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"Mr. John Gage," they called from outside the holding cell.
John got up and approached the door. "I'm John Gage," he said.
The officer opened the door and John stepped out.
"You're free to go. You can pick up your stuff from the desk sergeant and then you can meet the cab outside. Dr. Lucas Young called for it to take you to the airport. I believe your luggage is inside already. We apologize for the misunderstanding," the officer said.
John was in shock. "What happened," he asked.
"Miss Taylor just confessed to lying. You're free to go," he said.
Without waiting for further explanation, Johnny headed to the desk sergeant and got his wallet and id back and headed to the cab.
Johnny arrived at the airport and he was never so glad to see a place in his life.
He pulled his ticket out and made his way to the gate that his flight back to LA would board.
He went to the phone and called Julianna.
He was worried when he didn't get an answer. He knew that she was waiting for his call to tell her he was coming home. He didn't know how he was going to explain this latest incident to his wife.
He hung up the phone and then picked it up again and called Roy.
"Hello," Joanne said.
"Hey, Jo. Is Roy home," Johnny asked.
"Actually, no. He's at the hospital," Joanne said.
"Hospital? Is he working," Johnny asked.
"No he had to go," Joanne said.
"Did something happen to him or one of the kids," Johnny asked, concern for his friend evident in his voice.
"What time's your flight landing," she asked, avoiding his question.
"Eight. Joanne, why is Roy at the hospital," Johnny asked.
"Johnny there's nothing you can do until you get back to LA, so just get on the flight and Roy will meet you at LAX," Joanne said.
"Joanne, will you tell me what the hell is going on," Johnny asked.
"John, get on the plane. We'll see you when you get here," she insisted.
"Joanne DeSoto, tell me what the hell is going on? Oh my, God. Something happened to Julianna. What happened," Johnny demanded. He needed to know what happened to his wife. He knew something wasn't right, but he thought it was just because he wasn't there with her. Now something had happened.
"Julianna fell last night and she might have broken her ankle. Mike found her a few hours ago. He called Roy to meet him at the hospital," Joanne said.
"Wh...what? Is she OK. Is the baby," Johnny asked, his heart at his feet.
"I don't know any more than I already told you. They've only been there about an hour. Roy's going to call and see when he needs to pick you up," she said.
"I'm going to call the hospital right now," he said.
"Johnny, just get on the plane. Julianna's fine," she said.
Johnny was distraught. His wife was in the hospital and he was powerless to do anything about it.
"I'll be there, soon," Johnny said.
"Just stay calm. Get on the plane and we'll see you soon," Joanne said, hanging up the phone.
He slumped down on a seat near the gate and prayed his wife and child would be OK.
Julianna and Johnny's house, a few hours before Johnny's release.
Julianna missed her husband. She went upstairs and flicked the switch in the nursery, but nothing happened.
"Damn," Julianna said out loud. She went to the laundry room and grabbed a light bulb. 'I can at least change a light bulb,' Julianna said to herself.
She grabbed the three step ladder out of the hall closet and set it under the light fixture. She steadied herself and climbed up the ladder to change the bulb.
She managed to screw the bulb in correctly and was pleased at herself for handling it. She went to step down off the ladder and realized her balance was off. She couldn't stop her fall so she did the only thing she could do, twist herself so she didn't fall on her stomach. She knew she'd broken her ankle when she hit the floor. She was mentally kicking herself for trying to handle things on her own.
She laid on the floor, trying to figure out how she was going to get out of this. Her ankle was killing her and she knew there wasn't anyway she could get off the floor without help.
Just then, her phone started to ring. She didn't have an extension in the nursery, so she tried to get to the other room. She made it into the hallway when exhaustion hit her and she collapsed on her elbows in the hallway.
That was how Mike found her a few hours later. Sally called Julianna, but hadn't gotten an answer. Sally had worried and contacted Mike.
Mike couldn't get Julianna on the phone either. He told Sally he'd go by her house and check on her. He knew Johnny would be arriving back from Sacramento that morning.
He arrived at Julianna and Johnny's and saw Julianna's car in the driveway. This caused Mike immediate concern.
He used the key he'd been given by his sister and entered the house. "Juju! Juli," he called as he entered the house.
He didn't see her downstairs, so he went upstairs. As he reached the top step, he found his sister in the hallway.
"Juli," he yelled, but didn't get an immediate response from her.
He knelt down next to her and checked her pulse. He found one. He immediately called for a rescue squad. He then called Roy.
"Roy, something's happened to Juli. I came by to check because she didn't answer her phone and I've found her passed out in the hallway. I called a squad. I don't know what to do," Mike said.
"OK, is she bleeding," he asked.
"No sign of bleeding," Mike said.
"The Squad will be there soon and I'll meet you at the hospital," Roy said.
Mike hung up the phone and tried to get his sister to wake up.
The Squad arrived within minutes and splinted her ankle and took her to the hospital. Mike followed and met Roy at the Emergency entrance.
"Why won't she wake up," Mike asked.
"Probably shock. Who knows how long she was on the floor. She'll wake up once her fluids catch up," Roy said.
"Have you heard from Johnny? I thought he'd be back in LA by now," Mike asked.
"Well, Johnny ran into a little snafu. Nothing major, just weather at LAX yesterday has changed travel plans," Roy said. They saw Dr. Brackett and Dr. Early exit the room.
"How's Juli," Mike asked.
"She's fine. She's dehydrated from being on the floor and she's got a broken ankle. Mostly she's mad at herself for what happened," Brackett said.
"What about the baby," Mike asked.
"Seems unaffected. Heart rate is doing exactly what it should be," he said.
Mike and Roy sighed with relief.
"She'll stay here, at least for tonight. We'll monitor everything and make sure there are no complications," Early said.
"That's great. Mike, I'm going to head to the airport to get Johnny," Roy said.
"You going to bring him right here, aren't you," Mike asked.
"Yeah. I don't want to have to tell him what happened to his wife, but I guess you can't avoid it," Roy said.
Mike went into see his sister and Roy headed off to meet Johnny's plane.
Mike looked at his sister. She had her eyes closed and she looked so vulnerable. Especially with her ankle propped up and her swollen abdomen dominating the scene.
"Hey, Juju," Mike said.
Julianna opened her eyes. "Hey, Mikey. You heard from Johnny," she asked.
"Roy just left to get him at the airport," Mike said.
"I guess Roy's going to explain what happened, huh," she said.
"Juli, everything is fine. Johnny will be home soon," Mike said.
Julianna nodded and closed her eyes. She placed her hands on her abdomen as she felt the baby kick. A smile crossed her face at the feeling.
Mike followed the orderlies as they took Julianna to a room for observation.
He promised Julianna he'd stay with her until Johnny came home.
TO BE CONTINUED...
~This is the end of Part 4. Part 5 will follow shortly. How will Johnny react to seeing his wife and what will she say regarding his false arrest? Have they heard the last from Ellen? What else will happen before Johnny and Julianna get their happily ever after? ~Kaiti