A/N: So, here is the sequel. I suppose that it is AU since Season 9 will most likely be nothing like this story, although I do hope that we get some wonderful Japril moments. Otherwise, I will be indescribably disappointed. Lol.
I hope that you enjoy and remember that this is an un-betaed work.
Disclaimer: I do not own Grey's...I wish I did. Lol.
Chapter 1 – I've Missed You
April Kepner stepped into the apartment that she shared with Alex Karev and Jackson Avery and groaned as she dropped her keys into the bowl on the small table beside the door. She was so tired that she could barely move. It was a miracle that she had gotten from her car to her home.
She knew that Alex was still at the hospital, he was working the night shift, but Jackson had left before her. He should be home yet none of the lights were on. Maybe he had gone to Joe's.
"Jackson? Are you here?" She called out.
"Yup! I'm in here!"
April's face screwed up in confusion as she heard his voice from the end of the hallway. She dropped her bag off in her room before she walked towards the bathroom. She was so stunned that she didn't make it any farther than the doorway. The light was off in the bathroom as well but the room was illuminated by candles. Her boyfriend…correction fiancé…was sitting on the edge of the bathtub and he had just turned on the water.
"What are you doing?"
He walked towards her and grinned. "Setting the mood."
"For your bath?" She asked with a laugh.
"Our bath," he corrected. He grabbed the lapels of her jacket and pulled her to him for a quick kiss. "You need to slow down and unwind."
She smiled against his lips. "You may be the perfect man."
"I'm trying," he replied earnestly.
"Get in the tub," she told him with an impish smile. "I'll be back in a second."
April left the bathroom and Jackson proceeded to remove his clothing. He waited until the tub was full of hot water and bubbles from the liquid bubble bath he had added before he slipped in. He couldn't remember the last time that he had actually taken a bath but it was romantic and intimate without being overtly sexual. Tonight wasn't about sex. He had planned this for April because she really did need to unwind.
It had been a week and a half since the accident and things at Seattle Grace Mercy West had been hectic. He, April, and Alex had all been working extra hard and pulling tonnes of overtime to compensate for how short staffed they were. They were handling their own patients and caseloads, and checking on their friends and colleagues. April seemed excessively dedicated to pulling her weight and he was concerned that she wasn't sleeping or eating enough. Their work schedules were the most opposite that they had ever been. They napped in the on-call room together when they found the time but they barely had a chance to spend any time together while they were awake. They ate lunch together when they could but other than that it was just a brief encounter in the hallway or at a nurses' station. They were practically living at the hospital and their up and coming vacation time was certainly needed.
He had also been spending a lot of time with Sloan. He had paid frequent visits to his room and since he had been released from the hospital, he made it a point to drop by his apartment regularly. He didn't crowd him or pressure him to talk; Sloan had been very quiet since the first night that he woke up. Mostly he just brought over food and they watched television while spending time with Sofia. He was there just in case the man did feel like opening up. After all, he had been the other man in Lexie Grey's life; he was the only one who could possibly relate to Sloan.
April had taken it upon herself to help however she could. She watched Zola for Meredith. If she wasn't at the hospital then she was cooking for anyone and everyone. She had even helped with Lexie's funeral, which had been agonizing.
It had also been a week and a half since he had asked her to marry him and they needed some time alone to relax and talk. They have not had a lot of opportunities to talk about wedding plans or living arrangements, things that he surprisingly really wanted to discuss. The one thing that they had established was that they were keeping their engagement a secret for a little while longer, probably until they started their fellowships. The only person that knew about them was Sloan. Jackson wouldn't have felt right keeping it from him and one day Sloan had asked him point blank.
April returned to the bathroom in her robe and she had pulled her hair up into a bun. He smiled when she visibly flushed as she took the garment off. He couldn't tear his eyes away from her naked body. The way that the candlelight reflected off of her pale skin was captivating.
"Stop blushing, you're beautiful."
"That just makes me blush even more," she said as she stepped into the tub.
He pulled her down to sit between his legs and she moaned as she sunk down into the hot water. She could already feel her muscles relaxing. "God, this was a good idea."
"I have one every now and then," he quipped. He leaned forward and placed a kiss on the back of her neck. "It's nice to just spend some time together outside of the hospital."
"Yeah it is," she agreed as she leaned back against his chest.
His hands found hers gripping the edge of the tub and he entwined their fingers. "So, when do you want to get married? Summer? Fall? Spring?" He questioned with a smile.
"Um…I haven't really thought about it," she answered honestly. She had been rather distracted lately.
"Really?" He laughed. "You're a woman, haven't you been thinking about this your whole life?"
She chuckled, "I guess, but all of that kinda went out the window when I turned twenty-six and realized that I'd only had one boyfriend up to that point. I figured it would be a while before I got married so I stopped thinking about it."
"Well start thinking about it again," he teased.
"Okay," she smiled. She thought for a moment before she posed the question to him. "When do you want to get married?"
