Something Like That

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Dancing

It had been a month since Dr. Brett Brosen was released. Lia had heard nothing, which was good. Her friend Meg kept an eye out as well; fortunately for him and her, she hadn’t seen him.

Lia was settling in nicely in Medford. She spent her time working, helping Dani with the upcoming wedding, and getting to know new friends. Tonight all the crew was heading out to celebrate Dr. Wallins leaving. Dani was right when she said he wouldn’t stick around. Fortunately for Lia, he had backed off after a few more attempts to get her to go on a date (possibly due to some words from Cody.) Now that he was moving on, despite their dislike for him, this was worth celebrating.

“This is our first night out since you’ve been here!” Dani squealed as she finished getting ready.

“We’ve been out several times.” Lia laughed.

“Dinner out is not the same. Now you get to experience a honky-tonk!”

“You’re so silly! Am I dressed okay? For a honky-tonk, of course?”

Lia twirled in her shirt dress with three quarter inch sleeves. It was blue with small patterns, and the length stopped just above mid-thigh. She wore some brown strappy sandals and her hair down in curls.

“You are gorgeous! Simple but sweet, and your make-up is perfect!” she giggled.

Dani dressed in a short denim dress and cowboy boots.

“What about me?”

“You look how I imagine a crazy girl in a honky-tonk should look,” Lia laughed.

“I guess that’s a compliment. I’m just happy Wallins is leaving, and we can have some fun. I hate that Cody won’t be there though, I like the idea of you two.” She winked.

“What? We’re friends, still even getting to know him.” Dani rolled her eyes.

“You can cut the sexual tension with a knife!”

“DANI!” Lia cried, blushing.

“see! You’re blushing cause it’s true. I see how you look at him, how he looks at you. He takes every chance he can to be near you and take care of you; I haven’t seen or heard of him entertaining the idea of another woman.” Dani confessed.

“ugh! He’s charming, definitely gorgeous, but he’s my brothers’ best friend, and I’m damaged goods.” Lia fidgeted in the mirror.

“Calia Leigh Morgan! You are not damaged goods. Oh my God! Do not ever say that or think that again!” Dani shook her by the shoulders, then squeezing her in for a hug.

“can’t. breathe.”

“sorry, c’mon, let’s go see if that brother of yours is ready.” Dani took her hand.

Nathan sat messing with his phone, dressed in a black button-down, sleeves rolled up, and jeans with boots.

“about time!” he slapped his leg standing.

“Oh hush!” Dani kissed his cheek.

They all arrived at a little ran down bar just outside of Medford. Cameron, Dr. Wallins, and a handful of other hospital staff were already there. They were all greeted with hugs and smiles. Nathan grabbed the girls a drink as they all mingled.

Dani and Nathan were dancing around the dance floor with some of the others. Lia sat talking with Cameron, Dr. Wallins, and another nurse, Tara.

“Oh my damn! He is so fine.” Tara slurred, already a little tipsy.

“Yay” Wallins rolled his eyes, taking a swig of his whiskey.

Lia turned to see a very handsome Cody walking toward them. Her heart leapt in her throat. He was in a white button-down, sleeves rolled up, tight jeans, boots, and his dark hair a little messy. His blue eyes sparkled as he smiled at her when his eyes met hers.

“I have a feeling he’s spoken for.” Cameron chuckled, nodding at how long Lia was looking at him. Dr. Wallins got up, excusing himself asking Tara to dance. Cameron took the hint and followed behind, mumbling about finding a cowboy; Lia couldn’t help but laugh.

“Hello, I’m Cody.” He smiled, extending his hand to Lia.

“Hello Cody, I’m Lia.” She shook his hand, playing along, enjoying the small physical contact.

“I noticed your friends seem to have left you and thought perhaps I could keep you company?” He gestured toward the empty spaces across from her.

“Oh well, please do.”

“I can’t believe a beautiful woman such as yourself is sitting alone.”

Lia felt the heat rising to her face hearing him call her beautiful.

“ah, well, I’ve been beating them away with a stick.” She teased.

“Oh, I see. I must be having a lucky night then. You see, at first, I wasn’t sure I’d get to come out, then I do, and here I find you must be fate.” He winked.

Lia couldn’t get over how flirty and forward Cody was being, but she had to admit she loved it.

“Never know, maybe it could be.” She sipped her fruity drink.

“So, Dr. Jerkface is leaving?” He raised his eyebrows.

“Ha! Yes, yes he is.” She nodded.

“Good.”

Lia just sat, staring at him with a stupid smile on her face, feeling the buzz creep up on her. She broke her gaze when she heard Nathan.

“Cody!!” He yelled. “When did you get here?” He flopped in next to his friend.

“Just a few minutes ago.”

“Where’s Dani?” Lia asked.

