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07 May 2011 @ 07:24 am
Coffee at Midnight the last parts  
 I fail at remembering to post fic. Phoebe hasn't gotten around to betaing it yet so, if it sucks its my fault!. Part 2 is here


They had been together 5 months when they decided it was silly to have seperate places when they were together all the time. A couple floors up from Mark's apartment was a recently vacated, larger, 2 bedroom apartment and they signed the lease the day they looked at it.

Teddy was in her office looking at some furniture online when her boyfriend came into her office. He looked slightly worried and sat down on her couch with a sigh.

"What's up?" She asked, minimizing the webpage and turning to him.

"I might have a kid," he raked his hand through his hair, "she really could be mine."

Teddy got up and went to sit next to him, "Can I have more of the story here?"

"I was debreving a burn in the pit and this blonde girl comes up to me and says her name is Sloan Riley and her mom is Samantha Riley and she's pretty sure I'm her dad. She's like 18."

"Could she be right? Do you remember her mom?" Teddy asked, trying to keep him from freaking out because it looked like he might.

"We were 18," he told her, "Sam said the test was negative and I went off to school and I didn't think about it anymore. Callie's doing a paternity test."

"Okay, that's good. Then you'll know for sure and you can stop freaking out or continue freaking out," she smiled softly at him.

"Why aren't you freaking out?" He asked, very curious about that.

"I don't know," she shrugged, "because one of us has to be calm?"

"Let's go with that," he chuckled before kissing her softly.


That night, Teddy got home first and was cleaning up before starting dinner. She got pulled into a surgery and didn't get a chance to talk to him after he left her office so she decided to just wait until he got home.

And he did get home shortly after her, with a blonde teenager she guessed was Sloan.

"Hi," she greeted them both with a smile.

"Hey," Mark gave Teddy a quick kiss, "Sloan, this my girlfriend, Teddy. Teddy this is Sloan. My daughter."

"Its very nice to meet you, Sloan," Teddy smiled, holding her hand out to shake Sloan's.

"Yeah, uh, you too," Sloan replied disinterestedly, shaking her hand relunctantly and looking around, "so this is where I'm staying, huh?"

"Yeah," Mark smiled, "we actually have a spare room so that can be your room for the time being."

"How long will you be staying with us?" Teddy asked, watching as Sloan started walking around the apartment, looking at their pictures and various nick nacks.

"Oh, you know, just a little while," she dropped her bag on the couch and looked at them, "so what's for dinner?"

"Um I was thinking of making grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and some vegetable," Teddy replied, "unless you want something else."

Sloan flopped down on the couch, "No, that sounds good...as long as we don't have peas. I hate peas."

"So do I," Teddy smiled.


Sloan had been staying with them for a week and things were going pretty well - they were still getting used to each other but Mark had a small problem.

"I don't know how to talk to her!" Mark told his girlfriend who was in the middle of changing clothes in their bedroom.

"She's a girl," Teddy told him simply, "a somewhat stuck up girl, but a girl. Clothing, shoes, make up. You go shopping with me. You can do it. Maybe you can ask why she left New York."

"You're amazing," he told her before kissing her.

She smiled at him, "thank you. Go talk to her."

Mark left their bedroom and found Sloan in the kitchen pouring some soda.

"Hey," he greeted her.

"Hi," she replied, putting the bottle back in the fridge.

He was silent for a moment before asking, "so why did you leave New York?"

"Because I got pregnant and had an abortion because I'm not ready for something like that and my mom freaked and kicked me out."

"I understand," he nodded, "don't you want to try and make up with your mom?"

"Do you want me to go back to New York?" She asked, getting a little upset. She liked Mark and Teddy and being in Seattle.

"No, no. I just thought you might want to. Too soon?"

"I think so," she nodded, "I hope you guys don't hate me, too."

"We don't hate you! We just don't know you yet; you've only been here a week. And you don't know us. So we'll work on that."

She drank some of her sode, "that’s fair. you and Teddy seem pretty cool and you don't have loud sex so that’s nice."

His daughter was definitely blunt. He chuckled, "well we'll try not to while you're here."

"Eww eww! Don’t tell me things like that! That means you’ll have loud sex when I’m not here and I now know about it!" She took her glass and went to her room, closing the door behind her.

Mark nodded once to himself and went back to his room.

"I think that went well."


It was nearing Christmas and Teddy had the day off so she took Sloan to the mall with her to do some Christmas shopping. The mall was filled with shoppers, but not too busy as it was the middle of the day and Christmas music played from the speakers.

The two were strolling past stores after getting some Starbucks.

"How did you meet my dad?" Sloan asked.

"We met a couple days after September 11th at the hospital where I worked. He bought me coffee at midnight and gave me his phone number. We dated a little while before I joined the army."

"You were in the army!?" Sloan hadn't heard that before.

Teddy nodded, "for five years. Your dad and I lost touch but we both ended up in Seattle."

"That's such a cute story! Its like a movie," she smiled.

