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29 May 2007 @ 09:48 pm
We all get by with a little help from our friends  
Their day at the Brownstone had gone fairly well. There was a lot of pain and plenty of tears were shed, but at the end of it all, Addison and Derek had managed to find each other again. They were starting over, beginning a new life. It wasn't so much a clean slate because their past was always going to be there, but they were finally getting past it and letting go, moving on with their lives so they could be happy the way they should be.

After they'd spent the rest of their afternoon together shopping and doing other "things," they decided to give their friends and family a call, knowing that they'd never be able to live it down if someone found out that they were back in New York and didn't bother to tell anyone. Addison had called Savvy and Weiss first before calling Derek's mom. The plan soon became having dinner with Savvy and Weiss that evening and lunch with Mama Shepherd the next day.

Now they were at their friends' house. Derek was out in the living room with Weiss while Addison stayed in the kitchen to help Savvy.
xaddis0nx on May 30th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Addison swirled the wine in her glass around and looked over at Savvy, giving her a small grin. "I didn't know I needed to have an explanation to visit an old friend," she said playfully before taking a sip of her wine.

She set her glass down onto the table and turned her body toward Savvy. Her elbow rested on the counter top, placing her chin into the palm of her hand. She'd really missed this, being able to be with a friend, someone who truly understood her, knew her background. No one in Seattle could compare to the people she knew here in New York.
dr_shep on May 30th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Savvy rolled her eyes, reaching out to swat Addison playfully on the shoulder. She shook her head and leaned against the counter top herself so that she was facing Addison, too.

"You know damn well what I meant!" She scolded, grinning, "The last time I heard from you was in a voicemail about slutty intern's panties in his--" she tilted her head in the direction of the door that seperated the kitchen from the living room, "tux pocket."
xaddis0nx on May 30th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Addison let out a sigh and ran her finger over the rim of her glass of wine. She didn't even know how to begin to explain what exactly had happened between everyone. She still wasn't too sure of what had changed Derek's mind, but the best way that she could think to describe what happened was a miracle.

No one would have ever guessed that she and Derek, after all of the infidelity and cheating, that they'd get back together this time. They'd been way too close to divorce, for real that time, yet something happened to change everything, something she'd never be found complaining about. It was the greatest gift she'd ever received.

"I'm not sure I know how to explain it, Sav," Addison answered honestly, staring at the red liquid inside her glass. "One minute I'm sleeping with the vet and the next I'm in Derek's trailer, taking care of him after he'd gotten himself into a state of drunken stupor. And the rest? It's all happened so fast."
dr_shep on May 31st, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Savvy nodded slowly, her concerned eyes taking in Addison's features. Ever since Addison had moved to Seattle, their contact had been little more than sporadic, so she knew she was far from in the know with everything about the state of the Shepherds' marriage.

But Addison had also been her friend since they had roomed together in their freshman year of college, and Savvy could read her better than almost anyone. During dinner the conversation had been mostly driven by Addison and Savvy, the usual case when the four of them were together, but Savvy hadn't missed how intune Derek and Addison were to each other. Things had felt like they used to.

"Sleeping with the vet? Well, we are definitely coming back to that," Savvy finally teased, letting that statement hang in the air as she took a drink of her wine before continuing, "Seriously, though, when Weiss and I were out there, neither of us could even believe that you two would ever be like Addie and Derek again. And all I've heard since then is about that slutty intern."
xaddis0nx on May 31st, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Addison laughed at her friend's comment about the vet. She wasn't sure what she was thinking when that happened. It was just a spur of the moment thing; two people turning to each other for comfort when the people they love had turned away from them. It meant nothing, really. Finn was a great guy, and she supposed there could have been a possibility that they would go further in whatever relationship they'd started. He would never measure up to Derek in her heart, though, and that wouldn't have been fair to him.

She nodded at Savvy, understanding her sentiments about herself and Derek. "I know. I didn't think it'd happen either," she said in agreement. "I mean, I always hoped that we'd get back here again, but when prom happened, I completely gave up. I was going to let him be with his slutty intern. I was going to finally step aside, but then, some miracle happened and he chose me. He really chose me this time, Sav."
dr_shep on May 31st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Savvy smiled genuinely at her friend's obvious contentment. She and Weiss had had their fair share of problems throughout their relationship, but they'd certainly never experienced anything close to what Addison had been suffering through with Derek. And somehow, Addison was happy. They were the Golden couple again, and there was something comforting about that.

