Hello! Here’s another chapter to the Amelink/Linelia episode series (EARLY). I hope you like it. Please let me know what you’d like to read next xxx
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Amelia felt exhausted as she climbed from Link’s car, she felt weathered. She stood for a moment, by the car door, feeling the cool rain patter against her face. She closed her eyes. She could see Derek, he was smiling. Her heart throbbed at the memory, a small smile tugged at her lips.
It had been a difficult day. Though she’d not performed any surgery, she watched the man responsible for Derek’s death have his brain operated on, and watched him meet his maker. That man would never touch another patient, never cut open another person in the name of medicine.
“Amelia?” Amelia opened her eyes slowly. Looking across the top of the car to Link. He stood there, flinching slightly under the rainfall. The white beamed streetlight had the blue of his eyes so light that they were almost silver. He smiled warmly, and nodded slightly towards the house. “You okay?” He spoke softly, the street was quiet, they could hear the rain dropping against leaves of the trees.
“Yeah… just thinking about Derek” She said, wistfully, peacefully smiling as she rounded the car. Link held out his hand and she took it gratefully and walked with him up to the house.
“I wish I could have met him” Link said, squeezing her hand.
“He would have liked you” Amelia said, smiling wider, picturing the two of them. “You would have been two heartthrobs together.”
Link chuckled, swapping the hand he held hers with and wrapping his arm around her. Amelia sighed when they reached the top of the steps, suppressing a yawn. “I’m exhausted”
“I can only imagine… are you hungry?”
Amelia unlocked the front door and they stepped out of the cold. She hummed, “babies are hungry.”
“Not you? Just the babies? How does that work?”
“They want that gross soup you like… With the mushy spaghetti” Amelia grimaced, taking off her jacket. Link took it and hung it up for her, laughing.
“You’re so smug! You don’t know what it’s like to completely hate what you’re eating, but to crave it, and think about it all day, and love it” she said, heading for the kitchen.
“You’ve been thinking about it all day?” Link laughed harder, following her.
“Thinking about what all day?” Meredith and Maggie were standing together in the kitchen, steaming mugs in their hands.
Amelia shook her head, smiling “Minestrone soup.”
“I didn’t think you liked soup?”
“She doesn’t” Link chuckled, opening the fridge, taking out a tub of it he’d coincidentally made for himself.
“He didn’t just impregnate me with twins, he also planted the desire for mushy spaghetti”
“You could just make it without the spaghetti”
“No Maggie, I want the spaghetti, the disgusting, falls apart in your mouth, sludgy spaghetti”
“She really gets the appeal” Link said, putting a bowl of it into the microwave.
“Well… I’m so sorry Amelia” Maggie laughed, sitting across from her at the table.
“You want some tea Amelia?” Meredith asked, though she was already getting a mug from the cupboard, dropping a teabag in it.
“Uuum…” Amelia was busy unbuttoning her pants, they always felt tighter in the evening, and she was quickly growing out of her current pair.
“Too late, I made you a chamomile” Meredith said, placing it down on the table. Amelia just smiled, eyes alight, looking up at Meredith. “Thank you Mer”
“You’re welcome” Meredith said, shrugging her shoulders against a chill as she sat down at the table, enclosing her mug in her hands.
Link leant against the counter, waiting on the microwave, watching the interaction. He felt thankful too, that Amelia had so many people around her who cared for and loved her, and that he could be one of them.
“What a day huh?” Amelia said, sitting forward to plump the small pillow behind her. She’d placed it there a week ago and had been moving it between what every chair she sat to support her aching back.
“I know right! It’s been crazy”
“Dramatic” Maggie said.
“Yeah… is it… is it weird that I feel a little closure? I mean someone died… but… you know?” Amelia said, furrowing her brows, and twisting her lips as she spoke, it was a confusing feeling to express.
Meredith dropped her head, half smiling. “It’s odd, but I feel it too” she said, nodding.
“Here… Careful, its real hot” Link set down a hot bowl of soup in front of Amelia, handing her a spoon.
Amelia sat up, moistening her bottom lip. Her eyes widened with greed as she saw the bowl. Meredith and Maggie both chuckled aloud, watching her sudden hunger take affect.
“You sure do like that spaghetti” Meredith said, through her chuckles. Amelia looked up, and nodded, raising her brows as she blew a stream of cool air over a spoonful of soup. Link put another bowl in the microwave for himself and then returned to Amelia with a pint of water.
