A Dog Bite
A Private Practice fic by Gigi
Summary: Imagine the shock Addison will feel when she sees Alex Karev sitting in the lobby with a dog bite on his leg. And what's going on with Sam and the dog's owner?
A/N: The lack of episodes is driving me insane, and it's like the "beast" Izzie was talking about in season 2 of Grey's Anatomy after she finallly sleeps with Alex. I'd forgotten how amazing Private Practice was because it had been so long, and now the beast craves its Private Practice! So that's why I'm writing this. Hopefully something good comes of this beast.
"Whatever it is that you didn't do sent Addy running for the hills."
Why was that thought going through his mind today? It's been six months since Marc had accosted Alex about Addison. He was over it. Marc was over it. Everyone was over it.
Or so he thought.
But lately, that beautiful redhead had been invading Alex's thoughts repeatedly. Everything that surrounded him started reminding him of her. That patient twirls her hair like Addison. This patient has Addison's bone structure. That patient found a way to rook him into something he didn't want to do but ended up loving just like Addison had.
The truth was, Alex never cared for Obstetrics or Gynecology before Addison. And, honestly, Alex didn't care for them now that Addison was gone. He'd enjoyed being in her company. She was kind, compassionate and absolutely brilliant. Most of all, she genuinely cared for her patients and her interns.
"Ha!" Izzie laughed when he voiced that last thought. "Like she cared for me when I was working in her specialty?"
"She was trying to teach you a lesson, Iz," Alex defended. "Have you seen Addison with her patients? She's as inclined to be emotionally involved as you are, but the Chief did the exact thing she did to you to teach her to distance herself from her patients."
Izzie opened her mouth to reply, but the weight of his words finally hit home. Addison had even told her why she did it. She had said, "You'll be the better doctor for it," and Izzie didn't even pause to think she might have been right. Addison had pain in her eyes when she had said that, as if she'd been through it herself.
Shaking herself out of her thoughts, Izzie scrutinized Alex. What was up with him?
Alex shifted under his ex-girlfriend's gaze. "What?"
"Why are you defending her?" Her voice wasn't hurt or offended. Just asking a question.
Alex looked at her for a minute. "No reason," he finally said. He broke eye contact with the blonde and looked around the hallway. "Interns. What a joy..." he ended flatly.
"Ugh, I hate being a resident," Izzie complained before leaning over to whisper in his ear. "But don't think I didn't notice your sudden change of subject...or your hesitation."
What the hell was he doing here? Why did he feel the need to ask for a vacation? Why here?
All these thoughts rolled through Alex's mind as he wandered aimlessly around Santa Monica. Well, all these thoughts rolled through his head until--
"AHH!" Alex let out a yelp as he fell--quite hard--on the concrete. Twisting, he saw this maniac, sadistic little...Toto?
"Oh, my God!" He looked up to find a breathtakingly beautiful brunette staring at him with concern falling out of her gorgeous green eyes. "Are you ok--Sammy! Stop that!" she ordered her dog as she picked him up off of Alex's leg. "Here, can I please make this up to you?"
"Uh...you can start by telling whether or not your dog is clean."
"As in rabies," he clarified, hoisting himself off the ground with the woman's help.
"Oh! Sammy's clean. He's gotten all his shots, I promise," she declared. She chanced a glance at Alex's leg. "Ouch, that looks really bad. Sammy really got his teeth in you, didn't he?" Were there not another reason he was in LA, Alex would have found the girl's slightly New York accent endearing and her looks incredibly sexy. Why was he not hitting on her? He was Alex Karev!
Unfortunately, her bringing it up suddenly made all the pain of his leg come back to him.
"Oh, God, I'm so sorry," she gushed, seeing his face contort in pain. "Here, do you know where the Oceanside Wellness Center is?" He shook his head. "Alright, I'll take you there. They can treat your leg."
Oceanside Wellness Center...why did that sound so familiar to him?
"Fine, lead the way," Alex sighed. The dog--Sammy?--started growling at him. "But keep that...thing away from me."
"This," the woman gestured, "is the Oceanside Wellness Center."
The room was cozy, well decorated. He felt more like he was in a cafe than in a practice. Not to mention a shrine for 'Dr. Feel Good.' "It's nice," he conceded.
