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The Price of Love
by AshleyTara

CHAPTER 23
Hospital

"Ethan," Sam started, "what are you implying?"

"I guess I don’t know. I hate to accuse my father of anything, but I know he and my mother don’t get along. And he certainly doesn’t respect her –"

Ethan was cut off when they saw a haggard looking nurse come into the waiting room. "Are you all waiting for news on Mrs. Crane?"

Pilar was the one to answer, "Yes, please tell us that it’s good news."

"Well, Mrs. Crane suffered quite a bit of internal bleeding, two cracked ribs, and a fractured arm. We were able to stop the bleeding and she is stabilized now. Physically she should recover fine, she’s a very strong, determined woman."

Ethan was looking for reassurance, "That’s good, right?"

"Yes, it is good, but that’s not all. It seems Mrs. Crane has slipped into a deep depression. She’s in a trance-like sleep and won’t wake up – or rather, she doesn’t want to wake up."

"Isn’t there some way for you to get her out of it," Sam piped in.

"No, but you all can. She needs you right now. Her trance is like a coma. She can hear you, but she’ll only respond if and when she wants to. The hard reality is she may never want to."

"Are you saying that my mother may stay like this forever?" Ethan was near crying again.

"Well, not forever. Eventually if the situation doesn’t change, she’ll give up altogether. I’m sorry."

"Can we see her," Pilar asked.

"Of course. She’s in the regular patient care unit, room 711. But be prepared. She’s hooked up to machines to monitor breathing, brain activity, and her heartbeat."

"Thanks for all of your help," Sam shook the surgeon’s hand.

"You’re welcome. I wish you all the best."

"Mama, Ethan and I are going up to see his mother."

"Alright, Theresa. I’ll be up in a minute. I need to talk to Chief Bennet for a minute."

Theresa nodded and left with Ethan as Pilar turned to Sam. "You know, don’t you, Sam."

"Yes, Ivy told me this morning before we came back to Harmony. She also told me about something else…"

"I know, Sam. She told when she called from the mansion. As strange as it sounds, even though she was under so much pressure, Ivy sounded like a great weight had been lifted off of her when I spoke to her on the phone."

"I don’t know what to do Pilar. I can’t tell Ethan without Ivy, but – but what if she doesn’t make it? Then how am I going to tell him? I need to be there for my son now, just like I need to be there for my girls and Noah, but I’m going to need him just as much now. Especially if…."

"Don’t even think it, Sam. I’m going up to join Ethan and Theresa, but I want you to go home, get some rest, and think. Everything will look better in the morning. Besides, the next few days are going to be very hard for you."

"Alright, Pilar. Call me if there is any change, but I am going to come back tomorrow."

"Fine, Sam. Good-night."

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