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After they had a good heart to heart, Talia had not heard from Julius. Not one text. She felt that after she admitted not being comfortable with having sex in the open it had changed his mind about them being together.

Talia was at work getting next weeks schedule together when her phone rang. It was Dr. Milatis. One of the internist that had just started with the practice. So far he did not receive any complaint’s.

“Hello Dr. Milatis is there something you need?”

“Yes can you come to my office please.”

“I’ll be there in a minute.”

“Thank you.”

Talia felt a bit uneasy. It is never good to be called into the doctor’s office, even if they are new.

Talia walked in and seen that the doctor was typing in his computer. She knocked to get his attention.

“You wanted to speak to me?”

“Yes, we need to talk about my nurse Maggie. I have had to apologies several times to my patients about her.”

“What do you mean? What has been happening?”

“At first I took it as a bad day. But she has had too many bad days. She has come into work smelling like alcohol and slightly slurring her words.”

Talia’s heart dropped.

“I have sent her home to sober up. The next day she is fantastic and on the ball. Today was not one of those day’s. Maggie had gotten into a confrontation with a patient I have had since I have been practicing. I can not let this slip by. I want her written up and suspended. What ever she has to do to get help she needs it to be done before returning.”

Talia sat there stunned from all the information that was just given to her. What is Maggie thinking?”

“I will handle it Dr. Milatis.”

“I hope you do. I did not start here just to fire people.”

Talia stood and looked at the doctor as he went back to work. She walked down the hall to Maggie’s office and seen that she was slumped over and sleeping. She is breaking and Talia did not know what to do to save her.

“Maggie, wake up.”

She used her office manager tone. Maggie woke up with the impression of the desk on her face.

“Maggie I have been informed that there was an altercation with a patient. We do not except that here. Is there anything your can say in your defense?”

Maggie shook her head and a tear slid down her face. Talia closed the door to talk to her.

“What is going on”

“I’m just a mess. I’m lonely and I can’t stop drinking.”

Talia held back her own tears and took control of the situation.

“You are going to be written up and suspended. With this time you need to get your self into treatment. I will call your folks if you want?”

“No, I have this. How long am I going to be on suspension?”

“For first offence three weeks.”

“That’s fine.” Maggie stood and collected her things to leave.

“Why didn’t you tell me you needed help?”

“I want you to enjoy your life. My mess up should not be a burden to you.”

“It’s not a burden. Your my friend.” She gave her a hug, not wanting to let her go.

“That’s it Talia, no more hugging. I will call you I promise.” she opened the door and walked out.

Talia went to her office and closed the door. She called Julius immediately.

He answered on the second ring and she did not give him a chance to speak before breaking down about Maggie.

Julius could not stand to hear Talia so heart-broken.

“Talia come spend the weekend with me.”

“I don’t want to push myself on you. I thought you need space from me.”

She heard him laugh.

“Never, I was working. When I write I get a little to absorbed into it. Come over pet. See you later.”

“Yes, sir.”

She wanted to say ‘I love you’, but she could not gather enough courage to tell him how she was feeling. Maybe this weekend, right now all she wanted was her Julius, her sir.