over something I never had."

"Maybe this is a sign that you're ready though. You should to talk to Sam about it." Andy shook her head.

"I don't want to pressure him if he's not ready." Andy pulled away and wiped her cheeks. "You know what, this whole thing was stupid. I just want to get on with my day and forget this ever happened." She picked up the stick and tossed it into the garbage violently and strode out of the room. Tracy sighed and pulled out her phone, pressing her speed-dial. The phone rang through until a male voice picked up.

"Hello, Jerry here."

The day passed by slowly, nothing eventful happened for either of them. They didn't speak of the washroom incident; in fact Andy was completely silent. Every once and while, Tracy would look over to see a tear escape from the corner of her eye and hastily look away. She was grateful when it was the end of shift and they pulled into the parking lot at fifteen. Andy got out without a word and ambled into the building, her bag over her shoulder. Tracy followed her into the building but didn't go into the locker room with her. She went to the detective's office instead to see Jerry. She went up behind and gave him a tap on the shoulder. He turned around and gave her a peck on the lips.

"Hey, so is he here?" He nodded and put an arm around her hips.

"Got here five minutes ago."

Andy pulled off her uniform with a groan and shoved it into her locker. When it fell out she huffed and slammed it in, hitting it until it stayed in.

"I hope you weren't thinking of me when you were doing that." A voice from the doorway startled her and she looked up to see Sam leaning against the lockers. He strolled over to her and she stared at him.

"What are you doing here?" She spoke with an accusatory tone. He smiled at her.

"Do I need a reason to come visit my lovely wife?" When she didn't smile back he sighed and came towards her again. "Jerry called me. Told me you were having a bad day." She dropped her gaze, not wanting to look at him. "Do you want to talk about it?" She shook her head and he wrapped his arms around her waist. "Fine, then I'll talk." She continued to stare at his shoes, tears rebelliously blurring her eyes. "I know we talked about having kids when I was more settled at my new division, but Andy, sweetheart, I'm ready whenever you are. I don't need a specific date. I'm happy to start that path whenever you are." She sniffed.

"This is all a stupid over-reaction. Why is everyone making such a big deal out of nothing?"

"Because it wasn't nothing. You thought you might be pregnant and you were excited at the thought of having a little baby. And if the outcome had been the opposite, I can guarantee I would have been over the moon when you told me." Andy looked up at him for the first time.

"Really?" Her voice was doubtful and he gave her that crooked grin she loved so much.

"I promise you." He hugged her to him and Sam felt her body relax. "We can start trying whenever you want. We can even start right now if you want." She pulled back and gave him a quizzical look. "What? Don't tell me you never thought about doing it in the locker rooms." He gave her a look and she laughed, burying her head into his chest.

"Can we go home now?" She asked him and he kissed the top of her head.

"Of course we can." He picked up her black duffel with one hand and draped his arm around her shoulders, leading them out of the room. "Seriously though, just once?" Andy laughed and gave him a playful shove.

"Sam Swarek!" He laughed with her and pulled her back to him.

"Alright, alright. But just in case you're ever wondering what I want for our anniversary…."

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