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Chapter 15: Going Home
Lexie let her head fall back against the head rest, grinning as the other passengers applauded. She always thought it was a strange thing to do but decided to join them anyway. But she wasn't applauding because they'd landed safely; she was simply genuinely happy to finally be back in Seattle.
And this time, she was back to stay. She wasn't planning on going back to Boston. At least not to live there.
Of course the four years she'd spent in Boston hadn't been all bad. She had a great job in one of the best hospitals in the country and had met one of the most important men in her life. She'd miss Sean like crazy, but they'd promise they'd call each other as often as possible and had already settled a date for his first visit.
She sighed and glanced at Zack, who was sitting on the seat next to hers, still deeply asleep. That kid could really sleep through anything.
Zack hadn't reacted sadly about leaving Boston. But even if she was glad she hadn't had to face the wrath of Zack, Lexie didn't think he could really understand everything that the move meant for him. He'd said his goodbyes to his little friends and Miss Jenny at day care, but she still thought that he didn't realize that he would probably never see them again. She'd tried her best to explain everything to him, but she there were some things she just guessed he'd understand over time.
Lexie looked up again and waited for the seat belt sign to turn off before moving to wake him up. She lifted her hand and softly stroked his pink cheek, whispering his name. She giggled when his first instinct was to frown and slap her hand away.
She reached out to him again and caressed his hair. "Come on, Zack, wake up!"
Zack opened his eyes slowly and turned his head to the window. He must have realized they weren't flying anymore, as he quickly turned his attention back on her, eyes wide with excitement. "Are we here?" he asked her.
Lexie smiled and nodded her head. "Yes."
"Let's go!" he shouted excitingly, struggling to open his seat belt.
Lexie helped him and took their two bags from over their heads. Ignoring his complaints, she insisted on holding onto his hand as they got off the plane and made their way inside the airport. She knew the boy could run like an Olympic gold medalist when he was excited.
"Walk FASTER!" Zack whined, pulling her through the crowd.
Lexie grinned and humoured him, knowing he couldn't wait to see his dad.
Mark had called them every single day in the past eight days and had actually been the one who'd arranged the whole move. The moment she'd told him when they'd be able to fly back to Seattle, he'd hired a moving company and had everything organized in less than half an hour. He'd wanted to come back to Boston to help them out for a couple of days but Lexie hadn't let him. Not that she didn't want to see him, GOSH her whole body screamed for him, but she felt like she needed to spend the rest of her time in Boston by herself. She needed to do this alone. She'd built a life there for Zack and her, and she was the one who had to put an end to it.
Lexie shook her head and craned her neck, trying to spot Mark through the large number of people who were waiting for their loved ones.
"THERE!" Zack shouted, pointing through the crowd.
Lexie followed his finger and couldn't keep the huge smile from reaching her lips when she saw Mark, who was waiting for them and looking slightly nervous. They both made their way towards him, and Lexie laughed when she saw his face brighten the moment he spotted them.
In a second, she was in his arms, Zack stuck between them. Mark crushed his lips to hers, kissing her as if he hadn't seen her in a year. The kiss didn't last long as they started laughing at the disgusted sounds they could hear coming from between them.
"Hi!" Mark welcomed his son, picking up. "I'm so happy to see you!"
"Me too, daddy!" Zack wrapped his little arms around his father's neck, hugging him tightly. "I missed you!"
"I missed you, too!" Mark whispered back, his voice thick with emotion. He kissed his forehead and kept him in his arms, not ready to let him go just yet. "Let's get out of here."
They got their bags and walked out of the airport, holding hands.
As they drove through the city, Lexie gave Sean a call. He'd had her promise to call the moment they'd land. There was no doubt the one thing she'd miss the most about Boston would be her best friend. She didn't think she would have made it through the last four years if it hadn't been for him. He simply was the most wonderful, incredible, amazing friend a person could ever find.
He'd been more than happy when she'd told him she was going back to Seattle to be with Mark. He'd always wanted her to be happy, no matter what. And even if he was still in Boston, she would make sure they'd visit each other as often as possible. As a matter of fact, he was supposed to come to Seattle in less than a month. It still felt like a year to her.
Still laughing from her short conversation with Sean, Lexie shut her phone and slipped it back into her bag. She glanced at Mark and took his hand in hers, relishing in the warmth of it. She laid her head back and looked out the window.
"Where are you taking us?" she asked him, realizing they weren't going to his apartment or to Meredith's place, like she'd tought they'd go first. "We're not going to your place."
She frowned and glanced at him, curious. "So where are we going?"
Still looking at the road, Mark gave her a mysterious, yet slightly nervous grin. "You'll see. It's a surprise, for you and for Zack."
"Ok…" She answered, knowing she probably wouldn't get anything from him even if she tried. She glanced at the backseat and smiled when she saw that Zack was passed out again. But apparently he wouldn't get to sleep much longer, since they seemed to be slowing down. She stayed quiet, eyes wide as Mark turned the car into a long driveway and stopped it in front of a huge white house.
