4x06, Connor and Terry last scene. At this point, I am just writing every scene that cross my mind lol Also, I kinda like Terry so far. Even if I miss Noah and really, really miss Sarah...
Connor let a small smile stretch his lips. He remembered all too well what it was like to be a medical student working at a hospital for the first time. Just like he knew what it felt like to lose a patient after making an error. But as he told Terry, they were still humans. And the only way trying could become a mistake was if they didn’t learn from their experiences.
“Thanks, Doctor Rhodes,” Terry said at last.
Connor nodded and got up from the bench before he added:
“Come on, go change, you’re officially invited to my bachelor party.”
Terry frowned slightly.
“I thought Doctor Halstead was the one getting married?” he said.
And Connor merely raised an eyebrow at him and the younger man figured it out:
“Oh,” he said simply.
He didn’t look hostile, which, was a good thing as Will chose that exact moment to join them outside. He was wearing a feated dark green suit that got both of Connor’s eyebrows to go up on his forehead:
“Will Halstead,” Connor said as he got closer to his fiancé. “That’s a fine-looking suit.”
“Thank you,” Will said as he slipped an arm around Connor’s middle. “My fiancé bought it for me.”
“Man has great taste,” Connor joked, his own arm coming around Will.
“I mean he is marrying me so,” Will answered, trying and failing not to smile as big as he wanted to.
Connor snorted before crossing the distance between their lips. The kiss latest barely a second but wasn’t any less sweet.
“Ready?” Will asked, smiling with his whole face, eyes brights.
“Hm, hm,” Connor hummed, before turning towards Terry to add: “See you at Molly’s.”
And the med student nodded shily as the couple started to walk away.
woso community on nwsl scandal: omg this is horrific! how did this go on for so long?! i am outraged! every single person involved in this or who had any knowledge of these accusations and stayed silent and enabled this needs to be held accountable and fired!!! how can people not listen to victims?! shame on you! no more silence!
woso community on auswnt scandal: they said it was ancient history! they’re all one big happy family now!!! yeah the accusers say abuse and mistreatment is still going on but like de vanna is bitter and dobson who?? it’s obviously just homophobia!! can we stop making a big deal out of this and just move on already?! let’s just focus on supporting this amazing team and ignore the haterzzz
(How soon we forget…)
And this shouldn’t need to be clarified but alas I will clarify that this post is in no way condoning the recent abuse players have been facing from online trolls. Of course those things that have happened are abuse in their own right and should be addressed and punished accordingly. But it is not a reason to be detracting from the initial allegations. They are not mutually exclusive. All abuse should be taken seriously. As for this issue of “predatory lesbian stereotypes”... I do understand where people are coming from. However. There are people (not just De Vanna) who are literally saying they were harassed/bullied/assaulted by individuals who happen to be lesbians. I agree a “predatory lesbians” stereotype is damaging. But you know what is equally damaging? A stereotype that lesbians cannot be predators because “that’s just a homophobic stereotype!” Or that women can’t be abusers because that’s a man thing. That’s incredibly dangerous. Anyone of any race, gender, sexuality, etc. can be an abuser or bully. That is a hard, cold fact. Trying to discredit allegations of abuse by automatically assuming they are based in homophobia is dangerous. If there are people or reporters coming at this story from a homophobic angle then that really f*cking sucks and does not help anyone (actually just does more harm). That does not mean the allegations themselves are based in homophobia. Don’t project the attitude of how some have received the story onto what the story actually is. As with the NWSL scandal, this all started because a few brave people had the courage to stick their neck out and say abusive, harmful things are happening in this environment and the culture that sweeps it under the rug needs to change. Seeing the amount of people trying very much to sweep this away, after everything we’ve just experienced with the NWSL, is sort of nuts? And upsetting imo. The whole situation is a terrible mess and there are multiple things that need to be addressed, including the online abuse faced by current squad members and the homophobic nature of some people’s commentary on the story. But I do not believe it is right for the initial allegations to be lost in all of it or for the Matildas organization’s horrible, gaslighting response to be overlooked. Like them or not, it did take Lisa and Rhali a lot of courage to speak up now after years of keeping this in and staying silent #nomoresilence. And I believe them. Not least of all because I heard information from a separate source, months before all of this came out, that fits with there being bullying behaviour among some senior players. There are also many comments I have seen since this story broke from Australian football fans and journalists alike that seem to imply this toxic culture in the football scene is somewhat of an open secret? But that nobody dare speak of it for fear of the consequences? De Vanna’s reputation seems to be taking a bigger hit than anyone associated with the Matildas right now and ain’t that the way it goes... Although I was disappointed to see all the individual members of the Matildas choose to unify in a response I see as incredibly harmful for abuse victims in general, I do sympathize with the fact that most of these players are stuck between a rock and hard place and are clearly under a lot of pressure and control from their higher ups. It still doesn’t leave them free of accountability from addressing abuse allegations the wrong way. “That wasn’t MY experience! Everyone here has been WONDERFUL to MEEEE” is not the way to respond to alleged victims. Ever. Period. Using your lack of mistreatment by the accused as some sort of evidence that it’s unlikely abuse or mismanagement has been/is going on is nonsense (especially since they are the ones telling you exactly how to respond!) Abusers & co. don’t abuse everyone. That’s how it works. Please be open to addressing all issues of possible wrongdoing here. As I said before, they are not mutually exclusive. It can all be wrong at the same time. And it is. Don’t dismiss abuse allegations. ✌️
#5 - Ray Durham - 2B - Chicago White Sox (1995-2002)
when I close my eyes I feel it all again
Jay does wake up one night when Hailey is struggling with her insomnia.
