A/N - Last year I did Japril, so this year I will be doing Jolex as well :)


Day 1 - Bells

Alex Karev rolled over, stretching out his arm for his girlfriend, jarring awake when he didn't touch her warm flesh. "Jo?" he asked sleepily.

"Ssshhh," she soothed as she tugged on a pair of jeans. "Go back to sleep."

The surgeon turned towards the clock. "Five fifty three?" he questioned with a yawn. "Did you get called in?"

"No, I'm off today," the brunette replied and walked over, placing a kiss to his cheek.

"Where are you going?"

"I can't sleep, so I'm going for a walk. I'll be back soon," Jo replied. "Go back to sleep."

"Okay." Alex snuggled into the bed and closed his eyes, attempting sleep. When the door to his home closed, he groaned and sat up. It wasn't even six in the morning, it was dark, it was cold, and it had snowed. It wasn't really a safe time to walk alone, especially if you were a gorgeous woman. Grumbling to himself, the man dressed quickly and grabbed his keys. "Hey!" he yelled as he ran up to Jo at the end of the block.

"Didn't I tell you to go back to sleep? It's freezing out here!"

"Tell me about it," the surgeon grumbled and rubbed his hands together. "What the hell are you doing?"

Jo ducked her head, a feeling of embarrassment washing over her. "The bells ring at six."

"Bells?" Alex questioned. "What bells?"

"The church bells," she replied and pointed to a large church building two blocks away.

"Since when do you go to church?"

"I don't," the brunette shook her head. "It's just...this time of year...when it's cold...and the snow...the bells just put me in the spirit..."

"The spirit?" Alex asked as he filed in beside her and they continued down the street.

"The Christmas spirit," Jo replied. "I just...no matter how bad Christmas was in the system...the sound of the church bells made me feel better, okay?"

Alex looked over to her for a second before wrapping his arm around her shoulders. "Then let's hear these bells." Normally he'd tease her, but he sensed that this was different. Important. If the bells were important to her, then they were important to him too.