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Picking Up The Pieces

Title: Picking Up The Pieces
Characters: Harper Stanhope. Mentions of Goodwin, Juliet, Ben, Ethan, Richard, Tom, Colleen.
Rating: PG
Words: 600
Warnings: Spoilers for The Other Woman only.
Summary: Written for prompt #1: rebuild at new_otherton. Harper reflects on how much of her life she's spent picking up the pieces.

She’s been picking up the pieces the whole time she’s been on the island, or so it seems to Harper right now, anyway.

She hadn’t been told what she was getting into when Richard first brought her to the island to be the community’s therapist. Even after a few weeks, she still knew nothing. Yes, a few people had broken down in front of her, like Tom when they’d got to talking about how his father never accepted his sexuality, but it wasn’t anything that she’d never dealt with before.

Then the pregnant woman named Delia died, and no one even seemed shocked. Ben explained to her that it’s happened to every woman who’s conceived on the island since 1977, and no one knew why. And Harper now understood why they had needed a therapist here: she was expected to provide therapy sessions for all the couples attempting to conceive, listen to them gushing about how maybe this will be the time it will work, especially after the wonderful new fertility doctor arrived. Harper had spent most of those sessions biting her tongue not to say what she really thought about that. Ethan had told her how Ben hadn’t even read any of the other files once he’d seen the photograph of the woman named Juliet; that didn’t exactly inspire confidence in the doctor he’d chosen.

Harper was never surprised when the inevitable happened, when she was expected to pick up the pieces of the husbands every time. In the early days at least, everyone else maintained hope that this time would be the time when it would work. Harper knew it wouldn’t.

She could never leave it all behind her when she returned home either. Goodwin couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand that. He wouldn’t listen to her when she’d come home and try talking to him about the hopelessness she felt, knowing there was nothing she could do. Gradually, he’d started spending less and less time at home, putting in more hours at the Tempest, then spending all his time with Juliet instead.

It had been Colleen who had first hinted that there was something between Goodwin and Juliet. Harper hadn’t thought much of it at first, considering what a gossip Colleen was. But there had been something in the way she had said it that had made Harper wonder, and decide to follow them.

Now, it was the pieces of her marriage that Harper was trying to pick up. But for every piece Harper picked up, Goodwin would throw them back down again. He didn’t care that Harper was crying into her pillow every night as he slept on the couch, dreaming that he was in Juliet’s bed instead.

What had hurt Harper the most was that he was prepared to throw away fifteen years of marriage for a woman who didn’t even love him. Harper knew the situation with Juliet’s sister, and that given the chance to go back home and be with her, she’d drop Goodwin in a heartbeat. And she knew about Ben’s feelings for Juliet. Everyone did. But Harper knew exactly what Ben was capable of. So she was determined to make sure that Juliet ended it before anything happened to Goodwin

And when she did, Harper would be there, just as she had always been, to pick up the pieces.

They’re all gone now. Goodwin is dead, his blood on Juliet and Ben’s hands even though it was the woman named Ana Lucia Cortez whose hand carried out the deed.

And Harper remains here alone, picking up the pieces of her life once more.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 25th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love this! A lot of people pay no attention to Harper, but I feel really bad for her. You can't blame her for reacting to her husband's relationship with Juliet the way she did, and I'm glad someone else feels the same way. Again, awesome job, this was great! ^__^
Jun. 26th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Harper's had to put up with a lot during her time on the island, so I do feel some sympathy for her.

Thanks for reading, glad you liked!

(Oh, could this have an author tag and a Harper tag at the comm? Thanks.)
Jun. 27th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
This is really wonderful dear :) Even as cold as Harper is portrayed in the show, I definitely think she had a case. Juliet was the other woman, and Harper was trying to do her job all the same. This has great insight to her as a character, both trying before and after.
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I know she's been seen as a bitch, but really she had her reasons!
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