"Well, he definitely has that goofy, lovesick look he always used to have when you guys first started dating," She finally mused, "And, you, Add. It's good to see you happy again."
xaddis0nx on May 31st, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Addison smiled back at her and lifted the glass of wine to her lips, taking another drink. She nodded her head as she stared at the glass in her hand. She was really happy again, and she knew that it was all thanks to Derek. Without him, she would have never been able to get back here. Had she gone on to Mark, or Finn, or whoever, she would have never been able to be this happy again. Addison and Derek were just meant to be.

"It's good to be happy again," she said with slight smirk. "What about you, Savvy? You look good. How are things with you and Weiss?"
dr_shep on May 31st, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
"Weiss and I are significantly more boring than you and Derek. It didn't take us long to settle back into our old married couple routine after we got back from Seattle," Savvy answered honestly, pausing before leaning in slightly and lowering her voice, more for effect than any real necessity, "But the sex? With all these hormones from the hrt and no risk of getting pregnant, we're kind of like horny teenagers again."
xaddis0nx on May 31st, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Addison giggled, keeping quiet about how she and Derek had been going at it since they got back together. It was really nice to know that Savvy and Weiss were doing well. The last time she'd seen them, they were torn apart by her ordeal. At the end of it all, though, Weiss had pulled through and was there for Savvy. She was glad that things continued to go well for two of her greatest friends.

"That's really wonderful, Savvy," Addison said, placing her hand onto Savannah's arm. "Have you guys talked about starting a family, though? I know before you flew out to Seattle, the two of you had been trying."

She wasn't trying to rub it in or anything, but she had to wonder. A family and children was one of her top priorities now, and it occupied much of her mind. She and Derek were more in love than they had ever been, and they were definitely ready. It was just a matter of them getting settled in their new life in Seattle and then discussing it.
dr_shep on May 31st, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Savvy's eyes instinctively dropped down to the dark liquid in her glass at Addison's mention of family. That had been one of Weiss's troubles with the surgery she'd chosen to go through after her mother's death, and they had briefly discussed adoption, but nothing had been pushed through as of yet.

"Well, you know, Weiss was really against me having the surgery because of that, but he's kind of come to terms with it," Savvy answered, lifting her eyes to Addison after taking a drink of her wine, "We'll get to the adoption discussion eventually, but Weiss hasn't expressed a lot of interest in that yet. He's not ready to give up on the dream of having his own, I guess."
xaddis0nx on June 1st, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Addison placed a comforting hand on Savvy's back, rubbing it up and down as she watched her friend. She could tell that Savvy wasn't too happy about putting it off, and if she was in her shoes, she wouldn't have been happy either. She knew what it was like to almost give up on that dream of a family. It wasn't pleasant and no one should ever have to go through it.

"I'm sure he'll come around to it soon," she said softly as she continued to rub circles onto Savvy's back. "I know Weiss wants this just as much as you do. He's probably just waiting for the right time."
dr_shep on June 1st, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Savvy nodded, a small smile coming to her lips at Addison's attempt to comfort her. She knew her friend was right. Weiss would come around, and she'd never been opposed to prodding him to agree with her before. It was just hard to see her husband, who had once been so firmly rooted in wanting to have children, pulling away at that aspect. Although, from knowing what Addison and Derek had been through, Addison could more than empathize.

"Thanks, Add," She finally spoke in appreciation, "I know he will. I think I'm going to have to start pushing, though. I want to have a family while I'm still young enough to enjoy it."
xaddis0nx on June 1st, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
"I understand," Addison said, nodding her head. "Maybe I can get Derek to give him a little push as well before we go back to Seattle."

She smiled, figuring that this plan could benefit her too. If she brought up to the subject of getting Weiss to start thinking about adoption, it might bring to attention the possibility of Addison and Derek starting a family. It was time they started thinking about children. She wasn't getting any younger, and the longer they waited, the more risks they were taking in regards to her health and the baby's. Besides, a baby would add to the joy that they both deserved so much after everything.
dr_shep on June 1st, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
"I would really appreciate that. It'd be nice if Weiss got someone else's influence," Savvy grinned, "I sometimes think he gets sick of listening to me."

She and Weiss certainly had other friends still here in New York, but they weren't as close to any of them as they were to Derek and Addison. It was nice to have someone who understood her and she could talk frankly, too.
xaddis0nx on June 1st, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
"I think that applies to every husband, though, at one point or another," Addison laughed before picking up her glass and finishing off her wine.