Jackson smiled to himself, he would get married tomorrow. "I don't want to have a long engagement."
"Me either, but enough time to plan things."
"What about September?" He proposed. "Early September, before the weather gets too bad."
She turned her head to the side to kiss his cheek. "September sounds nice."
His lips found hers and he kissed her softly. "Here. Small. Just friends and family." His hands fell into the water and he wrapped his arms around her waist. "In a church."
"That sounds nice," she repeated.
As a young girl, she had imagined a large wedding in a church. She still wanted to get married in a church but she was over the idea of a large, elaborate wedding. Libby and Kimmy had had big weddings, and Alice had gotten married on a beach in the Caribbean. She wanted to have a small and intimate wedding in a church in Seattle. Just like he said.
She reached behind her and slipped an arm around his neck in order to press her mouth harder against his. He tilted his head to intensify the kiss and she shivered. It seemed like it had been so long since they had kissed like this, and way too long since they had made love. They still hadn't been together since their reconciliation. And he had been sweeter and more considerate than usual this past week. He brought her coffee and snacks, and made sure that she was sleeping enough. Normally, someone constantly checking up on her would annoy her but Jackson did it with such love and sincerity that it was impossible to be bothered by it. He had truly earned her trust back; she wouldn't have agreed to marry him otherwise.
"Jackson," she whispered, "let's go to bed."
He frowned. "The water is still warm."
She grinned; he was usually much more perceptive. "Jackson, let's go to bed," she repeated.
He studied her for a moment. Her eyes, which seemed to change colour on a daily basis, were now a dark hazel and her bottom lip was trapped between her teeth. She didn't want to go to bed to sleep. "Oh…oh! Are you sure? I didn't," he paused to chuckle, "I didn't do this to seduce you."
"I know," she smiled. She kissed him again. "I've missed you. I've missed being with you." She giggled softly and wrinkled her nose. "I never thought I would miss sex this much."
"Once you start, you can't stop," he joked. He lowered his mouth to her jaw line as he slipped one finger inside of her.
She clutched the back of his head and gasped. "Jackson…don't…"
He laughed and his hot breath blew into her ear. "Wow, you are really wound up. Just relax and let me do this for you."
After another weak protest, she did. She tilted her head back to rest it on his shoulder and he kissed her eagerly as she spread her legs for him.
By the time that she climaxed, almost all of the bubbles in the bath had disappeared.
Jackson's fingers were still stroking inside of her, shallowly, and she shuddered. She pressed her face against his neck. "Thank you," she panted.
He gently eased his fingers out of her and rested his hand on her lower stomach. With his free hand, he ran his fingers along her clavicle. "My pleasure," he whispered. He loved to watch her while she was in the throes of passion. She was so responsive, every sound and facial reaction turned him on. He placed a kiss on her forehead. "Let's go to bed, beautiful."
Jackson got out of the tub first and grabbed a towel to wrap around his waist. She smiled up at him lazily as she stayed in the water. "I just need a minute," she explained quietly.
He shot her a mischievous grin as he knelt down. "Can't feel your legs?" He teased. He leaned forward and kissed her. It was slow and seductive, and full of promise. "I'm not even finished with you yet." He stood up again and got another towel. He held it open for her and smiled invitingly.
April let the plug out of the bathtub before she slowly got to her feet. She stepped out of the tub and into the towel. Jackson wrapped it tightly around her body as they kissed again. "Blow out the candles," she said against his lips. "I'll be waiting in your bedroom." She patted his chest and then sauntered out of the bathroom.
He raced around the room and blew out every single candle. He ran to his bedroom and closed and locked the door behind him.
April giggled, "That was impressively fast."
Jackson spotted her discarded towel on the floor so he dropped his as well and joined her under his bed sheets. He pulled her into his chest and held her face so that he could kiss her properly. She said that she had missed being with him and he had certainly missed her. He had missed the taste of her skin, the smell of her hair, the way her hands felt running along his back…He had missed everything. He had had sex with plenty of women but April was the only woman he had ever made love to. It was an understatement to say that being with someone had never felt so good.
He rolled her onto her back and gently pressed her into the mattress. She moaned his name and wrapped her arms around his shoulders. She pulled him down so that she felt the weight of his body on top of hers and she hooked a leg over his hips. His erection was pressing against her inner thigh so she arched her pelvis into his.
His hips thrust forward reflexively and he grunted. "April, I'm trying to blow your mind with foreplay and you are being such a little tease."
She laughed and protested breathlessly. "I am not, and I'm ready now, screw foreplay. You're the one that's teasing."
He smiled against her lips and started to move off of her so that he could reach his bedside table. However, she firmly held him in place. "April," he chuckled, "I'm just going to get a condom."
"We don't need one."
She kissed him again but he pulled away in surprise. "What do you mean we don't need one?" He asked with a raised eyebrow. The only time they hadn't used a condom was in the men's restroom in San Francisco. It had been sudden and unexpected, and in the middle of their freakin' Boards, he hadn't been prepared. She was taking birth control so they hadn't been worried about pregnancy but still, they were doctors. They were pretty vigilant about safe sex.