Amelia took the spoonful in her mouth and then groaned blissfully, flopping back against her chair. She closed her eyes, resting one hand against the top of her stomach.
“Good?” Link asked, smiling toothily, sitting down beside her.
Amelia nodded emphatically, “Oh yeah,” she said, taking another spoonful. Link shook his head in disbelief. He, Maggie and Meredith all smiled at one another, continually amused by these types of manifestations of Amelia’s pregnancy.
“Congratulations again Meredith, on your license. It would have been a tragedy had it gone the other way” Link said. He folded his arms, crossing his ankles under the table.
Meredith inhaled deeply and allowed herself to feel a repeat of the relief she’d been feeling since hearing the result. “Thank you, yes. I actually got my job back”
“You did? That was quick!” Amelia said.
“Yeah, I know, I was as surprised as you”
“Bailey really had a change of heart today, she was ready to burn you at the stake a week ago” Maggie said.
“She’s been hormonal, it’s confusing being pregnant” Amelia said, finishing her soup. She slumped back, rubbing her stomach, looking around at the group with a satisfied smirk on her face. Link side-eyed her, smiling to himself at the sight of her.
“Yeah well I hope she’s settled on having my back for good now” Meredith said, finishing the last dregs of her tea.
“When are you back?” Link asked her.
“Did Alex try and get you to jump ship?” Amelia asked.
“Oh he did… but Grey Sloan’s got my name on it, and I’ve spent most of my life there. Anywhere else would just feel wrong”
“Cristina’s letter of recommendation was sweet” Amelia said, habitually rubbing her stomach, realising she ate too much food too quickly. Meredith smiled, “Yeah, today was kind of amazing”
“You should ask Alex for all those letters, you could get a real big ego boost” Maggie said, smiling widely.
“That is a good idea actually, you could read them before difficult surgeries. Get your ego through the roof” Amelia said, taking a sip of water. “I could use a bunch of praise letters like that” Amelia said, grinning.
“Does Addison know about you?” Meredith asked Amelia, thinking about Addison’s letter.
“Yes she does, we’ve been trying to find time to have a call, but we keep missing each other”
“We should go to LA and see her sometime” Link said. Amelia was taken aback slightly, in a good way.
“Yeah, I’d like that” she said, smiling meeting his gaze. Meredith smirked, watching the pair. “I think she was planning on visiting Seattle soon though.” Amelia said.
“It’s been a long time,” Meredith said.
“It has, I’m going to try and convince her to stay”
“For your labour?”
“I’ll frame it that way, and then for their first year, then 2nd and so on” Amelia joked.
“She’s a very good OB… one of the best” Meredith said, in explanation to Link.
Link puffed his cheeks slightly and nodded, “We’ll offer to pay her and then she’ll be obliged”
“She won’t accept money!” Amelia said, shaking her head. She slipped one of her hands under her shirt and rested it against her abdomen.
“Exactly, she’ll refuse money, say she doesn’t need paying to help you, and then we’ve got her”
“That’s smart” Maggie said, pointing a Link.
Amelia took a sip of her chamomile tea, and as the comfort of it flowed through her she realised how exhausted she was. She slumped further in her chair and sighed, looking to Link. “You ready for bed…” Link asked, knowingly.
“It’s pretty early for sleep” Maggie said, checking her watch, it was just after eight.
“I just want to be horizontal” Amelia said, yawning again.
“Yeah, I’m not convinced” Link said, raising his brows. He stood up and collected the two bowls, setting them beside the sink. Amelia began to defend herself but was interrupted by another yawn.
“Yeah you’re probably right, but we can put on the TV, some netflix, and I’ll try to stay awake” she said. Link came to stand behind her chair and pulled it out. Amelia looked up at him and he down at her, both smiling. Amelia rest her head against his stomach and closed her eyes.
“Nah you don’t need to try and stay awake” he said, rubbing her shoulders.
“Goodnight guys” Maggie said. Standing up, stretching her arms above her head.
“Sleep well” Meredith said, standing up too, collecting everyone’s mugs, “See you in the morning.”
“I feel especially fat this evening” Amelia said, walking ahead of Link, up the stairs.
“Stop with the fat thing Amelia, you’re not getting fat” he said, shaking his head, resting one hand against her lower back as they ascended.