“Bathroom.” He answered without looking.

“I’ll go check.” Lia excused herself, needing some air out of the presence of Cody.

Cody hated seeing her walk away; he was tired of playful flirting and just wanted to grab her and kiss her.

“Nate?” Cody started nervously.

“Yeah, man?”

“I want to ask you something about Lia?” He spoke softly.

“Dude, go for it. She needs a good guy, and you’re the best after me.” He laughed.

“Well, okay then.” Cody laughed. “I need a beer.”

Lia found Dani, and they met up with the others on the dance floor, all of them dancing as a group.

“He’s watching you from the bar.” Dani leaned into her ear.

“Maybe I should go say something?” she asked nervously.

“Yes, Lia! Go for it!” Dani clapped.

Lia slowly and anxiously made her way to the bar where Cody stood. His smile widened more the closer she got to him.

“Hi,” she spoke, barely above a whisper.

“Hello.”

“It would seem that you need company now.”

“Yes, your company. Would you like a drink?” Cody offered.

“No, I’m good. Thank you, though.” She scooted next to him, smelling his cologne. She was so nervous, the first time in a long time she wanted to be with someone.

“So, how’d you manage the evening off?” she asked, curious.

“I found a buddy, and I explained to him that there is this gorgeous woman I’ve been dying to dance with, who would be here dancing, and I had to have the night off so lucky for me, we switched shifts.” He smiled wide, staring into her eyes. Now that Nathan had given his blessing, Cody was going all in. It was lust at first sight, but as the days have gone, he’s found himself liking her a lot.

“What a nice friend. So, why don’t I see you dancing then?” Lia asked shyly.

“Yes, a very, nice friend.” He hummed. “Would you do me the honor of dancing with me on this next song?” Cody turned to Lia.

“Ye. . Yes.” She breathed out.

As the current song ended, Cody took Lia’s hand and led her to the dance floor with all the other couples. Lia didn’t notice her brother and Dani eyeing them happily or that Dr. Wallins had left with Tara. All she knew is that she felt safe and giddy as she heard the song, In Case You Didn’t Know, start to play. Cody put one hand on her waist, pulling her close and the other holding her hand. He looked down and into her eyes, not breaking the stare. Lia could feel herself melting into him as they swayed back and forth; she could feel his breath on her neck, sending a shiver down her spine. She leaned in closer, her head against his chest; she could hear him humming along with the song. She was trying to figure out how he timed it all so perfectly, but then again, she didn’t care; she just wanted to savor the moment.

“I can’t believe this,” Dani whispered in a scream across the table to Nathan and Cameron.

“It’s like a damn romance movie!” Cameron growled, partly jealous.

“Mind your own business” Nathan hushed them both as he smirked, feeling happy.

When the song was over, Cody took his hand and stroked Lia’s cheek, then gently lifted her chin and did what he had been dying to do since he first saw her and kissed her. A soft, simple, sweet kiss that he smiled through.

“Thank you for the dance.” He said in a whisper.

Lia smiled like a fool, letting the butterflies tickle her stomach as she walked off the floor hand in hand with him, feeling drunk from their kiss.

“That gorgeous woman sure missed out.” Lia chuckled.

“Oh no, I found her and got my dance.” He squeezed her hand in reply.

The night ended with Cody dropping Lia at home much later than Dani and Nathan had arrived. They spent the evening talking, eating, and laughing. He was falling hard and fast, all while hoping she felt the same. Cody gave her a goodnight peck and left while wanting this perfect night never to end but also wanting to take it slow.

*

A week or so had passed since their chemistry filled dance. Lia was smitten; she had been exchanging fun, flirty texts with Cody. Lia was taking a minute to respond to one of those flirty texts when Dani walked up.

“The new Doctor will be here tonight.” She stated about the replacement for Dr. Wallins.

“Know who it is?” Lia asked.

“Nope. Cameron didn’t even mention his name.” She shrugged, getting everything ready for the start of their shift.

“Hey, ladies!” Cameron spoke up. “This is our new resident Doctor.”

Dani looked up smiling; before Lia could look, she heard the voice.

“This is Dr. Brosen.”

“Hello.” The tall, blonde-haired, brown-eyed man spoke with a deep voice.

Lia felt her breath leave her, and as much as she didn’t want to look up, she knew she had to, to confirm who that voice belonged to. Slowly she lifted her head, and her eyes met with those dark, evil eyes she had so desperately tried to erase from her memory.

“Lia is fairly new here too. She also comes from New York City.” Cameron exclaimed excitedly.

Lia couldn’t form any words as Dr. Brosen smiled a sick, twisted smile at her. Dani reached out to shake his hand just as Lia ran out the door.

“I’m sorry. I’m not sure what’s going on.” Cameron looked at Dani, questioning.

