A/N: Thank you PatriciaS for betaing for me.
Since my friend and my muse didn't want me to end this story yet, here's part 2.
Warnings: Some curse words. Ben/Meg pairing. Hank/Ben father/son, Joan/ Ben mother/son relationship in later chapters.
As soon as Ben went inside his house he poured himself a drink. He sure needed it after what happened at Cedar Oaks.
Meg came down the stairs and noticing Ben's worried expression on his face asked. "What's wrong Ben? You usually don't drink this early. Is there something wrong with Maria?"
"No. She's okay… well as okay as she can be with memory loss and she just found out who she really is. I'm just sad I wasn't able to tell her we are divorced before her family was able to tell her that we are married. I should have told Ricardo, Antonio and Carmen a long time ago. I better tell them now and then Maria."
Meg went to Ben and hugged him. He returned the hug saying softly. "Well I'm happy I told you after we got engaged or you might be worried I would go back to Maria. I promise you I love you and not Maria. She will always be a part of my past, but not my future." Ben kissed her and then added. "You are my future."
"I love you too Ben Evans. So what does worry you?"
Ben looked sadly at her and then admitted. "Dr. Estrada almost had me committed today."
Meg looked shocked at Ben. "What?!"
"She wanted to help me with my traumatic ordeal of my so called dead wife coming back to life. Can you believe it? No one offered me therapy after Derek, which by the way was fine by me. I told her that and what I have been through. She didn't believe me so I told her to call Tyus and left her. I was about to leave the hospital when an orderly made sure I couldn't. As you know me, I got angry and yelled. Then another orderly grabbed me from behind and restrained me. Then Dr. Estrada came and said she was the one who had ordered them to force me to stay…"
"What?! How dare she?! How did you get away? Don't tell me that you escaped? Are men in white coats with a straitjacket coming to pick you up?" Meg teased him.
Ben gave her a gently swat on her backside and Meg gave an exaggerated 'OW' and they both smiled. Then Ben carried on "No. I threatened her to sue her and the hospital. She then ordered the orderlies to let me go. But she didn't give up. She had the nerve to offer me a private room at Cedar Oaks. I left and now I'm here."
"You better find Maria another doctor. Sounds like she is incompetent."
"Maybe. But Maria trusts her. And by the way as I'm not Maria's husband anymore I'm not her next of kin. So I have no say in the matter it's up to her family. But I'm afraid Ricardo won't agree with me and he probably will agree with Dr. Estrada that I should be committed. As you know I'm still not on his favorite list. He still blames me for the boating accident."
"Yeah. I'm afraid so too. Don't worry I'll visit you at Cedar Oaks as often as I can," Meg said with a teasing smile and ran away from him before he could grab her.
"Oh. You…" Ben said and ran after her.
They played cat and mouse for awhile until Ben was able to catch her. He tickled Meg and then hugged her tight and then they kissed passionately. Ben was about to pick her up to carry her up to their bedroom, but was interrupted by the door bell ringing.
"Bloody hell!" He exclaimed loudly then softened when Meg pulled him back for a kiss and heard her gently. "Let whoever is at the door keep ringing the bell. Just do what you were about to do."
Ben nodded then returned the kiss, when they broke from it he picked Meg up and started to go up stairs. He was stopped though by Tyus calling out, "Please open up Ben. I know you are there. I could hear you curse. I'm sorry to disturb you. But it is important."
Both Ben and Meg gave a loud sigh. Ben put Meg back down on her feet and then went to the door and opened it saying. "This better be important Tyus. You are a friend of mine, but I was just about to do something very important and no friends are needed. And looked passionately at Meg.
Even though he was a doctor Tyus blushed, he knew just how much these two loved each other and started to explain. "It is important Ben. Dr. Estrada just called me…"
"Oh…" Ben looked past Tyus like he was looking for something or someone then added. "Well at least I can't see men in white coats with a straitjacket."
Tyus smiled, "Fun aside Ben. She's worried about you and so am I after she told me that you are showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder."
Ben shook his head. "I can't believe it. How dare she?!" Ben opened the door further up so that Tyus could come in.
"She dares Ben, because she is worried about you."
"Don't worry about me Tyus. I am okay. Derek didn't win. I'm here with a woman I love more than life itself and who I will marry very soon. My ex-wife is alive which I'm really happy about. Now she just needs to remember and be with her brothers and mother and get her life back, but without me."
"Ex-wife? I thought you and Maria are still married."
"No. We got divorced before the accident, we wanted to tell people but then the accident happened. Please don't tell Ricardo or anyone else before I tell them."
"Thank you. Well Tyus. Don't worry about me. I'm not suffering from PTSD." Ben hugged Meg as he added. "Meg here is keeping me sane and grounded. She's the one who helped me through all the horrible things I went through because of Derek."
Tyus nodded. "That is good Ben, but you are not a doctor. And when Dr. Estrada says that you are showing signs of PTSD I believe her. She hopes I'll be able to get you to accept her help."
"Sorry Tyus, but you won't be able to. I don't want to have anything to do with Dr. Estrada. She is Maria's doctor and not mine. And that will never change. So when Maria needs to talk to me someone else will have to be at her side. It can be you, Ricardo, Antonio or Carmen. I don't want to have anything to do with Dr Estrada."
"Ben, aren't you over reacting here? She is a good psychiatrist."
"Maybe she is, but I know she will not be able to help me because I don't need her help."
"Ben, I should have made you get some help after what you have been through with Derek. I'm sorry I failed you, as your doctor. You should have been safe at the hospital, but you weren't and Derek nearly killed you and changed places with you."
"You didn't fail me Tyus. You didn't know about Derek no one did. And if I really needed help I would have asked you for it. But I didn't and I most certainly don't need it now."
"So I'm not able to convince you to seek therapy? Not even by another psychiatrist?"
"No sorry. I know you mean well, but I know what I need and that is to be left alone with Meg."
Tyus nodded. "Okay Ben, I take the hint." Then remembering what he'd interrupted added with half a smile. "I better go now and let you two love birds have some privacy."
"Thanks Tyus. Don't worry. I will make sure Ben is alright. I'll give him lot of TLC. And I will call you if he starts going crazy on me," Meg said.
Ben huffed. "Hey! That's not funny!"
"I think it is," Meg said with a smile.
Ben looked at Tyus. "Tyus, I think Meg is the one who needs help not me."
Tyus laughed and went to the front door. "I better go before I'm the one who need help."
As soon as the front door closed Meg ran while giggling up the stairs.
"You little…" Ben said while laughing and ran after her.
He caught her just inside their bedroom. They landed on their bed and they then did what they intended to do before Tyus showed up.
End of part 2