A Grey's Anatomy fic by Gigi
Chapter 1: Breaking News
A/N: Apparently, I am incapable of finishing one story before starting another one. But, I've decided to indulge my storyline-ADD with this new fic starring Justin Chambers at Alex Karev and the incomparable Kate Walsh as Addison Forbes Montgomery. Enjoy!
Sitting in the bathroom of her office, Addison Forbes Montgomery, the double board-certified, world class neonatal surgeon and OB/GYN, had no idea what to do. It had been two weeks since she'd jumped her intern, Alex Karev, and one week since she had returned from visiting her friends in LA. She hadn't faced Karev since that humiliating night he dumped her after they slept together once. Instead, she assigned him to Ava via Bailey and successfully avoided Karev for the past two weeks.
Whipping out her BlackBerry, Addison quickly dialed her best friend's number and put the phone to her ear, praying she would pick up.
"Hello?" came Naomi Bennett's voice on the other side of the line.
"Liar!" Addison exclaimed.
"Of course it's Addison," the redhead replied, already exasperated with the conversation. "Who else would call you a liar the second you picked up the phone?"
"Addie, calm down. Why am I a liar?"
Now was the moment of truth. Saying it out loud made it more real than it already was. Taking a deep breath, Addison began. "I'm sitting on the bathroom floor of my office, feeling sick to my stomach with a 102 degree fever and staring at a little pink stick. Why do you think that is?"
Naomi dropped the file she was holding in the middle of her office. "You're pregnant?"
"YES! Only now I really have no idea what to do. How could you not have detected it?" Addison demanded.
Naomi put her fertility specialist voice on. "High FSH levels usually indicate the onset of menopause, but if you were pregnant, I guess it could throw it off. And it probably threw off your androfollicle count, too. How long before you came to visit did you have sex?" she inquired.
Addison's eyes squeezed shut, remembering her little trip to the on call room with Karev. They hadn't used protection, and she hadn't been on the pill. What was the use in birth control if she wasn't having any sex anyway? "Um, the day before I left."
In LA, Naomi's eyebrows rose to her hairline. "I thought you said you were single."
"I am," the other woman admitted. "We slept together once and then hours later, he dumped me." Tears stung Addison's eyes as she remembered how humiliated she had been. "So I was, technically, single when I came to visit you."
"Oh, Addie, I'm so sorry." Addison cringed at the sympathy in her best friend's voice. She hated being pitied.
"I'll live," Addison replied morosely. "But he's definitely the father, and I have no idea how I'm going to tell him."
"You'll find a way," Naomi insisted. "Listen, my patient just arrived."
"Go," Addison interrupted. "Go knock up another woman before she discovers she's already pregnant."
"Tell me how it goes."
"I will," Addison promised. The line went dead, leaving Addison to the problem at hand: how the hell she was going to tell Karev.
Alex Karev took Ava's blood pressure while his no doubtedly started to rise. Ava wouldn't stop pestering him about Addison, or Red, as she started calling her.
"You need to apologize to her," Ava stated. "You don't just sleep with someone and then break up with them, saying that you were just being thoughtful. That is the opposite of thoughtful. It's cruel to do that to a woman, especially a woman who ha been through as much as Red has."
"How do you know what she's been through?" Alex asked, hoping it'll get the heat off of himself for a little while. He would have apologized to Addison. He really would have, but she kept avoiding him.
"First, McDreamy marries her and ignores her, forcing her to sleep with his best friend just to get his attention. She then lives with said best friend to convince herself she hadn't just ended eleven years of marriage over a fling, but she catches him with another woman. Meanwhile, McDreamy came here and fell in love with Meredith Grey. When Red came here, he went back to her but still loved Meredith. She had to watch him be cold and distant with her and be warm and flirty with the intern. I'd tell you the whole prom story, but I'm pretty sure you know that so I'll just skip ahead. After all of this, Red has to stand by and watch her ex-husband be gloriously happy with his intern while she herself is alone. Then you made her fall for you and you dumped her!" Alex winced. He had never thought of it that way. "It wasn't thoughtful, Alex. It was kicking her while she was down."
