A/N: Hey! Sorry for the wait. The season finale totally threw me (Jackson just needs to tell her he loves her!) and then I had my brother's graduation. Enjoy the final update :)
Disclaimer: Same as usual.
Chapter 8 – All To Myself
Sloan sat on his couch watching television while Avery studied for the Boards in his spare bedroom. He never thought that he would invite a male resident to stay in his home but he felt for the kid and he did offer his help. He had ordered pizza and there was beer in his refrigerator, he figured that was a good first step to getting Avery's mind off of Kepner.
A knock sounded on his door and he promptly hopped off of his couch to answer it. He pulled the door open and grinned at his visitor.
"Good evening Dr. Kepner."
"Hi Dr. Sloan," she replied timidly. "Is Jackson here?"
"He is indeed," Sloan answered as he casually leaned on the doorframe. He felt like he was channelling his inner-father and teasing Kepner was an enjoyable pastime. He watched her fidget and struggle to find her words before he stepped aside and gestured for her to enter his apartment. "He's in the spare bedroom studying." He pointed her in the right direction and watched as she tentatively walked across his apartment.
She spun around and nervously looked at him. "How is he?"
The older surgeon grinned. "He's hoping you want to be more than just his study buddy."
April smiled and then bravely proceeded to the guest bedroom. She knocked on the door and instantly heard a muffled permission to enter. She walked into the room and found Jackson lying on the bed, shuffling through flash cards.
He slowly sat up and looked at her in surprise. "April," he breathed.
"I needed to see you," she confessed timidly.
"Good," he smiled happily. "That's good."
She tentatively sat down on the edge of the bed and stared at the dark comforter as she spoke. "I had an awful day today. I lost two patients today, one coded, the other bled out. I had an awful day today and the only person that I wanted to talk to was you."
He reached out and placed a hand on her knee. "I'm sorry I couldn't be there."
"It's okay," she smiled softly as she looked at him. "I was still kind of mad at you then. Mostly confused, but mad. And then I find this." She pulled his note out of her coat pocket and laid it on the bed between them. "And then," she emphasized as she continued. "I go to my boyfriend's apartment and the only person that I can think about is you, and not because you're my best friend. I felt so guilty because Anderson is such a great guy but I couldn't keep it going after everything."
"So…you broke up with him?" Jackson asked hopefully.
"Of course I broke up with him, you moron," she said exasperated.
She had barely gotten the words out of her mouth when Jackson grabbed her by the waist and melded their mouths together. The kiss was slow, unhurried, and full of pent-up emotion. He ran his tongue along her bottom lip and she timidly let him inside.
When Jackson ended the kiss he smiled at the fact that April still had her eyes closed.
She had been wrong about the way Anderson had kissed her on their first date. She had never been kissed like that. She hummed pleasantly to herself before opening her eyes. "Wow…"
He chuckled and agreed with her. "Yeah…wow…"
April wrapped both of her arms around his shoulders and pulled him in for another kiss.
"Hey kids." Mark Sloan's voice called on the other side of the door and interrupted their kiss. "If you two are making up, can you not do it in my guest room?"
Jackson laughed and held April's face as she blushed. "We'll be out of here in a minute Dr. Sloan. Let's go home," he whispered to April.
She smiled, "Yeah, let's go home."
Jackson followed April into their apartment with a smile. "Where's Karev?"
"He's scrubbing in with Dr. Robbins on an emergency valve replacement."
He grinned and wrapped his arms around her waist from behind. "So, we're alone?" She tilted her head to the side to allow him access to her neck and he kissed along the exposed flesh. "My…bedroom…or…yours?" He asked in between kisses. She didn't answer him but she spun around in his arms and kissed him as she pushed his jacket off of his shoulders.
They chose her room for the sole reason that it was closer. Jackson kicked the door closed behind him and guided April towards the bed. His t-shirt was already discarded and he was beginning to unbutton her blouse when she pulled away from him.
"Is something wrong?" He asked panicked.
She shook her head and smiled. "No, nothing's wrong. I just want to tell you something."
"Okay." He leaned in and kissed her softly. "What is it?"
