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A/N: This is a story that deals with losing a love, then finding them again. This is my own and no one else's, and if it does resemble yours I am sorry.
Portland, Maine, December 22, 1953
As Hawkeye Pierce walked into his office in the late afternoon after a long day in surgery, he slumped back in his chair and closed his eyes. He sat there for a minute when there was a knock on the door.
"Come in." He said with his eye closed.
"Hi, Jake what can I do for you?"
"Well I was wondering if you would do me a favor." Jake said as he sat down.
"Yeah what kind of favor?"
"Well my wife's sister is in town, and Katie has to go to this Christmas thingy, and her sister needs a date."
"Thanks for the offer Jake, but I cant."
"Oh come on Hawk, do this for a friend."
"I would love too, but I cant."
"Hawk, your father is here in the hospital, and he won't be home till after Christmas,"
"I know Jake, I just cant."
"What would you rather do, then take out a pretty lady?"
"Oh, I don't know, write a long letter, then tare it up."
"Hawk you haven't been on one date since you got home, not ONE! That's not healthy. You go straight home every night, and write letters to this one person then rip them up."
"I know Jake, you don't have to tell me."
"Hawk, you have to get out, and I think that you might like Meg."
"She's great. If I didn't love Katie so much, I would marry her."
"Yeah, common Hawk."
"Jake listen, I cant because I'm in love."
"Oh, I didn't know. You never mentioned her."
"That's because I haven't seen her since Korea."
"Was she Korean?"
"No, she was our Head Nurse," Hawkeye paused, "Spectacular woman she is, smart, sexy, legs that go on forever, these blue eyes that look like ice. A temper, that can kill, and I love that temper, I love everything about her."
"Have you tried to contact her?"
"I wouldn't know where to start, that last time I head from her she was in Korea."
"What about her home town?"
"She doesn't have one, both parents were Army. She moved around a lot."
"Well Katie and her sister were Army Brats, maybe they can help. Meg was in Korea, she was the Head Nurse at a M*A*S*H. Plus if I don't find a date for her, well lets say I'll be taking cold showers."
Hawkeye burst into laughter, while the two walked out of the office. "Okay, fine. When is it?".
"Sure, where should I meet you?"
"Here I guess. Around six o'clock, I'll drive back to my place."
"Okay, do you know what colour dress she's wearing?"
"No clue, why?"
"Never mind, is she allergic to flowers?"
"Nope, I know this cause I listen."
"Sure you do."
"I do! How dare you say I don't." Jake exclaimed in mock horror.
"Jake, shut up! I gotta go, I gotta go see my dad."
"Okay, I'll see you on Thursday."
"Yeah, bye Jake." Hawk said as they split ways in the hall. He walked right past the nurse's station, without even a single glance at the blonde working. All the nurses at Portland General, didn't ask why, but Hawkeye wouldn't even join one of them for lunch, or even a casual conversation. It was strictly medicine. And one nurse wanted to know why. She had known Hawkeye for years, and for years he flirted with every nurse he could.
"Hawk!" Hawkeye turned around to see a red head staring at him.
"Oh, hi Claire."
"Do you have a minute?"
"Yeah sure. What is it?"
"How long have you known me?"
"Too long, why?"
"Even since you came home, you haven't flirted with any of my nurses, and I wanted to know why. We're all worried about you, I mean, how old is your dad? And his still making passes at all the nurses."
"Especially you Claire."
"Yeah, and you haven't even made one pass at me. I got at least one every hour before."
"Yeah, well, there's only one Irish head nurse I want to flirt with."
"And its not Claire Margaret Sullivan," Claire noticed the way he friend's eyes lit up when she mentioned the name Margaret. "The nurse you want is named Margaret isn't it?"
"Look Claire I gotta go, is my dad still awake?"
"Should be, when I left him he was trying to take his own blood pressure."
"Okay, thanks." Hawkeye said laughing.
"And tell him to stop playing with his IV!"
"Yes Claire!" He called back walking down the hall, and into his father's room. "Hey dad."
"Hi Ben. Come here and give me a hand, by the way Claire is trying to kill me!" Daniel exclaimed in a joking voice.
"You just hush up there Daniel Jacob Pierce," Claire said walking in and over to his bed.
"Carry on, I just have to take his blood pressure."
"She wouldn't let me take it by myself, I'm a big boy you know Claire, and a Doctor to boot."
"I don't care if you're the pope, you just had surgery on your hip. And you said yourself, a nurses job is to nurse people back to health."
"She got you there dad."
"She does and I hate it!" Daniel said as he watched Claire take his blood pressure. "So what can I do for you son?"
"I, I need to talk to you."
"So talk, just pretend I'm not here. And if you really want I can give you some advice."
"Thanks Claire. You know Jake Starling, a surgeon here?"
"Yeah, he came into see me today."
"I see him everyday." Claire said as she wrote some information on Daniel's chart.
"Well, he sort of asked me to take his sister in law out."
"So what's wrong with that? You haven't been out on a date since you came home."
"I know. But dad,"
"I know, I know. You're in love."
"And you don't want to lose her, but then again you never had her in the first place." Claire added sitting down. "Hawk listen to me, you can't pin for a girl that you don't have."
"Claire, you don't understand."
"But I do. Son, you need to either move on or try to locate her. From what I've read, you are in love with Margaret, but you need to get on with your life."
"See Hawk, I told you her name was Margaret. But I need to go. And I want you to go out with Jake's sister-in-law, and have fun. If you don't like her, then I'll help locate this Margaret for you. My brother is still in the army, so he might be able to help."
"Any time. And Daniel, don't play!" Claire ordered and walked out.
"I love her dad."
"Who doesn't love Claire."
"Margaret dad! Margaret! I adore Claire, she's one the best nurses I've ever scrubbed with."
"I should go and let you get some sleep. I'll see you in the morning dad."
"Bye dad." Hawkeye said walking out of his room.