A/N: Dearest readers…so sorry it's been FOREVER since my last update! I just haven't had a lot of time to write lately, and when I have had time to write, the inspiration just wasn't there. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait until my next chapter. Thanks for the reviews, and thanks for reading!

Chapter 4

Saturday AM

Meredith watched him from a distance away. He was sitting at the edge of the dock. Meredith slowly walked over to him, wrapping her arms around him.

"Morning," she whispered into his ear.

"Morning." Derek turned around to face her and gave her a kiss.

"What are you doing out here? I woke up and you were gone."

"I'm sorry. I couldn't sleep. Just so used to waking up early."

"Liar. It was my snoring, wasn't it? Was I snoring?"

"Um…yeah, a little bit. Left the ear plugs at home."

Meredith couldn't help but laugh. "Sorry." Meredith took a seat beside him, letting her feet dangle above the water. "It's so beautiful out here."

"Yeah, and it's quiet."

"Except for last night with the bear."

"He wasn't the only one making a racquet. You were really loud too. And I don't mean the snoring," Derek said with a wink.

Meredith elbowed him. "You were loud too."

"Not as loud as you. Hey, I'm just saying…"

"Fine. I'm loud during sex."

"Oh I wasn't complaining. I love it when you're loud during sex." Derek gave her one of his smiles.

"So is that why you took me camping? So we could just have sex all weekend and be as loud as we want?"

Derek grinned. "Maybe."

Meredith laughed softly as he leaned forward and kissed her again.

"Well…hold that thought," she said, pulling away. "We'll do that later. But first…I'm starving." Meredith stood up and started back towards the campsite.

Derek stood up and followed her. "You know, as shocking as it might sound, there is something that I thought we could do this morning, and it actually doesn't involve sex."

Meredith turned around and smiled. "Oh really? And what would that be?"


"Jogging?" Meredith gasped as she tried to keep up with Derek. "Your idea was to go jogging?"

"You seemed to like the idea twenty minutes ago."

"Yeah, I could breathe twenty minutes ago."

Derek stopped and waited for Meredith who paused for a moment to catch her breath.

"It's been a while since you went for a jog, hasn't it?"

"I'm going to kill you," she muttered.

Derek laughed. "You'll be fine. Come on, we'll go sit on that bench for a minute."

Meredith groaned loudly as she collapsed on the bench.

"You want me to carry you back to the campsite?" Derek teased.

"Shut up," Meredith said, laughing.

"So other than this particular moment, are you having a good time?"

Meredith smiled. "Yes. It's been really fun. I like camping with you." Meredith scratched a bug bite on her neck. "I could do without the mosquitoes though."

"You know you're the first woman whose ever gone camping with me?"

"Yeah, I kind of figured I was. Can't really imagine Addison hiking through the woods in those 5-inch heel Pradas."

Derek laughed. "Wonder how things are going at work. Think they miss us?"

"Not really. When someone says to you on a daily basis 'get a room', that usually means they wish you would go someplace else for a while."


"So…other than jogging…what else did you want to do today?"

Derek gave her a big grin.

"Besides sex," she added.

"We could go fishing."

Meredith smiled. "You and your trout."

"And we could go hiking."

"That would sound like fun if we hadn't just spent twenty minutes jogging. I think my leg muscles need a break."

"Well we could rent a boat. We could go canoeing."

"As long as you do the paddling," Meredith said.

"We could roast marshmallows over the fire again."

"I like the sound of that."

"You ready to head back?"

"Yeah. I think so."

"Alright." Derek stood up, ready to get back to jogging.

"Slow jogging this time," Meredith begged. "This isn't a race."

Derek smiled. "Oh really? Well that's too bad. Because I was going to say last one back to camp has to do whatever the winner wants. Sexually, of course. And I was going to give you a head start, but that's fine. We don't have to race."

She quickly changed her mind. "A race? Oh it's on!"

Meredith took off running, always one for a little competition. But Derek was just too fast and quickly passed her.

"Hey! I thought you said you would give me a head start!"

"Yeah! It was a two second head-start!" he said, laughing.

"Derek! I'm going to….oww!"

"Meredith?" Derek stopped in his tracks and looked behind him. Meredith had took a spill and was on the ground.


Derek began to laugh. "Oh no, I'm not falling for that. That's like the oldest trick in the book. You pretend like you're hurt and then as soon as I let my guard down, you take off."

When Meredith completely ignored him, Derek knew it was no joke.

"Oh god, you're really hurt, aren't you?" He rushed over to Meredith. "Where does it hurt?"

Meredith rubbed her ankle, wincing in pain. "My ankle. I twisted it. Tripped over that stupid tree root."

Derek touched her ankle. "Does it hurt when I do this?"

"Oww. Yeah, a little."

"Okay, let's get you back to camp. Looks like I'm going to be carrying you after all."

"No, I'll be fine. Just help me up."

Derek took her hand and helped Meredith to her feet.


"It's fine…" Meredith said, tapping her foot to the ground very lightly. But clearly, Meredith was lying.

"No, it's not. Come on, I'm carrying you. Climb on."

Meredith reluctantly agreed, climbing on Derek's back as he carried her back to the campsite.


"I really think my ankle is fine," Meredith insisted as he placed her into a chair.

"Does it hurt to walk on it?"

"A little."

"Then it's not fine." Derek rummaged around in the first aid kit and found the ice pack. "Here, put this on it."

"Always prepared, huh?"

"Let me look at it. Could be sprained."

"It's not sprained. Look, it's not even swollen. Just hurts a little."

Derek held Meredith's foot in his hand and examined her ankle up close. "Well it doesn't looked sprained. Maybe you did just bruise it. But we should keep an eye on it. And you should probably stay off it for a while. Keep the ice on it."

"You know I'm a doctor too, right?"

Derek gave her a stern look. "Just take it easy."

"Okay, fine, Dr. Shepherd. So no more jogging, huh?"

"I don't think so."

"No hiking?"

"Afraid not."

"So I have to just sit here and do nothing?"

"Until the pain stops, yeah."

"How boring."

"You'll survive. I'm sure you'll find something to do. Something that keeps you off your feet." Derek grinned at her.

Meredith smiled. "I knew those Sudoku puzzles Cristina gave me would come in handy."

Derek gave her a look.

"Did you bring crossword puzzles?"

"I have a better idea."

"Word search puzzles?" Meredith teased.

"Sex," he mouthed.

Meredith laughed. "Oh I don't think so."

Derek's smile quickly turned to a frown. "What? Why not?"

"Because I think you need to go wash up first. You're all sweaty."

"I thought you liked it when I was all sweaty and hot?" he teased. "I thought you said it turned you on."

"Only when you're chopping wood and not wearing a shirt. Now you're just sweaty and ick."

Derek gave her a quick kiss on the lips. "Okay. I'll go wash up."

"That would be nice."

Derek reached into the cooler and got out a bottle of water for her. "Drink this. I don't want you to get dehydrated."

"Yes, doctor."

"And keep that ice on your ankle."


"Fine…I'm going now."

"Oh wait!"

"What is it?"

"Aren't you going to bring me my Sudoko puzzles?"

"Where are they?"

"In my bag. And my pencil too."

Derek found the puzzles and a pencil in her bag and handed them to her.

"Thank you."

"Anything else?"

"No. I'm good."

"Alright, I'm going to wash up. And when I get back, I'm going to check on that ankle."

Meredith nodded. "Okay."

"And then after that…there's going to be some sex."

"Derek!" Meredith laughed.

"I'm going." Derek grabbed a towel out of his bag and gave her a smile as he walked away.