Summery: This story combines ER and the show Providence. This is Syd's
second time at County General and the only person she hasn't met yet is
At County General
Kerry Weaver thrust open the door to the lounge. She had just
returned from meeting an old but farely new friend for lunch. Jim Hansen
from Providence Rhode Island had come to Chicago to get away from the
pain of losing his oldest daughter Syd in an accident several weeks
earlier. Kerry had recently gotten back from a lecture in Boston and was
very tired. Kerry opened her locker and put her stuff away, putting on
her doctors coat she proceeded into the hallway.
"Dr. Weaver welcome back," Carter said coming up to her.
"Thank you Carter," Kerry said as she grabbed a chart from the
basket. "Have I missed much?"
"No, traumas have been light the last three weeks. How was the
lecture?" Carter asked as the two continued down the hallway.
"Not what I had hoped it would be," Kerry said. Then the paramedics
burst through the doors. "That's our cue." Kerry went into trauma one
where a girl about fifteen lay on the table. She put gloves and a gown
on and walked over to the patient. "What happened?"
"Fifteen year old girl shot once in the chest, BP's 90 over 60,"
Kerry nodded. She didn't even notice that there was someone new
standing beside her.
"We need to get the bullet out now," Syd instructed.
"She needs surgery, wait until she gets to the OR," Carter said.
"She won't make it to the OR," Syd said. She gave Carter a hard
look. "We need to do this NOW."
"Syd you own a family clinic," Carter said.
"I can give you a rundown of all my surgical procedures but she'll
be dead by then," Syd snapped. Carter nodded and Syd proceeded with the
Kerry watched as Syd worked to save this girl's life. Who was she
and why hadn't Kerry been introduced to her? After the trauma was over
and the girl was taken up to surgery Kerry found Carol cleaning up
trauma one. "Carol, can I talk to you for a minute?"
Carol turned around. "Sure, what's up. How was the lecture?"
"I'll tell you in a minute but first I want to ask you something.
Who was that girl who just took over the traum a few minutes ago? I've
never seen her around."
"That's Dr. Hansen, she's been here about three weeks. She's filling
in for Dr. Lockheart, Dr. Corday recamended her," Carol said walking out
into the hallway. "I'll introduce you when I see her." Carol walked off
leaving Kerry still stunned about who the mystery Syd Hansen was. Then
Kerry saw Carter talking to who she assumed was Syd.
"That was a gutsy thing you did," Carter was saying. "I couldn't
have done that."
Syd smiled. "Yeah, well it wasn't easy. I don't like watching people
die. I've seen to many people die. My mom just past away last year and
since then things have been really hard for me and the family."
"Yeah, you told me," Carter said.
"Well back to work," Syd said. She smiled at Carter headed down the
Kerry walked over to Carter and tapped him on the shoulder. "I take
it that was the Dr. Sydney Hansen?"
"Yes, I'll have to let you meet her when there's time," Carter said.
He grabbed some charts and continued down the hall, Kerry fallowing him.
"When can I meet her?" Kerry asked.
"She's on break in about an hour, meet me in the lounge," Carter
An hour later Kerry was sitting on the couch in the lounge taking a
break. She was hoping Syd would come in pretty soon. Then the door burst
open and Kerry saw two people hurry in talking in angry tones.
"Jerry what are you doing here?" Syd asked. "How did you know I was
"I saw you at the diner this morning," Jerry said. "Syd please, at
least have dinner with me."
"Jerry for the last time, I am not having dinner with you. I suggest
you get out before I lose my last nerve or better yet before I call
"Syd, please don't act like this," Jerry pleaded.
"OUT," Syd almost yelled shoving Jerry toward the door. Syd pushed
Jerry out of the room and slammed the door, leaning aginst it.
"Ex boyfriend?" Kerry asked from the couch.
"Yes," Syd said walking toward the couch. "I'm Sydney Hansen."
"Kerry Weaver," Kerry said shaking hands with Syd. "Great job on the
trauma today, you were quite the hero."
Syd smiled. "Thanks, I just didn't want to see that girl die. My
father would say I'm stubburn, it's comes with a having a doctor for a
Kerry nodded. "So where are you from?"
"Well I lived in LA for about four years but then I moved back home
to Providence after my mother passed away," Syd said. Then Carol came
into the room.