She shyly bit down on her bottom lip. "Well, I just figured…you're clean." He had even proven it to her by getting tested after being with that woman from the bar. "And I'm clean…obviously," she laughed, "and I'm on the pill, and we're engaged now…so I just figured…" She trailed off and shrugged. "But if you want to use one then that's fine."
He laughed, "No, of course not." He was a guy; of course he didn't want to use a condom. "I just want to be sure that you're sure." He wanted their first time this time around to be special…perfect.
She ran a hand up to the back of his skull and looked him in the eye. "I am so sure," she told him confidently. "I am so sure about you."
He played with the hair at the nape of her neck and tilted her head upwards so that he could claim her lips. He shifted onto his elbows and positioned himself at her entrance. He moved down to kiss her neck and she let out the sexiest, staggered gasp as he slowly pushed inside of her. He stilled and took a moment to savour the incredible sensation. He raised his head to observe her reaction. She smiled and it was one of those smiles that lit up her whole face.
"God, you're beautiful." He leaned down to softly kiss her as he brushed a thumb along her reddened cheek. "I've really missed being with you too. Touching you. Being inside you."
He abruptly stopped talking and kissed her hard on the mouth. It was all teeth and tongue and she returned his frantic desire. She shifted her hips against his and they began a steady rhythm.
April tore her mouth away from his only to breathe a request in his ear. "Harder, Jackson."
He sped up the pace of his thrusts and she wrapped her legs around his waist to take him in deeper.
He groaned her name into her neck and nipped at the skin available to him. He could feel his orgasm swiftly approaching but he fought it with fierce determination. She hadn't finished yet. He wrapped his arms around her waist and took her with him when he rolled over onto his back. She let out a small squeak, she was surprised by his change in position, and he grinned wickedly. She sat upright and he eagerly followed her, kissing her lips, her chin, and down her neck. His left hand kneaded her breast while his other hand skipped down her torso until he found the most sensitive area of the female body. She moaned rather loudly and dug her short nails into his back when his thumb began to move in a circular motion.
He placed his mouth against hers and they shared a breath before he spoke in a desperate, husky voice. "April, are you close?" His hand moved from her breast upwards to caress her upper arm, shoulder, and neck before he cupped her jaw. "Baby, come for me…please."
She gripped both sides of his face and kissed him hungrily. She bit down on his bottom lip when she tightened around him. She moaned as she experienced what was possibly the most powerful orgasm of her life. He tightly grasped her hips as she trembled due to the aftershocks when he followed her over the edge.
He buried his face in the crook of her neck and listened to the combination of their heavy breathing, and her sexy, breathless laugh. He inhaled deeply, the combination of the smell of her skin and the smell of her hair was intoxicating.
After minutes of silence he murmured, "I love you so much."
April smiled to herself and gently ran her hand along the back of his head. "I love you too. That was amazing."
He raised his head and started to kiss her. "Yes, yes it was."
She giggled as she grabbed his hands that were stroking her sides and inching their way towards her chest. "No," she said in between kisses, "I do not have the energy for round two."
She climbed off of him and collapsed onto her back. She pulled the bed sheets up to cover them and exhaled heavily while pushing her sweaty hair off of her forehead. She thought that she was exhausted earlier in the night, she could barely move now, and she had no idea how Jackson was already semi-hard. They had just finished!
He rolled onto his side and looked down at her with a smile. "You, April Kepner, have a boundless amount of energy."
She laughed as she reached up and playfully poked him in the shoulder. "And you, Jackson Avery, are insatiable."
"Its part of my charm," he grinned. "But I suppose I can give you a break."
"Thank you for your consideration," she replied sarcastically.
He smiled as he pulled her back against his chest so that he could spoon her. "Can I tell you something?" He asked in a whisper.
She reassuringly squeezed the hand that was resting on her abdomen. "Jackson, of course you can."
"I can't wait to marry you," he confessed.
She said his name with a smile. "Jackson, that's so…"
She paused and he immediately frowned and tensed. "I know, it's impatient and smothering, maybe even a little demanding, and—"
She turned over so that they were facing each other and hushed him with a finger to his lips. "It's unbearably sweet." She snaked an arm around his neck and pressed her body to his. "Exactly what a girl wants to hear." She pushed him onto his back and shifted on top of him. She kissed his eyelids and his cheeks before she returned to his lips. "You know, you may be too perfect," she laughed softly.
"I'm just being honest," he stated sincerely. "And I'm trying to be good enough for you."
She stared down at him in awe before she passionately kissed him. "Okay, let's go."
"Let's go where?" He questioned in confusion.
"Round two." She suddenly felt a resurgence of energy and she wanted nothing more than to show him how much she loved him. Again.
He smirked, "Okay, round two."
A/N: Please review and let me know what you think! An update will come on Friday :)