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02 March 2009 @ 09:31 pm
Life, Love and the Meaning of (1/12)  
Title: Life, Love and the Meaning of
Pairing: Cristina/Owen
Rating: PG
Summary: A look at Cristina and Owen's blossoming relationship from the eyes of the rest of Seattle Grace.
Disclaimer: They belong to Shonda and ABC. I'd just like to borrow Owen. Please?
Author's note: Since the summary is about clear as mud, let me explain a little. Each chapter will be told from a different character's POV. ALL will include major appearances from Owen, Cristina, or both. I'm planning on going through all twelve regular cast. The chapter lengths will vary according to the POV. It's slightly different, so please let me know what you think! Enjoy!


Chapter One – Derek

Derek shrugged into his lab coat. He’d just finished his fourth procedure – a craniotomy – since his return to work. So far no one had died. Derek knew all too well that the real test would come when a patient did die. You can’t save everyone, Shepherd, he reminded himself for what felt like the thousandth time. What happened to Jen…No, he refused to let his mind go there. He’d promised Meredith. No more beating himself up. Derek needed a change of scenery. Now.

He left his office and took the elevator down to the pit. The scene was surprisingly tranquil. No crash victims, no boys in cement, no drunken brawlers. The only patients he could see were a man in his fifties with a broken leg and a fifteen year old boy with a nasty gash on his forehead. Derek scanned the ER but saw no sign of Meredith. Derek frowned, disappointed. Then he saw Cristina with the whimpering teen, writing in his chart, while she watched one of her interns stitch the boy up.

Derek chuckled to himself. As much as Meredith’s close relationship with Cristina annoyed him, he had to admit she was a fine doctor. And a good, loyal friend. Meredith was lucky to have Cristina on her side. The prickly Cristina definitely kept him on his toes.

Derek was about to go when he saw Owen Hunt come through the ambulance bay doors still in his civies. Hunt was obviously coming in to start his shift. Derek was startled when Hunt made a beeline for Cristina instead of the locker room to change. Hunt made a show of looking at Cristina’s half-finished chart while he oh-so-carefully slipped something into her lab coat pocket. Cristina grinned – Derek was pretty sure he’d never seen her do that before – as she squeezed Hunt’s hand as he walked away.

What was that all about? Derek wondered. Were they together? Hunt and Cristina? Well, that explained why Mark struck out so badly with the resident a few weeks ago. Derek’s first impulse was to find Meredith, but then he realized that was silly. If Hunt and Cristina really were dating then Meredith already knew. That’s just how those two were. Derek sighed. Well he’d just have to get to the bottom of this himself. Besides if Cristina really was in a relationship with Hunt than that could only be a good thing, right? For the sake of his precious sleep, Derek hoped so.

He found Hunt at the first floor nurses’ station. The former Army surgeon had shed his street clothes in favor of attending’s scrubs and his lab coat. The younger man was scribbling in a chart when Derek approached.

“Afternoon, Dr. Hunt.”

“Dr. Shepherd,” Hunt replied as he slid the chart back in its holder. “First day back?”

 Derek sobered immediately. “Third, actually.”

“How’re things so far?” Hunt asked gently.

Derek was taken aback at the man’s concern. It was no secret they hadn’t gotten off to the greatest of starts. Since those initial explosive encounters they’d become civil if not overly friendly. Perhaps Derek had underestimated the trauma surgeon.

“As well as can be expected, I suppose. I haven’t killed anyone yet, so that’s good.” Derek smiled half heartedly at his feeble joke.

Hunt didn’t appear fooled however. “Dr. Shepherd, if you ever need someone to talk to, come find me. I’ll listen.” He paused. “You really shouldn’t keep things like that bottled up. Believe me, I know.” Derek didn’t miss the shadow that crossed Hunt’s face as he spoke.

Derek smiled gratefully. “I’ll do that, Dr. Hunt. Thanks. But if you’re going to be the Cristina to my Meredith then you should probably call me Derek.”

Hunt’s brow furrowed in confusion. Then his eyes lit up with recognition. “Oh right. I’ll remember that…Derek.”

Hunt turned and started up the hall. Derek mentally kicked himself. He completely missed asking Hunt about Cristina! Before he could rectify the situation, Hunt had disappeared. Damn.

“Hey, earth to Derek!” Fingers were snapped across his vision, Meredith’s fingers. “Derek, you in there?” Meredith asked in a worried voice.

“Yeah, I’m here.”

“What’s up? Everything okay?”