“Yeah, yeah” Amelia sighed, “well then, I feel especially pregnant this evening” she said, holding onto the waistband of her unbuttoned pants.
“That’s better” Link said, closing the space between them as they walked, placing his hands on her hips. “You’ll be waddling soon” he said, beaming, scrunching his nose.
Amelia groaned, “You think, god, you’re probably right, women get big with twins right?”
Link hummed, nodding. He observed her concerned expression and laughing softly, “Nah, you’ve got a little while yet Amelia.”
“Hmm, yeah” Amelia said, pouting. They both headed to the bathroom, and brushed their teeth.
As soon as Amelia entered her bedroom she took off her top, and let her pants drop, kicking them aside. She was too tired to fold and put away or pick up and throw in the wash. She grabbed the tshirt she’d been wearing to bed and paused with it, taking a moment to look down at herself, at her size.
“Amelia, stop that” Link said, as soon as he entered the room.
“Stop what?” Amelia grinned, shrugging, confused.
“Getting all up in your head, all thinky” He said, stripping to his boxers. He climbed into bed.
Amelia lolled her head to the side, smiling guiltily. She stared at him, shaking her head, wondering how and when he figured her out so well. He just smiled, and tipped his head, indicating she get into bed.
She sat down and sighed in relief as she took off her bra. She held her shirt, scrunched, against herself, closing her eyes. She hadn’t realised until then how uncomfortable she’d been feeling in her clothes all day. “You alright?” Link asked, sitting up, shifting closer to her.
“Yeah, just feels good to not have clothing constricting me”
Link just nodded, shifting closer again, resting his chin against her shoulder.
“By the end of this pregnancy you’re going to have seen me more naked and fat than…”
“Sorry, you’re going to have seen me more naked and pregnant, than you have seen me not pregnant… you’re not going to even remember, you’ll only know me like this” she said shrugging.
“You’re worried about this?” Link asked, moving to sit to her side, capturing eye gaze.
She shrugged again, “I don’t know, a little, maybe” She said, pressing her lips together. slipping her shirt on.
“Amelia… Come here” He shifted back across the bed and sat against the headboard. Amelia stood up, and kneeled on the bed, walking, setting down next to him.
“I love you in a tshirt” he said, winding an arm around her, she moved her legs across his lap.
“Weird kink Link” Amelia chuckled, curling against him.
“It just sits nice… I don’t know” he said. Amelia sniffled a laugh. “Now… Amelia…” He met her eyes. “I have a good memory, and let me tell you now… I vividly remember your body when we first… you know… and every time since. So don’t you worry about me ‘forgetting.’ And you seem to be assuming that I see you as somehow less hot now?”
“Well we…we were still very fresh, and hot and you know… just, we slowed down in a lot of ways… and my body’s not… my body has,” Link shook his head, soothing his hand up and down her bare thigh, settling it under her tshirt against her waist.
“Amelia, you are beautiful, gorgeous, that has never changed. I love the changes I see in your body. I am amazed by them, I’m amazed everyday by you. Knowing that you are growing our babies on top of all that…”
“Okay” Amelia suppressed a smile, “okay.”
“Honestly, I find you irresistible, if you could read my mind throughout the day, oh boy” He shook his head, smiling puffing out “wooh.” Amelia grinned, shaking her head, blushing.
“Okay, okay stop I get it…thank you” she said, smiling, cheeks flushed. She dropped her head against his shoulder and closed her eyes, a smile still pulling at her lips.
Amelia looked up at him. His eyes sparkled. He dropped his head, pressing his lips to hers, warm and firm. He pulled back and pressed another to her forehead.
Amelia took a deep breath, resting her head against his shoulder again. “What do you want to watch on the TV?” she asked him,
“Now that’s a question, what do you want to fall asleep too?”
“I honestly don’t mind” Amelia said, yawning. She sat up, pulling the duvet out from under her, covering herself.
Link shuffled down in the bed, getting comfortable, turning on the TV.
“Come here you” He said, opening himself up for her to curl against his side again. She settled, releasing an exasperated sigh.
Amelia had no idea what he decided to watch. Once her head was against his chest, the steady, calming sound of his heartbeat in her ear, his fingers running through her hair, sleep began its persuasion. She wasn’t awake long enough to hear even the first few seconds of the show Link put on.
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