"How is she?" Wes asked the doctor. Travis and Wes had been in the hospitals waiting room for almost two hours before anyone came out to talk to them. The doctor sighed and looked down at his papers.
"She's stable. She lost a lot of blood and she has a slight concussion, but she's stable. She needed stiches from the stabbing and we'll need to keep her here for awhile, but she should be fine." Wes let out the breath he had been holding in. Travis sat down in relief.
"Oh thank God." Wes said.
"You can see her." Wes nodded and him and Travis walked into the small, white room.
"Meredith…" Meredith Benson looked up from her hospital bed. She had a black eye and cuts all over her forehead and cheeks. There was a white bandage wrapped around her head and an IV in her arm.
"Yeah?" Wes and Travis walked on either side of her bed.
"Do you know who I am?" She nodded.
"You're my father." Wes nodded and looked down. He only looked up when Travis' phone buzzed.
"Kate and Amy just picked up Wriddle. He's in our lock-up." Meredith whimpered softly. Wes hesitantly put a hand on her back, waiting for her to react. But she didn't.
"He can't hurt you anymore." Meredith looked at Wes.
"Travis was just about to go pick him up." Travis, still holding the keys from earlier, nodded and walked out.
"Look, I know this is awkward and uncomfortable for you." Meredith chuckled.
"I think it's a little more than that."
"Look Meredith, I'm willing to help you out in any way that I can. Money, shelter, car repairs, whatever you need, I'm here." Meredith looked at Wes.
"I've been fending for myself for over two years. I don't need help." Wes smiled.
"You're just like me."
"How?" Wes smiled and put his hand on her cheek.
"You don't want to ask for help, you don't think you need it, and you'll do anything to prove that you don't." Meredith looked down.
"I don't need help."
"But you will eventually. And when that time comes, I'm here." Meredith nodded.
"So do I have family out here?" Wes sighed and shrugged.
"You have a step-mom, well ex-step-mom. And grandparents, but I haven't talked to them in awhile. And then there's Travis."
"Uncle Travis, I'm assuming?" Wes nodded and smiled.
"You could say that." Meredith nodded.
"So, how did you end up in Ohio? Your mom went to high school out here."
"Mom went to OSU. She was originally from there and moved out here when her mom moved. All my family is there." Wes nodded as Meredith looked at him confused.
"You didn't know any of this?" Wes shook his head.
"What did your mom tell you about me?" Meredith shrugged.
"That you two went to high school together."
"We had…drunk sex." Meredith stayed silent.
"Meredith…say something." She looked away.
"I want Nathan." Wes looked down.
"He's on his way."
"Please get out." Wes nodded and got up.
"If that's what you want." He leaned down and kissed Merediths head softly, then walked out. Once he closed the door to her room, he leaned against it. He squeezed his eyes shut, but that didn't stop the tear from rolling down his cheek.
"Wes!" Wes looked up at Travis and Nathan running down the hallway.
"What Travis?" Travis finally caught up with Nathan and they were standing in front Merediths room.
"Everything alright?" Wes nodded and opened the door for Nathan. Nathan pushed pass the detectives towards his girlfriend and Wes and Travis followed him into the small room. Nathan ran right up to the bed.
"Meredith!" Meredith looked up and reached her arms out as soon as she saw whom it was.
"Nathan!" Nathan hugged her tightly and whispered in her ear.
Eventually, they pulled apart but Nathan didn't let go of her, for fear of her disappearing right before his eyes. He leaned his forehead on hers.
"I love you, baby."
"I love you too, Nath." He laughed at the nickname.
"God, I was so worried about you. I missed you so much." Meredith smiled.
"I missed you too."
"I love you so much. I'm never letting you out of my sight again baby. God, I thought you were dead. I just wanted to die, the thought of being without you killed me." Wes and Travis watched the two lovesick teenagers and then looked at each other. They slowly walked out of the room and quietly shut the door behind them.
"Well, they're in love." Wes nodded.
"I wanna know more about him." Travis raised his eyebrows.
"You've been her father for six hours and you already hate her boyfriend?" Wes rolled his eyes.
"I'm her only parent. I think I should look after her." Travis looked at Wes.
"She's twenty. I doubt she wanted her moms care, let alone the care of a guy she just met."
"Yeah a guy who happens to be her biological father."
"Dude I just don't think it's a goo-"
"Detectives?" Both detectives looked at the nurse walking up to them.
"Yes?" Wes turned towards her.
"I need a family member to complete these forms for the patient." Wes looked from the papers to Travis and back to the papers.
"I'm her father. I'll do it." The nurse nodded and handed him the paperwork.
Wes and Travis walked back into the hospital room and saw Nathan and Meredith lying on the bed, Nathans arms around Meredith. They looked up at the detectives.
Travis looked over at Wes, his jaw was locked and his body tense.
"The nurse gave us papers for a family member to fill out. Is it alright if Wes does it?" Meredith nodded.
"Nathan, Travis, can you give me a minute with Meredith?" Travis nodded and waved Nathan over.
"I don't think I should leave her…"
"She'll be fine Nathan, it's just for a minutes." Nathan looked unsurely at Meredith, but she just nodded. He kissed Meredith before following Travis out.
"Okay, Meredith? I want you to listen to what I have to say." Meredith nodded slowly.
"I know this is weird and awkward and hard to adjust too, but point blank I'm your dad and I'm here to help you. Nathan told us your classes end next week, so how about you try and live with your father for awhile? You're my only kid and I want to know you. I'm sorry I haven't been in your life but I didn't know you existed until Nathan ran in yelling at needing help finding you and I didn't know you were my daughter until our ME told me. So please, just give me a chance to make everything up too you." Meredith stayed silent.
"Okay, I'll try this fatherly love thing." Wes smiled and held the papers up.
"I should get to this, seeing as I'm your father." Meredith smiled softly.
"We have more to talk about, but we can do it when you're not on concussion watch." Meredith nodded and watched Wes start to walk out.
"Wes!" Wes turned around.
"Don't expect me to call you dad; that's a little too fast." Wes smiled softly at her.
"I understand. But I'm gonna introduce you as my daughter, I've been waiting for one for years." Meredith laughed.
"Tell Nathan to come in." Wes opened the door and Nathan walked in before Wes could say anything.