Chapter 3

Abby was shocked to see Carter. "Carter, I didn't know that you work here."

"I haven't worked here long."

"So, Emma is going to be okay, just a few cuts and bruises." Carter told Abby.

Abby smiled. "Thank god, if anything happened to you, I don't know what I would do," she said, as she hugged Emma.

"I'm fine, mom."

"I just love you, Em."

Emma then looked at the window. "Aunt Susan is here, can I go see her?" Abby waved at Susan.

"Just stay with Susan, I'll come out and see you in a few minutes. You're finished with Emma, right, Carter?" she asked, looking directing at him.

"Yes I am."

Emma then got up and ran out of the room.

Carter looked at Abby. "So you have a daughter and one on the way. You must be really happy."

Abby smiled. "I am." she said, as she touched her stomach. Suddenly she felt the baby kick. It was the most amazing thing. Carter looked at her. "Are you okay?" he asked.

"The baby just kicked."

Carter smiled.

"Do you want to feel it?" she asked, as she grabbed his hand and put it on her stomach. He couldn't believe it, it was a great thing.

"Your husband must be very excited about having another one."

Abby looked down on the ground.

"Did I say something wrong?" he asked. She hated talking about this, but she knew that she had to. "My husband died 2 months ago."

"I'm sorry to hear that Abby." Abby nodded. "Me too." Abby looked out the window at Emma and Susan. "She misses him every day. Jake was the best father."

Carter looked at her. "You are a great mother too."

She smiled slightly. "I didn't even want to be a mother, but Jake changed my mind, he had grown up so much when he returned to County. I fell in love with him, when we went outbefore it was more like a fling, but the second time was different.

"Do you mean your old med student Jake?" Carter asked.

Abby smiled. "Yes, we went out a few times before."

"You mean the rumor was right." Carter said with a grin.

"You knew. Everybody did." Abby said.

Abby stood up." So when did you move back to Chicago?"

"You aren't going to let this go are you?" he asked.

"Of course not, you lied to me when I saw you that day didn't you?" she said. He looked at her." You can always read me, couldn't you?"

"So what happened, John?"

"I moved back here a month ago, the day that I saw you was my first day back in Chicago," Suddenly Carter's pager went off. "I've got to go now. It was great seeing you again." he said, as he hurried out of the room.

Abby watched as he watched out of the room, she got a feeling that he was happy to be away from her, she just wondered why.

Susan then entered the room with Emma. "Was that who I thought it was?"

Abby nodded. "The one and only John Carter. But I think there is something he isn't telling me. Why is he working here instead of County? What about the clinic that he started, he could be working there, why isn't he?"

"There is only one person that answer that question, Abby." Susan said with a grin.

Emma looked at Susan. "Can I go to your house?"

Susan looked at Abby. "Only if it is okay with you."

Abby smiled. "Yeah, that's fine. Are you sure you are feeling okay to go, Em. You were hurt."

"I'm fine, mom."

Abby smiled at her daughter. "Okay fine, I'll come by and pick you up in a few hours, be good for Auntie Susan."

Susan smiled. "She always is." Abby hugged her daughter. "If you start to feel sick or dizzy, tell Auntie Susan, and I'll be there right away."

"Yes mom." Abby smiled, as Susan and Emma left the hospital. She was so relieved that her daughter was going to be okay, she didn't know what she would do if anything happened to her.

Abby asked the doctor if she could use the phone. "Hi Luka, it's me Abby, do you need me back at the hospital?"

"No, we have everything under control; you just take the rest of the shift off. Is Emma okay?"

Abby smiled. "She just has a few cuts and bruises. She's going to be just fine. I'll see you tomorrow then." she replied, as she hung up the phone, and walked out of the hospital.

An hour later,

"Dr. Carter, there is a patient's mom waiting for you for in the waiting area." the nurse replied.

"Can you get another doctor to talk to her?" Carter replied. All he wanted to do was go home."

"She was asking for you."

Carter nodded. "Okay, I'll go and see her." he replied. "Do you know why she wanted to see me? Is her son or daughter hurt?"

"She looked like she was on her own." The nurse replied. "She didn't seem to be hurt."

Carter nodded. "Thanks." he said, as he headed towards the waiting area, he looked at the people waiting in the waiting area, none of them he recognize, except one.

He walked up to the person. "Let me guess, you are the one that wants to talk to me."

She turned around and smiled. "Did you really think that I was going to leave like that? We should go out for coffee and pie."

Carter looked at Abby. "I don't know, I really need to get home."

She looked at him. "We use to friends once, weren't we? Just let me take you out for a coffee."

"You know you shouldn't be drinking coffee while you are pregnant," he said, sadly. She looked at her. "Are you thinking about when you lost your baby all those years ago."

He shakes his head. "I was thinking of another time." She put her hand on his shoulder. " I'm sorry to hear about that, you will be a great father when the day comes."

He nodded. "Thanks."

"There is a diner not far from here, why don't we go for some coffee or tea, and talk," she replied.

"What about your daughter?" he asked.

"She's with Susan." Abby replied.

"So there is really nothing that can stop us from going out for something to eat." she responded.

He looked at her. "I see you aren't going to take no for an answer. I'll go and get my jacket, and then we can go."

Abby nodded, as she watched him walk away from her, she just hopes that she can get some answers out of him tonight, and find out what he is hiding from her. She knows that this was none of her business, but she still want to know.

To be continued!