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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 June 27th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Addison glanced at the clock on the mantel and nodded, "Yeah, we really should get going. We kind of have a big day tomorrow too."

Her hand slid down to rub Savvy's back gently. She really hoped the best for her friend. She wasn't sure if Sav was going to try and tackle this adopting thing once they'd left or not, but it was going to happen sooner or later, just like her children discussion with Derek.

Standing up, Addison straightened out her skirt. "It's been really great, you guys," she said, smiling at both of her friends.
dr_shep on June 27th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Savvy hadn't realized the time had been flying by so quickly. It certainly wasn't late by most standards, but as they'd gotten older, 10:30 was much later than it had been years before. She knew the chance of seeing their friends again on this vacation was slim, but she also knew she and Addison would do better at keeping in contact. She needed that friendship more than she'd realized.

"Thanks for stopping by, we've missed you," She rose to her feet and eveloped Addison in a hug.
xaddis0nx on June 27th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
"Tonight's been really great, man," Weiss said, standing up and holding his hand out to Derek.

He wasn't going to echo Savvy's words, but he really did miss having his two best friends around. He missed their nightly outtings and just hanging out, teaming up against the women. Once Derek and Addison were gone, there was no telling when they'd see each other again.
dr_shep on June 27th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Derek took Weiss's hand in a firm but brief shake, "Come out to Seattle again, sometime. I'll get us some tickets to the Mariners or something."

He stepped back from his friend, starting towards the door. With a smile, he reached for Addison's hand.
xaddis0nx on June 27th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Addison hugged Savvy back tightly, smiling softly against her hair. "I'm really going to miss this. You need to visit us soon," she said quietly. "Good luck with everything, okay? And call me if you need me."

Pulling back from the hug, she smiled at her friend and let Derek take her hand. She squeezed it softly and joined him by his side, the two of them walking to the door.
dr_shep on June 27th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Savvy nodded in agreement to Addison's statement. Following her friends to the front door, she glanced back at Weiss. Addison had brought about a very hard topic for the two of them, but she was also grateful for what she'd done. This was most certainly going to force them to face it.

As she stood in the doorway watching them leave, she slid her fingers inside Weiss's and smiled at Derek and Addison, "Thanks for stopping by, seriously. We're always happy to have you come visit."
xaddis0nx on June 28th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Weiss squeezed his wife's hand, glad that she didn't seem to be mad at him any longer. He knew that this might not last long, considering the one topic in question now. But seeing how much Derek and Addison had grown and how they'd gotten through everything, he was sure that he and Savvy would make it too.

"Come back anytime you'd like," he added with a smile, "And we'll call you about the Hamptons or something."
dr_shep on June 28th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
"Thanks, Weiss, and we'll get the sale settled whenever you guys want," Derek nodded in agreement.

He flashed a final smile to the other couple before turning to actually head out the door, leading Addison down the steps.
xaddis0nx on June 28th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Addison smiled over her shoulder one last time before she made her way down the steps with Derek. She snaked her arm around the small of his back and rested her hand against his side, tilting her head to rest on his shoulder momentarily.

"I've really missed them," she said softly as they walked towards the car.
dr_shep on June 28th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Derek nodded, digging into his pocket for the keys to the rental car with the hand that he didn't have wrapped around Addison. He tilted his head slightly to give the side of he head a kiss.

"I know, me too, Add," He unlocked the doors remotely and opening hers for her.
xaddis0nx on June 29th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Addison unwrapped her arm from around his back and stepped towards the car. She turned her body towards him, leaning in for a brief kiss and smiling as she pulled back.

She silently wondered if it was too soon to bring up the topic of children. She'd seen how Weiss had reacted, and it wasn't a secret that Derek wasn't even thinking about it, considering how confused he seemed to be. Maybe it was too soon for them. They'd just gotten back on their feet and were only planning to start anew in Seattle. They were far from being stable.

Letting out a barely audible sigh, Addison turned and got into the car, putting on her seatbelt.
dr_shep on June 29th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Derek watched Addison once she'd pulled away from the kiss. She seemed to pause as if considering something before sighing slightly. He brushed his hand along her back, guidng her into the car before shutting the door and going around to his side.

He slid across the seat, buckling his seatbelt and starting the car. It was impossible not to wonder what it was that was on her mind. She'd been almost unhappy with him back when they'd been in Savvy and Weiss's living room, but he hadn't really figured out what she was getting at. And now she seemed contemplative.

He didn't want to push. They were in such a perfect place, rediscovering their love in ways he wouldn't have thought possible even a week previously. He couldn't envision ruining that, but he couldn't help but feel a little lost.

Pulling into the somewhat busy side street, Derek laid his hand on the console and waited for her to take it.
xaddis0nx on June 29th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Addison had been looking out the window, watching the lit buildings go by as he drove along. She heard him moving and turned to look at him, seeing his hand resting on the console. Smiling, she gladly took it and gave it a squeeze.

Being like this with Derek was everything she ever wanted. She didn't want to jeopardize that with any desires she may have. Having a baby was important, but it could wait. They'd waited this long already. A little longer wasn't going to hurt anybody.

She gave him a sweet smile as her thumb ran against the side of his hand lovingly. "I'm really glad we came back here, Derek," she said softly.
dr_shep on June 29th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
"I know," Derek responded softly, chancing a glance from the road to smile at her.

They'd already faced some really tough issues on this trip, but Derek could definitely repeat her sentiment. Being back here seemed to bring out something they'd been lacking in Seattle. It brought out something they'd been lacking since long before Seattle, if he were willing to admit it.

And he just hoped they wouldn't lose that after heading back to the land of rain and interns. He deftly changed lanes, glancing over his shoulder briefly before murmuring softly, "I love you, Addie."