“Nice to meet you, Doctor. I’ll go check on her.” Dani smiled as she rushed out to find Lia. Lia stood next to her car in shock. ‘How could this be?’ She felt tears welling up, but she fought them back.

“Lia? What the hell?” Dani cried.

“Can you get my things, please? I’m not feeling so well. I’m going to be sick.”

Dani didn’t look convinced, and Lia couldn’t bring herself to tell her; even though she knew the story, she hadn’t mentioned his name to anyone but Nathan. ‘Oh God, Nathan is going to freak out,’ she cried.

“Please, Dani,” she begged.

“Okay,” she shrugged, feeling confused.

As soon as Dani returned with her things, Lia jumped in her car and sped off.

She sat in the driveway, tears streaming down her face. Unsure of what to do or where to go. Her phone had been buzzing non-stop, Dani and then Cameron. Lia hoped neither had spoken to Nathan yet; He was over at Cody’s working on some house project.

She stepped into the house and her room, collapsing on the bed. She pulled out her phone and dialed Meg.

“Hey! I’m so glad you called....”

“Meg.”

“Yea. What is it? You’ve been crying?”

“He’s here.”

“Who?... Wait, what?” She gasped.

“How? How did he find me? How did he get allowed to practice again? What am I going to do?” she started crying, sobbing. After talking with Meg, who would call her attorney father, Lia fell into an exhausted sleep.

“Lia!!” She heard her name called repeatedly. Finally, being nudged awake, she could make out Cody sitting next to her.

“What’s going on?” He questioned, worry all over his face. Before Lia could answer, as she was sitting up, Nathan barged into the room, phone in hand.

“Dani, I don’t give a fuck right now. You leave and come straight here.” He waited a minute before hanging up.

“Why didn’t you call me?” He growled at Lia.

“Chill, man.” Cody scooted closer to her.

“That sick fuck is here, Cody! He’s at her job, at the Hospital.” He spat. Lia sat, not looking up from the bed. She did not want to feel helpless nor like a victim, and it was starting to feel that way all over again.

“The Dr.?” He asked, looking from Lia to Nathan. Lia felt a twinge in her heart, she knew deep down Nathan had probably told him, but this confirmed it.

“Yes.” Nathan paced about the room. “What can we even do?”

“Nothing.” Lia scratched out, surprising herself.

“What?” Nathan turned to her.

“There’s nothing we can do. He is a free man now. Maybe I can move again, but I mean, there’s nothing we can do.” she shrugged.

“Are you joking?” Nathan cracked as Cody left the room, dialing his phone.

“Nathan, the law punished him. He’s free. What can we do?” Lia started to whimper.

“I’m the chief of police; I can do something.” He said through gritted teeth.

Cody came back in.

“I made a call; I think I can help.”

“Yes! I forgot about William!” Nathan cried, clapping his hands together.

“Who?” Lia questioned.

“Cody’s Dad.” he smiled. She looked at Cody, confused because he had told her his Father was dead. Cody met her eyes and looked down.

“You said he was dead?” she whispered at him.

“He was...to me anyway. But you need help now, so I called.” He shrugged, giving an all-knowing look to Nathan, who patted him on the back.

“You’re a good man, brother.”

“Can I talk to Lia alone? I owe her an apology and an explanation.” Cody sighed.

“Of course. I’ll wait for Dani. Lia, you’re safe here; none of us will let him near you, and this one,” he pointed to Cody, “is the best you’ll ever get.”

Once Nathan was gone, Lia looked up at Cody.

“You don’t owe me either. It’s okay.” Lia half-smiled. “parents are complicated, and I appreciate you stepping out to help me.” she patted the space next to her.

Cody sat smiling at her beautiful, forgiving face.

“Yes, I do. It’s not right, and I’m sorry. My Father isn’t dead, obviously, but we’ve had a rough relationship for years. It came to a breaking point about two years ago, and I just decided he was dead to me. Save me the grief and stress and act as if he were dead, so that’s what I’ve done. Even living in this small town, I’ve gone on as if he didn’t exist.” He rubbed the back of his neck.

“I’m so sorry,” she spoke soft, feeling guilty for forcing him to reach out to his Father.

“For what?”

“All of this drama I seem to be causing,” she whined.

“Oh my, Lia! You are not causing any drama.” He ran his hands through his hair. “My Father is a powerful man locally, financially, and who knows how else.” he sighed. “I’m sure he can use his influence to help figure this out.

“Cody, I appreciate that more than you could know. You didn’t even hesitate to contact him despite everything just for me.” Lia shook her head.

“Of course, Lia. Your brother is the best friend I’ve ever had, and if you haven’t noticed, I’ve grown quite fond of you this last month.” Cody smiled.

“quite fond?” she asked, raising her brow.

