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Falling Apart, Barely Breathing

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Falling Apart, Barely Breathing



In Which Addison meets Meredith in a bar. Things spiral from there. This is the story about what might have happened after Meredith asks Derek to "Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me" but before he decides to do anything about it, and after SHE decides to do something about it. MerAdd. Meddison. Set during "Bring the Pain'' GA. An Addison Montgomery/Meredith Grey - Grey's Anatomy Fanfiction. Written by bobbiejelly. NOW RATED E FOR EXPLICIT. You're welcome :)



Chapter 50: Popcorn



With dinner complete, the next item on Meredith, Addison, Cristina, and Izzie's schedule is the movie.

"I can't wait to go to the mall!" Says Addison.

"What, do you not go to the mall very often?" Says Cristina suspiciously.

"I bet she goes all of the time, she's so well dressed," says Izzie.

"Hey!" Says Meredith. "She is though," she adds.

"Actually, I usually order my clothes so…" Addison says sheepishly.

"Yeah, I don't think the mall has Prada," says Cristina.

"They don't, I checked," says Izzie.

"Since when do you wear Prada?" Asks Meredith.

"I don't, I grew up in a trailer park, remember?" Says Izzie. "I just know because Bethany Whispers asked me to do market research for them a while ago," Izzie laughs.

"Scoping out the competition," Cristina laughs.

"Hey, I wear other brands then Prada!" Says Addison.

"Right, you also wear Dolce & Gabbana," says Meredith.

"Exactly," says Izzie.

"It's different, plus I also wear-" Addison starts to protest.

"We all know you like your labels…" Says Cristina.

"Hey, I'm not all about labels, it's just that-" Addison says, a bit flustered, which Meredith finds adorable.

"It's true, she could hardly settle on a non-straight label for ages," Meredith adds.

"Well I mean most labels are straight, I mean they don't sew them on crooked?" Addison squints, scrutinizing the friends to see what they are all giggling about

"I don't think that that's what Mer was talking about?" Cristina offers.

"I think she's talking about your queerness," says Izzie.

"Wait, why is it queer for me to like brand-name clothes?" Says Addison, still a little lost.

"It isn't, you are," says Meredith. "It's also not an insult either way," she adds.

"OHHH," the realization finally dawns on Addison.

"Right," says Cristina.

"It's okay, took me a while too," says Izzie.

"I'm not sure what to label myself," says Addison awkwardly.

"It's okay to take your time," says Cristina.

"Yeah," says Izzie.

"You can just be my girlfriend for now," says Meredith.

"Yeah," says Addison. "I like that," she smiles, and leans in, to peck Meredith on the cheek.



The four of them host a 'rock-paper-scissors' tournament to see who is driving, with Cristina finally winning by psyching Addison out with a staring contest.

"You're driving," Cristina announces.

"Wait, who is?" Says Meredith.

"She is," Cristina laughs.

"That doesn't actually tell us anything!" Izzie laughs also.

"Oh, you mean Addison," says Meredith as she watches Cristina pointing to her.

"Damn right," says Cristina.

"Why me?" Says Addison.

"So you'll keep your hands out Meredith's pants on the way to the cinema," says Cristina simply.

"Wait but I wasn't- we weren't- we didn't…" Addison stumbles and blushes profusely and it makes Cristina and Izzie laugh and Meredith holds Addison's hand reassuringly.

"It's okay, I think she's just teasing," says Izzie.

"Like you weren't gonna do the same with Izzie the whole time!" Meredith calls out her best friend with a laugh.

"Hey, gotta have some fun," says Cristina suggestively.

"Hey! I told you not to mention that-" Izzie starts to whisper something into Cristina's ear that's too quiet for the others to hear.



Soon enough, all four women are piled into Addison's car, and Cristina and Izzie make a whole show of being all touchy-feely on the way to the movie while Meredith and Addison simply hold hands.

"Not into PDA are you?" Cristina teases.

"To be fair, it's not like we want to become our own surgical cases!" says Izzie.

"Yeah, then you'd just want to operate on me!" Meredith exclaims.

"Only if it's a cardiac complication…" Cristina shrugs back.

"I really do hope you'd all figure out how to save my life if I were the one to fall unconscious!" Says Addison.

All of it seems to not actually apply though, as the group of them reaches the mall in one piece.

The movie selection is vast, and everyone almost settles on watching the latest installment of the Pixar animated series.

"We gotta sit in the back though, y'know, if we're gonna like…" Izzie licks her lips suggestively at her girlfriend.

"Umm, I think if that's what we have in mind we might need to pick another movie!" Says Meredith.

"Yeah," says Addison.

"Okay, how about the one about chainsaws!" Says Cristina.

"Wait, do you like, really like-like chainsaws!?" Says Izzie.

"Well, no, but see, it's nineteen-and-over, so it's not like we're gonna scar little children," says Cristina.

The 'if we spend the entire time making out,' is implied.

"True," says Izzie, agreeing easily.

"I'm ah, a little afraid of chainsaws…" Says Addison adorably.

"It's okay, Addison. They're not real…" says Meredith.

"So gruesome... " Addison grumbles as she still picks up her ticket.



The opening credits start rolling, and Cristina and Izzie share popcorn and chocolate AND a soft pretzel, plus sodas as they sip them both together.

Meanwhile, Meredith and Addison get candy and chips and the fancy kind of juice that Meredith thinks is 'too healthy' for movie food even if it's really just sugar.

When it gets scary, Addison buries her head into Meredith's shoulder while Meredith runs her hands over Addison's shoulders comfortingly.

Meredith nuzzles into Addison's head next, and closes her eyes, and just takes in Addison's warm embrace.

"You're missing the movie!" Cristina says as she throws popcorn at Meredith and Addison.

"Hey!" Says Addison, untucking herself from Meredith's arms just for a second to whisper-shout that her outfit is too nice to have popcorn thrown on it.

"Shhhh, this is the good part!" Says Izzie, motioning to the screen.

"Should I be worried about how you're taking notes about all the ways people are murdering each other?" Says Meredith.

"It's just curiosity," says Cristina with a shrug and also a grin.

"What did you say about the whole 'dragging a body thing?"' says Addison a little concernedly.

"Cristina just gets all nerdy for serial killers," says Izzie. "Though, I think it's more of a jealousy thing than that she has the hots for any of them more than me," says adds.

"Shhh!" Says Meredith. "We are watching a movie!" She adds.



"Ahhhhhhh!" Says Addison as the scene with the chainsaw finally happens with Addison still watching it.

"Shhhhhh!" Says the whole audience towards her.

"It's okay Spice, I'm here," says Meredith.

"Sugar?" Says Addison.

"Yeah?" Says Meredith.

"Promise me something?" She adds sweetly.

"What is it, Addie?" Says Meredith while soothing Addison's hair off her face.

"Promise me we're never going to get Cristina a chainsaw," she says with a terrified expression.

"Never!" Says Meredith, her bright smile pulling a giggle from Addison.

And this time it's Meredith and Addison who start throwing popcorn across the aisle at Izzie and Cristina.











Author's Note:

Thank you for reading!