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Oasis - Ch. 70/??

Title: Oasis - Ch.70/??
Author: [info]shirleyann66
Character: Major Edward Beck
Prompt:   Table 7; #16 - Victim
Fandom:  Jericho
Rating:   PG-13
Warnings : Spoilers for pretty much everything that's ever happened in the series may lie within.   Minor references to the rape of a child.
Word count:  799
Summary:
Disclaimer/Claimer: I do not own nor am I affiliated with Jericho or CBS or any of the other PTB in relation to the show (although if anybody has a Major Beck just kickin' around with nothing to do...send him my way!). No infringement is intended. I'm just taking the characters out to play, and will do my best to show them a very, VERY good time. ;)

A/N1: Words in red are Beck's thoughts as he's writing; not what was actually sent.

 
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April 20, 2008


Heather -
 

I understand I have you to thank for Gail Green coming to Patterson with Kenchy. You know, this was the first time I've faced her since I had Jake in custody last year. Jake may have agreed to – if not to forget or forgive - at least tolerate my presence as an unfortunately necessary evil, and our relationship has certainly improved dramatically the last few months but it's obvious, unfortunately, that his mother doesn't share that resolve.


 

Oh, she was distantly polite when she arrived in Patterson and while we were in public. I give her full credit for that. But she came to see me in my tent last night. She lost no time making both her opinion of me, personally, and how she felt about what I had done to her son crystal clear.


 

I understand her feelings. I certainly don't blame her for them and I didn't try to make excuses. Just as I had done with Jake, I let her take her punches without defending myself. Her attack may have been only words but they hurt just as much – possibly more - than Jake's fist.


 

I apologized but she made it clear it didn't make a difference – and that's the way it is.


 

Which made for a rather tense moment when she and Kenchy came into the med-tent this morning to find me there with Lucy, Del and Bobby. I could tell that Gail did not approve of any of us – well, except Lucy, of course. To my surprise, she didn't actually say anything. She must have been talking to people though or perhaps overheard a conversation or two because she obviously knew what Del's business is and her plans for the future. I'm half-expecting – actually more like three-quarters expecting - another visit from Gail tonight to discuss Del's continued “custody” of Lucy.


 

That's an argument I'm not looking forward to. I'm not sure if Gail will feel better or worse when she discovers it's more like Bobby has custody of Lucy with Del providing some oversight.


 

Anyway.


 

Kenchy and Gail shooed us all out of Lucy's cubicle so they could examine her.


 

Damn, they're good at what they do.


 

Bobby was tense, almost vibrating, ready to burst in at the first sign of distress on Lucy's part. Del hid her concern better but not by much.


 

Gail did all the talking and her voice was low and soothing, almost hypnotizing. Even I was feeling relaxed as I listened to her. She told Lucy exactly what was going to happen, how and where they were going to touch her, and why.


 

Except for an occasional sniffle and one small, suppressed whimper which made Bobby come to attention like a pointer dog, Lucy never made a sound.


 

It was heartbreaking.


 

When the examination was finished, I left Bobby and Del with Lucy to comfort her as much as she would allow. I didn't stay long as she shies away from the slightest touch from me at the best of times - can't say I blame her – and she was even more skittish immediately following the examination.


 

We met with Kenchy and Gail several hours later, in my tent.


 

Lucy's experiences, while traumatic, will leave surprisingly few physical reminders – at least externally. She's healing normally and as quickly as can be expected. The extent of her internal injuries, if any, are more difficult to determine without taking her to Jericho and the medical equipment there. Given Lucy's fragile state of mind, sending her to Jericho may not be the best thing for her at this point. The psychological damage is obviously severe and Kenchy speculated it would be long term, but he wouldn't provide an opinion one way or the other as to whether she will ever fully recover. As he reminded us, he's not a psychologist and the trauma Lucy has suffered is further magnified by the Second Attacks and the loss of her family – whoever they were and however or whenever that may have occurred.


 

As I half expected, Lucy has retreated into herself even more deeply and at the time I'm writing this, she's not even responding to Bobby. We just have to wait and see what the future holds.


 

I really do thank you for convincing Gail to come to Patterson with Kenchy. It was an excellent choice and Gail seemed to make the ordeal much more tolerable for Lucy while it was happening.


 

Anyway. I'm going to Rogue River in two weeks. I'll spend about a week there, possibly two, and then I'll be in Jericho. I look forward to catching up with you in person and finding out what's been happening with you and what's been happening around Jericho during my extended absence.


Beck

 

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