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Chapter 98: End of a Dream

Dr. Kayla Brady Johnson looked over the supply tent once more.  Everything she was taking was packed. The only things left would be remaining at the clinic for the local volunteers she trained as nurses to use as they tried to continue the work she had begun.

She hoped they would be able to continue operating the clinic, but Kayla had her doubts.  There just wasn't enough money or medicine for the volunteers to keep things running.  That particularly stuck in her craw.  Kayla hated leaving any job half-finished.

"Sweetness?"  She turned to see that her husband, Steve, had entered the tent.  "You almost ready?"

Kayla sighed.  "Yeah, I guess so."  She picked up the last of her boxes -- the box carrying her personal effects -- and turned toward the exit.  "Steve, why don't we try going to Switzerland again?  Maybe we'll have better luck this time?"

Steven shook his head.  "It's a waste of time, baby.  We tried that already."

He was right.  They had gone to Switzerland the month before to try to track down the people who ran the EAJ Foundation.  It had provided most of the funding for the first two years of the medical clinic, but Kayla's efforts to renew the funding had failed.  She had received no responses to her letters and, when she and Steve had gone to the address given for the foundation's offices in Geneva, they had found it to be a Swiss bank.  Steve thought it an intriguing mystery, but Kayla was furious.  Without the renewed funding, they could not continue to run the clinic and their efforts to obtain funding from other sources had failed.

"It's so frustrating," she said.  "After everything we've done, to have to give up now. . . ."

Steve took the box from her arms and set it on a table.  Then he pulled her into a hug.  "You think that now, but it's not totally over.  We'll go back to Salem and see what we can figure out.  It might take a little while, but we'll be back.  That's a promise."

Kayla smiled.  Steve always knew how to make her feel better.  Sometimes she felt so lucky that they had been able to have these last few years.  She had spent so long as a widow, unable to move on with her life, and then Steve had returned.  "Have I told you that I love you?"

"Not in the last hour," he teased.

"Well, then, I'm telling you now," she said.  "I love you Steven Earl Johnson, and I'm going to hold you to that promise."

"Fine with me."  He finished his words with a long, slow kiss.  When he pulled away, he added, "Think of this as an extended vacation."

Kayla smiled at the thought.  It sounded a lot better than "giving up and closing shop."  Besides, some time in Salem would probably do her good.  She could check up on Stephanie, and maybe she could take a trip out to California to check on Kim.  Kayla knew her sister was having a tough time, despite the emails Kim constantly sent that said how great everything was and how much she was enjoying having Andrew with her.

Of course, as a doctor, Kayla probably had a better sense of what leukemia could do to a patient, so that probably informed her interpretation of the emails.  Still, it would be nice to see her sister and nephew.  It had been years since she had seen Andrew.

"You ready, Sweetness?"  Steve's question intruded into her thoughts.

Kayla took one last look around the tent and nodded.  "As ready as I'll ever be."


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Jan. 15th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
You know I love this. I'm so happy that Kayla and Steve are being brought into this story.

Jan. 16th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Oh, sneaky... ;)
Jan. 16th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
I'll take that as a compliment.

I was always planning on bringing Kayla into the story, but I decided to play around with the timeline a bit and have her and Steve come in earlier. I'll admit that I don't know how much I will use them, though, so Steve and Kayla fans shouldn't get too excited.
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