DISCLAIMER: I own nothing. All characters, except Julianna, belong to Mark VII and NBC Universal.
This is part 5 in the Something Special Series. To recap, Johnny was falsely arrested for attacking Ellen. He arrives back in LA to find his wife in the hospital with a broken ankle. Johnny and Julianna are ready to kick back and wait for their baby to be born, but someone has other ideas. This picks up when Julianna is waiting for Johnny in the hospital.
Julianna was uncomfortable. Her ankle was bothering her, but she didn't want to take anything for the pain because of the baby. The small kicks the baby was giving her was providing her comfort as she tried to sleep.
She knew Mike was seated in the chair next to her bed and she was wondering about her husband.
"Mikey, where's Johnny," Julianna asked.
"Roy went to get him from the airport. He'll be here soon," Mike said, patting his sister's shoulder.
"This has definitely been the strangest day," she said.
"Try to get some sleep. Johnny will be here when you wake up," Mike said.
Julianna closed her eyes and feel into a restless sleep.
Roy stood in the arrival gates at the airport, waiting for Johnny to deboard. He purchased a cup of coffee and was nearly finished when Johnny came out of the jet way.
"Roy, get me to the hospital," he said as soon as he saw his friend.
"How did you find out," Roy asked.
"I knew something wasn't right and then I called Joanne to tell you about my flight and I dragged it out of her. What the hell happened to my wife," he asked as they headed out to the parking lot.
"She fell off a step ladder," Roy said.
"What was she doing on a step ladder," he asked.
"She needed to change the light bulb," Roy said.
Johnny looked at him liked he was speaking a different language. "Light bulb," he said.
"Yep. She climbed up, changed the bulb and then got off balance on the way down. Nothing she could do but fall on her back and her ankle got in the way. She's fine. Brackett set the ankle and admitted her. She's anxious for you to come home," Roy said.
"Is the baby, OK," Johnny asked.
"Yeah. Brackett said it sounds fine. Now, how about you tell me why you were arrested," Roy asked.
Johnny tossed his head back against the seat. "Do I have to," he asked.
Roy shot him a look and Johnny sighed.
"Well, since Juli and I were supposed to go, there were two rooms. One was for us and the other for Dixie, I assume. Anyway, Dr. Young went instead of Juli and Ellen some how got herself on the trip instead of Dixie. Well, Ellen and I were put in a room together and there were no other rooms available. I was going to try to sleep on the couch, but Roy, the woman was relentless. She tried to get me to share the bed with her and touched me all during the plane ride. She then changes into this crazy outfit and, when I'm trying to run out of the room, she manages to push me down on the bed and falls on top of me. When I get out from under her, I took off and tried to get another room. Dr. Young found me a few minutes later and said that Ellen was in his room in a torn outfit and was saying I tried to attack her. Then I got put in a patrol car and read my rights. Then I ended up in jail. I just sat there on the bench in that cell until the officer said I was free to go. I asked how and they told me Ellen admitted to lying about the attack. Dr. Young paid for a cab and it took me to the airport where I waited until I got on the plane," Johnny said.
"I'm glad Dr. Young was able to get you out of there," Roy said.
"All I want to do, Roy, is forget about that trip, forget about Ellen and concentrate on Julianna," Johnny said as they pulled into the hospital.
Johnny jumped out of the truck and headed into the hospital without checking to see if Roy was following.
Dixie saw Johnny and, without asking, said, "545."
Johnny bypassed the elevator and took the stairs two at a time to the fifth floor.
He opened the door to the fifth floor and found the room quickly. He pushed open the door and found his wife sleeping on the bed, her brother sleeping in the chair next to her, his hand on her arm. Johnny closed the door quietly and slipped inside the room. He went to the other side of her bed, kissed her cheek and sat down next to her, taking her hand.
Mike heard the door open and sat up.
"Johnny," Mike said.
"Hey. How is she," Johnny asked, his eyes taking in his wife's condition.
"She fell asleep about an hour ago. She's in pain, but refused something until recently because of the baby. Dr. Brackett assured her that the medication wouldn't harm the baby. That's been her main concern," Mike said.
Julianna stirred in the bed. "Johnny," she said, her voice tinged with sleep.
"Hey, Leelee, I'm right here. I'm sorry I wasn't here earlier," he said.
Julianna squeezed his hand. "You didn't know. I'm just sorry I got hurt," she said.
"Not as sorry as I am. I should have been here for you," he said.
She continued holding his hand and Johnny realized he didn't have his ring on his hand.
"You left it at the station. It's at home in the jewelry box," Julianna said.
"I didn't want it to get greasy. I'm not normally so careless but I wanted to get out to see you and everything just happened so fast and I just forgot it. By the time I realized it and found you were still here, I couldn't get off the plane. I was stuck," he said.
Julianna made a face. "What? Are you hurt? Do you need something," he asked.
"Here," she said, taking his hand and placing it on her stomach.
The baby kicked and Johnny looked at her and smiled, tears running down his face.
"Was that..." he asked.
"Yep. That was it," she said, smiling at him.
"Hey, Mike, have you felt that," he asked.
"No," Mike said.
Julianna motioned for him to put his hand near Johnny's and he was rewarded with a swift kick from the baby. The smile on Mike's face was worth the pain Julianna was feeling in her ankle.
"So you want to tell me how Sacramento was," she asked Johnny.
"It was the dumbest decision I've ever made," he said.
Julianna knew there was something more to his story, but she didn't want to drag it out of him now. She was just glad to have him back with her, where he belonged.