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30 December 2006 @ 02:34 pm
 
Somewhere between one AM and three, Alex decides he hates being on call. All the- the hospital is so cool- shit has worn off over the months and sure, he loves his job. But at two in the morning it's hard to remember why. He's sitting in a chair in the middle of the room, surrounded by infants. Infants who are sleeping. Infants who clearly aren't in dire need of his attention. So he shuts his eyes and leans back in his chair- ready to jolt awake if he so much as hears a cry coming from the premature twins Addison delivered earlier.
 
 
 
Addison: workaddie_mcsatan on January 4th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
A couple of hours later, Addison walked into the NICU to check on the twin premies she'd delivered the night before. She hadn't expected to find Alex Karev asleep in a chair, however. She smiled softly and shook her head, remembering the days she spent as an intern and the amount of work she did. The exhaustion had been unbearable at times and almost made her want to quit. But she stuck it out and she was glad she had.

Checking the babies' vitals, she spoke softly so as not to disturb the little ones inside the isolette. "Aren't you going to be late for rounds, Karev?" she asked, wondering if that was enough to wake him.
alexkare_v on January 5th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
His eyes squinted open at the sound of another voice. He swung his glance in the direction of the clock, eyeing the thirty minutes after five before shifting his gaze back to her.

"I was watching them, swear." He closed his eyes again, a yawn escaping him before setting his hands behind his head. "What are you doing here so early?"
Addison: addie 1addie_mcsatan on January 5th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
Addison let out a small laugh at his attempt to cover up his sleeping as she finished checking on the babies. She turned to look at him, hugging the chart to her chest and walking over to him.

"Couldn't sleep, kind of wishing I had the exhaustion you're feeling," she replied, grabbing another chair and taking a seat near him. It was rather unusual for them, but ever since their conversation when she'd had her meltdown, she felt a lot more comfortable around him.

Truthfully, she hadn't slept much because her mind was always on Mark. As much as she didn't want to, she missed him. It made her question how much she would be willing to sacrifice to make it work. If it did work out and if they did make it, everything she did would be worth it. But if they failed, she just didn't know if she could get back up again. That'd been plaguing her mind for quite some time now and the thoughts didn't stop running just because it was time to sleep unfortunately.
alexkare_v on January 5th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
He opened his eyes as she took a seat next to him. He cocked his head at her, tempted to ask what was keeping her up at nights but instead settled for casual conversation.

"Well. Today's my day off. And thanks for putting me on call last night." He narrowed his eyes at her, giving her a half glare. "That was nice."

She was much easier to talk to now that she wasn't constantly trying to piss him off, which usually only made him want to piss her off even more and then it was hard to remember who did what first. This, was much more pleasant. And Alex was a pleasant guy.
Addison: narrows eyesaddie_mcsatan on January 9th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
"You're very welcome, Karev," Addison said, playing off on his sarcasm as she smirked slightly. She crossed her arms in front of her and leaned back in the chair.

Addison was absolutely exhausted due to her lack of sleep over the past few days. Sometimes she wished someone would put her on call or make her turn into an intern. They always could find some way to sleep wherever they were. She needed that right about now.

"You should be happy, you know, getting all that experience and learning so much more. Besides, you can fall asleep anytime you want." She was definitely jealous of an intern right about now; something Addison had never felt before, but she really wanted to be able to stop thinking about Mark and just get some shut eye.
alexkare_v on January 11th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
He let out an open-mouthed yawn as she talked before shooting her a half-closed eye. "Someone must really be doing a number on you." He knew she knew that he knew exactly who that person was and that it was definitely personal issues that were keeping her turning late at night.

"You're too involved-- that's your problem. Just got to-" He streched mid sentence. "-stop obsessing and sleep will come." He winked at her then, having given her his Alex advice for the day. Damn good advice if he might say so.
Addison: addie 1addie_mcsatan on January 13th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
"And what exactly do you suggest I do about that, Karev?" Addison asked with a raised eyebrow when she observed that he winked at her.

Sometimes, she thought, Alex was a little too charming for his own good. His cocky and confident exterior reminded her a lot of Mark, but he was somehow different. Addison couldn't put a finger on what it was, but it was there.
alexkare_v on January 17th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Alex was aware that their conversations had turned total different genres in the last few days. She was honest. She kind of took this whole shit happens attitude that was such a god-damn relief that quite frankly-- it was comforting. "I have no idea." He laughed then, somewhat barking at her. "No idea why you're listening to me in the first place." He smiled across at her before grabbing at his pager to check the time.

Addison: addie 1addie_mcsatan on January 20th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Lately, Addison had been finding herself doing things she normally wouldn't have been doing; breaking down in on-call rooms, socializing with an intern. It was all very unlike her. She figured all of the stress with Mark and Derek (although now, it's mainly just Mark) was wearing her down, and it probably was.

There was only so much she could take. She didn't want to be alone, but it seemed like she messed it up everytime she was with someone. First it was Derek by sleeping with Mark and now it was Mark by meeting Dere, or whatever was the reason for them breaking up. Whatever it was, it happened and it happened for a reason. Addison just needed to work on accepting it or really, dealing with it.

"I've no idea either," Addison said, smiling and shaking her head. Maybe she was just looking for a friend. She had Miranda, Richard, and Adele, but sometimes it wasn't enough. She missed having her best friends all around her like they were in New York. Alex Karev would probably never have that kind of relationship with her, but there was just something about being around him that was comforting.
alexkare_v on January 20th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
They sat in silence for a while both gazing slightly over the others shoulder. "I should be going." He stood up, snapping his pager off once more to search the time before returning it to the elastic of his scrubs. Maybe he could hunt down Bailey and ask if he could cover someone's shift. The prospect of going home and probably not being able to sleep either did nothing for him. Maybe he could get Sloan to let him in on a case. Maybe Addison would let him scrub in. Maybe Izzie would be somewhere.

"You're going to be okay." His voice punctuated the air and she tilted her head to the side in response.

"Whenever you're ready for that drink I promised. I'm here.”

“You could use the friend." He nodded once before turning back around and heading out the door of the nursery. Because she could use someone to talk to and who knew? Maybe he could to.
Addison: looks downaddie_mcsatan on January 20th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Alex was right (again?); Addison did need a friend. She was still skeptical about it being Alex Karev, but she supposed it could happen. Things never worked out the way one expected them to. She of all people knew that best.

Everything with Derek and Mark was all so very surprising. No one saw Derek's indifference coming. No one saw Addison's affair coming. A relationship with Mark and then a devastating break up had not been foreseen in any way whatsoever. Addison wished she could have seen them coming. It might have saved her a lot of pain, but things just never work out that way.

Sighing, Addison slowly stood from her chair and went over to an isolette, looking in on the small baby inside. How she wished life were that simple now. Sure, the tiny creature was struggling to live, a lot like she was, but it didn't have a care in the world other than that. It didn't have all of this pain of heart ache it carried around at all moments of the day. She just wished life could be simple again, go back to everything before it got so complicated.

That, however, wasn't happening and she still was unsure of how she was going to fix anything. Yeah, he was definitely right; she really could use a friend to maybe help her figure things out.

--FIN