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As The World Keeps Turning

The life and love of Dr. Reid Oliver

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161 To protect and to soothe
dr. Reid Oliver


Word Soap: As The World Keeps Turning
Title:  #161 To protect and to soothe
Rating: PG
Summary:  “In every decision we make and in every policy we develop, we are committed to protecting those who cannot protect themselves... the very young and the very old.” - Mike Rounds
Big Thanks To: ltklo, for brushing up my grammar

Previously on As The World Keeps Turning: click here for chapters 1 - 160

They hadn’t planned it. If anything, they had been putting this moment off and they both wished they could postpone it indefinitely. They seriously considered it. To tell Margo ‘no’ and not tell Danny. But it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel honest. It didn’t feel respectful. It wasn’t the way they wanted to relate to Danny. It would have sent the wrong message.

‘But he’s just six…’ Luke had muttered.

‘Officially, yes. And I agree, we have to keep that in mind. But on the other hand…this is his past. His story. His call to make.’

Reid had felt physically nauseous saying it, but he also knew Danny deserved the chance to make up his own mind. And all their procrastinating hadn’t slowed down the process. They only had a few days left to decide. So…they hadn’t planned it, but it was a good thing it came out. It was a little creepy that Danny was the one initiating the conversation.

While Reid was making coffee, the rest of his family was enjoying the after-glow of their dinner and completely out of the blue, Danny looked at Luke.


“Yes, sweetie?”

“Are my foster…” Danny’s eyes went to Reid and the boy gave a quick smile, remembering his dad’s nickname for them, “monsters still in jail?”

Apparently both men had held their breath, because Danny looked startled.

“They’re not?”

Luke was the first one to find his voice. “Yes, they are. It’s just that…your question…we need to talk about your…foster monsters.”

The boy paled.

“Do you want us to talk about this with Zoë here?” Reid asked, putting the two mugs with coffee on the table.

“Of course. She’s my sister,” Danny stated with a what-kind-of-stupid-question-was-that face.

“Zoë, do you want to hear about Danny’s past? It’s okay if you don’t. You let us know and we’ll do this another time.” Luke noticed his brain chanting Please say no, please say no. He wanted to postpone this subject for just a little longer.

But Zoë nodded and even quickly touched Danny’s hand. Her expression was telling. Of course. He’s my brother.  

“Okay,” Reid took a deep breath and first addressed Zoë. “As you know, Danny has been hurt by the people he stayed with before he came home with us.”

Zoë nodded.

“Both of them are in jail and they have to see the judge soon,” Reid turned his attention to Danny. Without a word the boy slid from his chair, walked over to Luke and settled on his dad’s lap. His eyes on Reid.

“The Chief of Police told Daddy that they have enough evidence to keep them in jail for a long time.”

Danny looked relieved. “Good.”

“It is,” Reid agreed, “But the thing we need to talk to you about…she also told Daddy that they could put them even longer in jail if the judge and jury would hear your story.”

Instinctively Danny crawled closer to Luke and his dad put his arms around the small body. Protectively. Soothingly.

“Tell my story?” the brown eyes filled with tears and Reid swallowed. Was there any way to end this torture?

“You don’t have to,” he quickly said, “But we didn’t want to decide for you. This is your story, so you tell us what you want to do.”

“I want to hide in a place where I don’t remember,” Danny whispered and then he looked up. “But I do. I do remember. And it’s…” he took a deep breath. “It’s bad. If I tell, you will hate me.”

Luke pulled Danny more close and kissed his hair, while Reid moved forward to touch the boy’s cheek.

“Hate you? Never.”

The boy shook his head, pretty sure about this one.

“You will. I do.”

It took all his self-control to keep himself from cursing and when Reid bit his lip instead, he could feel blood. Somehow that taste calmed him down.

“That’s sad,” Reid softly said, still caressing Danny’s cheek, “Because you’re the most beautiful, loving, caring, smart and wonderful little boy I’ve ever seen.”

Again the boy shook his head, not convinced for one second.

“That’s because you don’t know everything,” Danny whispered.

“I know the important parts,” Reid said calmly and it made the boy look up at him.

“That’s what Daddy said yesterday.”

“Your Daddy is one smart guy,” Reid smiled, winking at Luke.

“But again, Danny…you don’t have to tell your story if you don’t want to do it.” Luke kissed the blond locks again.

“Will they be there?”

“Yes, they will be in the room.”

“Who else?”

“The judge and six jury members.”

“And you?”

“Of course. We both would be there. Unless you don’t want us there.”

Danny didn’t respond but looked at Zoë. Her nod showed they had a silent conversation with their eyes again.

“And Zoë would be there too,” Danny stated, taking a deep breath.

“But you don’t have to do it,” Luke knew he sounded like a broken record, but he felt Danny was actually considering talking to the judge and he still wasn’t sure that was the best idea.

“I know,” Danny said softly.

“So why would you even go there?” Luke wondered out loud and the boy surprised him with a big smile.

“I know,” he repeated. “It’s just… I overheard Uncle Will talking to Uncle Casey…” Danny sat up more straight, worry in his eyes. “I wasn’t eavesdropping…honestly.”

“What did you hear?”

“Uncle Casey said to Uncle Will that he hadn’t realized this…stuff…was happening to kids…like me.”


“I want people to know this is happening.”

When Reid and Luke exchanged a telling look, Danny frowned.

“Is that okay?”

Luke kissed the boy’s temple and Reid softly tapped Danny’s leg.

“If that’s what you really want to do, it’s very okay,” Reid assured him despite his own reluctance and revulsion.