“Mmhmm.” He nodded, tucking a stray hair behind her ear.

Lia could see that Cody had many more secrets to him, and she was looking forward to finding them out. She already knew there was so much more to him and she was even more intrigued.

Lia looked up at Cody, grateful for his presence during this chaos; she went to tell him how fond she was becoming of him too when Dani rushed in.

“Why the hell didn’t you say something?!” she grabbed Lia up into a hug. “I would’ve knocked his ass out right then and got him the hell out of here.”

“Sorry, I was a bit in shock.” Lia shrugged.

“This is just wonderful, isn’t it?” Dani looked at Cody.

“I’ve got William working on it.” He told her confidently.

“Wow.” Dani looked at Lia.

“I told her; we’ll take care of it.” He reassured them.

“In the meantime, though?” Nathan asked from the doorway.

“I’ll go back to work. I’ll go back to living. Brett can’t hurt me anymore than he already has, and I have all of you now. Maybe once he sees he no longer has power over me, then he’ll move on.” Lia mused.

“No way in hell.” Nathan groaned.

“Am I supposed to hide out in the house until he leaves or whatever?” she cried.

“You can go and work side by side with him?” Dani questioned.

“I can try. We’re not with the Doctors non-stop.” Lia shrugged.

“There’s a security guard at your desk, right?” Cody asked, thinking out loud.

“Yeah, he’s like 90 and should probably be a patient.” Dani rolled her eyes.

“Perhaps the hospital needs a new hire.” Cody raised his eyebrows at Nathan.

“No, you can’t leave your job and the fire station for this, for me. What about your pay, benefits, and such?” Lia stood next to Cody.

Nathan snorted. “He’ll be fine.”

She shook her head, another secret maybe?

“Nate’s right. I’ll be fine. Just getting Cameron to keep me on your schedule will probably be most challenging” Lia shot him a look as he walked out of the room, redialing his phone.

“Should I be worried?” Lia whispered to Dani and Nathan, both of whom laughed at her question.

“No, not at all.” Dani patted her hand.

“I told you, he’s the best you’ll ever get,” Nathan affirmed.

“Then why has no one else got him?” Lia directed her question to Dani though Nathan answered.

“He doesn’t usually let anyone into his world. It’s a small town, but he’s not a small-town guy.” He chuckled. Lia felt even more confused.

“I love you, girl. It’s nearly 4 a.m.; I’m exhausted mentally, you have to be as well. I trust these guys to take care of everything, so I’m going to go and enjoy my half-night off.” Dani gave her a quick squeeze.

“I’m so...”

“stop apologizing!!” she laughed.

“Okay. Thank you. I love you too. Please stay here tonight?” Lia asked.

“Of course. Your brother is my favorite snuggle buddy.”

“Eww”

“Better be your only snuggle buddy,” Nathan called at her as she walked away.

“Lia, we will get through this. Cody, me, you, and Dani, we all will take care of this; it’ll be just a bad chapter we can move on from.”

“I know Nate. I’m glad I’m here with you guys. Thank you.” she hugged her brother before he followed Dani.

Lia laid back on the bed, waiting for Cody. She closed her eyes and felt calm and safe for the first time in a long time despite everything.

Cody spoke with Cameron and got everything arranged to be on staff at the same time as Lia. He even made sure to supplement the income the older man would be losing. Cody didn’t usually flaunt his wealth, nor did he use his influence, especially his Father, but he cared for Lia too much not to right now.

“It’s all good to go,” he stated, coming into the room. Lia smiled with her eyes still closed.

“Thank you, again.”

“Why don’t you get comfortable and relax? Nate’s here, Dani’s here, and I can hang on the couch again.”

“Couch?” Lia shook her head.

“will you stay in here with me?” she asked quietly.

“If that’s what you want, of course.” He smiled.

“Yes, I do. I’ll change in the bathroom. You get comfy; then we can watch a movie?” Lia smiled that beautiful smile he loved so much.

“Sounds good. I’ll go grab some sweats from Nate.”

By the time Lia came out, Cody was lying back on the bed, white t-shirt, grey sweats. He smiled widely at Lia in her oversized nightshirt.

“You look much more comfortable.”

“as do you.”

“here we are again after another strange day.” Lia quipped.

“Yes, but not sure there is anywhere else I’d rather be.” He turned, smiling at her. Lia’s cheeks were turning a light shade of red.

They laid side by side watching silly TV until Lia fell asleep, laying on Cody’s chest. He lightly ran his fingers through her hair with a grin on his face, finding it hard to believe how wrapped he was with her already. He didn’t even hesitate to call his Father for help, even after not speaking to or seeing him for almost two years. All for her. Cody sighed, not wanting Lia to move, so he closed his eyes and drifted into a happy slumber.

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