October 29, 2003

Michael scrubbed his face with his hands as he shuffled to the admit desk. Things had been very busy earlier, but now it was sort of quiet. He glanced in the curtain area and saw Neela laughing with a patient. A small smile came across his face. Neela was so adorable when she laughed. Hell, she was adorable all the time.

"Whatcha looking at?" Pratt walked up to Michael. His gaze followed his. A smile came across Pratt's face. "Why are you checking her out?"

"I'm not doing that." Michael narrowed his eyes. Pratt chuckled.

"Chill out. If I weren't with Jing-Mei, I'd ask he out." He said.

"I know you would." Michael chuckled.

"I knew you were sweet on her, Mike." Pratt said.

"Mind your own business...Please.' Michael stepped away and ran right into Neela.

"Oh! Dr Gallant! I'm so sorry." Neela said.

"Sorry. It was my fault." Michael said.

"No. It was mine." Neela smiled softly at him. The two stood there not moving. Pratt chuckled and nudged Michael.

"I'll see you later, Man." He said walking away from Michael.

"I should check on Mrs. Pryor before I leave." Neela said.

"Okay." Michael said, stepping out of her way, "Wait." Neela turned around.

"Yeah?" She looked at him. Oh shit, Michael thought.

"Ummm...Well, it's slow and we're off soon. So would you like to get a bite to eat?" Michael asked. Neela smiled shyly.

"It's not against hospital policy or anything is it?" Neela asked. Michael laughed softly.

"It's just a bit to eat, Neela." Michael said. She blushed softly.

"Meet you out in front in about twenty minutes?" She asked.

"Great." Michael smiled. He went to go sign out the last of his patients. Neela smiled. She couldn't believe he just asked her out even if it was just for a bite to eat. Neela walked into the locker room where Susan was.

"Heading out?" Susan asked.

"Yes." Neela put her coat in her locker. She stared at herself in the mirror. Not bad, she though as she grabbed her eyeshadow and brush. Susan couldn't help but to look at the would. She definitely was going on a date, but she still looked like a doctor.

"Here." Susan unbuttoned her skirt. Neela's eyes widened.

"Wh-What are you doing?" She asked.

"You want to wow him don't you?" Susan asked.

"Yes, but that shouldn't involve you stripping." Neela said.

"You're not going to wow him with blood all over your pants, Neela." Susan said. Neela blushed as she glanced at her pants, "Come on."

"Okay." Neela looked away shyly as they pulled off their bottoms. "Do people do this a lot?"

"Actually, yeah." Susan smirked. Neela smiled as she pulled the skirt on. She fastened it. "It looks better on you than me." Neela laughed.

"Thanks." She said. Susan reached over and unbuttoned one of her buttons.

"What are you doing?" Neela asked.

"You need to show him some cleavage but hide enough to keep him wondering." Susan smiled. Neela giggled nervously.

"Okay..." Neela said as Susan took out her lipstick.

"I think this is the right shade for you." Susan said.

"Why are you helping me?" Neela asked.

"Because I like you and you're only young once." Susan smiled, "You look great. Go wow him."

"Okay...Thanks, Dr. Lewis." Neela smiled as she walked out of the lounge and outside. Her mother would have a fit if she could she her now. "Dr. Gallant..." Michael turned around. Wow, Michael though.

"You look great." Michael smiled, "Please call me Michael. Are you hungry?"

"I'm famished." Neela said.

"Great." Michael was grinning form ear to ear as he led her to his car.

* * *

"I hope you like Thai food." Michael said as he sat in front of her.

"Oh I love it. It's one of my favourite kinds of food." She said sipping her water.

"Terrific. I had hoped that." Michael said, "I'll be honest with you...I've wanted to have dinner with you for a while now."

"Really?" Neela smiled. Michael nodded, "Well, I feel honoured."

"As you should," He winked, "So, how do you like working at County?" Neela chuckled softly.

"It's certainly interesting." She said, "It'll take some time to get used to." Michael nodded.

"Yeah it will. My first year was very hard, " He said, "Then you'll catch the county fever."

"Oh I don't think so." Neela said as the waiter brought their dishes out.

"Trust me. There is no better place to learn and work." Michael said, "There are some great doctors there.

"I've met one great one." Neela smiled shyly. Michael smiled as he watched her begin to eat, She thought he was great. At least he hoped she was talking about him.

"So...Do you do anything for fun?" Michael asked.

"Hmmm...I like to play football." Neela shrugged.

"American football or regular football?" Michael asked. Neela snickered.

"I meant soccer of course." She said in her best American accent.

"I like playing too. Growing up, my siblings and I played all the time." Michael said, "We should play sometime."

"I'd like that...I haven't played in awhile too. I've been too busy with school to practice. I'm probably rusty." Neela said.

"Me either. So we're the perfect match." Michael grinned.

"Yeah, I suppose we are." Neela said to him. A perfect match? That would be great.

* * *

Neela walked up the stairs to her apartment. Michael followed behind her. He couldn't help but to look at her legs.

"Thank you for the lovely time, Michael." Neela turned to him.

"Anything." Michael said, "You were great company." Neela blushed.

"I'd ask you in, but I have a shift I need to sleep for." She said. Michael shrugged his shoulders.

"I wasn't expecting anything to happen tonight, Neela. Don't worry about it." Michael said. Neela chuckled nervously.

"Thank you..." Neela said softly. The two of them stood there in silence. Michael cleared his throat.

"May I kiss you?" He asked her. Neela didn't move for a moment but then nodded.

"Of course you may." She mumbled. Michael smiled. He raised his hand and touched her cheek. Neela shivered slightly. Michael leaned down and pressed his lips to hers. It was soft at first. Her lips tasted like a sweet wine. They felt so velvety. His hand slid behind her head and pulled her a little closer.

Neela sighed with happiness against his lips. It was about time a man kiss her like this. She put her hands in his chest. He was kissing her so softly. He was being a gentleman. He wasn't trying to push his way inside like other men Neela knew. Michael finally pulled his lips away from hers. Neela smiled at him.

"You should get inside and get some sleep." he said licking his lips. Neela nodded.

"All right." She mumbled, "We um...We need to do this again soon."

"I would like that." Michael said. He backed down the stairs, "I'll see you tomorrow at work."

"You can count on it." Neela unlocked her door and stepped in. She locked the door, "You can count on it? Lord." She walked to her bedroom. Neela sat on her bed. That night had been utterly wonderful. If she had known that she'd have this much fun with Michael, you would have insisted on doing something sooner.