Pulling himself out of bed, and heading to the kitchen, Reid finds the coffee already made and a note from Katie.
Make yourself a coffee, take a shower and get your mopey ass out of the house. Go talk to Luke. I'm sure now that Luke's had time to cool off he'd appreciate a visit, as a friend, no doctor BS. I know what you're thinking but Reid I swear to God if you let something that was out of your control keep you from happiness…. Anyway I better not come home to find you on my couch hugging a pillow again.
Muttering to himself that he has not been moping as he drinks his coffee. He grabs a quick shower and goes to the hospital to check on some of his other patients. Of course the first person he'd run into is Luke.
"Reid, I wanted to say I'm sorry for how I behaved when you gave me the news." Luke said. Reid was completely baffled by this. He'd expected more anger. Taking a moment to collect himself, he said,
"Yeah, I, uh, I realized that I was way out of line."
"Yeah." He replied.
"And I know you cared about what happened to him, I just, uh, in that moment, I couldn't deal with the cold clinical doctor talk…especially not from you, not after everything that's happened." Luke said.
Reid just stares at Luke. He can't have heard right.
Could Katie have been right? Could I still have my chance? How would I go about…No, what am I thinking, he just lost the so called love of his life. Maybe….Maybe…. I should talk to Katie.
The sound of his name brought him out of his thoughts.
"It's fine, there's no need to apologize." He said.
"But you don't deserve to be treated like that. It wasn't right for me to take my grief out on you like that." Luke said.
"At least you didn't hit me." He joked.
"That's the other reason I wanted to apologize, because if my dad hadn't been there to hold me back… Anyway I should let you get back to work." Luke said, walking away before he had a chance to respond.
That night when Katie came home, he was sitting on the couch with a TV dinner instead of a pillow.
"How was your day, honey?" Katie joked.
"I think you might have been right." He said. A glance in Katie's direction showed him her smug expression.
"What happened?" She asked.
"He apologized for the way he treated me when I gave him the news."
"It's a start." She said, smiling.
"So what do I do now?" He asked.
"Spend time with him." She said.
"How do I do that?" He asked. Katie thought for a moment before speaking,
"I know! There's going to be a memorial dinner for Noah at the Snyder farm. I've been invited, so you come with me."
"I don't know Katie; wouldn't it be awkward for me to show up at a memorial dinner?"
"No, you came to pay your respects." Katie said. He just looked at her like she'd suddenly grown another head.
"On second thought, maybe it's not the best idea since you didn't like Noah but you are working on the wing together aren't you?" Katie asked.
"Okay, so invite him to your office to go over the plans, or maybe a business dinner or lunch. Then talk to him, get to know him, at let him get to know you, the side of you I get to see. The key is to go slow, give him time to get over losing Noah, and to actually see you as something other than a pain in his ass."
"So basically be someone other than myself?" Reid asked.
"No. You need to be yourself, of course, but Reid I know that somewhere deep deep underneath that jackass front you put up you're an actual person with actual feelings or else we wouldn't be having this conversation. Go with that."
"Oh and Reid, I know that patience isn't your thing but trust me when I say that, even if he returns your feelings and I'm sure he does, he's going to feel even guiltier than he did about the accident now for having feelings for someone else when he thinks he should be grieving, and any perceived pressure from you will have him retreating farther into the grief. He's going to push you away and you will be frustrated. Just remember that Luke is worth waiting for and whatever you do, do not voice any negative opinions about Noah." Katie said.
A few days later, he and Luke had the first meeting since Noah's passing scheduled. Reid kept repeating Katie's advice and hoping that Luke wouldn't call to cancel. He would never admit it but he was more nervous waiting for this meeting than he had been waiting to see if he'd get into Harvard.
Of course that probably has something to do with the fact that my genius status pretty much guaranteed acceptance at any university in the country.
When time finally rolled around, he walked quickly to his office to find Luke waiting for him. He stopped just short of Luke being able to see him to really look at Luke.
And damn did he look good.
Reid felt his heart rate pick up. He took a deep breath and reminded himself to go slow and allow Luke to see the parts of him he'd spent a majority of his life hiding. Finally he walked into the younger man's line of sight.
"Hey." He said.
"Hey, I was beginning to think something had come up." Luke said.
"No, I was just running a little late; you know this town is full of whiny hypochondriacs that need some extra hand holding." Reid said.
