I'm sooooo sorry it has taken me so long to update this story. Schoolwork just got in the way. I really hope this chapter is ok, I don't like it very much, but I had 2 put it in.

Chapter 8 – Together

As Josie collapsed, Abby started screaming.

"You calm Abby down, I'll see to Josie". John said to Susan.

He bent down over Josie's limp body to check her over. Elizabeth, alerted by Abby's screaming came rushing back in the room. Susan managed to calm Abby's screams to a small whimper. Corday and John both leant over Josie to find the problem.

"I think she had stomach pains" Susan informed them. Elizabeth felt the girls belly and soon located the problem.

"I think she has a burst appendix"

"Appendicitis" Abby whispered, "Why didn't I notice it?"

"Because she covered it up well, I guess she didn't want to worry you" Susan replied.

"I'm going to have to take her into surgery immediately" said Corday, "we need to get a gurney for her".

Susan rushed out to find one as John scooped Josie off the floor. As soon as Susan got back with the bad, he laid the girl down and Corday wheeled her out. Abby just lay in her bed, crying, until she finally fell asleep.

When Abby woke up, the first thing she noticed was the second bed next to hers. She glanced over and saw that the occupant was her own daughter, out of surgery. She had woken up and was smiling over at her mum.

"Hey". Josie said.

"Hiya Honey," Abby replied, "How you feeling?"

"Crap; you?"

"Same". They giggled.

"I was so scared I was going to lose you, I don't think I could cope loosing both parents in one day, especially so soon after I found you."

"I was scared of loosing you too, you gave us quite a scare earlier." Abby replied, tears forming in her eyes.

"This is all my fault, he'd still be alive if it wasn't for me, and you wouldn't be laying there."

"Hey! Don't say that. None of this is your fault."

"He must have read my information on you before he burnt it and followed me. I led him to you."

"James was sick. You couldn't have stopped him."

"And now he's dead." There was a pause.

"How do you feel about that?" Abby asked quietly.

"I don't know yet. I think he deserved it, because of all he's done, but I can't help hurting. He brought me up after all...I'm sorry, that wasn't a dig at you." She added.

"It's ok, I understand. I expect you to feel sad."

"Yeah, but you know what? I felt worse at the thought that you could die, than I did when he died. Does that make me ungrateful?"

"No, it makes you human. He made the last few years of your life hell, you're free from him."

"And his drinking."

Abby looked uncomfortable.

"What's up?" Josie asked.

"I have to tell you something. Umm, I'm an alcoholic too".

"What?" Josie was shocked

"But I have it under control," she added quickly, "Carter saved me, I don't drink anymore."

"So you're ok then?"

"I'm fine. Sober and happy. Not drunk and depressed."

"Ok then. But please promise me something."

"Anything."

"Please don't drink ever again. I've witnessed it in one parent; I don't think I could do that again."

"I promise. I could never do anything to hurt you."

Abby reached over to Josie's bed and took her hand in hers, and together they fell asleep. Outside the room, as he watched, John marvelled how together, these two women could take on the world, and still come out on top. They could battle all the problems life threw at them. As long as they had each other.

I think I'm going to leave the story there and call it the end. I do have other chapters but they're not really very good. I think the story has run its course. I have other stories I've been writing which I'll post in the near future. Thanks for reading this fanfic and remember... Carby forever.

Luv Bubbles. XxXxX