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03 December 2011 @ 04:17 pm
24 Gifts 2011 - Day Three - Hospital (Never Again Snippet of Flashback)  
This is just a little thing that takes place in the 'Never Again' Universe, specifically, it takes place the night a drunk Sandy shoved Ryan through the glass patio doors, leaving Ryan with scars on his arms and torso. It's short, but... it shows a moment that's only been mentioned in passing during the fic itself.


"Can you tell me what happened?" the doctor asked as she began to put stitches into the worst of Ryan's cuts.

Ryan glanced over at the Cohens, seeing the shame and regret on Sandy's face along with the fear on Seth's and Kirsten's, and sighed softly. "I tripped," he finally replied, his eyes locked on Sandy and seeing the mix of relief and confusion that came across the man's face. "Sandy and I were arguing about something stupid, school or my girlfriend or something, i don't really remember, and I turned to leave and I tripped and fell through the patio door."

"Must have been some trip if you couldn't catch yourself," the doctor said, glancing up at him with a serious expression on her face. "And your jaw?"

"I hit it on the tile when I fell," Ryan said, finally looking away from Sandy. "When can I go home?"

"I want to keep you overnight, make sure the stitches hold and there isn't anything we missed. Especially since you did lose a lot of blood on the scene from what the paramedics told me."

"So, tomorrow?" Ryan asked.

"Don't push," Kirsten scolded softly. "You'll go home when the doctor says it's safe."

Ryan looked at Sandy again, his eyes asking the question he wouldn't out loud. Will it be?

~~~

"I... I'm so sorry, kid," Sandy whispered when he had a moment alone with Ryan. "I..."

"I can't do this again, Sandy," Ryan whispered. "I can't deal with a parent being like that again."

"It will never happen again," Sandy promised. "I swear, I'll stop drinking. I will never..."

"If you do, I'm not lying for you again," Ryan said. "I won't."

"Okay," Sandy said. "I... I'm sorry..."

"Just don't make me regret what I told the doctor, Sandy," Ryan insisted.

The End
 
 
 
fifimom on December 4th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Very sad but nicely written. Thanks Sweetie.
finleefinlee on December 4th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the holiday gift - I am definitely a fan of this Universe.