"Syd, you have a phone call. It's the hotel, your card to stay there
has exspired," Carol said.
"Thank you," Syd said. She turned to Kerry. "Perfect, now I don't
have a place to stay. Gee, this day is just getting better and better."
Syd sank onto the couch with a sigh.
"Well, look I know we just met but would you like to stay with me?"
Kerry asked. "I could use the company and Carter isn't even there half
"Carter is staying with you?' Syd asked.
"Yes, I have a basement that I rent out," Kerry said. "So, what do
"Sure, why not. It's not like I have any other choice," Syd said.
"Don't mention it," Kerry said giving Syd a warm smile. "Well, back
to work. What time are you off?"
"Five," Syd said.
"Me too," Kerry said. "I'll see you then." Kerry walked out of the
lounge leaving Syd alone.
Joanie Hansen sighed as she gazed out over the city of Chicago. She
was on the roof of her hotel trying to get some air. The past three
weeks had been very difficult, since the death of her older sister Syd.
Three weeks ago the family had gotten a call saying that Syd had been
killed n the taxi going to her hotel. The taxi had burned, leaving only
Syd's purse as identification. Joanie wiped tears down her cheeks,
trying to keep from crying in front of her daughter Hannah. Luckily Jim,
Joanie's dad had decided to take a vacation, to get away from all the
memeries of Syd. They'd flown out to Chicago the day before and had
eaten lunch with a friend of Jim's, Kerry Weaver eariler today. Joanie
sighed, remember the times she'd spent with Syd, talking about boys,
clothes. Joanie smiled through her tears, then she felt Jim come up
"How are you doing?' Jim asked approaching Joanie.
"Fine, I guess. I just can't stop thinking about her. I jsut wish
that I could see her one last time, and tell her all the things I want
to tell her but haven't," Joanie said as she swiched Hannah from one hip
to the other.
"I know but she's with your mom now. Your mother is probably driving
her crazy," Jim said.
Joanie laughed. "Yeah, I guess she is."
A week later Syd was moved into Kerry's. Kerry loved having Syd
there and they often spent time talking, getting to know each other.
"So, whose coming over for dinner again?" Syd asked Kerry as they
stood in the kitchen preparing dinner.
"Some friends from out of town," Kerry said. "They're having a
really hard itme right now, Jim's oldest daughter was killed in an
accident three weeks ago."
"That's awful," Syd said "Poor guy."
"Yeah, the kids aren't taking it too well either," Kerry said. "You
can join us if you want?"
"No, it's OK. I'm beat," Syd said. "I'm going to go downstairs and
watch TV in carter's room. What time is he off?"
"Not until tomorrow," Kerry said.
Syd nodded and headed for the basement. "Night Kerry, and don't
worry I've already eaten."
"Night Syd," Kerry said. Then the doorbell rang and Kerry opened the
door to find Jim, Joanie, and Robbie standng on the doorstep. "Hi, come
"Hi," Jim said giving Kerry a quick hug.
"Have you had a nice week here in Chicago? Kerry asked.
"Yes, it's been wonderul and I'm sorry that we have to go home so
soon," Jim said. "We're leavng the day after next. It's time I deal with
what's happened to Syd and move on."
Kerry smiled, she couldn't imagine losing a daughter and a husband
all in the same year. "I know it's hard right now but it will get
better." Kerry noticed Joanie and smiled. "Hi Joanie, Hannah is getting
"Thanks," Joanie said. She looked around. "Nice place."
"Thanks," Kerry said.
"Didn't you say you had someone staying with you?" Jim asked.
"Yes, her hotel card exspired so she's staying with me until she
goes home," Kerry said heading toward the table.
While the group was eating dinner Carter came through the door,
"What happened to you?" Kerry asked when she saw him.
"Rain, that's what happened," Carter said. "Do you know where Syd
"Yeah, she's down in your apartment asleep," Kerry said. "Before you
go down there I'd like you to meet some friends of mine. This is Jim
Hansen, his children Joanie and Robbie and Joanie's daughter Hannah."
"Hi," Carter said to the group.
"Carter you can talk to them but I suggest you go change before you
catch a cold," Kerry said.