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A/N: Blame/thank Tracy's outstanding performance for this one. She was so phenomenal she almost made me cry (and ya bish never cries).
So, yeah, I wrote this thing in like two hours, the idea just popped in my mind and I had to stop whatever thing I was doing and write it down before I'd forget LOL
I think we can consider this one-shot as a missing moment from 9.04 and, yeah, I really really hope you like it! 🥰
But that one episode from Chicago fire where that little kid passes away and his mom told the department he wanted to be a firefighter and they all salute him when the hears drives past the department almost messed up my day
The new sequel series of Sprucing up Chicago is here. It's called 'To Build a Home'. I hope you like the first part ♥️
Still Breathing: Chapter 9
Summary: AU | When a case goes sideways, Hailey wakes up in the hospital with a revelation that leaves her evaluating her life. While she recovers at Med, she meets Jay, an aloof, yet intriguing patient that catches her by surprise. The two get to know one another as they take on the task of rediscovering what it’s like to truly live, and eventually learn their lives intersect in more ways than one.
Writer’s Note: Hi lovelies! I hope you’re doing okay after this week’s episode. I know I’m still reeling from it. Sorry it’s been a while, life’s been busy and this chapter took a bit to work through. I hope you enjoy!!
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She must have played it back a million times. You’re with intelligence? His words echoed in her mind. The crack in his voice, the change in his eyes, the way he pulled away from her, every detail seemed to loop over and over. She sat in that hallway, clasping a hand over her mouth to muffle the sobs that leapt out of her throat. Her chest ached, like a dagger had been lodged into it and every thought, every breath only plunged it further into her skin.
She was certain she left a part of her heart in that room with him, and she could only hope that he had boxed it up for her, prepared to give it back whenever he was ready. If he was ever ready. Eventually, when it felt like there were no more tears to cry, she stared ahead, her unfocused vision making her oblivious to her surroundings. The feeling of a hand on her shoulder brought her out of the dazed state. She flinched, snapping her head up to take in the pitying expression of a newly familiar face.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you,” Will said, offering her a gentle look before stretching out his legs to sit on the floor next to her.
Hailey used her sleeves to wipe at the tears left on her face. She looked away from him, trying her best to conceal the effects left of the war lost in her mind.
“You okay?” he finally asked, clasping his arms over his knees.
“Mhm,” Hailey hummed simply, knowing how badly her voice would crack with any other lie.
“He told me what happened,” he paused. “He’s a jackass.”
Her lips folded in, and her brow furrowed. She swiveled her head slowly to look over at him.
“He’s not,” she shook her head. “I should’ve told him.”
“From what I heard, he didn’t give you the chance to.”
“No, I don’t mean today. I started clueing in on who he was a few days ago. I had a chance to talk to him about it, but I was just too scared. We had just dove into this thing together and I wasn’t sure how he’d react… what it would mean for us,” she sniffled, turning to look back down at the floor.
“Oh,” he let out, nodding as his stare fixed on the wall opposite them. A suffocating silence surrounded them, creating a pressure that sat on her like a heavy weight.
“You know, I’ve been wanting to meet you for a while,” he admitted after a few moments. She was grateful he’d broken the silence, but the statement took her by surprise. She shot him a look — one of curiosity and confusion. He nodded as if to say he knew the statement required further explanation, and with that he inhaled sharply and continued.
