Okay, here it is, my new story! I am really excited for this one, and I hope you guys all are too. I'll try to have another update up by the end of the week, but I can't make any guarantees. Please let me know what you think, and as always, I welcome your suggestions as to how I can make this story better. Thanks for reading!

Lips of an Angel

Hinder

Honey why are you calling me so late?
It's kinda hard to talk right now
Honey why are you crying, is everything okay?
I gotta whisper ?cause I can't be too loud

Well, my girl's in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on

It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

It's funny that you're calling me tonight
And yes I've dreamt of you too
And does he know you're talking to me?
Will it start a fight?
No I don't think she has a clue

Well my girl's in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on

It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

And I never wanna say goodbye
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel
Honey why are you calling me so late?

Meredith Grey had never thought that she would be this girl. The girl who looked for dresses to wear on dates and thought about things like where she and her boyfriend would go to dinner on Friday nights and yelling at him for not taking out the trash. She had never thought that she would be in a relationship at all, but now…she just felt normal. She was a normal girl, who loved her boyfriend and didn't have any issues or fears about her future.

Her mother didn't exactly like the way she had decided to live her life. Meredith was a resident at the hospital, but she hadn't wanted to spend every single moment of her life trying to become a better doctor. Instead, she wanted to live her life as a normal person, trying to be something more than just a doctor. She was happy with her life, she loved being a doctor, but she also loved being a best friend and a girlfriend…feeling like a real person instead of a slave to the hospital.

She smiled as she heard the front door open and turned to look at her reflection in the mirror. She was finally ready, and she couldn't help feeling a flutter of excitement as she thought about how nice it would be to just spend some time with him alone. She had been working a lot of hours and he had been putting in a lot of hours at the firm, so it was going to feel wonderful to just go out to dinner without any worries about surgery or court.

"Hey baby," his voice came from the doorway, and Meredith turned to smile at him.

"Hi," she said, offering him a soft smile. "I'm almost ready."

"You look beautiful," he smiled, leaning in to kiss her cheek. "You know how much I love that dress."

"It's why I wore it," she nodded, reaching for her heeled sandals. "Did you call the restaurant to make sure that they got our reservation?"

"Actually, there's a change in plans," he said, reaching into his closet as he pulled out a dark green shirt. "One of the new partners at the firm was asking me about good restaurants to try, so I invited her and her boyfriend out with us. I know it's not exactly what we planned, but I thought it might be nice if we showed them around. They're brand new, just moved here last week and don't really know anyone."

"So you just let them come out with us?" Meredith frowned. "I was looking forward to this, Nathan. It was supposed to just be the two of us."

"So now it'll be the four of us," Nathan shrugged. "They'll be here in a few minutes, so if you're going to get mad do it now. I don't want you to be sulking all night."

"They're coming to our apartment?" Meredith frowned. "We never have people come over. What the hell were you thinking?"

"I was thinking that one of my coworkers needs some help learning her way around the city," Nathan said. "And that my girlfriend would be willing to help her out. Come on, Mer. It's what we do."

"I just…I was really looking forward to spending time alone with you," Meredith said. "We've both been busy."

"I know, I'm sorry baby," Nathan said, flashing her a wide smile as he reached out to place his hands on her hips. "I promise after dinner tonight…I'm all yours."

Meredith looked at him for a moment before she nodded slowly. "Okay," she said.

Nathan raised an eyebrow as he looked at her carefully. "Okay?" he repeated. "Okay as in it's really okay, or okay as in you're going to sulk and drink tequila all night?"

"Okay as in it's really okay," Meredith nodded, leaning in to kiss him softly. "But…I can drink tequila tonight. So that later…well, you love it when I drink tequila."

"I do," he laughed, pulling her close and kissing her deeply. "How about a preview?"

Meredith giggled as she rocked her hips against his, unable to mistake the bulge between his legs. "That sounds…amazing."

He eased her back onto the bed and leaned over her, kissing her deeply as he allowed his body to press against hers. Before they could continue any further, however, the buzzer sounded from the living room, signaling that there was someone downstairs. Meredith groaned and pushed Nathan off of her, standing to straighten her dress.

