Title: Encore!

Rating: T

Disclaimer: I don't own ER or any of the music. I'm not trying to profit from any of the songs, it's for entertainment purposes only.

A/N: Ok so I've had this idea floating in my head for several months now. I have a few ideas for this story, but I haven't really decided how to connect the dots just yet. I promise it will be a lot different than my last fic. Hope you like it and please review!

Summary: After a hard days work, Ray and Neela frequent the local karaoke bar, but the repercussions from this leads to events they never expected. No Katey, Gates, Michael, and best of all……NO BRENNER!!! Just our dear, dear roomies!!


"No. Ray, I'm not singing that." she said to him through gritted teeth

"Aww, come on, roomie." he said as he gave her that puppy dog pout he always used to get girls to do whatever he wanted

"That expression isn't going to work on me. I'm not one of your groupies that will just fall at your feet."

"Please?"

She leaned forward slightly and gave him a small smile then said "No".

The smile on Ray's face faded somewhat "I'll do the dishes for a week." She still wasn't budging. "I'll do all the laundry for a month."

"No! My clothes have bleach stains from the last time you did the laundry."

He was starting to get a little frustrated. He could usually talk any girl into anything. Use his charm and his wit, do some flirting and get his way, but not with Neela. She really made him work hard if he wanted her to do something for him. "It's my turn to choose, isn't it?"

"So pick another song, any song but that one. Why do you always choose this bloody song?" It wasn't like it was the one and only song he ever picked but it was enough to aggravate Neela.

Then suddenly it hit him, "I'll do your shift tomorrow."

She raised her eyebrows at him and her eyes lit up as the angry expression on her face began to fade away "Ok" and as soon as she said it he had the biggest smile on his face. He practically ran up to the DJ with the piece of paper in his hand and gave it to him. He walked back over to her and stood next to her.

Suddenly the DJ came on the microphone "Hey, this next song is going to be done by our friends Ray and Neela!"

They walked up to the stage as the crowd applauded for them. It's true, their performances were definitely crowd pleasers. Not because they were good singers but because they were energetic and funny. They had to be. The kind of place they worked in wasn't exactly relaxing. They had to unwind and have some fun and be silly to keep their sanity.

They stepped onto the stage and each got their own microphone while the song started and the crowd cheered loudly. He smirked at her and said "See. Our fans love this song."

She rolled her eyes "Let's just get this over with."

In my life there's been heartache and pain

I don't know if I can face it again

I can't stop now, I've traveled so far

To change this lonely life

I wanna know what love is

I want you to show me

I want to feel what love is

I know you can show me

I'm gonna take a little time

A little time to look around me

I've got nowhere left to hide

It looks like love has finally found me

She never really liked the song in the first place and she hated whenever he begged her to sing it with him but even though she hated to admit it, she always had fun singing with him. They always got into the songs, dancing and joking around onstage. They laughed whenever they were up there, so much so that it was hard for them to do the song sometimes. Neela almost died when Ray pretended to fall on his knees singing to her during one of the choruses.

After they were finished singing, they stayed a couple more hours and eventually decided to call it a night. As they were grabbing their coats, she said "Well I guess I'll be sleeping in tomorrow" with a big smile on her face.

He smiled but then reality set in. He suddenly remembered the promise he had made to her earlier that evening. The smile left from his face. "Um…I probably should have asked you this earlier, but exactly what time is your shift?"

She turned around to face him and trying to hold back her laughter she looked him in the eye and gave him that same puppy dog face he had given her earlier "5".

"5?! Please tell me you don't mean 5 in the morning."

She couldn't control her laugh anymore "That's exactly what I mean."

"Why didn't you tell me that earlier?" he said with eyes huge

"You didn't ask." she smiled at him sweetly

"Don't you think that's the kind of thing you should tell someone even though they don't ask? Roomie, it's midnight. Your shift starts in 5 hours and my shift starts at 4pm. I'm going to have to do my shift right after your shift on just 4 hours sleep." He started to give her that pout again

She laughed again "You know that's not going to work on me." She continued her path to the door and he followed "We're doctor's, sleep deprivation goes with the territory. Besides, maybe this will teach you not to make promises before you have all the facts."

He just shook his head. Why couldn't he ever crack her? "Then I guess we should hurry home so I can get some sleep." She burst out laughing.


A/N: Hope you liked this first chapter. It's weird how sometimes when you start a story and you're not sure where to take it and then when you start you just let it take you where it wants to go. Not sure that makes sense.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like in this story then I'm all ears!