“I’m fine.” Derek gently grabbed Meredith’s elbow and guided her to the nearest elevator. “Listen, I need to ask you something about Cristina…”


UP NEXT: Bailey

Current Location: waiting for Owen at Joe's
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Think of Me - Phantom of the Opera
iamcharlemagne on March 3rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Lol, I found myself smiling and chuckling at your fic! That means it was good. ;)

Dude, I totally felt...FELT...and could actually SEE Owen's facial expressions in this, especially when Derek made the comment about him being the Cristina to his Meredith. LOL!
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen 3michellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it! I was kinda worried about it.
Xtaline: Cristina/Owen tiextaline on March 3rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
So far, so good. I like seeing Derek get all inquisitive about Cristina's love life because she's essentially a part of his. I can't wait to see Bailey's take on the two of them!
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen 3michellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! I don't think Derek realized how important Cristina's love life was until she didn't have one! Glad you like it!
nursebadass on March 3rd, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this and I love this idea. I'm looking forward to more. :)
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was worried that the idea was a little out there. Glad you like it, even though I started with Derek! ;)
Karen: kissssxkiisstheraiin on March 3rd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I am loving this! Off to an awesome start (:

For some reason, that chapter just made me smile. Maybe it was the whole secrecy thing and Derek not knowing. Anyway, and then I scrolled all the up & saw my icon and that made me smile even more.

So thank you for this awesome read, and essentially making my day :D
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
You're welcome! That icon is awesome; it demands to be used as much as possible. I'm glad you're enjoying this story so far! Hopefully, it will bring many more smiles!
Tori: pic#86131033falling_slowly on March 3rd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
love it! I so want two icons coined from your fic here, one that says, "Be Meredith to my Cristina" and the other that says "Be Cristina to my Meredith" hehehe... I can't wait to read whats next!!!
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, those would be awesome icons! I'm so glad you liked it!
thursday_blissthursday_bliss on March 3rd, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
I loved this! Loved the "But if you're going to be the Cristina to my Meredith" line! Can't wait to read the rest. Please post them soon! :)
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really liked that line too.
lolcitsacras: OHCY 5x14 ocroomlolcitsacras on March 3rd, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
That was great! I love the idea of having different POVs.
I'm really excited to see Bailey's.
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen 3michellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
far_to_nowhere: Grey's Anatomy-O/Cfar_to_nowhere on March 3rd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I rarely read fanfic but this summary intrigued me and I really liked it. You got all the voices just right. Owen didn't talk too much and got to the point, and Derek talks more where others don't with just a little dose of charm. I could picture them saying every line you wrote. Lovely work.

I eagerly await the Bailey reaction!

May I point out a mistake?
"Derek was pretty sure he’d never seen her to that before"
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! I knew going in that the format was slightly out of the box, so thanks for for letting me know it worked! And thanks for pointing out the typo. I'm a terrible typist. It's all fixed now!
singer201 on March 3rd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Favorite line--"But if you’re going to be the Cristina to my Meredith, then you should probably call me Derek.” This captures the theme of the chapter, and I'd like to see Derek pursue a friendship with Owen. Your characterizations are spot on, and I could see in my mind's eye the action as it unfolded. You are off to a good start!
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 3rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love when people let me know their favorite lines! I'm glad you liked it!
lee pace's moustache: hee hee blairwhimsey on March 4th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I just love the premise for the story. I always wondered what the people around Hunt and Cristina are thinking when they see the pair.

I cannot wait for more!
michellemtsu: Cristina/Owen - 40 yearsmichellemtsu on March 4th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm writing chapter two as we speak!
ga_yo on March 4th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I really, really enjoyed your fan fic, michellemtsu! It has a wonferful flow. Loved the intimate moment Derek caught them in. Owen acting like he's reading the patient's chart. We know what he was really doing besides slipping something into her pocket, like, maybe, checking out the back of her neck and copping a feel. I'm going to sit around for a couple of minutes and come up with things I think Owen left in her pocket! LOL Cheers!

michellemtsu: Owen-This Is Memichellemtsu on March 4th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
You just made my night. You noticed my header! Pretty, right? Sigh.

I'm glad you're enjoying the story so far! As for what Owen left in Cristina's pocket...well, that may turn up again. Just sayin'.
ga_yo on March 4th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Well say on, miss missy!! I'm so going to be checking frequently for your fic updates!! Cheers!
Beatricebeatricej on March 4th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love this idea for a fanfic. So far I think it's terrific! Can't wait for more :)
michellemtsu: Owen Huntmichellemtsu on March 4th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)