Disclaimer: I own nothing...well I do own some things, just not anything on these pages. Dr. Addison Shepard and Dr. Isobel "Izzy" Stevens are characters from "Grey's Anatomy" (and therefore not mine).
Zoe pushed the pregnancy test across the counter at the drugstore, avoiding the chipper cashier's eyes. She'd gotten the kids off to school and made sure Dan had gone to the hospital to visit Katy before heading to the store to find out if she really was pregnant. She paid and mumbled a thank you to the cashier, rushing out the door. She drove home on auto-pilot, not really paying attention to where she was going until she pulled into her own driveway. She dashed up the stairs, slamming the bathroom door shut behind her and ripping open the small box, pulling out instructions. She took the test and paced through the house impatiently, she was going to be late for work but she just didn't care. The timer she'd set broke the dense silence and she tore upstairs and took a deep breath before entering the bathroom. She walked slowly to the test and picked it up without looking at it, trying to prepare herself for the result. Slowly she bent her head to look at it, two stark blue lines jumping out against the white, she was pregnant. The test slipped from her fingers and clattered to the floor, Now what the hell am I supposed to do!
Dan walked into Katy's hospital room after being given a gown, mask and gloves. He found his sister sitting sullenly in a rocking chair, staring silently at her daughter. She looked away when Dan entered.
"Hey," he whispered, she gave him a sad smile, "Where's Mike?"
"Went to get me breakfast," she replied, eyes drifting back to Katy as she shifted in her sleep. Rebecca cringed when the baby coughed, squeezing her eyes shut until she stopped. Dan approached the bed, stroking his niece's fine hair gently,
"Hey munchkin," he whispered, "You keep fighting kiddo." He dropped a kiss to her forehead before turning back to Rebecca, "Hey why don't you go home and get some sleep, you look exhausted." Rebecca shook her head,
"I'm not leaving her Dan," she whispered, reaching for his hand. Dan pulled his little sister into a hug.
"She's gonna be okay Becca," he said softly. Dan kissed her cheek just as Mike reentered.
"Hey Dan," he greeted, "Here babe," he held out a cup of coffee and a bagel. Rebecca accepted them gratefully and moved so she could sit in the chair with him. He wrapped his arms around her waist as she ate breakfast and watched their baby girl silently. The young Dr. Stevens entered the room to give Katy her second round of antibiotics. She stopped on her way out,
"Ms. Lennox is there anything I can get you?" Rebecca shook her head, unable to speak for fear that she'd start crying again.
"Thank you though Dr. Stevens," Mike said, the doctor nodded kindly before leaving the room. Dan leaned down and kissed he top of his sister's head,
"Becca I have to go to work but promise me you'll call me later." Rebecca nodded silently, sipping her coffee. Dan left reluctantly turning on his cell phone once he reached the parking garage. His phone rang loudly, he answered it after seeing Zoe's name on the display. "Hey Zo, I'm on my way in right now."
"Dan?" she whispered, he could tell she was upset.
"Zoe what's wrong? Are you okay?"
"I need to talk to you Dan...I'm at home,"she hung up, not waiting for a response. He drove quickly to Zoe's house - his house now too - and racing inside.
"Zoe!" he called for her, "Honey where are you!" He turned to see her standing at the top of the stairs, eyes red and swollen from crying. "Zoe what is it? You're scaring me honey," she threw the pregnancy test to him before disappearing into her - their - bedroom. He stared at it for a few minutes before figuring out what it meant. He knocked softly at the bedroom door, "Sweetie can I come in?" he asked.
"Yes," came the tearfully whispered reply. He opened the door and crossed the room to sit on the bed with her.
"Does this mean what I think it means?" he asked. Zoe nodded,
"I'm so sorry Dan. It's all my fault. If you want to leave I'll understand. I should ha–," Dan placed a hand over mouth.
"Babe why would I want to leave?" he asked.
"I was stupid...I missed a dose of the pill. I should have made you wear a condom. It's my fault I should have told you." She started to cry again, curling into the fetal position with her back to Dan. She was surprised when she felt him lay down behind her and wrap his arms around her.
"Zoe this may have come as a surprise but it is by far the best surprise I've ever gotten. You are an amazing mother and we can do this together," he whispered in her ear. She turned to face him,
"Honest?" she asked almost childishly.
"Honest," he told her, his right palm coming to rest on her stomach as he looked into her eyes. She leaned up and kissed him, pouring all her love into the kiss. Dan leaned into the kiss, pushing her gently back onto the bed before beginning to slowly undress her. He removed her shirt and dropped it out of the bed, kissing his way down her abdomen. "Daddy needs to talk to your mommy now little one, go to sleep," he whispered against her stomach. Tears pricked at Zoe's eyes, a feeling of total love rushing over her as he undid her pants. She lifted her hips as he slid them down her legs, sighing softly as his fingers brushed against her thighs. Dan kissed her again, hands running over her body. She could feel him growing hard against her stomach as he slid her underwear off, followed quickly by her bra. His hands rested on her stomach, "We're going to have a baby," he whispered reverently. Zoe laid her hands on top of his, smiling when he moved to kiss her again.
