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What's the problem I don't know, well maybe I'm in love
Think about it every time, I think about it
Can't stop thinking 'bout it
How much longer will it take to cure this
Just to cure it cause I can't ignore it if it's love
Makes me wanna turn around and face me
but I don't know nothing 'bout love
Accidentally in Love, Counting Crows
Summer Mae Stewart is the oldest child of the Stewart family. Georgette and Winston Stewart welcomed identical twin girls, first born Summer and second born Erica (who has been known as Ricki since she was a baby), followed four years later by a son, Parker. Georgette and Winston were high school sweethearts, both growing up in their home town of Denver, Colorado, and both sharing a love of skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, making the most of the cold climate. Georgette was an ice hockey commentator and Winston a sports physiotherapist. Sport was very much in the family's blood, so it was a natural progression for two out of their three children to share that passion. Ricki went on to become a sports journalist and Parker, who had a love for ice skating since he was old enough to get balance on skates, went on to become a Winter Olympic Gold Medallist at the age of 24 at the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics.
It was actually Parker's third Winter Olympics. His first in 2006 in Italy, he won Bronze in Figure Skating with his then skating partner, Courtenay Russell, but she retired a couple of years later to have a baby and that was when Parker began training solo. In 2010 in Vancouver when he was 20, he won Silver as a soloist, and finally scored two Gold medals in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Summer was the only child of the three who had different ambitions entirely and she went on to Med School at UCLA in California where she met one of her best friends to this day, Evan Turner, and they both chose their speciality of Neurology, where she now specialises in people with Multiple Sclerosis. She's the only straight Stewart kid, with both Ricki and Parker eventually coming out. Ricki and Summer both chose to go to college in California to remain close, and they've pretty much been inseparable ever since, even going on to move to New York together when Summer got her Residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Our of the twins, Summer was the more traditional of the two. In fact, she actually married her high school sweetheart, Mick, after he proposed to her at their high school graduation. They had been dating since she was 16 and he, too, was going to college in California, but a little distance away from where the twins settled. Only, it proved to be one of those romances doomed once high school was finished. It was a modest wedding, but shortly after, and once Summer dove head-first into Med School, they began to argue a lot and just a year later, filed for divorce. It was just before Summer signed the divorce papers that she discovered she was pregnant. Mick told her he didn't want anything to do with her or the kid if they weren't going to stay married (still pretty a pretty immature ex-jock himself, not getting meaning of grown-up responsibility and wanting to booze his way through college frat parties) and even though Summer had intentions of keeping the baby, she lost it a month later after complications with the pregnancy from the start.
Summer was left cynical about love after that. She wasn't sure she wanted to get into any relationships again any time soon. She was took resentful jumping into marriage too young, and with a failed pregnancy to boot. She casually dated eventually, but nothing ever stuck and in the end, just cut her losses and decided to put dating and romance well on the backburner for a few years. Which is exactly what she did. She became a workaholic, much to her twins chagrin because Summer soon began to put work above having fun. She did become a highly respected Neurologist in the process, but sacrificed a lot of herself... not realising that she was actually scared to have fun in case it lead to falling in love, which she was even more scared of.
In the end, when she was least expecting it, she met Dr. Sam Campbell, an Aussie doctor new to Mount Sinai with family (and an identical twin of his own) in New York. They met at a work function and he looked every bit a fish out of water, so she asked if he wanted to ditch the party and go get ice cream with her instead. Which is what they did, wrapping the night up with Krispy Kreme and a nice walk back to her apartment. There was a near-kiss that both seemed to panic with, get cold feet, and hastily made some apologies and said their goodbyes for the night. Summer never intended for Sam to be such a bashful sweetheart. He was endearing, and whilst she tried not to think about him too much, they kept finding themselves in the same place whatever way they turned. Whether it be bumping into each other in the cafeteria, having a ridiculous amount of shared patients all of a sudden, discovering they were parking next to each other for a week, and then crossing paths in the busiest part of Central Park one morning.
When Sam asked her on a date, she couldn't turn him down. Her head was trying to remind her she didn't want to date, but her heart wanted to spend more time together. They went on a nice dinner date, and slept together at his apartment that night. Something has sparked between them, and they've both acknowledged that, but neither has wanted to tell anyone else about it, not even their twins. It's like they both expect it to be jinxed if they make it known, but now it's getting harder and harder to keep quiet, because Summer is starting to worry that she has gone and done the unthinkable: accidentally fallen in love with him.
Summer is an Original Character