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The Recovery

By cmahorror

Thriller / Mystery

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

"Of course I understand Sam." Patrick stood at the nurse's desk talking to his girlfriend on the phone. "If this will help Michael get ELQ back then you need to do it – even if it means spending more time with Jake."

Elizabeth listened in on the conversation with keen interest. Jake, her boyfriend, hadn't said anything to her about working with Sam. Granted, she had been focused on reestablishing a bond with her son Jake but still she would have hoped that the other Jake in her life would have said something to her. Of course Liz really couldn't judge Jake for hiding something from her – she knew that Jake was actually Jason Morgan, husband of the very woman Patrick was talking to, and she had decided not to tell anyone then truth.

"So Danny is with your mom?" Patrick nodded his head in understanding. "Well Emma is staying at Mac's tonight so I guess I will see you after we both get home. Bye."

Patrick hung up the phone and Liz approached him. "So, how is Sam doing?"

"Fine." Patrick grabbed a chart off the counter and began reviewing it. "She has been busy working with Jake on this whole ELQ thing but you know that."

She actually didn't but Liz did not want Patrick to know it. "Yeah, I guess they are planning another late night tonight."

The nurse's desk phone rang, interrupting their conversation. Liz answered it quickly. "10th floor nurse's station." She listened to the person on the other end of the line before responding. "Of course, Dr. Drake is right here so I will send him right down."

"What is it Liz?"

"There was a police raid on a medical facility just outside of town. Luckily there was only one major injury – 37 year old female, blunt force trauma to the head. The ambulance almost here."

Patrick handed Liz the chart and ran to the elevator. "Tell the ER I am on my way."

"Dr. Drake, she's in Trauma Room 1." Epiphany was filling in at the ER nurse's desk for the night. "I've called in Dr. Marucci and he'll be here in just a minute."

"That's ridiculous – I am perfectly capable of handing this case." Patrick was offended that Epiphany was trying to take the case from him.

"You don't understand…" Epiphany was cut off by Anna running up to Patrick.

"How is she?" Anna practically shook the doctor as she tried to get the information out of him.

Patrick was shocked to see Anna - he thought she was still in Scotland. He looked at Anna and then saw Robert run up behind her. "How is who? What is going on here?"

"Robin – how is she?" Anna was nearly frantic with worry as Robert put his arms around her to try and comfort her.

Patrick shook his head. "Okay, obviously there is something going on here that I don't know about. Why would I know how Robin is – she hasn't spoken to me in almost a year."

"And you didn't think that was odd Drake?" Robert had no plans on being nice to the man who had divorced his daughter. "You thought so little of my daughter that you never bothered to see if she was okay?"

Patrick turned away from Robert, refusing to get into this fight right now. "Look, I don't have time for this – I have a patient to take care of."

Robert grabbed Patrick and pulled him back. "Like hell you are! You aren't going anywhere near her!"

Patrick was pushed aside as Marucci came running past him and into the Trauma Room. Suddenly he heard orders being yelled through the door. "Full BSI folks – the patient is HIV positive and we have no idea what her viral load is at this time."

Patrick's heart dropped into his stomach as he shook Robert off of him and he walked into the room. He saw the patient lying on the bed strapped down to a backboard, bruised and with blood coming from numerous cuts over her small body. Her brown hair was matted with dried blood from a laceration on her forehead and she was completely unresponsive. "Robin?"

Epiphany walked into the room and gently pulled Patrick back out. He stumbled into the hall and fell back against the wall, trying to comprehend what he had just seen. He took a few deep breaths and glared at Robert, tears streaming down his face. "What the hell is going on Robert? What happened to my wife?"

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