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It’s nearing 6pm and thanks to a surprisingly discreet Amelia, Danny knows Mindy isn’t scheduled to be at the hospital tonight. So aside from a couple of sentences in the break room, that would mean they had gone a whole day without speaking to each other, even at work, and knowing that gives him an uneasy feeling that he can’t shake off.

It’s amazing how quickly Mindy can move when she really wants to. Danny’s been busying himself with paperwork for the past half hour, waiting for the sound of her office door closing, and as soon as he hears it, he’s up and out of his chair, satchel slung across his chest. He’s surprised that he gets out only just in time to catch a glimpse of her leaving the lobby. Usually she stops to regale the entire practice with stories from her day – the patient who she’s 99.9% confident will take her advice and name their son Thor, the injustice of receiving her lunch delivery addressed to Mr Lahiri simply because she’d ordered the 16oz steak, picketing Dr Fowler to change their wifi password to something she finds easier to remember (what’s wrong with taylor4harry4ever?! It has NUMBERS, Danny!) or her futile attempts to sell on whatever weird object she couldn’t say no to at the latest flea market she never meant to go to.

He misses it, all of it, and it’s why he races after her, calling out before she can disappear.

“Hey, hold the elevator.”

Date: 2014-09-30 11:42 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (manny 4)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
Mindy rolls her eyes as she does so, but sticks an arm out to hold the elevator door before it slams shut nonetheless. She's been making a pretty good effort to stay out of Danny's way and can't figure out why the hell he doesn't give into his fitness freak neurosis and take the stairs. Whatever. A few floors of awkwardness and they can go their separate ways for another day. She's not even scheduled at the hospital, thank god.

"You're in a rush," she remarks casually, not even turning to meet his eyes. "Plans with Amanda?"

Date: 2014-09-30 05:26 pm (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 10)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"Recycling? That's your plan for the evening?" Mindy asks critically, judging him pretty hard as she presses the button that will take them to the ground floor and free her from this temporary hell. She couldn't care much less about recycling, a fact that's probably earned her a place in actual hell. "I'm practically dead of boredom just from you telling me that."

Date: 2014-09-30 10:19 pm (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 13)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"I would tell you," Mindy says, meeting his gaze though the gist of her plans are to catch up on TV and sleep — he doesn't need to know that. "But that seems like the kind of thing friends talk about, does it not?"

And for whatever reason he's chosen to draw the line between professional and personal at a point when she'd only just realised how much she missed him after almost a year apart. According to him, they aren't friends.

Date: 2014-10-01 12:17 pm (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 16)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"So if I told you I had a hot date that wouldn't be totally inappropriate?" Mindy asks, tilting her head as she gauges his reaction. Admittedly there is no date and there hasn't been for a while, but since Danny's always fixated on her revolving door of suitors, one more can't hurt. "If I told you he was cooking me dinner in his apartment, that wouldn't cross any boundaries, right?"

Date: 2014-10-02 10:28 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 12)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"What?" Mindy asks in response to his incoherence, but she ends up just waving her hand as if to dismiss whatever he's said anyway because, knowing Danny, it won't have been nice. "It doesn't matter, anyway. I don't think we'll be too focused on the food, if you know what I mean."

Which, again, she doesn't even have a date, but if Danny's going to force his way into her business then she's going to pretend that she has some. Business that goes beyond PJs and true crime documentaries and homemade cocktails, at least.
Edited Date: 2014-10-02 10:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-02 11:22 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 19)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
Mindy's about to reprimand Danny for making such an outdated reference when the elevator pulls to a slow stop and all of the memories of how she met Tom come flooding back. God, she'd felt like Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock all rolled into one.

Then that damn Serbian bagel vendor had come along. "What did I do? What did you do?! You kept hitting the buttons like a five year old!"

Mindy starts banging her hands against the metal doors to no avail before she slumps back against the wall, resting her face in her palms. So this is how she dies.
Edited Date: 2014-10-02 11:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-02 11:41 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 13)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"You think I planned this? You think I wanted to get stuck in an elevator with a sweaty Italian who won't even call me his friend?" Mindy demands, knowing that in actuality it's as much his fault as hers. This is just their damn luck, the universe raining down on her total lack of parade because she ate beef one too many times, or something. She groans. Thank god she's not claustrophobic, because nothing about this is romantic enough to distract her from how close the walls and doors are.

Date: 2014-10-02 12:06 pm (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 43)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"Why would I plan this?!" Mindy yells much louder than she should in such a confined space. She's pretty sure he'd blame global warming on her if he could, it's just a knee-jerk reaction to point his finger at her whenever something goes wrong by now. "And what do you mean we're on a break? We're not Ross and Rachel, Danny!"

The lack of response through the elevator's speaker makes Mindy sigh audibly, giving up and slumping down on the floor with her back against the wall. So much for her Deadly Wives marathon. So much for the wine chilling in her fridge. So much for the hot, fictional guy who's supposed to be fixing her dinner.

Date: 2014-10-03 01:09 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 10)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"Why do you care so much about my skirt, you weirdo," Mindy practically snaps although she knows he's right and she reluctantly gets to her feet, brushing off the fabric. She kicks off her heels, though. No amount of Danny's insistence that the floor is filthy is going to keep her feet in those for another minute. Not when she had her slippers all ready to go back home.

Date: 2014-10-03 01:36 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 11)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"Oh, so you can't be friends with them, but you can sleep with and marry them?" Mindy says with a roll of her eyes, pressing the emergency buzzer several times and offering an angry tirade at whoever's on the other side. Still no response. "God," she says under her breath. "Kill me now."

Date: 2014-10-03 02:00 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 26)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"You were never friends with your wife?" Mindy asks, turning to meet his eyes. It shouldn't surprise her, and it doesn't, really, but there's still cause for clarification since it's, to her, such a messed up thing to say. "Did you ever consider that maybe that was why it didn't last?"

Date: 2014-10-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
Very rarely does Mindy know she's crossed a line, but Danny's response is enough to shut her up and stop prodding him about the downfalls of his marriage. At least he's been married. Her own dating ventures have been spectacular failures, much as she'd try to shift the blame, and it isn't as if she's getting any younger (again, a fact she'd never speak aloud.)

"I'm sorry," she says, rare and sincere.

Date: 2014-10-04 12:02 am (UTC)
beyoncepadthai: (mindy 18)
From: [personal profile] beyoncepadthai
"I actually do have a snack, singular," Mindy says, but it's the usual Kit Kat she keeps in her purse and clearly not enough to fuel her for any kind of long stint stuck in an elevator. "And I actually didn't have a date tonight, while I'm confessing things. I don't know why I told you I did."

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