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18 June 2006 @ 11:04 pm
Date: 6/18/06, evening
Location: Chase's Apartment
Status: Private
Characters: Cameron and Adrian (Chase's friend)
Completion: Incomplete

It was Sunday evening, and Chase's apartment was filled with laughter. His friends from college had come to visit, and always made for a lively evening. "So did you invite her over?" Brian asked, flipping through Chase's dvd collection.

"Yeah. She's coming at seven," Chase said, trying to hide the slight amount of fear in his voice. His friends were fantastic, but he worried they might...interrogate Cameron.

"Then you two should hurry up and find some movies to watch." chirped Adrian from the kitchen. "that's in fifteen minutes."

"We're going to have to rent something. He doesn't have anything good."

"Hey! That's not true." Chase defended.

"Dude, I'm not watching Donnie Darko again."

"Fine." Chase grabbed his keys, checking his watch hurriedly. "We'll be back soon," he said to Adrian. "If Cameron get's here before we do, be nice."

Adrian grinned back at him. "Rob, are you implying that I'd be mean to your friend?"

"No. I'm just asking that you don't bother her. She's a nice person." He said, holding the door open for Brian, "And I'm kind of hoping to keep her around for a while."

As he shut the door, Adrian grinned. This Allison girl had no idea what she was walking into.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: beamingthroughtrauma on June 19th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Cameron knocked on the door.

She was a little nervous about meeting Chase's friends. In a way that felt sort of like meeting his family since... he didn't have any family left and he spoke so highly of his friends. She smoothed down the front of her shirt and smiled broadly when the door was open.

"Hi, I'm Allison Cameron," she greated, holding her hand out.
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
Adrian opened the door and was stunned by the girl on the other side. "Goodness gracious." She said, pulling Cameron in the apartment by the hand she'd offered. "When he said you were pretty, he wasn't kidding."

She walked around Cameron, as if to evaluate her from every angle. "Yes, I can see why he likes you." She sat down in one of the kitchen chairs, still looking at Cameron. "Oh, and I'm Adrian. And rest assured that anything you say will not be shared with Rob, so feel free to be honest. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: dreamythroughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Cameron looked really stunned. She watched Adrian observing her and crossed her arms over her chest. "He doesn't like me based on looks alone," she said, lifting her chin.

Everyone just assumed that because she was pretty...

She took a seat opposite of Adrian in the kitchen. "Felony? No. Just a juvenile record. Why?"
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
She grinned at the other woman's confidence and folded her hands in her lap. "Of course not, dear."

Intrigued by her answer, she responded, "What'd you do? Drugs? Shoplifting?"

Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
"I stole a car. My high school princple's car, exactly," she answered, grinning across the table at her.

"What about Robert? No record?"
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
"Nice!" She said, pleased with the creativity of the charge.

"I can't answer questions about Rob, this is about you. He mentioned you're a widow...any children?"
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Cameron shook her head. "No children," she answered. "And I'm afraid that's the last question you're going ot be able to ask me."

She grinned at her challengingly.
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
"No, we can't stop yet. This is important. Any history of mental illness or clinical disorders?" She asked, determined. She wasn't going to encourage Rob to try anything with this girl until she was sure she checked out.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
"Well, my mother is annoying, but that's about it," she answered, perking a brow. "Are you his exgirlfriend or something?"

not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
"Or something." She said, looking at her watch. "They'll be back any minute now, so we've got to cut to the chase--pardon the pun--are you in love with your boss?"
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Cameron looked slapped in the face.

"I used to have a crush on House, but no. I'm not in love with my boss and I find him almost repulsive!"
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 20th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
"That, my dear, is the best news I've heard all day." She said brightly. "Now on to the survey questions--remember these are to help you, not me, and I won't mention a thing to Rob. Now, on a scale of one two ten, ten being the most, how interested are you in our Robert?"
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 20th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Cameron felt like she was being tested. Hell, she probably was. She stared blankly at Adrian.

"Nine," she said. "It was ten until he snapped at me and hurt my feelings the other day, but I understand that."
not_a_wombat: Adriannot_a_wombat on June 21st, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Adrian couldn't help but grin--this was excellent. "Yeah. He's got some problems. I assume he's told you most of it--he mentioned you'd talked for a while the other night."