"Go answer the door," she said, her chest heaving with breathlessness.

"You want me to answer the door like this?" Nathan frowned, and she turned to look at him. His shirt was undone, his hair a mess, and he was very obviously still aroused.

"Fine," she sighed, leaning in to kiss him one last time. "But you totally owe me for this."

"I'll take whatever punishment you're handing out," Nathan laughed.

Meredith shook her head as she walked out of her bedroom, making her way towards the front door. She buzzed their visitors up and turned to look in the mirror, making sure that her appearance wasn't too horrible. She knew that she probably should have put her foot down when Nathan had told her that he had invited other people out to dinner with them, but she didn't have the energy. As much as she wanted to spend time alone with Nathan, this would be fine too. Neither one of them were working, it was a Friday night…they'd go have dinner with his coworker and then come home and have hot sex. It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough. And she could at least look forward to the sex.

She pulled the door open just as soon as there was a knock on the door, pasting a smile onto her face as she met the gaze of a tall, blonde haired woman with wide brown eyes. "Hi," she said. "I'm Meredith."

"Meredith," the woman smiled. "Nathan's told me so much about you. I'm Tiffany. My boyfriend's parking the car, but he should be up in a minute."

"Well, come on in," Meredith said, ushering her inside. "Nathan's just finishing up, but he should be out any second."

"I hope we're not interrupting anything," Tiffany sighed. "Nathan assured me that it was no problem, but I hope you don't mind either. It's hard, moving to a new city and he seemed to understand."

"We do," Meredith smiled. "We moved here about three months ago from Boston, so I know what it's like to feel completely overwhelmed by a new city."

"Well thanks for your kindness," Tiffany said. "Once we're settled into our apartment you two will have to come over for dinner."

Meredith nodded slowly. "That would be…nice," she said. She couldn't wait until this dinner was over. This woman was a completely fake.

"Do you mind if I freshen up?" Tiffany asked, looking around for the bathroom.

"Of course," Meredith nodded, pointing her in the direction of the bathroom. "Right there, on your right."

"Thanks," Tiffany smiled, flashing a wide, white smile over her shoulder before she disappeared into the bathroom. Meredith rolled her eyes before she reached for her purse, making sure she had all the necessary items with her. Including extra strength Tylenol.

There was another knock at the door, and she sighed as she reached for it, already wishing that it was time for dinner to be over. This girl was a complete phony.

The moment she opened the front door, she found herself thrown off as her eyes met a pair of deep blue eyes that seemed to look into her very soul. Her eyes locked on his for a long moment before she finally allowed them to roam over the stranger standing at the front door. He was offering her a slightly crooked smile that brought a similar one to her smile, and his hair was perfectly styled in a way that made her just want to run her hands through it. He was wearing dress pants and a dark red button down shirt, and for the first time since she had started dating Nathan she found herself honestly attracted to another man.

The thought of her boyfriend, getting dressed in the next room, snapped her back into reality and she cleared her throat as she stepped backwards slightly. "Hi," she said. "I'm Meredith."

"Derek," he said, his smile widening as he reached his hand out.

"Nice to meet you," she murmured as she shook his hand. "Come on in. Nathan's just getting ready."

"Tiffany made it up here?" Derek asked.

"She's just freshening up," Meredith nodded. There was an awkward silence that followed, the time during which she searched her brain for something to say. She was terrible at this hostessing thing. "I um…do you want anything to drink?"

"I'm fine, but thanks," Derek said. "This is a great apartment."

"Thanks, we like it," Meredith smiled, actually grateful when the bathroom door opened and Tiffany emerged, making a beeline for Derek as soon as she saw him.

"Hi baby," she giggled slightly. "I missed you."

Derek laughed as he wrapped an arm around her waist. "I was just parking the car," he pointed out.

"I still missed you," she sighed, and Meredith fought the urge to roll her eyes. These people were insane. Nobody missed anyone when they were separated for five minutes.

