May 25th, 2002

Sara eased herself down into her chair in her dorm room. Her feet were throbbing. She had her final in modern dance today and she had to dance twenty minutes straight. She really had done herself in. She glanced at the clock. Derek would be calling in ten minutes. He called her the same time every day.

It wasn't fun being in a long distance relationship but school came first. It was her first year in Juillard and it was Derek's first year in George Town. They had to make the grade. Sara gently placed a cool wash cloth on her foot.

"Nice." She groaned. Sara closed her eyes and the sound of Mozart filled her ears. She smiled softly as the phone rang. She snatched it up. "Hello, there."

"How did you know it was me?" Derek chuckled softly. "I was five minutes early." Sara smiled.

"I know your ring." She said, "How are you today?"

"Bored. School is over and Washington is dead." Derek said.

"Poor you." Sara said, "I had my last final today, but I don't think New York City gets bored."

"I think you're right." He said. There was silence for a moment, "So, we need to get together this summer sometime."

"Oh definitely. Maybe we can visit Chenille and Christopher" She said, "And my father."

"Or maybe we can do something else just the two of us." Derek said. Sara smiled softly as someone knocked on the door.

"Hold a second." Sara pulled herself up and opened the door. There stood Derek with a bouquet of tulips. Sara's eyes widened. "OH my god! What are you doing here??" She dropped the phone and jumped into Derek's arms.

"I wanted to surprise you and give you some good news in person." He said. Sara couldn't stop hugging him. He laughed softly.

"Come in. Come in and tell me." Sara's heart pounded it had been a long time since she had seen her boyfriend.

"Well, as I said I had good news. Sit and let me look at your feet." Derek said. Sara plopped down on her bed and put her feet in his lap. She loved the way his hands worked on her.

"So tell me. What is this good news you have?" She asked.

"I'm not going to George Town next semester." Derek said. Sara sat up staring at him.

"Why? What happened??" She gasped. Derek flashed her his award winning dimples.

"I applied to New York Medical School and I got accepted." He said.

"NYMS is in Valhalla. That's fifty minutes away." She said.

"I know." Derek smiled, "And it's a wonderful medical school. And Yonkers is in between Valhalla and NYC and we could get and apartment there." Sara's jaw dropped.

"An apartment? Together?" She asked. Derek nodded.

"That is if you want to." He said. "I miss you so much, Sara."

"I miss you too." Sara smiled. "I would love to live with you."

"Good." Derek smiled, "Do I get a kiss?"

"You can get a lot more." Sara flashed him her dimples.

* * *

Sara slowly started to wake up. Derek's heartbeat pounded in her ear. She opened her eyes and smiled.

"I thought last night was a dream." She said.

"Oh it was a wonderful dream that came true." Derek replied. "You up?" Sara nodded.

"It would appear so." Sara said yawning, "I need to get all my shit out of my dorm room today. It's the last day I'm supposed to be here." Derek nodded.

"I know. That's why I came last night." He said, "We can load our cars up whenever you want." Sara kissed his chest.

"All right. I'm going to get dressed." She slid out of bed and grabbed her bra and panties. Derek watched her carefully. Her body was so gorgeous. She had the best dancer's body he had ever seen.

"You can go naked if you want to. I won't mind really." He said.

"Funny." Sara giggled pulling her jeans on, "You get dressed now, Dr. Reynolds." Derek smiled and got out of bed.

"Have I told you how much I loved you lately?" He asked.

"Not recently." Sara flicked her blond hair off of her shoulder.

"Oh well, I love you, Sara." He said. She smiled brightly.

"I know." She winked.

* * *

Sara and Derek followed the landlord to the apartment.

"No loud parties. No gun fire. No drugs." The landlord said.

"Don't worry." Derek said, "We're responsible." The landlord looked the couple up and down.

"Can we just see the apartment?" Sara asked.

"Sure." The landlord opened the door and the three of them walked in. It certainly was a fixer-upper. The windows needed washing and Sara was sure that a few mousetraps might be needed. "It's two bedroom and nice kitchen. All the appliances were bought three years ago." Derek glanced in the fridge.

"Doesn't smell too bad." He said. Sara giggled softly.

"It's better than Roy's apartment was." She said.

"Sort of." Derek looked at her, "What do you think?"

"I like it in weird sort of way." She said looking around.

"Great. We'll take it." Derek said. The landlord breathed a sigh of relief.

"Great. It's yours." He tossed Derek the keys, "Enjoy." The landlord left. Derek grinned at Sara as he held up the keys.

"We have an apartment." He said. Sara grinned brightly and hugged Derek.

"Finally. Finally." She said, "This is one of the most amazing things." Derek returned her smile. He kissed her forehead.

"I love you, Sara." He said seriously. She looked at him.

"I love you too." She whispered. They had their apartment and now their new lives were right in front of them.

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