"The Book of Abby"

Chapter One

A/N: As much as I love the ER series and the character, I do not own them. There are going to be a few original characters throughout this story. Please R/R. :)

August 2, 1993:

"Go, Eric!" Abigail Wyczenski shouted as her younger brother graduated from basic training for the Air Force. Their mother, Maggie, who has bipolar disorder, had been missing in action for a few months now. After embarrassing her children at Eric's high school graduation, she had disappeared to who knows where. Abby was all Eric had, and now that Eric was going off to the Persian Gulf for duty, she had no one else to take care of.

After the graduation, Eric and Abby made their way to the closest diner. They had always loved eating at little places like this. "Congrats, little brother!" Abby hugged Eric as she slid in the booth next to him.

"Thanks, sis. I'm glad you could make it since you're buried in nursing school crap." Abby was at the end of her last semester of nursing school. "The next graduation I will be attending is yours next week." Eric playfully punched his older sister.

"And then I will be working at County General and you will be across the world from me." Abby pretend pouted at her brother. "What am I going to do without you? You keep me on my toes."

"That will be kinda hard to do from halfway across the world, huh?"

"Just a little bit."

After the two siblings had finished eating, Abby grabbed her bag and headed to the library to study for her last final ever of college. "See you later. Behave, Eric!"

Abby arrived at the library and found a cozy spot in the back of the library. Spreading her books out, she started her studying ritual.

A few hours later, she was so busy writing things and highlighting things that she didn't notice this guy glancing at her from over his books. He purposely dropped a pen and made it roll over to Abby's table.

As he approached, Abby saw him out of the corner of her eye. Noticing that he was just a little dreamy, Abby tried to look engrossed in her books.

"Excuse me. I think my pen rolled under your table. Do you mind if I fetch it?"

Looking up, Abby blushed, "I don't mind at all."

After he got his pen off the ground, he stuck his hand out. "By the way, I'm Richard. Richard Lockhart."

"Abigail. Abigail Wyczenski. Abby for short." Abby started twirling her hair, a nervous habit she started back in junior high.

"Say, after finals, do you want to go for coffee or dinner or something?"

Abby was melting under his gaze. "Sure. Here's my number." Abby slipped him a piece of paper with her number on it. "Good luck with your finals."

"Same to you." Richard sauntered away.

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August 16, 1993:

Two weeks had passed since that night in the library. Abby had since graduated and began her job as an obstetrics nurse at County General. Tonight was her first date with Richard. Eric had shipped out two days prior and Abby was grateful for the distraction from missing her brother.

Slipping into a red cocktail dress and red kitten heels, she grabbed her bag and headed out the door to meet Richard at a restaurant nearby.

When the taxi arrived, she saw Richard in a black tuxedo waiting patiently for her. When he saw her cab, he ran over to open the door for her.

"Dinner awaits, my dear," Richard said with a boyish grin on his face.

They entered the restaurant and were led to a table. After they were seated the conversation began.

Abby learned that Richard aspired to become a doctor and came from a rich family. Abby shared that she also wanted to become a doctor, but because of literally raising her brother the past fifteen years. She let it slip about her mom and that her dad had left when she was seven and Eric was three. She was falling for this guy really fast.

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December 24, 1993:

Abby and Richard had been dating for four months now. Richard had invited Abby to a dinner before his family Christmas gathering.

"I wanted to ask you this before we saw my family tonight." Richard reached inside of his jacket pocket. Getting down on one knee, he opened a jewelry box and looked deeply into Abby's eyes. "Abigail Majorie Wyczenski, will you be my wife?"

Abby was in shock. She finally could have someone to care for again, since Eric was so far away. "Yes! Richard, I will marry you." Richard stood up and put the ring on her finger.

"Let's go let my family know!" Richard leaned down and kissed her. "Merry Christmas, my love."

A/N: I hope you enjoyed this first chapter :) R/R please!