“When Jay first got his diagnosis, he slipped into a really dark place. I tried to help as best as I could, but I wasn’t exactly his favorite person then. When our mom was sick, I wasn’t the son or the brother I needed to be. I think on top of every other fear that came with his diagnosis, he was scared history would repeat itself. That I wouldn’t be there for him in the way he needed me to be. So, he tried to do what he did to everyone else in his life… he tried to push me away. But I was all he had, so I fought to be there for him,” his eyes tracked someone at the end of the hallway, interrupting his thoughts. He paused and waited for them to pass before pressing forward.
“When he made that list, I thought things would start getting better, but that darkness still lived in him. For a while, I wasn’t sure anything was going to bring him back from it. Then out of nowhere, it was like a switch flipped. There was this light in him again. He was reaching out more, he was in better moods, he was smiling again. I wasn’t sure what changed, but I thought it best not to question it. That light though, it just kept getting brighter and brighter, so after a while I had to ask what had gotten into him. He just grinned real big and shook his head, said it was nothing. It took a bit of time and prying, but he eventually told me about this girl he met. He said her name was Hailey. The second your name left his mouth, I knew that’s what had changed him.”
Hailey wondered how a simple sentence could simultaneously make her heart mend and shatter all at once. She inhaled deeply, the exhale coming out in rigid shudders. She had to look away from him, hoping to soak up the wells in her eyes stirred up by those words. Then her eyes came to meet his again and she couldn’t stop the tears that rolled down her face.
“I’ve wanted to meet you because you gave my brother a reason to smile again. You brought light back into his life, light I never thought I’d see again. So whatever this is, whatever anger or mistrust there is between you, he’s going to get over it. He needs to… because he needs you, probably more than he deserves you.”
“I hope so,” Hailey managed out, sniffling as she brought a hand to swipe under her nose.
“He’d be an idiot not to,” he nodded, giving her a soft grin. “Look, if you want to get out of here, change or anything, I can call you when I hear something.”
“Um, no. I think I’ll stick around. I wanna be close in case… I’m fine here,” she told him, forcing a smile.
“Well, I can’t have you sitting on the floor then. Come on, you can wait in the lounge,” he stood and extended a hand out to her. She took it and he helped her stand.
“Thank you for saying all of that,” she told him, bobbing her head up and down with the words.
“We’re all he’s got, so in a weird way that makes us practically family. Plus, it’s the least I could do after all you’ve done for him,” he smiled back, causing her heart to break in the best way possible. She gave him a sad smile and hesitated a moment before raising on her toes to wrap her arms around his neck.
“He’s going to come around,” he whispered just before she pulled away.
He then led her to the doctor’s lounge, giving her the space to finally take off her vest and decompress for the first time that day. She checked her phone to see several messages from Kim and the rest of the team.
Kim: Give me an update whenever you know!
Voight: Burgess and Ruzek told me what’s going on. Don’t worry about us. Take all the time you need, kid.
Kevin: Let me know if I can do anything for you. From the heart, always.
She smiled as she realized how lucky she was to have such amazing people in her life. Family had never been a concept or feeling she cherished, but her found family, they meant the world to her. She typed out a response to each of them, methodically choosing her words to maintain the anonymity of Jay’s identity. She hated not being able to tell them, but she realized how important it was to him that she didn’t. If she’d done one thing right, it was protect that secret for him, and she wasn’t prepared to draw back on that promise.
Over an hour had passed. She couldn’t sit still, so she paced the floor of the small and quiet room. In her head, she rehearsed what she’d say to him, how she’d explain everything, how she’d find the guts to say how in love with him she was. Her love for him was something that scared her. It scared her even more after what happened that day. The way she lost herself completely, the way nothing mattered except for him, it wasn’t something she was used to. Though what scared her the most was the idea that he might not feel the same way. Will interrupted her thoughts when he knocked on the door and entered the space.
“Hey, I’ve got an update,” he told her quietly. She stopped in her tracks and held her breath, the look in her eyes silently urging him to continue.
“Head scan came back clear.”
She released her breath in relief, but the look on his face told her there was more.
“He collapsed because of something called a Pseudomonas Infection. It’s caused by a type of bacteria usually found in soil, water, and plants. These types of infections can take anywhere between two to ten days to show up, so he said it was probably from-”
“The Chicago River,” she finished for him.
Her eyes blinked closed slowly as she realized, and she ran a hand through her hair as she let out a sigh of frustration.
That night, she had a gut feeling that he shouldn’t have done it, and she could kick herself for giving in to his blind assurance.
“Yeah, probably not the best idea,” he let out in a breathy laugh.
“It was part of his list… I- he assured me he’d be fine,” she closed her eyes and shook her head. “So what happens now? How do we treat it?”