"Yeah, it is...okay, that's Dell." She pointed to the guy behind the desk. "Go tell him what happened, and he'll get one of the doctors to come and help you."
"Wait, you're leaving?" Alex turned to look at her, and she had a bit of panic in her eyes. "Just like that?"
"Here," she started, looking harried, "is my address. Just have them send your bill to me. It's the least I can do, but I can't stay." She handed him a slip of paper. 114 Willow Drive.
"Why?" The woman was actually squirming! Who was she so afraid of?
"Okay, a very long story short, my ex works here, and I would really rather not run into him. Just give them that address and you'll be fine. Nice to meet you!" She started to walk away but Alex caught her hand.
"Wait! What's your name?"
"Because they won't send it to your address unless they know you know me."
Alex saw the guilty look of being caught flash across her face before she turned to face--Dr. Feel Good.
"Hey...uh...Benny," she greeted timidly.
"Kim, what are you doing here?"
"Well, Sammy decided to attack this poor guy, so I brought him here so you could fix his leg," Kim excused, gesturing to Alex, who waved.
"Oh, yes, of course," Benny said. He motioned to the kid behind the desk. "Dell, take this man to my exam room. I'll be there shortly." Dell did as he was told and motions for Alex to follow him.
"You look...good," Kim declared, dropping her eyes to look him over.
"Thanks," Benny breathed. "You do, too."
"So where is...she?" Kim's voice hitched at the last word, painful memories rushing back to the forefront. Determinedly, she squashed the memories and focused on the man in front of her. The very gorgeous man in front of her. "I heard she worked with you."
"Naomi? Yeah, she works here. She's doing a house call right now...We split up," Benny added. Why did I feel the need to tell her that?
"Really?" Kim asked, hope involuntarily rising inside her. "When?"
"Eight months ago."
Kim opened her mouth to say something but was interrupted when her dog jumped out of her arms to run across the room to a gorgeous redhead. Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. She didn't even know the woman and she hated her.
"Aw, who's this little fella?" the redhead cooed, smiling up at Sam. "Did you get another dog to comfort your tiny little chihuahua?"
"Ha, ha. Very funny, Addison," Benny said sarcastically. "No, that dog belongs to this woman. Kim Madison, meet Addison Montgomery, our newest addition to the staff. She's the OB/GYN here. Addison, meet Kim. We...knew each other in college."
"Nice to meet you, Kim," Addison greeted and shook Kim's hand before looking suspiciously at the chocolate doctor. "Knew each other how, Sam?"
"Suffice it to say," Naomi growled at the entrance to elevator, "they knew each other extremely well."
"Naomi," Kim laughed. "Nice to see you again."
"I'm sure." Naomi, judging by the glower on her face, was not happy at the company. "Sam, what is she doing here?"
"It's a long story," Kim intercepted, "but Benny...Sam didn't invite me, if that's what you're thinking."
"Anyway," Addison piped up, wanting to avoid the awkward situation. "What's your dog's name?"
"Sammy Davis Jr., Jr." All three people had answered. What was going on?
"Okay, we can talk about that later," Addison declared, puzzled. They all knew each other somehow. And what was with Naomi and Kim? "I have to get to work. Sam, I left a file in your office, do you still have it?"
"Yeah, I read it. I don't think it's anything to worry about. It's in the exam room if you wanna go ahead and get it." Sam nodded to the room.
"Alright, thanks. It was nice to meet you, Kim," she said before she walked off.
"She seems nice," Kim commented. Naomi glared at Kim some more. "What?"
Alex sat on the exam bed, kicking his good, unbitten leg back and forth, waiting for the doctor to clean up his leg.
"For God's sakes," he grumbled. "I'm a doctor. I should be able to do this myself. Why didn't that occur to me before?" He heard the door open. Without looking up, he said, "Look, I don't mean to be rude, but can you please clean up my leg so I can go?"
Addison had just intended to slip into the room and get the file. She did not expect to find someone in the room so early in the morning. She definitely did not expect to see him.
"K-Karev?" she choked out in surprise. What the hell was he doing in Santa Monica?
At the sound of her voice, Alex's head whipped up, eyes wide with shock. "Addison," he breathed.
"W-what are you doing here?" Addison asked shakily, giving him the once over. "Oh, my God, what the hell happened to your leg?"
