Chapter 3

Monica awoke the next morning next to her husband. Her mind was racing. She would have kissed him. If Richard had not walked in, she would have kissed him. She looked at the clock. It was an hour before her alarm should have gone off. She decided to get up anyway, and slipped on her dressing gown. It was Saturday. She had work tomorrow, at a new restaurant, which was the whole reason her and Richard had moved. so she could work there. She was really excited and wanted the weekend over with, for once. She made breakfast and heard Richard getting up. He came into the kitchen and kissed her cheek. He was in a good mood this morning! Monica was actually looking forward to spending time with him. He ate breakfast and stood up, wiping his mouth.

"I have to go to the office," he said, and he grabbed his briefcase and left. Monica sat still for a second, the apartment clock ticking into the silence. She stood up and went over to Chandler's apartment. She knocked and was surprised when a dark haired brown eyed man answered.

"I'm-I'm here to see Chandler." She said. The man raised his eyes.

"For once. A hot chick for Chandler. Um, he's in bed." The man said.

"No I'm not," Chandler said, walking out of his room behind Joey. Monica stared at him. His voice sounded different. He looked different.

"Are you okay?" She asked.

"I'm fine. Just a little cold from being out last night." He said, not sounding fine at all.

"Go back to bed man," Joey said.

"Yeah, you won't be missing anything. I'm going down to Central Perk." Monica said, quite exited for her first time in the well known place.

"I'll go with you," Joey said.

"Then I'm coming," Chandler said. "No arguments."

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Monica found Central Perk warm, and she could tell she would be back. She sat down on the sofa with Chandler, and Joey sat on the armchair. Monica and Joey ordered coffee, and Monica looked at Chandler, eating for him to order. He was fast asleep on her, and she had never noticed. Joey laughed.

"Someone is in denial," Joey said.

"Shh! Let him sleep," Monica whispered. Joey nodded and sipped his coffee.

"So what's up with you being married?" Joey whispered.

"Don't hit on me." Monica whispered back.

"I'm not. It's just obvious you and Chandler have a crush in each other." Joey whispered.

"Did he say that?" Monica said, her heart melting.

"...no..." Joey lied, and not very well.

"Who didn't say what?" Chandlers voice suddenly said. Monica jumped and put her hand over her chest, recovering for the mini heart attack.

"You have got to stop doing that!" She said. Chandler laughed and settled back down on her.

"No, you're going up to bed." She said, moving him.

"But I don't wanna go to bed." Chandler whined, much like a child which made Monica laugh. She pulled him up and then slipped her hand around his waist, walking out the door with him. When she got to his apartment she left while he changed and came back in, tucking him in. She felt his head.

"You have a fever," she said. She put a cold washcloth over hi head and sat with him, until his fever was almost gone. She tucked him in and without thinking, kissed his head. She thought he would freak out but he simply closed his eyes and went to sleep. When Monica came out of the apartment, Joey was there. He smiled at her.

"Is Chandler asleep?" He asked. Monica nodded.

"Finally." She said. Joey laughed and paused.

"Can I come hang out in your apartment? I don't wanna wake him." Joey said. Monica nodded.

"Can my friends come too? I want you to meet them." Joey said. Monica paused.

"Are they nice?" She asked.

"Of course. They're Chandler's friends too. I have this weird feeling you will fit right in."