The Great Escape

AN: Alrighty folks, here is the new story. Oh, yeah. So, this story takes place directly after "Wishin' and Hopin'." So spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen that episode.

This story deals with the aftermath of what Ellis has said to Derek and Meredith with a little twist involved (evil laugh).

I'm still writing Trapeze and Come Away With Me, so look for updates for those as well… and if you haven't read them check it out!

Please review! It's nice encouragement!

On with the show….oh wait, one more thing….

Disclaimer: I do not own Grey's Anatomy. If I did… I wouldn't be anxiously awaiting Thursday… because I'd already know all the answers!

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Chapter 1: New York Minute

"Somebody going to emergency,

Somebody's going to jail.

You find somebody to love in this world,

You better hang on tooth and nail.

The wolf is always at the door."

- The Eagles

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She had gotten to him. Another person bitten by the snake that is her mother. The poison had spread quickly because he had wasted no time at yelling at her. She had tried to warn him. Warn him of all that is her mother. Of just how hurtful the words she speaks are. But she had gotten to him, and the poison of her bite had already begun to spread. Once again destroying all her happiness. Once again reminding her of her imperfections and her flaws, of the fact that she was merely ordinary.

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Meredith stood in the elevator, void of thought, waiting for the doors to open to the lobby. She wanted to go home and just exist. She wanted to forget that this day had ever happened. She wanted to go back. Back to before her mother became lucid and said things. Back to when she was happy. It was amazing how one word could change everything. When the doors opened, she saw Derek standing by the doors. His face was expressionless. He didn't even smile when he saw her. Instead he just turned to walk out the doors, knowing that she would follow him.

Derek unlocked the car and they both got inside, not speaking a word. Derek started the car and drove out of the parking lot. He couldn't even look her in the eyes. Her mother's words repeated in his mind, and he couldn't help but question if he had really made her ordinary.

Numbness was overtaking her body, and she tried to keep her tears at bay. She couldn't let her mother get to her. Her mother didn't know her. She never had. She felt sick. This wasn't what was supposed to happen. She wanted to be happy. "Pull over."

Derek looked at her, startled. "Why?"

"Pull over," she screamed.

Derek began to slow the car and move to the side of the road. "Are you okay?"

Meredith refused to look at him. "No."

The car stopped and Meredith pushed the door open, barely making it outside before she started to vomit. There was no food in her stomach, it was all bile, and it hurt. Tears began to stream down her face out of pain and sadness. She heard his footsteps as he approached her. It was the ultimate betrayal. He had let her mother get to him, and now he was pulling away.

"Meredith." He said tentatively as he approached her.

"Don't."

"Are you okay?" He reached his hand out to place it on her back.

"Just stop."

"Meredith," Derek sighed.

"I don't want to talk about it," Meredith said as she brought herself up from her hunched over position. She pushed his hand away. "'I'm fine."

Derek looked at her in disbelief. "You are not fine."

"Let's go." Meredith climbed back into the car and waited for Derek to join her. She just wanted to go home.

Derek got back in and merged the car back onto the road. "Meredith, you're not fine."

"You're right I'm not. Are you satisfied?" She didn't want to talk about this. She just wanted to go to bed and forget that this day ever happened.

"No."

"Just leave it be."

"Meredith, if this is about your mother – "

" – just leave it alone," Meredith interrupted.

"I'm just trying – "

" – I know what you're trying to do," Meredith snapped, "and if you really want to help, you can just leave it alone."

Derek sighed. He knew that there was no chance of him resolving this issue tonight. A familiar noise interrupted the silence that had befallen them, and he shook his head. "I have to stop and get gas."

"Fine."

Derek pulled into the closest gas station and got out to fill the tank. Meredith got out and walked into the store without saying a word. She had changed. Her mother being lucid for a few hours had changed her and he didn't know what to do. This wasn't the Meredith that he was used to anymore. Through the windows he could see her walking up and down the isles of the store, searching for something. He could tell that she was trying to hold back her tears.

The gas pump clinked, signaling that it was done. He put the pump back and walked towards the convenience store to pay. Two men entered the store first, and then he followed. As he entered the store he looked for Meredith, but realized that she must have gone to the bathroom. He paid at the register and then made his way to the back of the store to wait for Meredith. The two men that had walked into the store before him were talking adamantly in the isle beside where Derek was standing. They were arguing. Derek looked around and noticed that besides himself and Meredith, there were only three people in the store. A mother and her son, and the cashier.

A feeling settled over him. One that he was all too familiar with, so he made his way towards the women's restroom and pushed the door open. "Mer, you in there?"

"Yes," she called.

"Are you almost ready?"

"I'll be right there."

Derek closed the door and made his way back to where he had been standing before. The two men had moved to the front of the store. They were arguing with the cashier. Derek walked back to the women's restroom and opened the door to walk inside. "We need to go."

"What are you doing in here?" Meredith squeaked.

"We need to go." Derek said as he grabbed her arm.

"Let me finish cleaning up."

"No. We need to go."

"What's the matter with you?"

Derek began to pull her away from the mirror. "We need to get out of here."

Meredith just looked at him, confused, and allowed herself to be pulled by Derek. As they made their way out of the restroom and back through the store, Derek watched the two men. They were still arguing with the cashier, and one of them was holding something in his hand. He couldn't tell what it was because it was covered by the man's sweatshirt.

Just as they approached the door, Derek heard a gun being cocked behind them. Derek pushed Meredith behind him and turned around to face one of the two men, holding a gun directly at him.

The man looked at Derek and smiled. "You two aren't going anywhere."

Bum Bum BUMMM… I know it is evil to end there, but the first chapter had to end somewhere  Let me know what you think of the first chapter!

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