“Because of his suppressed immune system, the infection is already pretty severe. They’re starting him on a round of intravenous antibiotics to fight it off. We’re not sure how long it’ll take, but it looks like he’s going to be here a few days at least.”
“How does he seem?” she asked timidly.
“He’s stable. A little fatigued, but it’s as expected. Also a little grumpy about the needles, you’d think he’d be used to it by now,” he said lightheartedly. It was clear he’d missed out on the double meaning of her question.
She forced a small laugh and looked past him at the wall behind him. She didn’t want to have to clarify what she’d really meant, so she just stayed quiet. He looked over at her uncertainly as he tried to measure her silence, then his face softened when he realized.
“I think he could benefit from some company,” he told her, causing her to swallow hard.
He left her with a hopeful “good luck” before exiting the space.
The journey up to his room felt like she was walking backwards on a treadmill. For every step forward she took, it felt like she was being dragged several feet back. Part of it was the dread of what her mind only anticipated his reaction to be. She wasn’t sure if she could handle that look again, the hurt and disappointment in his eyes. The other part was her stalling, fighting to piece together an explanation that wouldn’t come across as an excuse.
Once outside his door, she peered in to get a read on him. He was awake, his eyes tracking the small screen of the television in the corner. When his vision darted to the side, catching a glimpse of her, she suddenly felt embarrassed. Like a kid caught doing something they weren’t supposed to. Then, he eyed her up and down a moment, eventually raising his hand only enough to wave her in. That’s a good sign, she thought.
The tension in the room was palpable. It was a foreign feeling between them. Even when she’d first met him, she hadn’t experienced what it was like to feel like a stranger around him. He had always given her a familial sense of comfort, but that moment felt far from that. She stood close to the doorway, crossing her arms over her chest to hide the fact that her hands were trembling.
“I didn’t expect you to be back so soon,” he said, his eyes avoiding hers.
“Never left,” she shrugged. She watched as his shoulders dropped and the firm set of his jaw softened.
“I heard your head scan came back clear,” she said, fighting to cut through the painful silence.
“Yeah,” he replied shortly.
She looked down at her feet, nervously kicking the floor as she tried to get out what she’d rehearsed in the lounge. Though nothing she could think of felt right enough to say. She could feel him glancing over at her every few seconds, like she was a bad car accident he didn’t want to look at but couldn’t pull his eyes from.
“Two weeks,” she finally blurted out. He sat up straighter in the bed, peering over at her with a look of bafflement. The words came out without thought, and she had to take a minute to figure out where she wanted to go from there.
“I was in Intelligence for two weeks before I was shot. I crossed paths with Voight and the team while I was working in Robbery-Homicide. After a rocky start, we closed the case and Voight offered me a spot. All I knew was that their detective was on furlough and they needed an extra set of hands. I never heard your name, never knew anything about you until a few days ago when Trudy mentioned this Halstead guy for the first time,” she closed her eyes as she let out a heavy breath, something in her giving her the courage to take a step closer to him.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think the missing detective could be you, but I didn’t want to cause a problem over something I didn’t know for sure. Then today, when I didn’t know where you were, the nurse asked for your last name and Halstead just fell out of my mouth. It was like I knew without knowing for sure. Then I met Will and…” she threw her hands into a helpless gesture.
“I’m sorry. I should’ve told you. I know. I just didn’t want to-“ she shook her head.
“I don’t know,” she finished quietly, awfully unsure of herself as he stayed silent across from her.
“Does the team know?” he asked, an almost fearful tone in his voice.
“No, I made sure to never talk about you. They picked up on the fact that there was someone in my life-” any other time she would have smiled, but in that moment it felt impossible. Instead she just twitched her head to the side and bit the inside of her cheek. “They don’t know it’s you. I’ve made sure of it.”
“You really didn’t tell them?”
She shook her head. “We made a pinky promise, remember?”
She watched as he fought off a smile, and she knew in that moment that everything was going to be okay.
“I’m sorry for freaking out earlier,” he said, holding out his hand for her to grab.
She moved forward carefully as if not to make him change his mind, and she came to sit on the bed beside him. She grabbed his hand, closing her eyes in the comfort his touch brought. Her lips curled, but her brow remained furrowed, and she shook her head at his apology.
“Don’t be. I’m the one that should be sorry. I should’ve told you,” she whispered, bringing her other hand to rest over his.
“I could maybe forgive you…” he said, the sneaky grin escaping his mouth keeping her from freaking out over the word maybe.
“…I think a kiss might be a better apology,” he smiled. She pursed her lips to the side, rolling her eyes at him, releasing every bit of tension from her shoulders.