"A little bit," Teddy agreed.

"I really like you," Sloan told her, "sorry I've been a bitch at times."

"Its alright," Teddy rubbed Sloan's shoulder, "we're all adjusting."

"Yeah," Sloan drank some of her latte, "I think I really like Seattle. Do you mind if I stay longer?"

"Of course not!" The older blonde replied, "and your dad would love it."

"You don't hate me for coming here and moving in and being here?"

Teddy smiled at her, "I don't hate you. I never hated you. You're Mark's daughter and I love him so its hard not to like you, too."

"You guys are weird," she commented then noticed something in the window of a store, "oh look at that purse!"


Mark sat down on the couch next to his daughter while the snow rain mix fell outside in the early January cold. Teddy was in the kitchen making them all hot chocolate.

"Are you going to apply to schools?" He ask, stopping her channel surfing.

"Aaand pay for college how?" She asked. She was truely looking for a job but no one was hiring.

"We'll help you," Mark told her.

She let out a small, somewhat sarcastic laugh, "yeah, okay." Her mom didn't have the money to help her.

Teddy handed them mugs of hot chocolate and sat in the arm chair adjacent to the couch. "We will," she assured Sloan.

"We were talking about it and we want you to go to school," Mark explained, "not to get rid of you but so that you can figure out what you want to do with your life."

"Can I live on campus?" She asked, looking at them both.

"Yes," Mark nodded.

"Can I go out of state?" She was almost testing them to see if there were any limitations to this offer.

"If you want," replied Teddy.

"If I go to school in Seattle, can I still live on campus even though I could commute and it would be cheaper?"

"Sure. Living on campus is great."

Sloan considered that for a moment. "What if you two have a kid."

"Then you'll have a little brother or sister," Mark replied, not totally sure where she was going.

Teddy smiled softly, "Sloan, go to school. Do whatever you want to do. Don't worry about the money, okay? Even if we have a baby you will be fine."

"Wow, you guys must be loaded. I'm gonna go do some searches on schools," she got up, took her hot chocolate and went to her room.

Mark leaned back into the couch, "You are so much better at talking to her."

"Don’t worry about it," she moved to sit next to him, "I know how girls think. And Sloan is more like you than you think. She's a little insecure but won't come out and say it because she's stubborn and she's been hurt before. You just have to tell her you're not going anywhere."

Mark smiled at her, "I love you."

"I love you, too," she grinned.

"What do you think about having a baby?" He asked, thinking about what Sloan said.

"I think one or two would be nice. Not right now though; once we get a bigger place," she looked around, thinking about how crowded their aparment would be with the three of them and a baby, "and Sloan feels more secure. But if it happened I would definitely not be opposed to the idea.

His smile grew; he loved that she was thinking about a future and putting Sloan into the equation. "You are an amazing woman."

Teddy smiled back at him. "I know," she replied before kissing him.


Sloan ended up getting accepted to Seattle University, Columbia, University of Washington and UCLA. After a lot of debate she chose to go to UCLA because 'at least she'd get a tan'.

She surprised both Mark and Teddy by saying she wanted to start in the summer semester since she was starting later than her graduating class - not that she cared what anyone in her graduating class thought, she just wanted to catch up a little. And the summer semester was only 8 weeks. She'd be back for a few weeks before the fall semester.

They surprised her with a car - she'd have to get around somehow and neither of them wanted her to have to rely on public transportation. (And more importantly she never asked for a car.)


After running around with Sloan, getting everything she'd need for school and for her dorm and setting up a joint checking account with Mark so she'd have some money to spend until she got a job, they helped her pack and saw her off to school.

Right after Sloan left they were both on call with late surgeries and no time to catch up on sleep.

Teddy just got done talking with her patient's family and was currently in line at the coffee cart, in need of caffeine. She wanted to work on paperwork before she went to sleep - if sleep was even possible.

"Crazy couple of days, huh?" She heard her boyfriend ask from behind her.

She turned around with a smile, “That was the first thing you said to me.”

“I know. And we met at a coffee cart,” he grinned and went up with her when it was her turn.

“Do you make it a habit to buy coffee for women you just met?” she asked with a smile, remembering their first conversation.

“Only the one I want to marry.”

That threw her and he smirked. Her coffee was forgotten and she looked at him in shock, trying to figure out if he was serious. He smiled, got down on one knee and held a ring up to her.

“Theodora Altman," he smiled as he spoke even though he had never been as nervous as he was now, "we met buying coffee and I never thought I’d fall in love with the girl joining the army but here we are, years later and on the other side of the country and I can’t imagine my life without you. Will you marry me?”

She was almost crying as he proposed. she kneeled down with him nodding, "yes," she whispered.

He slid the diamond ring on her finger and stood up grinning like an idiot. He pulled her up with him and kissed her passionately.

Who would ever think that you could meet the love of your life at the coffee cart at midnight?

harvey and i are like thisonlywordsnow on May 7th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
And THAT's where you stop?
Alyalygator on May 7th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
yep :D