She sighed, hoping what she was about to say didn't cross any lines. "The thing is, I can tell Rob really likes you. But--and you probably already knew this--he's had a lot of rough experiences as far as relationships go, and he probably won't be able to handle many more of them before he gives up completely. But you seem like a good person, and I think you two could work out. So here's the deal. If you're not serious about him, drop it now. But if you are, and yo uthink there could be something here, then you have my approval. Just, you know, try not to screw him up any more than he is already."
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: awethroughtrauma on June 21st, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
This girl was kind of annoying. No wonder she kept Chase straight, she was just like Cameron, which sent off warning bells in her head, but she ignored them because Adrian would probably sense those thoughts out if she didn't.

"I'm serious about him," she answered, glad to hear the door open. She crossed her arms over her chest, looking uncomfortable and like she'd been forced to talk when she hadn't.

It bothered her that she hadn't gotten to ask any questions. Maybe her brother would corner Chase. No, she'd have to tell him not to.

When she saw Chase, she lit up and crossed the room to him, hugging him tightly. "Your friend is crazy," she whispered quietly against his ear.
not_a_wombat: pretty smilenot_a_wombat on June 21st, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Chase smiled when he saw Cameron and Adrian together, hoping they'd maybe like each other. It would be nice if Cameron were friends with his friends.

He caught himself on the thought, and an image of him and Cameron double dating with his friends, as she hugged him. Maybe that was it. Maybe he did want a relationship.

He smiled apologetically as he turned to face Adrian, who looked entirely too pleased with herself for them to have hit it off. "This is Brian," he said to Cameron as Brian extended his hand. "Brian, this is Allison."

As they shook hands, Chase raised his eyebrows at Adrian in accusation. What did you do? She shrugged. "And I figure you've met Adrian already. I hope she wasn't too frightening."
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 21st, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Cameron smiled at Brian, hoping that he wasn't going to take her off and bombard her with questions too. He didn't and she was pleased.

"Adrian wasn't frightening so much as curious," she defended, standing next to him and maybe just a little behind him.

That's right! Take that, nosey friends!

She kept smiling, though, maybe even blushing a little.
not_a_wombat: not_a_wombat on June 21st, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Instinctively, Chase reached over and grabbed her hand, as if to claim her regardless of Adrian's opinion. "Well, we have Zoolander and Fight Club."

Adrian groaned. "I swear, you two, you might as well just go rent Bambi."

"I guess that means it's you're choice," Chase turned to Cameron, smiling.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 21st, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Cameron squeezed his hand. "The first rule about Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club!" she said, preening that they'd picked one of her favorite movies.

"Fight Club! That's where my vote is!"
not_a_wombat: thumbs upnot_a_wombat on June 21st, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
"Excellent," Chase said, taking the dvd out of the box. "And since I still don't have a couch, we'll have to squeeze on the bed." He walked into the bedroom and put the dvd in the player as everyone piled on to his bed. He grabbed a spot on the end next to Cameron, putting his arm around her gently.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.throughtrauma on June 21st, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Cameron leaned against him, ignoring the looks that Briand and Adrian gave them. "I told you that you needed a couch? Where are you all sleeping if there is only one extra room and no couch?" she asked as the previews rolled.
not_a_wombat: hehnot_a_wombat on June 30th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Chase grinned, glad for a chance to pick at his friends again. "Brian and Adrian have been dating for seven years, but she won't marry him until they've lived together longer than he and I were roommates. I think she's jealous of me."

Adrian stuck out her tongue. "Eight months to go." Brian chirped.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: crestfallenthroughtrauma on July 5th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Cameron laughed! Her face was lit up and she clapped her hands together. "Well, that makes sense," she asked. And, never being one to shy away from awkward questions (at least when she was comfortable), she asked, "Did you and Brian have a relationship?"

She looked between the two men expectantly.
not_a_wombat: distractednot_a_wombat on July 6th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Adrian laughed aloud, solidly deciding that she liked Rob's new girl. Speaking before either of the boys had a chance to respond, "They were practically the same person when I met them. They were closer than anyone I'd ever met."

"But we weren't dating." Brian protested.

"You might as well have been." She countered. "Besides, who could blame either of you? Rob's frickin hot, and you're not bad either."

"But it wasn't a relationship relationship. We just got along really well. That's all." Brian crossed his arms over his chest defensively. "You're just jealous because he wouldn't break up with Miranda for--"

"Why don't we just watch the movie," Chase chimed in amusedly annoyed.

"Aww, Goose, are we embarrassing you in front of your special friend?" Adrian teased.

"No, I was just thinking that if we were going to talk about past errors in dating judgement we should probably start with Brian's, and that'd take all night."

