A/N - Hopefully you'll like the uber happy way things end :) Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas xoxo
Day 12 - My Only Wish
Santa can you hear me?
I have been so good this year
And all I want is one thing
Tell me my true love is near
He's all I want, just for me
Underneath my Christmas tree
I'll be waiting here
Santa that's my only wish this year
"Are you freaking serious?" Alex Karev asked as his former mentor waved the white beard at him. "No way!"
"Come on, Alex!" Arizona Robbins exclaimed, sighing in frustration. "The kids will love it!"
"Find someone else," the surgeon shook his head. "Besides, I thought you were mad at me for beating up Deluca."
"I was mad," the blonde surgeon chirped, "but when the jury let you off, I figured I could too."
"They didn't let me off," he countered. "I'm on probation for a year, and I have to see a psychiatrist once a week!"
"You could have lost your job!" she reminded him. "Everything you've worked for, down the drain! Now quit your whining and put on this suit."
"It's for the children!"
Alex frowned at her for a moment before snatching the beard and suit. Whether or not he wanted to admit it, Arizona was right. Holidays were a bad time to be in the hospital, especially for kids at Christmas. They'd have a much better time at home with their families, not here with people they didn't know, medicine, shots, and surgery. The least he could do was dress up as Santa to brighten their evening. The peds surgeon remembered how rough Christmas had been in his house growing up; he would do better for these kids.
"Any big Christmas plans?" Andrew Deluca asked as he and Jo Wilson left OR two behind.
"No, not really," the brunette shrugged. "Not really in the Christmas spirit this year, you know? I'll probably just go home and sleep."
"That sounds pretty lonely."
Jo shrugged again; she deserved to be alone during the holiday. After all the secrets and lies, not to mention that Alex had practically begged to come home...after criticizing how she was raised... The young woman shook away the memories as she focused on her post op notes. Hopefully she could slip out of here without anyone throwing her a pity party.
Unfortunately, fate had other plans.
"Jo, you have to come see!" Leah burst into the residents' lounge as the woman was gathering her things. "Someone dressed up as Santa on the peds floor. They're doing pictures and everything, it's adorable!"
"Sounds sweet, but I..."
"Come on!" her friend interrupted, grabbing her hand and dragging her from the lounge.
"I've seen Santa before, you know," Jo frowned as the elevator doors closed.
"The kids are so cute," Leah gushed, as if she hadn't spoken. "Maybe I should try out peds. Ugh, but then I'd have to deal with Arizona...and Alex... No, definitely shouldn't try peds."
The brunette rolled her eyes as the elevator stopped at the peds floor and the doors opened. "Awww," she sighed in spite of herself. "How precious."
The residents moved closer to Santa's chair, set up near the nurse's station. Parents were snapping pictures, children were pulling on Santa's beard, and the nurses handed out candy canes. The staff had managed to make the kids feel better about being in the hospital during Christmas.
"Who's playing Santa?" the brunette inquired as she studied the eyes. The man looked familiar.
"I dunno, a third year, I think," Leah shrugged. "Wanna take a picture with Santa?"
"Are-Are you kidding?! No way!"
"Come on," her friend laughed. "I've seen the way you've been moping around. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Maybe it will be under your tree in the morning."
Jo bit her lip as Santa motioned her over. "Fine," she rolled her eyes, walking over to the Santa chair. "Do I stand up, or..."
"That's up to you," Santa smirked, patting his knee. The resident blushed before sitting on his knee. "Have you been a good girl this year, Jo?"
"How do you know my name?"
"I'm Santa, I know everybody's name."
Jo quirked her head, the voice sounding familiar. Yeah, whoever was playing Santa was trying to sound jolly, but... Hmmmmm... "I don't think I've been a good girl this year, Santa," she sighed heavily. "I...I kept a lot of secrets, thinking I was helping someone, but...it made things worse...then, when he tried to apologize...I wouldn't even listen..."
"Is this someone you care about?"
"I love him," the brunette sighed. "Even though I've really messed things up...and don't really deserve it...do you think...could you..."
"Yes?" Santa prodded as the woman stuttered and looked down.
"Could you give me my boyfriend back?" Jo felt ridiculous for asking, especially since 'Santa' was a staff member in disguise, but...maybe whoever was playing Santa would tell Alex that she was ready to make up.
"If that's what you really want..."
"It is!" the woman exclaimed. "I love him more than anything, and I just want him back!"
Alex pulled the Santa hat from his head and yanked the beard under his chin to expose his face. "I think I can make that happen."
"Alex!" Jo exclaimed, her eyes widening.
"Merry Christmas, Jo," he smirked before hugging her close and kissing her.