“You don’t have to decide right now, though…” Luke hurried to say and when Danny put his hand on Luke’s arm and looked into his dad’s eyes, the boy’s understanding was beyond his years.

“I do, Daddy. Now I’m thinking with this,” the boy pointed to his heart area, “and when it goes to this…” his finger moved to his head, “I’ll get too scared.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being scared,” Luke suggested and again Danny smiled wisely.

“I know, Daddy. And I’m scared in here too.” His finger was back at his heart. “If I tell you will know and…”

“And we’ll love you,” Luke finished the sentence for him. “There is nothing you can’t tell us and there’s nothing you can tell that could make us love you less.”

For some reason he looked up at Zoë and nodded to her. “And that goes for you too.”

She looked startled for a moment and then nodded with a vague smile.

“Can we see Dawn now?” Danny’s face was telling. This conversation was over. When Luke nodded, he wanted to make his way to the ground, but Reid had lifted him before he got there.

“Before you go hug that smelly creature on four legs, I want one first.”

Danny obliged with a huge smile and Reid held him very close.

“You’re one brave boy and I’m proud of you,” he whispered and after they looked each other in the eye for a moment, Danny planted a loud and sloppy kiss on Reid’s cheek and Reid returned the favor. It made them both chuckle.

“Are you coming with us?”

“Nope. I’m pretty sure Zoë and I will find something better to do.” When Reid winked at the girl she graced him with a grin and after waving Luke and Danny off, Reid picked up Zoë’s crutches and handed them to her. She surprised him by shaking her head and lifting up her arms.

“You need a lift, ma’am?”

After her nod, he moved her up to his chest and supported her cast with one hand.

“Come on, Princess…let me bring you to your castle…”

Her giggle made him grin, but after he sat her down on the couch, he plumped next to her and his serious face made her frown.

“Are you okay?”

Zoë nodded.

“We don’t know what happened to you, but if any of this is too much for you to handle…” Reid shrugged, “you will let us know, right?”

Another nod.

“Okay. What do you want to do? Watch some TV?”

Zoë shook her head and then pointed at Reid. After he frowned she wiggled herself closer and put up her arms again.

“You want to sit with me?”

She nodded and fighting off his emotions, Reid lifted her onto his lap where she snuggled against him. Similar to Danny’s seating arrangements with Luke earlier. Without a word Reid held her close, his head on her red curls, softly rocking her. He could feel it in her body. He could feel in on his hands. He could feel it in his soul. His little girl was crying. It didn’t freak him out, though. For some weird reason it didn’t even make him uncomfortable or sad. If anything, it made him feel grateful. She was opening up and he was ready for it. Protectively. Soothingly.

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I'm a little worried where your story is taking us, shortly before your well-deserved break. And since I am a procrastinator pur sang, I'm not sure I will read the next chapters in the next days. Or maybe I will, but maybe I will not comment on them. I want you to know that, if that happens, it has nothing to do with me not liking your story. It has everything to do with me, being a procrastinator pur sang and not being able (or wanting to be able) to deal with things right now. But I'll be back, of course, later this summer, hoping you'll be back, well rested, with a lot of new episodes of this wonderful story. Have a great holiday, Syl! x


I'm hoping to be back too, although it might not be on LJ. We'll see what this month will bring:-)

take care xxx

Without a word Reid held her close, his head on her red curls, softly rocking her. He could feel it in her body. He could feel in on his hands. He could feel it in his soul. His little girl was crying. It didn’t freak him out, though. For some weird reason it didn’t even make him uncomfortable or sad. If anything, it made him feel grateful. She was opening up and he was ready for it. Protectively. Soothingly.

Oh preciuos Syl!!


Yeah, quite a moment:-)))) xxx

Those poor kids! Danny is being a role model to Zoe for opening up and trusting. She is slowly getting there. Its was a beautiful description of Zoe sitting in Reid's lap silently crying.

“Before you go hug that smelly creature on four legs, I want one first" That line is very much Reid. It was cute.

Thanks for the support!

You're breaking my heart!!! I feel so sorry for the kids. Children shouldn't have to suffer in any way but especially not like that. I live in my own little world & its a happy place where bad things do not happen. I try not to pay attention to the news & listen to all the horrible things going on in the world. I have a horrible feeling I'm about to learn some really ugly stuff I really don't want to know.

So I have a little request, could you please leave us for summer on a happy note, not in the depths of despair??? I know I have no right to ask, but it would make me feel so much better. I'm also selfish & greedy. Not my finer points but I digress, you are the author, this is your story & I will read it come hell or high water. But please consider not leaving me sad.

I bow to your greatness.
Your most grateful servant

I wrote this week chapters one week ago, so it's all set.

But because you shower me with all these kind comments, I will give you a little 'mind easer'. I will not leave you sad. I know I can be a big tease, but I'm not cruel. I will not leave you sad.

Those poor kids! It's just heartbreaking reading about their pasts and how they have to deal with their issues in the present.

Yes it is. I'm glad they're safe now.

Lots of very moving moments in this installment. They are making some important breakthroughs. Great job!

Edited at 2012-06-27 01:02 am (UTC)

You characterizations are so wonderful that I feel like I know these people and I'm eager to find out what happens in their lives. Great chapter.

Thank you so much for your support! Means a lot!

OMG those poor kids. You know it's too sad for words that a 6 year old boy has to go through all the horrible things they did to him, because too many people don't know/or simple ignore that these things happen.
Good to see that Zoe is opening up

Yeah, I'm grateful I can give kids like Danny a voice.

I just love the 4 of them together :)

I know you do:-) I'm glad you do:-) So do I:-)

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