"Both of you!" Brian said sternly, silencing them. "No, Goose and I were not in a relationship. We're pretty close, though. My mom practically adopted him." He leaned forward so he could look Chase in the eye. "Speaking of which, she wants you to call her. Says she's worried about you. She'll probably send you some cookies or something soon." Chase nodded in response.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: brokenthroughtrauma on July 9th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Cameron tried not to giggle. Miranda, hm? She filed that name away for later reference and then hit the play button the DVD so the previews were skipped and it went straight to the main menu.

She glanced between them and said, "Well, if you only have eight months to go, maybe Brian should just overlook it. If it wasn't a relationship and you two clearly are, then it's totally different. Right?"
not_a_wombat: ok facenot_a_wombat on July 10th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Brian looked at Adrian triumphantly, "See, even she get's it." He turned to Cameron to explain, "It's her rule. She says that there's nothing to say I won't get tired of her after eight years if I got tired of Rob after eight. But they were different situations."

"Not really," Adrian said, picking up the argument, "the logistics were the same."

"I wasn't sleeping with Rob."

"Oh, so the sex is the only--"

"Guys," Chase said, amused. "There are other people in the room, you know."

Adrian sighed and leaned back against the headboard. "Sorry." She said, glaring at Brian. "Besides, there's no harm in waiting to get engaged. If we don't get married until next year, we'll each have enough vacation time for a three week honeymoon."

"Mmm," Brian murmured, pleased. "And that's enough to seal the deal right there."

Chase seized that moment to press the play button on the remote in Cameron's hand, settling against her as the credits began.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: dimplesthroughtrauma on July 12th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Cameron listened to them, clearly amused with their logic, which... wasn't what she'd call logic at all. She didn't see the big deal about not moving in together. If it didn't work out, it just didn't work out. Time frames and deadlines weren't going to salvage that.

She glanced at them and found Adrian and Brian waiting to see if she was going to return the snuggles to Chase. They looked like they didn't think she would.

As if.

She turned half on her side so she could see the TV better, put her hand on Chase's stomach and then rubbed her fingers into the taut muscles, smirking inwardly to herself.

This wasn't too bad after all.

"So, Chase, who is Miranda?"
not_a_wombat: across the table looknot_a_wombat on July 13th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Brian and Adrian grinned as Cameron slid closer to their friend.

"Miranda's the bitch who gave him gonorrhea. He was dating her when we started med school. Awful, awful girl...he was much too good for her." Adrian said matter-of-factly.

"She wasn't that bad." Chase defended, "She...ok, so I can't think of any good qualities, but I'm sure she had them." It was a bit difficult to think with her hand on his stomach. He was trying to keep...everything under control.

"She was good in the sack." Brian said in an attempt to be helpful. Chase made a quiet noise in agreement. Adrian gasped.

"You slept with Miranda?"

"I told you about that, remember? It was before we'd even met you." He looked at Cameron, trying to change the subject. "He dated Miranda for...what...eight months?"

"Ten," said Chase. "And not only did she cheat on me, she gave me gonorrhea, which is how I found out about the cheating. It's not really that interesting of a story." None of his break-ups were, really. He tried not to think about them.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: cutethroughtrauma on July 15th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
"You had gonorrhea?" asked Cameron, clearly surprised as a surprised thing being surprised.

She looked between them, wondering now if they'd had some threesome with a dirty skank that liked giving future doctors STDs. Stupid Miranda. What kind of name was Miranda anyway?

Cameron looked huffy and back at the TV, hand moving harder over Chase's stomach.

He wasn't her boyfriend so it didn't matter.

So that's why he's always the first one to mention a condom... At least that made sense, she reasoned.

It was kind of sweet story, actually. She laid her head on his chest, now not able to see Brian and Adrian, and stared at the TV. It was going to be a good night.

"Well," she said teasingly. "I promise not to give you an STD."
not_a_wombat: Ok ewnot_a_wombat on July 17th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
"It was fun, actually." Brian laughed, "Because we'd just started med school and we were all convinced that we were already doctors--making a diagnosis for gonorrhea was the most exciting thing that happened all semester."

"Of course it was fun for you," Chase said in mock annoyance. "Your nads weren't the size of oranges." He was glad they could laugh about it now--he still counted himself lucky that it wasn't something like herpes, or AIDS. She could have given him any number of things.

Miranda's cheating had caught him off-guard, and really hit him hard, even though he was technically the one who broke it off. He knew Adrian wondered if there was anything to the fact that Miranda had been his last serious relationship.

Until, perhaps, now. He wasn't sure where this whole thing with Cameron was going, but he couldn't say he didn't like it. Her. This. He liked this a lot, actually. Whatever it was.

