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dr. Reid Oliver

As The World Keeps Turning

The life and love of Dr. Reid Oliver

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162 Answers
dr. Reid Oliver
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Word Soap: As The World Keeps Turning
Author:
SYLnl
Title:  #162 Answers
Rating: PG
Summary:  “There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” - Johnny Depp
Big Thanks To: ltklo, for brushing up my grammar

Previously on As The World Keeps Turning: click here for chapters 1 - 161



“Hey…” Reid closed his mouth quickly enough to stop the ‘Coach Beiste’ coming out and his brain delivered the appropriate name on his lips instead, “…Trudy. Don’t tell me you’re doing work calls now too.”

The huge physical therapist gave him a telling grin.

“No such luck, doc. I’m not here to see you.”

“Bad news,” Reid smirked. “So why are you here?”

“She’s here for Kevin,” a voice behind him explained and both doctors exchanged nods.

“Good choice,” Reid’s approval was evident, “Kevin will be in good hands.”

“Thanks, doc. Ruggs told me you two go way back.”

“You know Ruggs?”

“Pretty good, actually. He’s my brother-in-law. My wife’s brother,” Trudy explained.

Reid took a silent sigh. What was it about this town and everybody being related to everybody?

“Well, that works out all pretty well then,” he stated and softly tapped Trudy on her shoulder. “It’s good to have you on board.”

“Knowing you only accept the best in your hospital, I’m flattered,” her smile was a mix of genuine pride and some teasing and Reid gave her a telling wink.

“As you should be,” he snorted and after a quick movement of his hand, he made his way back to his office. It had been a good day, but he was ready to change the stage.

“On your way home?”

“I am,” Reid raised an eyebrow, “unless you have something that can’t wait?”

“Nope, just wondering how Zoë is doing.”

“Well now, Doogie, that’s very considerate,” Reid even managed a quick smile, “and I’m happy to report she’s doing okay. The bruising is almost gone and she’s settling in just fine.”

“I’m glad,” Chris Hughes actually sounded sincere. “But still not talking?”

“Nope. Not a word. Sometimes a sound. A giggle. A soft laugh, even. But that’s about it.”

“Makes you wonder what that little girl endured…” Chris frowned.

“Yeah, it does,” Reid agreed, “Although we may not want to know…”

“Talking about Danny, I suppose?”

“Yep.”

“Mom told me about the court date. She’s doing a piece on it?”

“She is. Danny told us he want people to know this stuff was going on, so we’re committed to bring some awareness.”

“I’m glad. These cases…” there was a flash of anger in Chris’ eyes, “It makes my skin crawl.”

“I know,” Reid smiled at his colleague. “Thanks for the support.”

Chris just nodded and put up a hand in greeting. “Say hi to Luke.”

Before Reid could answer, the doctor had turned a corner and Reid covered the distance to his office without more distractions. The minute he stepped in, Reid realized he wasn’t off the hook just yet, but this interruption he actually liked.

“Hello Grandma,” he teased, giving her a quick kiss on his cheek.

“Gorgeous,” Lucinda purred with a smile, “Just came by to thank you again for that lovely party last week.”

After pointing to the couch, Reid dropped in a chair and put his feet on the table.

“Nice intro. Now tell me why you’re really here.”

“I found the guy who hurt Zoë.”

Reid was in shock. He didn’t even know Lucinda was after him. He shook his head for a moment. Of course Lucinda would be after him. This woman was relentless when it came to justice for her family.

“Did you tell Margo?”

The woman pulled a face. “Let’s just say my respect for the local police force is not extremely huge.”

“Plain logic,” Reid muttered, making Lucinda grin.

“Exactly. So I decided to take matters into my own hands…”

“No! You?” Reid’s feigned amazement made Lucinda’s grin even grew bigger and then she continued:

“…and I asked my men to get the truth out of him…”

“Any torture involved?” Reid knew he sounded more hopeful then teasing, but he didn’t care.

“There may have been some,” Lucinda shrugged.

“Did he spill?”

“He did. And I wanted to tell you both in person, but Luke is with the kids right now, so that’s why I singled you out…

Reid didn’t even feel like joking at this moment. He just nodded.

“So let me start with the good news…she was not sexually abused. I know tests already showed she wasn’t violated, but we both know there are other ways… anyway, she wasn’t. I wasn’t told how they made sure he was telling the truth about that, but they are convinced he did.”

Reid leaned back for a moment. That was a relief.

“He wasn’t very generous with details, but apparently there were drugs involved. According to him, Zoë’s parents were into using and dealing and they tried to mess with the wrong people. He had orders to kill off the parents, but nobody had told him about any kid and he wasn’t able to kill her.”

“Thank god for that,” Reid signed and Lucinda nodded.

“Indeed. But this is where the bad part starts…”

The way Lucinda turned a little pale, worried Reid immensely. That bad?

“Give it to me,” Reid urged her and she took a deep breath.

“Apparently she had been sleeping in the back seat of the car and he hadn’t noticed her while he…did his thing.”

“Oh God. She was there?”

“She was. And Reid…she witnessed it. She started screaming and that’s when he told her to shut up and keep quiet or else he would kill her too.”

With a soft moan Reid put his head in his hands.

“That’s why she’s not talking.”

“That’s why she’s not talking,” Lucinda repeated his words.

“What happened to the guy?”

“They gave him a choice. Jail or death. And killing others is seemingly more fun than being killed yourself, so they dropped him off at a police station where they actually do know how to keep someone in custody.”

“Let’s hope so…” Reid wasn’t convinced.