"A psycho dog attacked me," Alex growled, blushing. He should be able to handle a tiny dog! He blushed harder when he heard Addison's suppressed laughter.
"Wow, you're a real fighter," she giggled.
"Yeah, a real struggle." Alex managed to crack a smile. "So you work here?"
"Yeah." For some reason, the woman felt the need to change the subject. What was so uncomfortable for her that she didn't want to talk about it? "Okay, you really need to clean that before it gets more infected."
"Well, I would if I could, but that would require bending my leg in a way it doesn't naturally go, so could you do it for me?" Alex wouldn't have caught her slight intake of breathe at the suggestion were he not looking for it.
"Uh, sure," she conceded. Putting down her bag, she put on gloves sat in front of him. "Oh, wow," she gasped, "this is really bad. Sammy really got into you, didn't he?"
"How did you know it was him?"
"I know you know my many accomplishments," Addison said smugly. "I remember listing them all for you when you questioned my authority. You don't become one of the foremost neo-natal surgeons in the world without a little common sense. I put two and two together. Kim's in the lobby."
"Hey," Alex replied, "if I recall correctly, I was right to question your judgement in a case that almost got you a lawsuit."
"And who's fault was that?" Addison's tone was no longer friendly. It was angry. Betrayed.
"What do you mean?" Alex didn't have a good feeling about this.
"Don't think I don't know who told her husband to get an attorney," she warned. "You almost ruined my career, my reputation and that of the hospital. How could you have possibly justified that to yourself?"
Alex never responded well to being yelled at. "I'm sorry, alright? You pissed me off and I was blowing off steam!"
Addison never remembered standing up, but she was almost nose to nose with the infuriating man. "Next time, punch a pillow. Hell, punch a wall! Just don't encourage patients to sue the hospital!"
"Why did you leave?" The absolute suddenness of the question threw Addison off.
"DId you leave Seattle Grace because of me?" Alex grabbed Addison's arms, forcing her to look into his eyes, however much she was resisting.
"I...I..." Addison couldn't form words with him looking at her like that. His intense stare disconcerted her. She couldn't think like that.
Without thinking, Alex leaned forward and kissed her. He kissed her silly. He massaged her lips with his until she finally relaxed into the kiss, opening her mouth as an invitation. She wrapped her arms around his neck as he brought her hips closer to his. There was an obvious...awakening to him that wasn't there before the kiss. And it thrilled Addison.
Pulling away, Addison tried to catch her breath. She felt dizzy. What had just happened. They seriously didn't just make out in an exam room did they?
This must have been what Meredith felt like the night she slept with Derek at the Prom.
"Oh." Sam walked in to see Addison pressed up to the bitten man, surprised. Their faces whipped to him and she flew off of the man. "I see you've met." He quirked an eyebrow at Addison. It wasn't like her to make out with patients.
"Yeah, this is Karev...uh...Alex. He was my intern at Seattle Grace," Addison stuttered, flushed.
"Interesting. What's Pete gonna think about this?" Sam joked, but Addison panicked.
"Oh, God, don't tell Pete! We just got over the awkward hump. I don't need him getting all jealous and punching out Karev." Alex couldn't help but chuckle inwardly at her protectiveness of him while still calling him by his last name. But who was this Pete?
"He wouldn't do that," Sam insisted.
"Oh, he's been known to do that. Remember Nicole, the runner? He punched out her coach."
"Wow." Pete never told him that.
"Please, just don't even mention Karev to Pete. He doesn't have to know more than the fact that an intern from my old job is visiting."
"Hey, I'm a resident now," Alex protested.
"Well, I was an attending," Addison declared. "Doesn't matter what you are. I'll always know you as the intern I had the pleasure of torturing." She turned to Sam. "He hated Gynecology. What was it you called it? The Vagina Squad?"
"And for those few months," Alex said, "I was Captain." He flashed a smirk. "Look, this is fun and all, but can someone clean up my leg?"
"You can do it, Sam," Addison voted. "I'll be in my office if you need me." And with that, she raced off across the floor to her office, resting on the other side of the closed door. Closing her eyes, she took a deep, calming breath. "Oh, God..."
A/N: So what do you think? It was 7 pages long, so I hope you liked it! Tell me what you think! Love it? Hate it? Wanna kill it? Wanna marry it? Review!