A/N: This fanfic was in a way inspired by my previous fanfic (which if you haven't read, I hope you do!). I thought maybe I could expand on the fishing and take it to the next level...camping. I'm not sure how long this story will be, probably just a few chapters. It is, after all, only a weekend long. Hope you enjoy it, and please review...I love reviews! Thanks :)Friday AM
"Ahh, this is going to be great," Derek said with a smile as he put on his turn signal and merged into the exit lane. "No phones."
"None of your roommates."
"No Bailey. No rounds."
"Absolutely no interruptions. Just you and me." Derek looked over at Meredith and smiled.
It had been Derek's idea to go. It seemed like lately, they could never get a moment alone. A weekend away was exactly what they needed.
"So how far is this campground anyway? Are we almost there?" Meredith asked as she pulled a map out of the glove compartment.
"We've got about two hours, but we can probably make it in an hour and a half if the traffic stays the way it is."
"This was such a good idea. Getting away."
"I'm glad you wanted to go. I wasn't sure if you'd be up for camping or not, you know with the bugs and the tent and the peeing in the woods and all. My sisters hate it."
Meredith laughed. "No I love camping."
Derek smiled. "That must be why I love you so much. You're nothing like my sisters."
"Are you sure this is the right exit?"
"Yes, of course."
"Not according to the map."
"It's a shortcut."
Meredith glared at him. "A shortcut?"
"Yeah. It'll shave a half hour off our drive time. It seems out of the way but we'll avoid the city traffic."
"Do you know this shortcut well? Have you taken it before?"
"Well no, but Joe told me about it. He gave me directions." Derek smiled at her. "Don't worry, we'll get there."
Meredith looked at the map again. She wasn't so sure about that.
40 minutes later...
"We're not lost!" Derek insisted.
"Derek, we're clearly lost. I told you not to take that shortcut." He's a freakin' brain surgeon! Meredith thought to herself.
"We got a little turned around, yes, but we're not lost. I know how to get back to the highway."
Meredith sighed. "Pull over to that gas station and ask for directions."
"We're not pulling over for directions because we're not lost. Trust me, I know where we're going."
"Well pull over anyway. I've got to pee."
Derek gave her a look.
"What? I do!"
"Fine." Derek slowed the car down and turned into the gas station. He parked in front of the convenient store.
"I'll only be a minute," Meredith said, hopping out of the car and closing the door behind her.
Derek watched as she made her way inside, walking quickly towards the back of the store. Once she was out of sight, he grabbed the map. It was so much easier to concentrate on where they were going without her constant nagging.
A few minutes later, he saw Meredith heading towards the front of the store, but instead of walking out the door, she walked up to the man at the register and started talking to him.
"What is she doing?" Derek said to himself as he watched her gesture towards the road. "I don't believe this." Derek shook his head.
After talking to him for a few moments, Meredith walked out the store and got back in the car.
"You didn't need to ask for directions, Meredith. I told you. We're not lost."
"Go up this road for about two miles, turn right, and the exit we need is about a half mile after that."
"I know. That's where I was going."
"Sure," Meredith said, doubting him.
They hadn't been back on the road for very long when suddenly, a strange noise was heard and felt.
"What was that?" Meredith asked.
"That didn't sound good." Derek slowed the car down, pulling over to the shoulder. Once parked, he got out to survey the damage.
"What is it? Did we hit something?"
"It's a flat tire."
"You're kidding! That's great."
"No, it's okay. I've got a spare, don't worry. It'll only take me a few minutes to fix it."
Meredith sighed, looking at her watch. They were way behind schedule, first with them getting lost, and now with a flat tire. At this rate, she wondered if they were ever going to get to the campground. All she wanted was some time alone with Derek with no crazy emergencies and a little peace and quiet…was that so wrong?
Meredith got out of the car and walked around to the other side, trying to take her mind off of the delay. She watched Derek for a while as he started on fixing the flat. She smiled. Yeah, so he had gotten them lost, but so what? They would get there soon enough. He was going to make sure of that.
"So I'm sorry," she apologized.
"For whining. And complaining. You know…about us getting lost. Oh, okay so we weren't lost, but 'turned around'. But anyway, I'm sorry I complained so much. I guess I'm just so anxious for us to finally get away, you know? Seems like it's been forever since we've had a moment all to ourselves."
Derek smiled at her. He knew the feeling. "Well in that case, I'm sorry too."
"What are you sorry for?"
"I should have had this tire checked before we left. I knew we would be on the road for a long time. I just didn't get around to it."
"It's okay. As long as you can fix it. So how long is this going to take?"
"Not long. I promise."
Meredith smiled. "Good."
"Good as new," Derek announced, getting back into the car. "Now let's hope we don't get another flat…"
"Shhh!" Meredith hissed. "Don't say it out loud. You'll jinx it. And we're getting our weekend away, damn it. We work 80 hours a week. We deserve it!"
Derek laughed. He loved it when Meredith got all worked up. "Is that peanut butter I smell?"
"Yeah." Meredith held up a sandwich.
"Where'd you get that?"
"Izzie. She made sandwiches and packed some snacks for us. You want one?"
"Yeah. I am getting pretty hungry, and that does look good."
Meredith took out a sandwich and handed it to Derek.
Derek took a bite. "Izzie makes a good sandwich. I hadn't realized it was already lunch time."
"Yeah. Izzie thinks of everything."
"Shall we hit the road?"
"Yes!" Meredith said happily.
Derek started the car back up and they were on their way.
to be continued...
A/N: I know it's short, but this is just the start! I've got some good stuff coming up so stayed tuned ;-)