"Hey, you made it," Nathan's voice came from behind them, and a moment later his hand landed on her hip. "I'm Nathan Sawyer, nice to meet you."

"Derek Shepherd," Derek untangled his fingers from Tiffany's to shake Nathan's hand. "Thanks for letting us crash your dinner plans."

"Not a problem," Nathan smiled. "Mer and I were just thinking how we need more couples to go out with, weren't we?"

Meredith frowned. They had never even discussed that. And if it was up to her, they would stay in every night and order take out. She hated getting dressed up and going out to fancy restaurants.

"Um…right," she finally nodded. She couldn't make an idiot out of herself in front of strangers. Nathan would kill her if she screwed this up, he was obviously excited to have some new friends, and she didn't want to disappoint him.

"Well, we should get going, right?" Tiffany broke the silence that had fallen over the apartment. "We can drive, if you want to just tell us where we're going…"

"Actually we can walk," Meredith said. "Our favorite Italian place is just two blocks away, and it's a beautiful night."

Tiffany blinked in surprise, and Nathan cleared his throat. "Actually, Mer," he said softly. "I told Tiffany we would take them to that Chinese buffet that just opened up downtown."

Anger boiled inside of Meredith as she frowned. "You know I hate Chinese food," she stated.

"Meredith," Nathan frowned. "Not now."

"But…"

"Not. Now."

"We like Italian too," Derek chimed in, obviously sensing the tension between Meredith and Nathan. "If you don't like Chinese, Meredith…"

"No," Nathan said firmly. "We're not changing our plans because she's a picky eater. Let's go."

Meredith sighed as she reached for her sweater. She knew it was going to be a long night, and now that Nathan was in a mood, it was going to be even longer. She followed Nathan out the door and down to his car, silently sliding into the passenger seat and not saying a word as they made their way towards the downtown area. The other three occupants of the car exchanged small talk as Nathan maneuvered the car around the familiar streets of Seattle and into a parking spot outside of a new Chinese buffet that had been written up in one of the magazines that Nathan was constantly reading. She remained silent as they were shown to their seats and started piling food onto their plates; she noticed how Tiffany seemed to put nothing but vegetables on her plate, and how Derek had longingly eyed the steak before Tiffany handed him another plate full of vegetables, with only a few pieces of chicken as protein. Meredith herself placed the biggest piece of steak she could find and then searched the buffet for the most tolerable of the Chinese food, ignoring Nathan's stares. He hated when she ate too much.

"So," Derek smiled warmly as they all returned to their seats. "I know that Nathan is a lawyer, obviously. What do you do, Meredith?"

"I'm a doctor," she replied, smiling slightly.

"Really?" Tiffany asked. "So is Derek!"

Meredith fought the urge to ask why Derek couldn't have said that for himself. "Really?" she heard herself say as she turned to look at him instead of his girlfriend. "Where are you going to be working?"

"I'm joining a private practice," Derek replied, eyeing Tiffany closely who smiled proudly. "My special is neurosurgery."

"Really?" Meredith asked, suddenly feeling better about the entire evening. If she could talk about surgery, everything was better. "I'm a surgical resident at Seattle Grace. I'm trying to decide on a specialty, but I actually really like neuro. I think that might be the direction I head in."

"I'd be happy to sit down and talk to you about it at some point," Derek said, a wide smile coming across his face.

"That would be amazing," Meredith breathed. "Have you ever done any amazing surgeries? Because I know private practice practitioners don't usually do anything out of routine procedures, but last week I scrubbed in on a corpus colostomy."

"You did?" Derek's eyes widened. "I actually scrubbed in on one when I was an intern to. It was incredible, an even bigger rush than normal surgeries give."

"I know," Meredith breathed. "I can't believe the coincidence."

"It's a small world," Nathan laughed from beside her, reaching for her hand. He gave it a gentle squeeze, and she smiled softly at him, knowing that he was apologizing for snapping at her earlier.

"If I ever have to bring a case to Grace," Derek continued. "I'll make sure you get to consult."

"That would be amazing," Meredith breathed. "Thank you."