"And you were holding their hands?" Luke asked, disbelieving.
"Hell no, if I tried to do that I'd end up killing more patients than I'd save." Reid joked. Luke paled and Reid mentally kicked himself for the insensitive comment.
"So I'd imagine you'd like to get started so I don't waste any more of your oh so valuable time than necessary. " Luke said.
"Whatever gave you the impression you were a waste of my time?"
"You did." Luke said.
"No. I said your ideas were a waste of my time, not you." He clarified.
"Oh how did I miss such a big difference?" Luke said sarcastically.
"I guess you were right the first time, you are a waste of my time." Reid said, smiling so Luke knew he was joking.
"WOW! You actually admitted I was right, of course that's not something I wanted to be right about but I guess it's the best I'm gonna get."
"Yeah as interesting as whatever this", he gestured between them, "is we should probably get started before something more important requires my attention."
An hour later they were wrapping up the meeting and Reid thought he was doing pretty damn well with following Katie's advice. Luke had spent more time laughing than yelling, Reid had learned quite a lot about Luke's perspective and had even agreed to a few of the ideas that weren't completely useless. Deciding to press his luck, he said,
"I don't know about you but I'm starving, you wanna grab a bite to eat?" Luke just stared at him, not answering long enough to leave him wondering if he'd pressed his luck too far. Finally Luke said,
"Sure, cafeteria or Al's?"
"Oh definitely Al's; I avoid hospital food like the plague it causes unless I absolutely can't leave the hospital." Reid said.
"Plus you like messing with Henry." Luke said. Reid shrugged.
"You take life's simple pleasures where you can find them." He responded. Luke just laughed.
At Al's, they had just seated themselves at a booth when Hank came to take their order.
"Hey Luke, I was sorry to hear about…" Hank trailed off as he noticed him.
"Guess you're not as good as you claim to be." Hank said. He bit back the comment on the tip of his tongue when he noticed the pained expression on Luke's face. Instead he said,
"Hank you're brilliant, gloating about my failure in front of the person affected by it the most." He said, watching as the smile on Hank's face turned to horror when he realized exactly what he'd said.
"Oh God, Luke, I'm so sorry!" He exclaimed.
"It's okay Henry; Reid tends to bring out the rude in everybody." Hank scurried away after quickly taking their order.
"So I bring out the rude in everybody?" He questioned, trying to break the tension. It worked, Luke smiled although not as brightly as he'd come to expect from Luke.
Unfortunately before Luke had a chance to respond, his pager went off.
Two neuro traumas later, Reid enters his office to find his order from Al's and a note from Luke
Thanks for today. Everybody's been walking on eggshells around me hoping I don't relapse.
Long story. Anyway, I figured you might need this after whatever called you away.
See you soon.
Tucking the note into his pocket, Reid grabs the food and heads home. When he opens the door, he finds Katie sitting on the couch working on her laptop.
"Hey, how'd it go with Luke today?" She asked.
"How'd you know...No, don't answer that, Hank called you didn't he?"
"Yes." She said.
"Did you tell him?" Reid asked.
"Why would I do that?" She asked.
"For him to help you with whatever insane matchmaking scheme you've got planned….which reminds me don't attempt any such scheme on me and Luke."
"For your information I am not planning any matchmaking schemes let alone one for you and Luke. Henry called me to complain about why, after what happened, Luke would spend time with you and why he's the only one who can see you for who he thinks you are. To which I responded that maybe with Noah's passing, Luke might be trying to focus on work. I told him nothing of your thing for Luke. Believe it or not, I know how to keep my mouth shut, when it suits my purposes."
"And not telling Hank suit your purposes?" Reid asked.
"Yes. While I'm not gonna interfere unless asked, I think you and Luke would be good for each other so I'm also not going to be detrimental to you going after him."
"Don't tell me Hank is a Noah fan too?"
"No, not after what he did to Maddie but he's not your fan either, not to mention Henry's a talker. Last thing you need is for the whole town to be talking about your feelings for Luke. Even the most well meant comment made or question asked could ruin the entire thing especially given that the people most likely to make such a comment to Luke would not be well meaning, at least not about you."
"What makes you think any of them would believe I have feelings?" Reid asked.
"This is a small town, Reid, gossip is gospel until proven otherwise." Katie said.