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Adjustments ~ 32

Everyone waited out in the waiting room for the doctor to come back out. CJ and Toby sat together, holding each other hands. Leo was on the phone with the President who wanted to know what was happening and refused to get off until he hears something. Josh was talking with Donna who came over. And Sam sat in a chair, still dizzy from giving all that blood for Derek. Just then, the doctor came in.

"Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler."

"Yes." CJ and Toby stood up quickly and everyone else gathered around.

"It's still early at this point, but I would have to say it's looking great." The doctor smiled. "We're not out of the woods until he wakes up though. But that should be soon. You won't like this, but if you could wait until tomorrow to see him, that would help."

"Why?" Toby asked.

"Because it keeps it quiet for Derek, that's what he needs. He needs to heal from this, and I think he would be better if there weren't a lot of people walking in and out."

"We understand." CJ nodded and squeezed Toby's hand.

"Thank you." Toby smiled.

"I'll notify you as soon as something happens."

"I wanted to ask if there are going to be any problems that might occur. Any damage that will last?" Toby asked.

"Well, from what I have seen, the only thing really affected was his speech. He may not be able to talk like he used to. At least not for now. I am confident, however, that with some speech therapy, he will make a speedy recovery."

CJ and Toby just looked at each other, shock in their eyes. "Thank you doctor," Toby said.

"You're welcome. You may come back tomorrow and see him." The doctor walked out of the room.

"This is awful," CJ said, tears in her eyes.

"Oh, one more thing," the doctor said, re-entering the room, "If it wasn't for Mr. Seaborn, I don't think that your son would have made it." The doctor left the room.

Everyone turned to Sam. CJ walked over to him and wiped her eyes. "Thank you." She hugged him.

"You're welcome," he said as he did his best to hug her back.

"Why don't I drive you guys home," Josh said. "You both came in the ambulance, and Sam, well, I don't think you can drive."

"I'm fine. I can drive," he said right as he nearly fainted.

"Right, you're just fine," CJ said as she rolled her eyes.

"Come on, let's get going," Josh said.

"You guys go ahead." Toby said.

"You're not coming?" CJ turned and looked at him.

"I just have some things to take care of before I leave."

"The doctor told us we can't see him." CJ said.

"No. I know. I just have to finish something. I'll be home soon." Toby kissed CJ. "I'll get a cab."

"Are you sure. Maybe I should stay..."

"CJ, go with Josh and Sam. I'm fine." Toby smiled.

"Ok, but be home soon." CJ kissed him and followed Josh and Sam. She kept looking back, and saw Toby there waving.

"The President is thrilled that Derek will be ok." Leo walked up to Toby.

"Yes. It's great news."

"You're not going with them?" Leo asked.

"I have this thing to take care of."

"What thing?"

"A thing." Toby smiled. "Go on."

"You need a driver."

"I'll call a cab."

"Fine." Leo shook his head. "You're too stubborn to deal with." He walked away.

Toby walked over to the doors where the doctor went a few minutes ago. He could see that there were not a lot of people around. He grabbed a white coat hanging on the hanger and walked back, hiding his face from everyone. He walked back and came to Derek's room. He took a deep breath and walked in.

"Hey pal." Toby sat down next to Derek's bed. "I know you can't hear me. Or maybe you can. I'm not sure." Toby grabbed Derek's hand and rubbed his arm. "I'm so sorry. I promised to protect you." Toby felt the tears fall down his face. "The only thing I ever wanted was a family of my own. And now I have one. CJ and you. Please Derek, wake up." Toby looked at Derek's face, but nothing happened. "Derek. I love you more then anything. You are my life. If you wake up I promise to do everything and anything for you." Toby didn't see anything happen with Derek. Toby laid his head down next to Derek. He cried out for his son quietly. Just then, Toby felt the hand he was holding move.

Toby looked up at Derek when he felt his hand move. His eyes didn't open, but he did indeed squeeze Toby's hand.

"Derek?" Toby whispered. "Derek, can you hear me?" He felt his hand squeeze his again. Toby knew that even though Derek's eyes weren't opened, that he could hear what Toby was saying. He smiled softly, kissed Derek's head, and left the room before he got caught.

CJ and Toby's house.......

CJ sat in the living room thinking. She was so scared. What if Derek never woke up? "No," she said out loud to herself. "That won't happen. He will wake up."

Just then, she heard the front door open. Toby walked in. He had a small smile on his face. "Hey there."

"Hi," she said as she went and hugged him. "You're smiling."

"Yeah, I am."

"Why?"

"He squeezed my hand."

"You went into the room?"

"I had to. I had to see how he was for myself. He's waking up CJ."

She smiled softly. "You know, while you were gone, I was praying that he would wake up."

"Your prayers must have worked."

The two held on to each other, knowing that their prayers would soon be answered.

TBC...

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