He lifted his hand, stopping her. "Don't say anything yet. Just come inside." He told her. He climbed out of the car and took Zack from the back seat before joining her in front of the vehicle. He took her hand in his and squeezed it gently, silently asking her to humor him.
He led her to the front door and unlocked it. He pushed the door open but instead of walking in, took a small step back. "Come on, go in."
Lexie gave Mark a shaky smile and walked inside, tears prickling her eyes. "Oh, Mark…"
He took her hand and pulled her out of the lobby, towards another room. Zack, who was still in his father's arms, had awakened but was still slightly groggy from sleep. He was quiet, his dark brown eyes taking everything in.
Lexie stayed quiet as she followed Mark into a large room. "This is the living room, it's huge and open. I remembered you said you always wanted a spacious living room. And this…"
She didn't even have time to look at the whole room, since he was already pulling her across the hall and into the next one. "This is the kitchen and dining room. You've got a lot of space to work in the kitchen. You're a great cook, you need space. And if you'll follow me…"
"Mark! Stop!" She nearly shouted.
He stopped walking, looking nervous. "What is it? You don't like it?" he asked her, frowning. Zack whimpered and wiggled in his arms, wanting to be put down. He was gone the moment his small feet touched the floor.
Lexie let him, having something more important to settle. "I… I don't… Did you buy a house?" she stuttered.
Mark shrugged his shoulders, giving her a small grin. "Well not exactly. I was waiting for you to see it before I made my final offer." He lifted his eyebrows, still waiting for her answer. "So? What do you think?"
"I… don't know what to think." She slowly answered.
Mark let out a long breath and shook his head, grimacing. "You don't like it? I knew I should've waited…"
"NO! I LOVE IT!" She nearly shouted. "It's… perfect."
He smiled and took both of her hands in his. "I KNEW you'd like it!"
Lexie bit on her lower lip, still not completely at ease with everything. "But Mark… are you sure?"
Mark gave a small laugh and looked deeply into her eyes. "If I'm sure? You're coming back in Seattle, with my son. I want us to be a real family. And I wanted us to have a home." He told her, his voice soft. "I love you."
Without losing a beat, she wrapped her arms around his neck and crushed her lips to his, only pulling back when their need for air became too insistent. "I love you, too." She whispered back, small tears running down her cheeks.
Mark softly wiped her tears. "Come see the second floor. The master bedroom is huge and there's a nice bedroom for Zack and a few more… for a few more little people."
He took one of her hands again and lead her to the second floor.
He was right, the master bedroom was enormous, about three times bigger than the room she'd had at her apartment in Boston. It had three large windows as well as a small adjoining bathroom. They saw Zack running out of a smaller bedroom right across the hall, and disappearing into another one. This one was smaller, ideal for a child's bedroom. There were two windows and a large closet.
Finally, there were two other bedrooms a little down the hall and another bathroom.
"This is incredible!" Lexie exclaimed, her mind buzzing with everything.
"Wait! You haven't seen the backyard!" Mark guided her back towards the stairs, looking like a little boy. "Come on, Zack! Come check out the backyard with us!"
They didn't have to ask him twice. The young boy ran down the stairs and bolted past them into the kitchen, where the back door was. He quickly opened the sliding door and ran outside, not even waiting for them.
"MOMMY!" they heard him scream, making her heart catch in her throat.
"Oh my…" she panicked. She tried to run out, but Mark kept his hold on her, shaking his head. "You'll see." He told her, reassuring her.
They followed their son outside and onto the most beautiful backyard she'd ever seen. And lying on the lawn was Zack, playing with a small black Labrador puppy. Lexie gasped. "Mark!"
"Can we keep him, mommy?" Zack asked her, his attention never leaving the puppy.
Mark wrapped his arm around her waist and gave her a small sheepish grin. "Is it ok? I wanted to get him something… and you know how much he loves Derek's dog."
"He's a four year old boy. Of course he likes dogs."
Mark laughed and nodded his head.
Lexie thightened her lips, watching her son play with the dog. "Mommy? Can I keep him?" He asked her again, this time looking at her with large pleading eyes. "Pleeeaaaaase."
How could she say no to that? She let out a long breath and nodded her head in agreement. "Sure. You can keep him."
Zack stood up from the ground and started jumping around. The small dog barked with excitement and started running around the boy. "YAY! I'm gonna name him Batman!"
Lexie wrinkled her nose, making a mental note to talk to him about that name. She sighed and laid her head on his shoulder. "Mark, I can't believe you did all this." She murmured, still not believing she wasn't dreaming.
Mark kissed the top of her head softly. "I'm just happy you like it." He murmured back.
Lexie smiled and nodded her head slowly. "I love it. And I love you. You're perfect."
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I'm not that good with sappiness.... I prefer angst. But I don't want any more angst for Mark and Lexie. I want them to be happy.
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