Pulling her hands away from his, she brought one to the side of his face, allowing the other to fall against his chest as she slowly brought her lips to his. She released a breath into the kiss, in a way that felt like the first breath she’d taken all day. He tried to deepen the contact, his tongue trailing her bottom lip in a way that sent chills down her spine. Then in the cruelest manner, she pulled away from him, still staying close enough to feel his breath against her face. He looked at her with a look of dissatisfaction, and she could tell there was a scoff somewhere in the back of his throat waiting to be released.
“Can we make a deal? I promise no more secrets or holding things back if you promise no more jumping in dirty rivers and collapsing on the street. I don’t think I can take another day like today,” she told him softly. A serious look filled his eyes and he raised a hand between them, holding up his pinky finger. A large grin escaped across her face as she brought her own pinky to wrap around his.
“Promise,” he said, shaking their hands together.
She pressed another kiss to his lips and tucked into his side. He wrapped an arm around her, careful of the many tubes and wires hooked up to his arms as he did so. They remained in a comfortable silence, relief and love surrounding them completely. Earlier that day Will had told her that Jay needed her, but she was certain it was the other way around. She didn’t find a chance that day to say those words she’d been dying to say, and though she could’ve easily said them in that moment as quietness fell upon them, something in her told her there was a better time for it. So she just repeated it in her head over and over, hoping that in some supernatural way he could hear those words without them ever having to leave her mouth.
Chicago White Sox: SOX WIN!...
i’ve said this before and i’ll say it again. erin sassing voight is my fave thing ever “we taking this from organized crime because he was your poker buddy?” also a classic “kiss my ass”
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ok so fire gave us a super depressing ep 1 of season 3 and i guess pd decided to make up for that by giving us a comedy for s2ep1? idk if any of this is actually supposed to be as funny as i’m finding it or if i’m just sleep deprived and have a warped sense of humour but here are my fave moments of this episode:
nadia not realizing that she went in the back door to the precinct because the poor girl has only ever gone in that way💀
ruzek running for his life yelling “POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN”
i totally forgot to finish adding my fave moments but i still think the previously listed ones deserve recognition so
hey amazon prime, i fixed this for you:)
Previously in the Blackhawks' last game The Blackhawks lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on Friday night with goals scored by Alex DeBrincat, Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik. Tyler Johnson (who had 2), Patrick Kane (who also had 2), Seth Jones and Brandon Hagel each got assists in the game. Kevin Lankinen was the losing goaltender; he made 25 saves out of 29 shots on goal during the game. Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins finished 1st in the East Division with a record of 37-16-3; their home record was 22-4-2 and their road record was 15-12-1. The Penguins clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on April 29, 2021 and clinched the East Division title on May 8, 2021 in a 1-0 shutout win against the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, they were eliminated in six games by the New York Islanders in the first round on May 26, 2021. The Penguins will be coming off a 5-4 overtime loss on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers with goals scored by Danton Heinen, Jeff Carter (who also had 2 assists), Jake Guentzel and Evan Rodrigues. Dominik Simon, John Marino, Kasperi Kapanen, Kris Letang (who had 2), Mark Friedman and Jason Zucker each got assists in the game. Casey DeSmith was the losing goaltender; he made 34 saves out of 39 shots on goal during the game. Tonight will be the first of two meetings between the Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins; they will face each other again on November 9, 2021. The last time both teams faced each other back on November 9, 2019, the Penguins defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 with goals scored by Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane. Corey Crawford was the losing goaltender; he made 29 saves out of 31 shots on goal. Players to be aware of Kris Letang (who was tied with Sidney Crosby in assists last season; he ended the 2020-21 regular season with 45 points with 7 goals and 38 assists; in the 2020-21 postseason, he had 6 points with 1 goal and 5 assists; he had a multi-point game with 2 assists in the Penguins' last game against the Panthers) Jake Guentzel (who was second on the team in goals and points last season; he ended the 2020-21 regular season with 57 points with 23 goals and 34 assists; in the 2020-21 postseason, he had 2 points with 1 goal and 1 assist; he got 1 assist in the Penguins' last game against the Panthers)
Good morning, Blackhawks fans! The Blackhawks end their three-game road trip as they play against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight for the first time this season. Here are my keys to tonight's game: 1.) Stop allowing goals from the other team early in the game. 2.) Manage the puck more properly; don't make constant turnovers throughout the game. 3.) All four lines need to start being consistent and productive throughout the entire game. 4.) Continue to keep up the good work with your special teams.