Elena sat on the chair in the waiting room, she peeled the label off her bottle of water without thinking about it, her mind was elsewhere.
"Elena Gilbert." A loud voice called
She got up quickly and stowed the water bottle in her bag.
"This way please."
She smiled and followed the woman who called her.
"Dr. Greene will be with you shortly."
"Thank you." Elena said taking a seat.
The room was full of pictures of Pregnancy, some posters of detailed ovaries, some about breastfeeding, there was also a pin board plastered with pictures of new born babies and thank you cards. Elena studied this until the office door opened.
"Elena." Dr. Greene said warmly
"Dr. Green." Elena smiled
"How are you feeling?" the gynaecologist asked as she took the seat behind her desk.
"Negative." Elena said with a sigh.
Dr. Greene pursed her lips at the word.
"No Greg today?"
"No." Elena said "We er…had a row."
"Oh." The doctor said "Nothing serious I hope."
Elena sighed "Just the usual. It's a stressful time."
Dr. Greene nodded in understanding.
"Let's discuss the situation in hand." She continued "You handed in your sample this morning and we've tested it and I'm afraid you're not pregnant Elena."
"But it's important that you don't lose faith-"
"it's been over a year now and I haven't caught once." Elena said louder than she intended
"Yes, and we've carried out every test available and we can see no reason why you can't physically conceive."
Elena nodded again
Dr. Greene continued "Would Doug be prepared to come in and have a few small tests done?"
"Doug has two children already." Elena said "He has no problems."
"Even so…" the Doctor said
"I don't think he would." Elena said glumly "I love my husband but he can be very stubborn."
"All I can suggest then is regular sex, a healthy diet, exercise and some relaxation. There's still hope yet."
"Is there anything else you'd like to discuss at this time?"
"No." Elena said "Thank you for your time."
She left the hospital office and walked slowly to her car. The traffic was fair so she made it to work by eleven.
The tinkling bell ran out as she opened the door into her florist shop. Her business partner and close friend Caroline Forbes came rushing over.
"Well?" Caroline asked, trying to look calm but Elena could see her eagerness for happy news breaking through
Elena shook her head.
"Oh Elena." Caroline said sadly and before she could take her bag off Caroline had pulled her into a hug.
"It's fine…well it's not but…" Elena sighed
"How did Doug take it?" Caroline asked when she released her
"He didn't go." Elena said
"What?" Caroline scowled
"We had a row."
"About what?" Caroline pressed
"About us looking into a donor." Elena said
"Did you tell him Damon offered?" Caroline said
"No!" Elena said quickly "It's taken five years for Doug to accept my best friend is a guy never mind the fact that my selfless friend has offered us a donation to help us achieve the baby we're desperate for!"
"Good point." Caroline said. She rearranged some daffodils that were resting in a silver bucket.
"I just suggested that we should look into a donor, give it a shot, I'm ready to try anything Car."
"Give him time to get his head around, I'm sure he'll come around."
"I hope so." Elena mumbled "I better get started."
She walked through the shop and into the back and dumped her bag down, just as she fastened her apron on she head the shop bell jingle.
Elena walked out on to the shop floor and plastered a smile on her face. The smile fell quickly when she saw who it was.
"What..." She said sharply "are you doing here?"
"Jeez what a lovely reception you get here in Mystic Blooms."
"Damon." She said sharply
"What?" he said following it up with his stupid sexy trademark smile
"You should be in Chicago." She whinged
"Well I'm not." He shrugged
"It's the last day of your book signing." She said
"Is it?" he shrugged again
"Why are you here? Please tell me you didn't come here for me…"
He smirked and shrugged again.
"Damon!" she scolded
"What?" he said in a bored tone. "Give me a break, and besides I need flowers so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.
Elena rolled her eyes and stomped away from him. She grabbed a watering can and went to the tap to fill it.
"I'll just help myself then." Damon said loudly.
"Hmpf." Elena breathed.
Damon walked around the various buckets of flowers looking hard at the various types. He grabbed beautiful pink peonies roses and grouped them together.
"So I got your text, sorry Elena." Damon said quietly "It's going to happen for you…"
Elena sighed loudly "Thank you. It's just yet another blow…" Damon shook his head sadly.
"Do these go?" Damon asked holding up blue freesia
"No." Caroline said appearing out of thin air "Try lilac ones or yellow. They make the pink pop." She said putting the emphasis on 'pop'
Damon took her advice and added the other flowers. Caroline nodded.
"So how come you're here?" Elena asked
"I knew what day it was and I wanted to make sure you'd be okay one way or the other." Damon said quietly
Elena's heart thawed. "Here." She said kindly taking the flowers from his hands and rearranging them into a beautiful bouquet. She added a shiny thick rucas leaf to bind them together and wrapped them in beautiful tissue paper and a silky ribbon.
Damon handed her his cash card and she printed him a receipt.
"Thank you." He said. "Card?" he asked
She pointed to a spinning stand then tossed him a pen. Damon picked out a card, wrote it and handed it to her. She took a quick glance as she was about to slip it into the silver envelope.
Elena. Where there is great love, there are always miracles Damon X
"These are for me?" she blushed
"Of course they are." Damon said
Elena's whole body relaxed, her shoulder fell and she set the flowers down just as Damon came around the counter.
"Shh." He hushed as she began crying the tears she'd been holding in all morning. He rocked her a little and she felt comforted by him, his familiar smell, the creaking sound of his leather jacket as he held her tighter…
"Did you cancel your Chicago date?" Elena mumbled into his shoulder
"No, just rescheduled for tomorrow." He said
She nodded. Good, she didn't want him missing one of his signing because of her.
"What would I do without you?" she asked, really meaning it.
"Let's not find out." Damon said kissing her temple. "Better?"
"Yes." Elena took a deep breath. "Better. You always know how to cheer me up Salvatore."
"It's my Job, Gilbert. So what does a guy have to do around here to get a cup of coffee?"
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