You can call it Home

Summary

Genre:
Other
Author:
potterpire141
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
25
Rating:
n/a
Age Limitation:
13+

Chapter 1

I sighed heavily as I walked away from the conversation with Dr Fraser about Cristina’s progress with the conduit trial in Switzerland, looking forward to getting home to my girls. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my work and I was thankful for the job that I had because I loved saving lives and helping tiny humans, but today had been a long day filled with five surgeries. Three of them were quite simple, one was long and complicated and one of them was a trauma where the patient didn’t survive. Eleven-year-old Emily Green had been climbing a tree when she had fallen and been impaled with a branch. We’d worked tirelessly for hours but eventually there was nothing we could do for her, and I’d had to call it.

On cold November nights like these I was extremely grateful that our apartment was right across from the hospital. I walked with my head bowed against the chill along the cold and wet pavement that lead to a corner, from which our apartment building was in clear view. I could see the light from our window was on, meaning that Callie was still up. I smiled internally at the thought of coming home to her after a long day. After everything that had happened over the last six years, I was more grateful than ever to see that light in the distance.

As I rounded the corner, not really paying attention, I walked right into someone. This certain someone was walking so fast and determinedly that she sent me stumbling back a few steps. As soon as we both regained ourselves she started apologising profusely, stuttering and stumbling over her words.

“I am so sorry; I wasn’t looking where I was going! Are you okay?” She rambled on and I reached out to touch her shoulder to stop her.

“Hey, it’s okay. I wasn’t looking either.” I assured her. As she looked up at me I got a better look at her face, and what I saw shocked me. Her right eye was swollen and she had cut her bottom lip. Her eyes were red and watery and it was obvious that she had been crying. Her hair was messy and looked like it could do with washing, and her clothes were splattered with dirt. “Are you okay?” I asked her concernedly.

She looked down at her feet and was quiet for a moment. “Yeah. Actually, I’m looking for the council office. Is the rehoming department in a separate building, do you know?” She asked nonchalantly, as if what she was saying wasn’t a big deal. I also took in the fact that she was carrying a bag that looked heavier than her over her shoulder. She wrapped her arms around her body as she waited for an answer and it was then that I noticed that she wasn’t wearing a coat. I wasn’t sure what to make of this situation, but one thing was clear: this girl was homeless and hurt.

“Can I buy you a coffee? There’s a sweet little café around the corner.” I offered, gesturing over my shoulder in the direction of the café. She was quiet for a minute.

“No thanks.” She decided. “I need to find the office.” She said flatly and started to walk away. I held my arm out to stop her and she flinched. I frowned for a second but pretended to ignore it and persisted.

“Let me buy you coffee.” I insisted, turning around and starting to walk. After a few seconds I heard her start to follow me, and I mentally patted myself on the back. I was determined to help this girl. “So what’s your name?” I asked as we walked side by side. I found it funny how I was only enquiring about his now, as we walked to buy coffee.

“Poppy. And you?”

“Arizona. Yup." I laughed when I saw her face. Named after the battleship, not the state.” Just then we reached the coffee shop. We went inside and sat at the nearest table, which was by the window. The streets outside were pretty dead. except from the occasional person or gaggle of teenagers walking past. Almost instantly the person behind the counter came over to us and I ordered two vanilla lattes and two turkey sandwiches. When I said that Poppy’s eyes went wide.

“You didn’t have to do that.” She exclaimed quietly.

“You looked hungry, and I’m petty starving too. I just worked a fourteen hour shift and I forgot to eat.” I told her. “So, what has you wandering the streets after 10pm?”

“My mom and dad kicked me out. I was looking for the rehoming centre, to see what they could do.” She admitted. So I was right. She then laughed incredulously as turned her head away. “You know, I was always told not to talk to strangers, and here I am telling you everything.” She sighed. I pondered her words for a minute. I was consumed with protectiveness over this girl.It was kinda weird and probably sounded creepy, but I saw it necessary that she was warm, healthy, and with a place to stay.

