Title: Wake-up Call
Author: Erin
Characters: Natalie and Stephen
Rating: PG-13 -for nekkidness
Summary: Natalie wakes up to an empty room.
Warning: post-series, I suppose
Disclaimer: The original characters belongs to NBC and their respective actors.

Natalie rolled over and dug her face into the pillow. She truly hated this moment of her day. That moment, right when your body says: "Yep! Wakey wakey." Sighing, she nudged herself toward-

Nothing. Propping herself up on her elbows, Natalie blinked into the darkness. As her eyes adjusted on the empty pillow, her ears picked up the sound of running water. The clock ticked to 6:37.

Forcing herself up, Natalie moved to the bathroom door and paused, wondering if she could actually do it. 'Man or mouse?' she asked herself, then nodded. Pushing the door open, Natalie entered the bathroom and pushed the door shut again.

She quickly removed her t-shirt and boxers and shivered. All of a sudden, for such a steamy room, she was freezing. Taking a moment, she pondered his possible reactions. Deciding to not announce her presence, she decided it would serve Stephen right to let his heart race a little.

Slipping into the shower, Natalie couldn't help but smile at her view. He did have quite the backside. She reached forward to put her hands on his waist and pressed her forehead into his shoulder blade.

She frowned. He hadn't budged; no jump, no cry of surprise. Looking up, she noticed his head turned toward her, complete with a sly grin.

"You have all the stealth of a rhinoceros." She pinched his side.

"Well, excuse me," she said as he turned to face her. "I wasn't in the Marines." He gave her a grin as he pulled her closer. They looked at each other for a moment, then let the moment take them.

Natalie had to remind herself to lean left, toward the shower wall, because she didn't want to fall out of the tub. Doctor or not, that was not an injury she'd care to explain. Stephen, however, wasn't thinking about physics. Natalie caught him just under the armpit as he cursed. He grumbled and tried to regain his composure as Natalie burst out laughing.

The shower was most definitely not the place to do this. "I think we've found the one thing neither of us are good at," Natalie said, placing a kiss on his shoulder as she reached for the shampoo.