Adrian snuggled into Brian's side, grinning from ear to ear at Cameron's promise. They would have beautiful babies together, Rob and Allison. And it was nice to see her friend with someone who seemed well-adjusted and well...someone who seemed to care about him. That was the important thing. The fact that she was absolutely stunning was just a bonus.

Finally quieting, they began to watch the movie in earnest, each couple snuggling by the light of the screen. As Brad Pitt began to talk about making soap from human fat, Adrian quit trying to fight her craving for popcorn and untangled herself from Brian's limbs to seek out a couple bags in the kitchen. Upon finding them on the very top shelf of the cabinet, she stuck her head in the bedroom.

"Hey, Goose, do you have a step stool?"

Chase looked at Adrian quizzically. "No, I just try not to put things higher than I can reach. What do you need?"

"Popcorn." It sounded more like a question than a statement. Reluctantly, Chase rolled out of Cameron's arms and padded towards the kitchen.

Brian turned to Cameron quickly and said softly, "Alright, it won't be for long, but while I have you alone is there anything you want to ask about him? I know just about everything."
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: questioningthroughtrauma on July 17th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Cameron cut her eyes at Brian, half expecting another interogation; though, what she got surprised her more. She looked thoughtful and watched the door, not wanting them to be caught half gossipping.

To be honest, she wasn't sure if there was anything about Chase that she wanted to ask about. That was part of the fun, wasn't it? Learning all about each other?

There was one thing...

"Last year... we had an interesting case that dealt with a dominatrix... does he like... that?" She blushed.
not_a_wombat: not_a_wombat on July 18th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Brian grinned at the question. "You know those Catholic boys...kinky as hell." He paused a moment, wondering if that might be something that would freak her out. "Not that he'd ever push anything on you. That's the thing about Rob, he's very easy to push into things, but he'll feel like shit afterward so it's probably better just to let him agree to things on his own."

He paused for a moment, trying to think. "When he's upset, you'll either find him sleeping, swimming, or showering. Naps are normally a bad sign. He'll tell you he wants to be left alone, but he really just wants to talk.

"That's something else--he likes to leave things out. Not huge things, and not in a dishonest way. Just weird stuff, like his father dying or getting a cat. Things that you wouldn't know to ask. So don't take it personally...he does it to everyone."

He watched the shadows in the kitchen, trying to gage how much time he had left. "Don't ask him about his past relationships unless he's in a really good mood, and if you ever get any sort of insight as to what exactly was going on between him and Katie, fill us in." As Chase's outline filled the doorway, Brian began. "That's true, but Brad Pitt is considerably more attractive than Edward Norton, so he wins every time."

"Not this again," Chase mock-groaned as he slid back against Cameron, offering her some popcorn. "I swear, you're going to have to give it up eventually. Edward Norton is leaps-and-bounds better at acting than Brad Pitt to the point that his looks don't even matter."

"Just shut up and watch the movie." Adrian plopped on the bed, munching on her popcorn." She looked at Cameron and rolled her eyes. "Men." She said simply, shaking her head.
Dr. Allison Cameron, M.D.: smirkthroughtrauma on July 19th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Cameron's brows shot up with the useful information that was flung her way.

It made a lot of sense, really.

Chase liked to be dominating. She tired to remember if she had her leather and velvet collection of... suggestive clothes or if she'd donated them to goodwill. She had them, she remembered suddenly, and they were in the top of her closet in a discreet box.

Oh yes, she had plans for Chase.

Her eyes glittered mischeivously.

She nodded at all of the advice, shuffling it all away for later review, and then gave Brian a thankful grin.

"Oh no. Edward Norton is absolutely stunning, in all ways!" she said. "Brad Pitt is overrated and Edward Norton is just so... yummy."

She giggled girlishly, which was very unlike her.

This wasn't too bad, wasn't too bad at all.
not_a_wombatnot_a_wombat on July 19th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Chase grinned at her appraisal of Edward Norton. He was quite the fan of Edward. And Brad Pitt was overrated.

They watched the movie without too much interruption, and when the credits rolled, Brian pointed at the names. "Arnon Milchan and David Fincher got in a huge fight about the order of some of the cast members. It's apparently a really big deal to David. He was pretty upset about it."

"Are you not seeing him anymore?" Chase asked, knowing full well that Brian couldn't talk about the identity of his patients.

"He moved to New York to work on music videos for a while. I think he might be filming his next movie right now. Anyway, he's been working with Liam Stein...you know, the one with the crazy shoes...he's really good--best on the coast, most likely."