“Well, as you know, I’m Arizona Robbins. I’m 35 years old, and I live in that apartment building right across from where we met. I live there with my wife, Callie, and my daughter, Sofia. I’m a paediatric surgeon, and not to brag, but I’m ranked as one of the best in the country. I have one leg, I was in a plane crash. I’m also an army brat, and my brother Tim died when I was twenty.” I summarised quickly. If I was going to get to know this girl then I could at least tell her some information about myself, to put her at ease about talking to a stranger. She looked overwhelmed and I was worried for a minute that I might have scared her. I mean, I did just completely unload on her. “You need a place to stay?” I prompted, and she looked at her hands, playing with her fingers as she tried to think of something to say.

“I’m Poppy Ross, I’m fifteen. I’m an only child. My parents are very conservative, so when I told them I had a girlfriend, my dad,” she hesitated, indicating to the bruises on her face. “He didn’t take it well. They kicked me out so now I’m homeless.” She copied my whole ‘introducing’ thing and I frowned.

I then had an idea. We had an extra bedroom, food, and a warm place. I could offer for her to stay for a while. I really liked Poppy, and she needed it. “We have an extra bedroom. We can put you up for however long you need it.” I offered, not really sure how to say it. There was an awkward silence.

“Why are you being so nice?” She mumbled quietly. I could see the tears collecting in her eyes. It made my heart break to think that this girl seemed so unused to niceness, and it only made my offer more sure.

“Look, if I leave you, you’ll either freeze or starve and I can’t have that. You don’t have to tell me anything, or suddenly become best friends, but at least stay with me. I can help you.” I tried to convince her. She looked slightly more convinced at the idea but I could still sense underlying hesitation.

“I don’t want to be a hassle to you.” She admitted shyly. Just then our food arrived and she took a sandwich, taking a big bite out of it. “Sorry.” She apologised after she swallowed. “I haven’t eaten in a while.”

“It’s okay.” I assured her, taking a bite from my own sandwich. “And as for being a hassle, don’t ever think that.” I told her and she nodded.

“Well if you’re absolutely one hundred percent sure, then I guess I could use a place to stay.” She agreed and I smiled. Success.

“I’m absolutely sure.”


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

marionludot02: Your story is really good !

E.B.J.: The book was so well written and it was very easy to understand. I love how you where able to put both romance and a fantasy adventure in their instead of more than one. All the characters have their own personalities which is flipping awesome because it seems like the book was written by a diffe...

Vasiliki Filippou: Loved it! Easy to read and follow through. The story sweeps you away making you long for more. Keep it up!

Nanny Garduno: I loved this book it was great❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Conner Terry: Do a sequel thus was a amazing book

Dragon wolf 🐺: I like this book A Lot the plot is cute with storyline with grey and Alex they're really cute can't wait to the next chapter I would recommend it for an LGB book and I can't wait for the next chapter 2 come out the store is so cute and I love the relationship of Alex and grey and how it's growing...

rellerton: Nice little story, I love the characters. Story has good pacing, keeping me interested. Not too dramatic. Really enjoyed it. A good read!

Audrey Croe: Okay first of all I am not one to love reading but OML; I just couldn't put this book down! As an author myself I just couldn't help relate my book to this one and it's amazing hiw oppsite books are when it comes to pregnancies. There were similar things but I'll be a monkey's uncle if I didn't l...

Nix: What what what??!! This cant be the end??!! I wanna know what's going to happen. Holy!!! Dude, you just can't put us on hold!!! 😫I already knew Shane is her angel but but boy.. I kinda dont see that coming. Damn.. she is freaking powerful, no wonder everyone wants her.Hope theres a continuation.

More Recommendations

Chesney van Vuuren: I loved everything about this book, you are a magnificent writer!!*♡

jads shephard: I honestly love this book it is amaizing and keeps me on the edge of my seat.keep it up

Tiffany Yeomans: Fantastic read so far!! I am so loving Ivy's character!! She kicks ass!!

Sakshi Chaturvedi: So far I lied the book it ka good it's good it's good it's good going good

highsheri: This was a interesting short story. It kept my attention throughout the book. I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the author writing style and look forward to reading more of them. Thank you for sharing your words with me.:)

Allison2354: When is next update

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.