Alex took off the inflated sleeve from her arm and folded it up. "Well, I would apologize, but she hasn't talked to me since she got back from LA and I doubt she'll talk to me again."
Ava's eyes went beyond Alex. "Looks like you're wrong again," she said, nodding toward the door. Alex turned around to see Addison walking down the hall in their direction, her stilettos making a clip-clopping sound as she made her way to the room.
Resting on the door frame, Addison stuffed her hands in her lab coat pockets to keep them from fiddling with her hair. With her long legs perfectly showcased in her high-waisted skirt and her face delicately framed by slightly curled red hair half up in a clip, she had never looked so beautiful to Alex. "Dr. Karev," she started. Those were the first two words she had said to him in two weeks. "Could I speak with you for a moment?"
Alex quickly came back to his senses and tried to remember what she had just said. "Uh, yeah, sure." He left Ava's side and followed her out of the room. He expected her to turn around and talk to him as soon as they were outside, but she just kept walking. "Where are we going?" he asked. "I thought you wanted to talk."
"I do, but it's a private matter so just keep following me," she answered curtly, opening the door to a supply closet and ushering him inside. Closing the door behind her, Addison leaned up against it and took a deep breath, preparing herself to break the news. "Karev, I need to tell you something, and you are not allowed to react in any way, shape or form. Got it?" Alex nodded nervously. Suddenly, Addison's mouth decided to stop working. She couldn't form the words, so they came out as "I'mpregnantanditsyours," all in one breath.
Alex blinked. "I have no idea what you just said," he declared, amusement sparkling in his eyes.
Addison seemed apprehensive, afraid of whatever she needed to tell him. Finally, she looked down at the floor and whispered, "I'm pregnant, and it's your baby."
Alex was glad he was told not to react, because he seemed incapable of reacting anyway. His mouth hung slightly open, and his eyes froze on Addison's face, all hints of amusement vanished from them.
When Addison at last looked up and saw his face, she decided to keep quiet for a few minutes, but when he still didn't change his expression, she asked, "Um, Karev? Do you need some water or something?"
The sound of her voice snapped Alex out of his reverie. He refocused. "Are you going to keep the baby?" he asked hoarsely. His throat was a little dry.
"Yes," the redhead replied without hesitation. "I have wanted kids for a long time, and I already went through an abortion once. I cried for a month after that. I can't go through that again."
"Um, okay then." Alex could think of nothing else to say. "What can I do?"
Now it was Addison's turn to blink in surprise. "What?"
"I want to do something. I'm not going to be the ass who finds out he's going to be a father and acts like nothing happened. I want to be there for you and the baby," he demanded.
Addison looked at the man standing in front of her in amazement. She had completely expected him to bolt or yell or something, not for him to offer to help. "To be honest, I never really thought of how much help I would need," she admitted. "I guess, would you mind just staying my intern for now? I just need a friend right now, because once this gets out, I won't hear the end of it."
Alex's face suddenly darkened. This was it. He had to make it up to her now. "I don't want to be your friend." He immediately regretted those words when he saw the hurt flash in the redhead's blue eyes. Knowing if he said anything else he would just make it worse, he placed his hands on either side of her face and kissed her softly. Pulling away by only an inch, he whispered, "I don't think I could handle being just your friend." Addison's eyes snapped open in surprise. "I know I screwed up before, and I'm sorry. I just didn't want to hurt you any more than you had already been hurt."
Addison brought her hands up to his, taking them from her face and holding them at her waist. "Well, it did hurt me," she confessed. For a minute she didn't say anything, and nothing on her face indicated if she would take him back. After the longest silence in the world for Alex, she breathed, "I don't want anybody to know about us just yet. Could we keep it secret for a little while? At least until we have to tell the chief why I'm gaining weight?"
Alex's face broke into an ecstatic grin. Leaning forward, he kissed her again, placing his hands on her stomach while he did. "We're having a baby," he said into the kiss.
Addison pulled away and smiled a genuinely happy smile, her first in months. "We're having a baby," she repeated.
A/N: Sorry about the cheese at the end, but I can't bring myself to decheesify it. What did you think? Reviews make me super happy, and when I'm super happy I write more!