"My pleasure," Derek smiled, and for a moment their eyes remained trained on each others, holding an intense gaze for a long, energized moment.

"Well, let's talk about something we can all talk about," Tiffany said, breaking the moment between Derek and Meredith. "Like what we should do next weekend."

"Next weekend?" Derek and Meredith asked together.

"Right," Tiffany said. "We need friends, Derek. And so do Meredith and Nathan. So we should do something different next weekend."

"It's what couples do," Nathan agreed.

"Right," Meredith nodded. Maybe she could trade shifts with Christina so she would have to work all weekend. Although it might not be that bad. Tiffany was kind of annoying, but she liked Derek. And if things got too bad the two of them could talk about surgery or something.

"How long have you two lived in Seattle?" Tiffany was asking, and after a moment Meredith realized that the question was directed at her.

"We moved here a year and a half ago," Meredith said. "I got accepted to the Seattle Grace internship program and I couldn't turn it down. So after I graduated med school we moved out here and Nathan joined the firm. But well…I used to live here before. When I was little, but then my mom decided she wanted to move to the east coast, so we moved back to Boston. So I'm not really from Seattle, but I was born here and then I moved back here, so I guess it can be said that I'm from Seattle…"

"Meredith," Nathan said softly, shaking his head.

"Sorry," Meredith murmured. She knew he hated her rambling habit.

"Did you even take a breath?" Derek asked, a bemused smile spreading across his face.

"It's a habit," Meredith felt her cheeks reddening. "A bad one, I know. I'm trying to stop."

"I thought it was amusing," Derek laughed, then cleared his throat when Tiffany shot him a look.

The rest of the evening consisted of the four of them exchanging small tidbits of information about themselves and getting to know each other. Meredith found herself becoming more comfortable as she learned more about the two of them, and she couldn't help but feel that there was more to Derek Shepherd than he was offering. She was looking forward to getting to know him better, even if Tiffany got on her nerves.

After dropping Derek and Tiffany off at their car, Meredith followed Nathan up the stairs to their apartment, suddenly finding herself exhausted.

"Did you have fun?" Nathan asked as he unlocked the front door and followed her into their bedroom.

"It was…nice," Meredith said carefully. "Derek seems interesting."

"I had no idea he was a doctor too," Nathan shook his head. "Small world."

"It definitely is," Meredith murmured.

"It will be nice to have some friends," Nathan continued. "It's been too long since we had other people to do stuff with."

"I have friends," Meredith frowned.

"Meredith, getting drunk with Christina doesn't count as a friendship," Nathan said. "That's wishing you were still in college."

"We don't get drunk that often," Meredith frowned. "She's my best friend. And we do more than go to Joe's."

"Right, you let her kick me out of bed in the morning," Nathan said. "I really think it will be good for you to find some friendships outside of the hospital."

"So you've been saying," Meredith sighed, pulling her dress off and reaching for her pajamas.

"I know you're worried about turning into your mom," Nathan continued. "And I'm trying to help you have a life outside of the hospital the way she never wanted to."

Meredith sighed as she nodded. She knew that Nathan was just trying to make sure that she was happy, and she appreciated that. He loved her, and even though she got frustrated with him sometimes, he really just wanted to make her happy. No one had ever cared about her like that before, and she was still learning to appreciate it.

"I know," she finally sighed, stepping closer to him and wrapping her arms around his neck. "Thank you."

"Just looking out for my girl," Nathan smiled, his hands going to her hips.

"I love you for that," Meredith whispered, leaning up to kiss him. "But I do remember something about you making this up to me…"

"Oh," Nathan smiled, grabbing her by the thighs to toss her gently onto the bed. "I'll make it up to you a couple times."

"Good," she giggled, pulling him down to kiss him deeply. She wrapped her arms tightly around his neck, loving the way he was able to make her feel cherished and loved in this moment. He kissed her passionately, and as she closed her eyes, she pushed all thoughts of Derek Shepherd out of her mind, ignoring the sensation that her life was about to change dramatically in the near future.