“I can assure you… even if this guy ever comes out… he will not come after Zoë. We know who he is and he knows we know. And he knows he messed with the wrong people. But with his track record… I don’t see him out any time soon.”

Reid surprised her by taking her hands in his.

“Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re not judgmental about my sense of justice…”

“Ah, that’s what you call it,” Reid teased, shaking his head. “But seriously…we all do what we think is right. Who am I to judge? As long as you’re not hurting my family, it’s none of my business, basically.”

Lucinda smiled. How she loved this man and how she loved that he loved her grandson. She had watched Luke’s involvement with Noah with growing concern and disapproval and she had even started thinking up ways to run the barista out of town. In hindsight she was happy she hadn’t interfered. Knowing Luke, he would have stayed with Noah just to make his point.

She’d thanked her lucky stars when Lily started talking about ‘some guy in Luke’s life’ and because Lily’s recital of the doctor’s bad reputation had concerned her, she’d ordered a background check and found out something very interesting about Dr. Reid Oliver. She could even recall her meeting with the detective word for word.

‘He has no life.’

‘Excuse me?’ How could anyone his age have no life?

‘I dug all the way, Mrs. Walsh, but all this guy does is work.’

‘That’s unnatural. His age. Looking that good. There has to be…’

‘He has some occasional hook-ups with a doctor on his team, but that’s it. He never goes out. No friends. No family. No life.’

For a second it had worried her, but then she had realized something significant. All this time nothing and nobody had been able to distract Dr. Reid Oliver from his work. But somehow her Luke had managed to catch this guy’s attention. And no, she wasn’t surprised. With Luke’s charisma he could charm a polar bear into buying some ice cream. But it did mean Luke was the exception to the rules of Dr. Oliver and Lucinda liked that. It suggested something big was going on. Something special. And boy, had she been right about that.

They were still holding hands and she squeezed the long fingers carefully.

“I’m grateful I could deliver some answers,” she softly said.

“I guess it’s that kind of week,” Reid sighed and Lucinda nodded.

“John and I will be there.”

“That’s good.”

“I know we’re not allowed in the judge’s chamber, but I’m pretty sure the courtroom will be packed with family and friends.”

“We’ll need all the support we can get,” Reid sighed again, not looking forward to the day to come.

“It will be tough,” Lucinda agreed, “Especially for that precious little boy. But let’s hope it will give some closure and awareness.”

“Yes,” after a last quick pinch Reid removed his fingers and tapped on his upper legs. “At least we will no longer will have this sword of Damocles hanging above our heads.”

“Exactly. And just imagine how good that carpaccio will taste after that… The Lakeview is all set for my grand dinner party. I already made sure they’ll have plenty of all your favorite foods..”

“You understand me so well,” Reid grinned and even let himself be pulled in for a short hug.

“You’re a special young man,” she said seriously, softly touching his cheek, “and you make my grandson very happy. So in return I like to pamper you a bit.”

“You’re doing a great job,” Reid convinced her and she laughed.

“We’re so alike. Only the best is good enough,” she gave him one last smile, “See you tomorrow at court.”

After Reid nodded she left him alone and after a quick glance at his watch, he grabbed his coat and bag and made his way to Gwen’s office. Home. Luke. Two words that made him smile and fasten his pace.


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She had watched Luke’s involvement with Noah with growing concern and disapproval and she had even started thinking up ways to run the barista out of town. In hindsight she was happy she hadn’t interfered. Knowing Luke, he would have stayed with Noah just to make his point.

Don't we all have an internally Lucinda and don't act on her because it's just that, the kids would make THEIR point and do exactly the opposite? :)

Home. Luke. Two words that made him smile..

Quoting YOU - right now is a Garfield sitting and grinning at my desk!!!

:-))) Thanks! And yes, I understand Lucinda completely:-)))

Very emotionally productive day for Reid. Glad to see progress in all aspects of his life, and that of his friend, Kevin.

It was nice to see Chris demonstrating mature empathy.

The story Lucinda shared was difficult, but important for Reid to hear. Thanks to her that mystery is solved.

I'm bracing myself for 4 weeks without this story. lol

Hahaha, well... I can only hope you'll embrace the story again when I come back:-)

Edited at 2012-06-28 08:19 am (UTC)

Glad to read that the mystery has been solved and that Lucinda who helped to uncover it. I'm off for a few days...hope you have a wonderful vacation!

Edited at 2012-06-27 11:49 am (UTC)

Thanks a lot! It good to step away for a while. xxx

Thanks for such a great Reid/Lucinda scene. Oh, if only the show had given them scenes!

I know! It would have been awesome, those two!

I always thought Lucinda would understand Reid. I agree with ltklo, if only the show had given them scenes! So, thank you for giving us this. The information Lucinda delivered was tough, but I'm so glad to see another scene with these two!

Yeah, I like them too. As Lucinda stated, I think they're very alike and would loved each other.

Lucinda is a BAMF. It's lovely that she and Reid appreciate each other. And although Chris is not my favorite person [I hate him sooo much] it actually makes sense that a pediatrician would have a special hatred for people who hurt kids so kudos for making Chris reasonable and sincere for this instance. Great chapter.

Please help me out...what's a BAMF?

And yeah, Chris being a pediatrician...I think he would feel a special connection to Zoë. I'm glad you liked. (I hate him too:-))))

BAMF is Bad Ass Mother Fu****

Ahhhh, hahahaha...thanks!

Thank you Lucinda for making sure that guy never comes after Zoe again. Poor kid, no wonder she doesn't speak.

Yeah, I would shut up too... :-)))

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