Rebecca lay curled in Mike's arms on the stiff hospital cot, trying to ignore Katy's coughs. Dr. Shepard knocked softly on the door before entering to check on the baby. "Rebecca," Mike whispered softly, hating to wake her but knowing she would be mad if he didn't.
"Mmmm," she groaned.
"Babe, Dr. Shepard is here," Rebecca sat up quickly, pulling her hair back into a ponytail before going to speak to the doctor. Mike came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist, offering silent support.
"Well she seems to be doing better, her fever has dropped to 104.6," Katy coughed, sending Rebecca burrowing into Mike's arms at the sound, tears trailing down her cheeks again. "I take it that bothers you," Dr. Shepard said, placing a hand on Rebecca's shoulder.
"Yeah," Mike told her, "She hates it, so do I."
"Well it could mean that she's trying to breathe around the tube. I'm going to leave it in until tomorrow, just to be safe, but EryPed is usually fast acting so hopefully she'll be able to breathe on her own soon." Rebecca turned to face the doctor,
"Thank you," she whispered. Addison smiled and gave her shoulder a reassuring squeeze before walking out of the room.
At three am Rebecca was standing silently at her daughter's bedside, unable to sleep. Mike woke up,
"I can't sleep," she whispered, her fingers gently stroking Katy's hair.
"Sweetie you need to sleep. You're exhausted. You won't be any good to Kathryn if you get sick too," he whispered, coming up behind her and leading her back to the cot. "Lay down on your stomach," he told her. Rebecca did what he asked, sighing softly as he began to work out the knots in her neck and back. He felt her tense under his hands every time Katy coughed but soon he managed to get her relaxed enough to sleep. He crawled into the cot with her and wrapped his arms protectively around her body, feeling her shift closer to him as he fell asleep.
Zoe knelt on the bathroom floor, emptying her stomach contents into the toilet again, trying not to wake Dan. She sighed when she felt him tie her hair back and then lay a cool cloth across the back of her neck.
"Sorry," she whispered.
"For what?" he asked her, rubbing her back gently.
"Waking you up."
"Zoe don't be silly,"
"I have a feeling this is gonna get real old, real fast," she told him. Dan encouraged her to lean back into his arms once she seemed to be finished.
"Zoe you are carrying our baby," his hands drifted to rest on her abdomen, "I am going to be there for you every time you get sick, for every doctor's appointment, for first words and first steps. I love you Zoe, I love your nieces and nephew and I already love this baby," he stroked her stomach as he spoke, silent tears slipping down Zoe's cheeks. "Let's go back to bed," he whispered against her cheek. She nodded and allowed him once again to lead her to the bed. As she lay down she realized just how exhausted she was, falling to sleep almost immediately. Dan smiled at her sleeping form and pressed a gentle kiss to her forehead before crawling into bed with her and wrapping his arms around her.
Zoe walked sleepily down the stairs at seven am, the smell of coffee enticing her to go to the kitchen. Dan was standing at the stove making pancakes, a freshly brewed pot of coffee sitting on the counter. He grabbed her hand as she reached for the pot,
"Zoe coffee isn't good for unborn babies," he told her, smiling as she pouted. They both turned towards the door when they heard a gasp.
"Taylor!" Zoe exclaimed.
"You're...pregnant?" she asked, keeping her voice low. Zoe nodded,
"I just found out yesterday." Taylor ran to her aunt and threw her arms around her neck,
"That is so awesome!" Taylor squealed.
"I thought you might be upset..."
"Upset? No way! This is so cool!" she exclaimed, "Congratulations Dan," she said shyly.
"Thanks Taylor," he smiled at her. The phone rang and Hannah snatched it up in the living room,
"Mr...Uncle...ummm... Aunt Zoe what should I call him?" Hannah held out the phone to Dan while waiting for a response to her question.
"Rebecca?" he said as he took the phone from Hannah.
"Yeah...the doctor just came by. Katy's fever is down to 101.1 and she's breathing on her own," she told him.
"Oh thank God," Dan said, "When will she be released?"
"Dr. Shepard says if she keeps responding this well we should be out in another four days or so."
"That's great Becca. I'll be by after work to see her okay?"
"Of course, oh and can you tell Taylor I'm going to call her later?"
"Sure, love you sis," Dan said.
"Love you too, see you later." They hung up and Dan turned his attention to Taylor,
"Rebecca is going to call you later okay?" Taylor nodded and Dan turned to Hannah, "What would you like to call me?"
"Can I call you uncle Dan?" she asked hopefully.
"You sure can," he smiled at her. Hannah returned to the livingroom to watch cartoons and Taylor asked,
"So when are you going to tell them?"