"Yes, Dr. Weaver," Carter joked. He waved to the Hansen's and went
downstairs. Carter found Syd curled up on the couch. He kissed her
softly on the cheek and she awoke.
"Carter, you're finally home," Syd said. She sat up and looked at
him. "Why are you wet?"
"It's raining," Carter said as he put on a dry pair of clothes. "Why
aren't you upstairs helping Kerry intertain her guests?"
"Because I'm exhausted," Syd said. "Besides they're probably talking
about hospital stuff anyway."
"Yeah, you're right," Carter said. He sat down beside Syd. "Do you
"Yes, and I don't know where my family is. I've been trying to call
them for the last three weeks. I even faxed them, not one reply or phone
"Sorry," Carter said. "Maybe they're on vacation?"
"Why would they go on vacation and not tell me?" Syd asked. "My
mother always made it a career of leaving me out of the loop."
"You sound like you're pretty close to your family," Carter said.
"I wasn't until about a year ago when my mom died. She died right in
the middle of my sister's wedding. I thought everything was fine, until
I got back to LA and had a fight with my boyfriend. I soon realized that
LA was where I lived but it wasn't my home. I moved back to Providence,
started working in a family clinic and now I own that family clinic."
"Wow," Carter said. "What did you do in LA?"
"I'm a plastic surgeon."
"Cool, we could sure use one of those in the ER," Carter said. He
got up and headed for the stairs. "I'm gong to put my wet clothes in the
dryer and talk to Kerry's guest, want to come?"
"No, I'll just stay here and read or sleep," Syd said.
Carter nodded and went upstairs. He put his clothes in the dryer and
went to find Kerry, and the Hansen's in the living room.
"I was wondering where you were Carter," Kerry said when she saw
him. "Have a seat."
Carter sat down beside Kerry. "I just came up to put my clothes in
Kerry nodded. "Is Syd still asleep downstairs?"
"Yeah, she looked pretty warn out today," Carter said. "She's having
a really hard time getting in touch with her family."
"Oh," Kerry said. She turned to Jim. "Do you have any pictures of
"No, not recent but I've got something better," Robbie said. He
pulled out Syd's diary from his jacket. "I brought it to read on the
"Robbie what are you doing with that?" Joanie asked. "Where did you
"In her dresser drawer," Robbie said. He handed it to Kerry. "You
can get to know Syd from reaidng her diary."
"I shouldn't, it wouldn't be right," Kerry said.
"She's dead now, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't mind," Robbie said.
"Robbie," Joanie snapped. She turned to Kerry. "I don't think Syd
would mind if you read her diary, I did. She would have wanted you to
get to know her if she couldn't meet you herself."
Kerry smiled. "I'll try to get it back to you before you leave. I
know this means a lot to you."
"Syd was one amazing girl," Jim said. "I wish you could have known
her." Jim checked his watch. "I think we must be going, Joanie has to
get Hannnah down to sleep."
Kerry stood up. "Thanks for coming, I hope to see you before you
leave. Keep me posted on anything going on in Providence."
"We will," Joanie said. She hugged Kerry and headed for the door,
Robbie and Jim following behind her.
"Bye," Kerry said and closed the door. She turned to Carter who was
still sitting on the couch. "Going to bed?"
"Yeah, but first I think I'd better kick Syd out of it," Carter
said. He noticed the diary. "Are you really going to read that?"
"Yeah, it will give me a chance to know a person I will never meet,"
Kerry said. She headed for her bedroom. "Night Carter."
"Night," Carter mumbled heading for the stairs.
The next morning Syd came into the kitchen to find Kerry at the
table reading something. "Morning."
"Hey," Kerry said. "Were you downstairs all ngiht?"
"No, Carter kicked me out," Syd said sitting down at the table
beside Kerry. "What are you reading?"
"A diary, my friend's daughter who was killed in an accident three
weeks ago," Kerry sad not looking up. "She really has a pretty
Syd nodded. "I bet, a lot of diaries are neat to read."
"OK, listen to this."
I feel as though I don't belong here. Mother doesn't give a care
about what I do. My father is the only one who is helping me study for
my SAT's. Joanie is being just as annoying as usual, if not more.
Robbie, well there's not much that's changed. I've finally made my
decession, I'm going into medicine just like my father. The one person
who I'm not aginst right now is the handsome Jock Kyle Moran....
