Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Guess Who's Getting Greyed Out?

Chapter 17

Don’t make me close one more door, I don’ wanna hurt anymore.

Stay in my arms if you dare, Or must I imagine you there.

Don’t walk away from me...I have nothing, nothing, nothing

If I don’t have you, you, you, you, you…

He expected that he’d have to hunt her down as interactions between the two of them recently seemed to be only that of a relay race, with Harriet as the baton being handed off to the other person. Even though they still lived in the same house, they were ships passing in the night. With no meaningful communication, but simply a distant tooting of their horns as they passed each other by. A situation he felt that she was out to change. It was why he’d avoided her for so long. But no more. Life was short and he’d had a rude awakening. Uncomfortable, emotional spillage required. He was up to the task.

He was surprised to find her outside the examination room still. But Harriet-less. Before he could wonder and voice the question, he spotted some movement from the corner of his eye. Harriet in pink, in the arms of Catherine in black. Quite the cute combination. Swiveling his neck to get a better view wasn’t the best plan, he learned. A back to the head smack and a “Really, Jackson?!” and April was on the move.

Rubbing the sore spot, he smiled. Progress. He turned his gaze back towards his mother and his child only to find a third presence making up that triumvirate. His grandmother, mother and daughter all smiled in amusement, then let out huge belly laughs turning their view towards the retreating back of the fourth and most important woman in his life. Wordlessly prompting him to add her to their triad, they thus forming the quartet of women that Jackson Avery would love throughout his lifetime.

Chief Bailey, not to be left out, and someone he would always appreciate for the rescue – be it real or imagined – querulously harrumphed before allowing herself the slightest of smirks. She cut her eyes towards the hallway where April had just been and with the barest of nods gave her own permission.

“Go on, Avery. Get out.”

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