Title: Mama's Gone
Character/Pairing: Luka and Josip "Joe" Kovac
Prompt:General Bonus 004: Tomorrow
Word Count: 288
Warnings/Spoilers: Spoilers to Season 14 "300 Patients"
Summary: Luka helps Joe cope with Abby's absence
Disclaimer: Neither Goran Visnjic's image nor the character of Luka Kovac of ER belong to me. No copy-write infringement is intended by their use, they are being borrowed here strictly for entertainment purposes.
"Mama..." It wasn't the first time that day that his son had asked for his mother, and as Luka hoisted him to his shoulder he could do little more then comfort the boy as he waited for him to adjust to her absence.
"Mama's not here, Joe...I'm sorry." Luka rubbed the small boy's back as he carried him through the quiet house. How did he even begin to explain all that was happening? Never-mind that there was so much here for him to get used to, and it wasn't just not having his mother when he called for her. It was the unfamiliar language, all the new people he was meeting, and being away from everything he knew as well.
"Mama..." The small boy's voice broke as his tears finally began, and his father tightened his hold on him, bringing his full attention back to comforting his son.
"I know you miss her, Joe, and I wish she was here but, she can't come right now." There was no way he could explain to Joe what Abby was going through, anymore than she'd been able to explain his absence, all he could do was distract him.
"How about we go outside, you want to play with your ball?" He offered the distraction as he grabbed the toy and handed it to the child as he carried him.
"Ba." As he saw the toy, Joe reached for it, the absence of his mother temporarily forgotten. It wasn't an ideal solution, but it would do for now, and tonight, or tomorrow, when Joe again asked for his mother he would find some other way to handle things. Until they were once more a family, they had no choice.