"And then it just tells about Kyle and how she really likes him," Kerry
said. She noticed Syd had become very pale at the mention of Kyle Moran.
"Syd are you OK?"
"Yeah, it's just my life you're reading about," Syd said. "Where did
you get my diary?"
"From my friend," Kerry said. Then Kerry realized that Jim Hansen
was Syd's father. "Syd I had no idea that he was your father. They think
"What?" Syd asked. "That's why I haven't been able to get in touch
with them, they've been here all this time." Syd got up from the table.
"I'm gooing home, there are some things I need to work out with my
family. Thanks for letting me stay with you, it's been great."
"Syd you just can't leave," Kerry said following Syd to her bedroom.
"What about the hospital?"
"I'm usre you'll be fine without me," Syd said. "Kerry I have an
idea, why don't you come with me. There's something I didn't tell you,
my mother comes back in my dreams. I could come back in Joanie's dreams
and then after a few days I can reveal myself."
"Syd you're losing it," Kerry said. "I can't possibly go with you to
"Sure you can," Syd said.
Kerry sighed and finally gave in. "OK, let's do it."
The next day Syd and Kerry were in the attic of Syd's house. It was
around midnight and Syd knew that her whole family was asleep. Syd had
found the outfit she'd warn the day the cab had the accident. Syd had
changed and was now waiting for the right moment to go see Joanie.
"Remember the plan?" Kerry whispered. Kerry and Syd had talked about
the plan over and over. Kerry didn't even know why she was asking such a
"Yes, I wait until everyone is asleep and then I go to Joanie's room
and try to pretend that I'm dead. She'll think she's dreaming."
Kerry checked her watch. "It's time."
Syd crept quietly toward Joanie's room and quietly opened the door.
Luckily Joanie was a heavy sleeper. Syd looked around the room, there
were boxes everywhere. Syd sat down on the edge of Joanie's bed and
stroked her forehead. "I know you miss me, I don't blame you."
Joanie stirred and opened her eyes. She gasped when she saw Syd. "I
must be dreaming."
"You are silly," Syd sad trying to make this as much like one of her
dreams as possible. "Hi, I came to see you. Sorry, mom had an urgent
call to attend to but she told me to tell you hello."
"What are you doing here?" Joanie asked.
"To tell you that I'm not completely gone," Syd said. "I know it's
been hard, but why on earth did you let Kerry Weaver read my diary?"
"How do you know Kerry Weaver?" Joanie asked.
"We met, about a year ago I believe," Syd said.
Joanie smiled. "I miss you Syd."
"I know and I wouldn't have it any other way," Syd said.
"Can you stay awhile?" Joanie asked hopefully.
"Yes, maybe for a little while," Syd said. She got into bed with
Joanie as her mother had done many times before. "Now go to sleep."
"But if I go to sleep and I wake up I'll never see you again,"
"Joanie you can see me any time you want, in your dreams," Syd said.
She waited until Joanie was fast asleep and then slipped out of the
Joanie awoke and looked beside her. Syd was gone once more. Joanie
sighed and laid back down. It had been great seeing her again and she
couldn't wait for the following night. Joanie sat up looked at the
clock, ten AM, she was vey late. Joanie leaped out of bed and ran toward
Hannah's room expecting her to be screaming her head off because she was
hungry. Instead Joanie walked in to find Syd sitting in the rocking
chair holding Hannah. She was reading a book to her, the Runaway Bunny.
"Shucks said the bunny," Syd read. "I might as well stay where I
"Syd?" Joanie asked her voice shaking. "I can't be dreaming, unless
I'm sleep walking."
Syd looked her sister directly in the eye. "No, Joanie you're not
"Then what's going on?" Joanie asked coming further into the room.
"Joanie I wasn't in an accident. I didn't die, I left my purse in
the cab that burned," Syd said.
"Then how come you didn't call or write?" Joanie asked. She was
crying now and tears were making their way down her cheeks.
"I tried but every time I called I got the machine, I even faxed you
Joanie smiled. "I'm glad you're OK and I'm glad you're home Syd."
Syd smiled. "Me too." Syd knew that that was the truth, she was glad
to be home.
© 2000 Rebecca
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