By Patti G
The nurse tells Krystal the doctor can see her now.
"Thanks," says Krystal as she gets up and walks toward his office
door. "Hello, Dr. Barber. Thanks for squeezing me in."
"No problem, Krystal. I know how busy your schedule is these days. I
don't know how you juggle your restaurant, Jack's campaign, and your
"It is a challenge sometimes, but I feel so blessed with my life
right now. However, I know you didn't call me in to discuss my
managerial skills, and I am not a woman who likes to postpone the
inevitable, so just give it to me straight."
"Okay, Krystal. I have gone over your test results and there is no
doubt you have a growth on your right breast. Now, it is too early to
jump to conclusions, or that it is anything serious until we do a
biopsy. I know that this comes at a bad time, but I think we should get
the answer soon, so we know what we are dealing with."
"Well, Dr. Barber, let's schedule something as soon as you can get me
in. Is this something that requires me to stay in the hospital?"
"No, we can do it as an outpatient. Why?"
"Well, the truth is until I know what is going on, I would rather not
tell anyone, that includes Jack."
"Krystal, I understand you not wanting to upset your family before we
know what is going on, but do you think it is wise to not confide this
to your husband?"
"Please, Doctor. Just make the arrangements and keep this to yourself.
I appreciate your concern really, but I will deal with my husband when and what he needs to know."
Zoey rings the bell and Zach comes to the door happy to see her.
"Come on in," he tells her.
"You have a beautiful home," she tells Zach.
"Thank you, but Kendall is mostly responsible for that. My only input
was the big flat screen TV for watching the Red Wings games. Come sit
down. Can I get you anything to drink?"
"No, I'm fine for now, thanks."
Suddenly from behind, two young boys come running into the room and
jump on Zach. A young woman is holding a baby in her arms and passes her
over to Zach. Zach introduces Rachel to Zoey and tells her he has
things covered if she wants to go out for a while.
"Well, Aunt Zoey, these are your two nephews, Spike and Ian, and this
little bundle is your niece Amelia. Would you like to hold Amelia?"
Zoey looks at the two boys and tells them what handsome young men
they are. Both Spike and Ian laugh and tell Zoey that Dad told them all
about having a new aunt. Zoey carefully takes Amelia from Zach and holds
her in her arms. "She is so beautiful Zach", Zoey tells him.
"Well, I think the credit for that goes to her mother more than me."
Ellie and Tim head over to the Martin house where Jake and Amanda
are having a BBQ. Ellie is a bit nervous. "Are you sure it's okay for
me to come? They might just want family." Ellie says to Tim.
"Amanda told me to bring anyone I want, and I wanted to bring you.
Besides, you know Jake from the hospital," he tells Ellie.
"Well, I have met him briefly, but I won't know anyone else there but
"Look, it's just Amanda, Jake, their kids, and Dr. Joe. Tad and Dixie
will probably be coming by with the girls as well."
"Okay, if you're sure it's all right."
Amanda answers the door and tells them to come right in. Tim
introduces Ellie to her, and Amanda tells her it is nice to meet her.
"How do you like living at Opal's?" she asks. If this guy here gives you
any problems you just let me know, okay?
Amanda tells Tim and Ellie everyone is out back and to follow her
outside to meet them.
Jack is home working on some campaign issues when the doorbell rings.
Not expecting anyone, he can't imagine who it would be. He opens the
door and smiles. Standing there at attention and saluting is Major
Reggie Montgomery, Jack's son.
"Hello, Dad," Reggie says. "I'm home."
P.S. I have been watching AMC since 1976 and during that time, I have had the
pleasure of sharing that experience with family, friends, and yes even my late
husband. Now however, I watch the show alone these past years and enjoy writing
my Random Thoughts article as well as this new venture Fan Fiction. I am pleased
when I see people have read my posts as it makes me feel connected to all of you
out there. Thanks for all your support. I am always happy to hear what you have
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