"I never…um I mean…I…" She ran a hand through her hair in frustration and groaned. "I never had sex with him," she finally stated.
"You didn't?" He was surprised. Anderson had spent so many nights here and he knew that she really liked him so he had just assumed that the man had taken April's virginity. But he was happy that the man hadn't. He loved the idea of being her first. "Well, are you sure that you want to…now?" He asked nervously, because he would wait. They could take it one step at a time if she wanted.
She bit down on her bottom lip and nodded. "Yeah, I am." The fingers of her right hand skipped down his chest until they found his belt. "I want to…with you. Can we just go slowly?"
He smiled, "We can go as slow as you want."
Afterwards, April giggled as Jackson spooned her from behind and kissed her shoulder.
"How are you feeling?" He asked thoughtfully.
"Great. I feel great," she laughed breathlessly. "That was amazing. Thank you."
He turned her head towards him and kissed her soundly on the mouth. "No need to thank me. You were amazing."
She smiled happily and pulled his arm tighter around her waist. She loved lying with him. She liked the warmth of his body and the feeling of protection and safety that it created. "I always liked doing this, ya know, when we were just friends," she confessed. "It feels the same now and I'm glad."
Jackson laughed huskily and covered one of her breasts with his hand. "Well, not exactly the same." He kissed behind her ear and whispered, "This is much more fun."
She giggled at his boldness before squirming out his grasp and getting out of the bed.
"Where are you going?" He asked petulantly.
She crawled back onto the bed and leaned over him to place a soft kiss on his lips. "I have to pee," she explained. She clutched the bed sheet tightly to her chest as she looked around for her clothes.
He picked his t-shirt up off of the floor near the bed and tossed it to her. "Here, wear this!"
She caught his shirt and slipped it over her head. It fell just below her butt and he grinned at how good she looked in his clothes. She dropped the bed sheet and pulled on her discarded panties. She hurried to the bathroom and back to her room where she returned to her bed next to Jackson. He pulled her close and kissed her again.
"I never said it," she spoke against his lips.
"Said what?" He asked in confusion.
"I love you too," she smiled.
He kissed her. "Say it again."
She giggled, "I love you Jackson." And she really did. She had loved him for a while but it had just been easier to repress it with everything that had happened between him and Lexie. Like she had told him, it had been easier to be his friend because it had taken him a tad longer to realize how he felt about her.
He cradled her face and kissed her again. He wanted to kiss her every minute of every day. "I love you April."
In the middle of the night, April awoke with a desperate need to once again use the washroom. She slipped out of her bed and sleepily stumbled into the hallway. She smacked into something solid and quickly realized that it was Alex's chest.
"Sorry…um…I'm sorry," she mumbled. She raised her head to face his most likely annoyed gaze, and noticed that his eyes were downcast. She looked down and remembered that she was wearing Jackson's t-shirt, and only Jackson's t-shirt. She tried in vain to pull the garment down to cover more of her upper thighs.
Alex smirked at his flustered female roommate. "Kepner, you look freshly f-"
April cringed as Alex stopped talking at the moment when she heard her bedroom door open behind her. "April, what are you…oh, hey Karev…"
"Did you two hook up?" He asked bluntly.
Jackson pulled April back against his chest and smiled brightly. "We're…together."
Alex simply nodded. "About frickin' time," he said before he walked to his bedroom.
Jackson laughed into her hair while she stared at Alex's closed bedroom door in shock. "About frickin' time?" She repeated. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"Karev has been a pretty good friend to me recently," Jackson explained. "Don't worry about him, just come back to bed."
She kissed him and smiled softly. "Be there in a second."
She walked to the bathroom and Jackson turned to go back into her bedroom. They both had the day off tomorrow and if he had his way, they would only be leaving her room to use the washroom and get something to eat. He had waited long enough. He wanted her all to himself for a little while. For forever.
A/N: I would like to thank everyone for supporting this story! The response overwhelmed me completely :) I am sad that this story is at an end but don't worry, I am already writing another April/Jackson story! It will be rated M. Also, if anybody knows where I can watch Grey's Season 8 online, it would really help me out :)
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