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A Different Kind Of Family ~ 4

"What's hurting?" Toby said while rushing to Derek's side.

"My side hurts a lot now." Derek managed to let out. Then he saw CJ and jumped a little.

"It's ok, I'm a friend of Toby's." CJ said. "I came to help, if that's ok."

"I guess it's ok." Derek again leaned over in pain.

"I'm scared, Toby."

"I know, but this is why I have to take you to the doctor pal. They can help you there."

"I don't want to go." Derek felt tears go down his eyes.

"Why don't you want to go?" Toby held Derek tight.

"Because last time I was in a hospital, I walked out with no parents." Derek screamed.

"Shh, it's all right," Toby said, trying to calm Derek down. "How about if CJ comes with us to the doctor? Will you try that?" He looked up at CJ, who nodded.

"Yeah Derek, come on, it'll be fun," CJ said, trying to also make him feel better. "Besides, we want you to feel better, and one of the only ways for that to happen is if you come with us to the doctor, so what do you say? Are you up for it?"

Derek looked from Toby to CJ and back to Toby. "I guess I could--OW!" He screamed as he grabbed his side again.

"Okay, let's get him to the hospital *now*," Toby said, picking Derek up as best he could. CJ helped get him out to the car, where they set Derek in the back seat, laying down.

"Here, you drive and I'll sit back here with him," CJ suggested.

"Okay," Toby said as he opened the door to the driver's side and got in. They drove to the hospital as fast as humanly possible, miraculously not getting a speeding ticket. When they got there, CJ helped Toby to get Derek out of the car and into the Emergency Room.

"We need some help here!" CJ said to the receptionist at the front desk.

"What seems to be the problem?" The receptionist asked.

"What's it look like?" CJ said sarcastically. "The kid is in pain."

"Ok, just have a seat and we will..."

"No, you will get up and go grab a doctor right now, or so help me god..." CJ was screaming when a man walked up to them.

"Can I help you ma'am?" The man asked.

"Are you a doctor?"

"Yes. I'm Doctor..."

"Enough said, you need to help him." CJ pointed to Derek.

"What seems to be the problem son?" The doctor said while grabbing a wheelchair.

"I'm having some very bad side pains, but it also feels like it's hurting in my stomach too." Derek said, trying to be strong.

"Ok, well, let's get you in a room and find out what's wrong with you ok?" He smiled.

"Ok." Derek looked at Toby and then at CJ. "May my parents come with me?"

"Of course. I'm Dr. Spencer." He shook their hands.

"I'm Toby Ziegler."

"I'm CJ C..." CJ looked at Derek. "Ziegler. CJ Ziegler." She corrected herself.

"Ok Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler, I'm going to take him for an ultrasound to see what's going on in his stomach. You can wait in the room if you would like."

"That's fine, thanks you Doctor." Toby said and then grabbed Derek's hand.

"I'll be right here when you get back. I promise."

"Ok." Derek said while the doctor took him to take the test.

"You think he's going to be ok?" CJ asked him.

"I hope so." Toby sat down and motioned for CJ to sit down next to him. They sat in silence waiting for the test results.

The doctor returned a few minutes later.

"Well, what is it," Toby asked, standing up. CJ did as well.

"I'm afraid your son as Appendicitis, Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler," Dr. Spencer told the two. CJ and Toby looked at each other, both had a look of horror on their faces.

"Is he going to be all right," CJ asked, panicked.

"He'll be fine, as long as we get him into surgery now," the doctor informed them.

Toby nodded, "Okay, thank you, doctor."

"I'll need both of your signatures on this consent form before the operation, however." The doctor handed them a piece of paper, which they both quickly signed.

"How long will the operation last," CJ asked, grabbing Toby's hand.

"Well, if everything goes according to plan, which I'm sure it will, about an hour or two." Dr.. Spencer could see the worry in CJ and Toby's eyes.

"If you would like, you may wait in the waiting room that is just outside the operating area."

"Yes, we would, thank you." Toby said, taking a hold of CJ's hand as well.

"Thank you very much, doctor," he said.

Dr. Spencer nodded, "If you'd like to talk to Derek before we put him to sleep for the surgery, he's in there." He pointed to a room with the door closed. "He's been sedated, so the pain isn't as bad, but he may be very groggy and may not say very much right away."

"Okay, and thank you," CJ said as she and Toby walked into the room in which Derek was in.

"Hey pal." Toby whispered as he came closer to Derek.

"Toby." Derek said without even opening his eyes. "Am I going to die?"

"No, there's no way you're going to die. If you did, who would be here to bug me." Toby joked.

"Funny man." Derek smiled weakly. "CJ."

"I'm here."

"Thank you." Derek whispered.

"Don't mention it." She smiled and kissed him on the forehead.

"Take care of Toby while I'm gone." Derek smiled.

"I will." She laughed.

"Toby." Derek whispered.

"Stop talking, you need to rest." Toby patted him on the knee.

"One more thing." Derek said while opening his eyes a little and looking at Toby.

"What's that?" Toby asked.

"I love you." Derek smiled weakly again and closed his eyes. "I'm getting tired."

"Get some sleep. CJ and I will be out here when you're done pal." Toby whispered in Derek's ear and then kissed him on the forehead. "And I love you too."

CJ and Toby then walked out of the room and sat down in the waiting room. He turned to her, "Why did you say that?"

"Say what," she asked, turning to him.

"Say that we were married."

"I didn't. Derek said that we were his parents," she said, smiling a little. "I thought it was cute, so I played along."

"Thank you," he said, also smiling a little.

"You're welcome."

For the rest of the wait, the two held hands and waited for the doctor to come back from surgery.


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