She had really missed doing stuff like this, just hanging out and talking over a few drinks. Back in Seattle, everyone was always caught up with their own drama or even other people's drama. They rarely had the time to go out and have a few drinks with her. Here in New York, she had friends who would make the time, and she really missed that.
dr_shep on June 1st, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
"Well that wouldn't be the case if they'd just listen to us in the first place," Savvy grinned, mimicking Addison and draining the last of her wine before resting the empty glass on the counter.

She paused for a moment, considering what topic she was going to broach next. They hadn't had much opportunity to keep up with each other, and now it was difficult to determine exactly what to discuss next.

"So, how's that trailer?"
xaddis0nx on June 1st, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
"Still there," Addison scoffed, "In the middle of the woods. I've been trying to get him to blow it up, but he refuses to comply."

She shrugged, a smile on her face as she recalled all of the moments where she'd playfully tell him to blow up the trailer. Keeping it was what Derek wanted, though, and she could live with that as long as Derek was happy.

"We did briefly talk about getting a house, though; building it on Derek's plot of land. It'd still be in the middle of the woods, but at least it'd be bigger than my closet at the Brownstone," she joked, letting out a small laugh.
dr_shep on June 1st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Savvy giggled when Addison mentioned blowing up the trailer. She couldn't blame her friend for considering that, though. If Weiss had ever tried to get her to live in a trailer, she would have resisted with all her might. Living in an aluminum box in the middle of the woods was nothing any woman would ever do willingly.

"I must say, I do admire your ability to compromise. Weiss would definitely not be getting my cooperation if he wanted me to live in someplace that certainly wouldn't hold half my clothes," Savvy grinned.
xaddis0nx on June 2nd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Addison laughed at that. She was sure that all of her friends from New York would feel the same way. They were all high maintenance, needing tons of closet space for all of their shopping sprees. She understood the initial shock when people thought about Addison Forbes Montgomery-Shepherd actually living in a trailer in the middle of no where. A year ago she would have felt the same way.

"The things we do for love," she said softly with a small smile on her face.

She'd endured a lot in the past year, taken every blow Derek threw at her. As tough and painful as all of that was, she would do it all again if it meant that she and Derek would get to where they were now. It was all worth it, because being with Derek is always worth it.
dr_shep on June 2nd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Savvy nodded in semi-understanding. The thought of living in a trailer in the woods was unthinkable, but she also could empathize with making exceptions for her husband. She loved Weiss. If it was a question between spending her life with Weiss and losing him, there were a lot of her own values and comforts she would compromise to keep her husband.

"Like sitting through 3 extra innings of a Yankee-Red Sox game," She agreed with a knowing smirk.
xaddis0nx on June 2nd, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
"Because that's definitely comparable to moving across the country to live in a tin can out in the middle of the woods," Addison teased, wrapping her arm around her friend and hugging her briefly to express that she was only joking. "But I know you understand the sacrifice."

She was truly happy to be here, not just in New York, but home. She was at home because it was New York and because she was finally with friends again. Life in Seattle could never be as great as this, unless of course all of her friends spontaneously decided to move there. She was sure that wasn't going to happen any time soon, so she wouldn't hold her breath.
dr_shep on June 2nd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Savvy chuckled and teased, "Well, Derek doesn't watch baseball. So, before you judge I think you should have to watch."

"But, things will get better," She mused after a few moments, "I mean, you haven't been this happy in a while. The trailer can't be that bad if you're actually satisfied, right?"
xaddis0nx on June 2nd, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
"Right," Addison nodded, smiling over at Savvy. "Everything's changing now, and I know things will only get better."

She and Derek had gone through so much together, and now they were starting a new life with everything put behind them. It didn't matter that there had been adultery, or that she moved across the country for him to keep punishing her. They were truly Addison and Derek now, and that was most important.
dr_shep on June 3rd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Savvy reached out and patted Addison's forearm somewhat affectionately, "I'm glad to see that you're going to be happy again. Things are going to work out for the two of you. I've always known they would."

She pulled back slightly, resting her arms against the counter before wondering, "What about you, though? Derek has several very fertile sisters to live up to. Are you going to have kids?"
xaddis0nx on June 3rd, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Addison gave her a soft smile. "I definitely want to," she answered, nodding her head. "Derek and I haven't really talked about it specifically, but I think it's a mutual agreement that we're both going to pursue the things we put off before. Our careers are at their peaks. It's time we focus on our family."

She really couldn't wait to start a family with Derek. He was the only one she wanted to have a baby with. Joy and happiness could not describe her feelings when she found out that she'd been pregnant with Mark's baby. Instead, she was scared and a little disappointed. Now she had Derek, though, and it was time that they started thinking about children.