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Under the watchful eye

By AriLa

Romance

Chapter 1

'Ah good morning' Elliot smiled, greeting his team in the staff room as Zosia took a sip from her coffee and Oliver adjusted his scrubs, standing ready to start the day. 'I’m glad you're both here. Before we begin, I have some exciting news from our American cousins' he began, looking excited, brandishing a piece of paper as he poured some boiling water into his mug to make a coffee. Both Zosia and Ollie looked up at the Professor, but he didn't speak.
'Don't keep us in suspense, Professor' Ollie chimed, sitting down again, reaching for his mug he'd placed on the coffee table.
'I'm trying to build an atmosphere' he laughed, before he continued. 'Greyslow Cardio Centre in New York are hosting a worldwide week-long Cardiothoracic and Cardiovascular Conference next month, and Darwin have been invited to attend. And what with Jac being on maternity leave, and Mo being away with Adele, that leaves...' He smiled...'us!'
'Seriously?' Zosia smiled, her face lit up with the prospect of visiting the Big Apple.
'Indeed- it's very exciting, a fascinating event too. Now the board have agreed to pay for our flights and accommodation, so get packing, we're off to New York!' Elliot smiled.

One month later

Just over a month later, both Zosia and Ollie were waking up in their separate flats to get ready to go the airport, and while Zosia, in her flat with Dom and Arthur, was nursing a hangover, Ollie in his flat where he lived alone received a text from Elliot:
I'm so sorry Ollie, I have the flu and won't be able to come the conference until later in the week, if at all. Enjoy yourselves, learn as much as you can. See you when you get back, the hotel is booked under Mr Hanssen, although the board know I'm not going and have changed the booking to a double room without a sofabed now. Pass on my apologies to Zosia'Ollie wasn't sure how to feel. He was nervous at the prospect of spending a week alone with Zosia, but he was also excited for the same reason. Since Tara died he hadn't felt like he could love anyone else, have feelings for anyone else. Elliot putting the two of them together to work as a team had forced them to become allies rather than enemies, and Ollie started to realise he cared for the young F2. Unfortunately for him, this was the same time as Zosia started to date Seb Coulter. A patient had described him as a 'smarmy little man' and Ollie couldn't agree more. However, Zosia seemed to like him, but in his opinion, seemed to be being brainwashed. Either way, this week was just going to be him and Zosia. No Seb. No Elliot. Just him and Zosia.

He picked Zosia up at her flat ready to drive them to the airport, and as she stepped out, wearing sunglasses, a striped maxi skirt, a dark burgundy blazer and black vest top, Ollie was amused at how hungover she looked.
'Don't tell me you went out last night?'
'No, I stayed in with Seb and the boys, we ended up drinking 4 bottles of wine. Seb wanted me to have a send off'
'Why? You'll only be away a week' Ollie guffawed, and Zosia nodded.
'I know, but then the boys heard about wine and we made a night of it.'
'And your boyfriend didn't mind sharing you?' Ollie teased and Zosia rolled her eyes.
'Nope, anyway, can we change the subject? Thinking about last night is making me feel ill' and then she saw Ollie smirk. 'Because I can't think about wine' she quickly rescued herself, knowing that Ollie was intuitive enough to pick up any innuendo in what she said.

The pair checked in at Heathrow and after they got through security, they went into a shop to buy a bottle of water and something for breakfast, although Zosia still didn't feel up to eating. As they sat in the departure lounge, Ollie snatched Zosia's passport from her hands.
'Oi, what are you doing?' She argued as she sat up and tried to reach back towards her passport but Ollie was lifting it away from her.
'I need some entertainment, let me see your passport photo'
'No, it's embarrassing' she moaned, still trying to reach, standing up to try but Ollie had managed to open the photo page before she managed, so she sat back down next to him in surrender, opening an bottle of water.
'Wow' he blurted, and Zosia turned to look at him.
'What?'
'Nothing, it's just I saw this picture on a poster outside, it said 'wanted'' he smirked, pointing his thumb behind him and laughing as she thumped him in the arm.
'You're being annoying' she replied, trying not to laugh, but then as she opened Ollie's passport, she let out a loud guffaw, and threw her hand over her mouth to control herself, and Ollie rolled his eyes as if he knew what she was about to say.
'I was only 21' he defended as Zosia continued to laugh.
'You have a pornstache!' She laughed hysterically as she tried to catch her breath. 'In what world did you think a pornstache looked good?! Oh my god that's the funniest thing I've ever seen! What film was this?'
'Oh be quiet, it isn't a pornstache, whatever that is' he argued, laughing, and then he noticed Zosia's face drop as she looked at the departure board. 'What is it?'
'Delayed, 4 hours.' Wonderful.

While Ollie played games on his phone and read, Zosia managed to sleep for the delay time and by the time she woke up, amazingly she felt fresher and more alert and able to enjoy the anticipation of heading off to New York. On the plane, they were seated next to each other and after about half an hour of chatting, Ollie decided to up the tempo.
'I'm afraid you're unlikely to get a good nights sleep with me in the same room' Ollie smirked, opening a magazine. As with their shifts together, he loved winding the F2 up, and when it came to banter, she gave as good as she got.
'Why? Do you snore? Fall out of bed? I'd understand, your head is big enough' Zosia smirked.
'No but I do kick people in my sleep and steal the covers' he retorted.
'Who said we're sharing a bed?' She asked, raising an eyebrow and turning her head to face him.
'Elliot'
'Uh huh... and why couldn't you two share and I sleep on the sofabed? She asked, suspicious.
'I couldn't put poor Elliot through that'
'Or why couldn't you sleep on the sofa bed and I share with Elliot?' She thought again, raising an eyebrow again.
'I couldn't put poor Elliot through that' he repeated, grinning a cheeky grin and poking his tongue out as Zosia's mouth dropped open in shock.
'Charming' she smirked sarcastically as she shoved him. 'I don't know what offends me more- the fact you want to wake me up, or the fact that you wouldn't put Elliot through being in my vicinity' she sighed. 'Why can't one of us have the bed and the other one have the sofa bed?'
'The board contacted the hotel, it's cheaper to stay in a double room without it...the trust won't fork out for something that isn't needed.' He smirked as she rolled her eyes.
'Ok...I'm guessing I'm stuck with you then'
'Oh cheer up F2, there are worse things surely?' he smirked, as he nudged her arm. Zosia smiled, rolled her eyes and shook her head before putting her headphones in, and Ollie smiled back before doing the same. Maybe this trip would be a good chance for him to get closer to Zosia


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