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It's a good thing Danny had found a gym so soon after arriving in Darrow. Without one, he's pretty sure he'd have had trouble even lifting Mindy's purse from her desk, let alone lugging it down a few flights of stairs, her coat slung over one arm. He's not sure what she carries in there and he has no desire to find out, but if it means she'll follow him downstairs faster, an aching bicep is a price he's willing to pay.

She had been with a patient when he'd left, so Amelia is tasked with ensuring Mindy not only gets the message but gets a move on too. She doesn't really know what's going on but there's been no doctor drama or slamming of doors, so she's counting today as a good day. So far, anyway.

She's a little tentative as she catches Mindy leaving phlebotomy.

"Doctor Castellano said to tell you he's waiting for you downstairs." She checks her notepad in her hands. "Also that he-- I'm quoting-- has your bag and will donate an item from it to a homeless person every thirty seconds that you're not there. He also said you have to use the stairs..."

Date: 2014-10-14 02:27 am (UTC)
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"Are you kidding me?!" Mindy demands, pulling off her heels so she can move more quickly down the stairs because if there's one thing, one thing that will get her going, it's the threat of being unintentionally charitable.

"What the hell is some homeless guy going to do with my makeup bag?" she rants to herself as she pauses to catch her breath halfway down, thinking of the best way to kill Danny and how much he has it coming. What the hell is he waiting for her for? Is this some trick to try to get her to exercise? Because it's not... okay, it's kind of working.

Spotting him, she brushes an errant strand of hair from her eyes. "How dare you?!"

Date: 2014-10-14 07:33 pm (UTC)
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"You think? I just ran down a thousand flights of stairs!" Mindy shoves Danny and she really, absolutely should not get into the cab with this total psycho but for some dumb reason she does anyway. Glaring across at him, she rifles through her purse, relieved to see everything's still there. "I could have had you arrested, you know."

Date: 2014-10-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
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"For stealing my purse, you freak," Mindy retorts, reaching over to bat at him with her hands though it's with little fight. For some strange, probably ill-advised reason, she trusts him.

Sighing, she slumps back into the seat and peers out the window, then back at Danny. "You mind telling me what the hell is going on?"

Date: 2014-10-14 10:58 pm (UTC)
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"Home?" Mindy asks, eyes growing wide, thinking he must be kidding. But the idea of New York and her friends and family is so overwhelming, almost as much as the idea of leaving everyone here behind. But then. "Wait. Sort of?"

Date: 2014-10-15 01:03 am (UTC)
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"Ugh, I hate being patient," Mindy laments, but he knows that, and whatever he's got planned is interesting enough to shut her up as she glances back out the window and tries to figure out where they're headed. But she's as clueless as she was about directions back in New York, so she just sighs and waits. She hates waiting. And he's totally taking advantage of that fact, she can tell. "Is what I'm wearing appropriate, at least?"

Date: 2014-10-15 12:16 pm (UTC)
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"You're not meant to look at me, Danny. You're meant to just nod and say, yes, Mindy, you look great. This is your problem," Mindy cries, shoving him again which prompts the cab driver to turn around and look at them in a way that he might if he were reprimanding a child. Okay, so maybe she's expecting Danny to behave too much like a boyfriend, but judging her outfits is never cool. "We're not going to play paintball or something, are we? This is a very expensive coat, okay? I'm not getting paint all over it."

Date: 2014-10-16 12:59 am (UTC)
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"Okay, you know what? Fine, I trust you," Mindy says, then drops her voice to a whisper so the cab driver can't overhear and decide to kick them out. "Even if you are maybe leading me to my death."

She sighs and busies herself with a loose button on her coat, thinking of unwatched episodes of Space Hospital on her DVR. Whatever Danny has planned, it better be good. And they better arrive at it soon.

Date: 2014-10-16 09:53 am (UTC)
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Maybe it's ill advised, but Mindy does trust Danny, and so she reaches for his hand, letting him help her out of the car. She squeezes his hand once before letting go, glancing around to try to figure out where they are. "What's next?"

Date: 2014-10-16 10:40 am (UTC)
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"Danny, this is amazing," Mindy tells him, turning around and smiling so that he'll know that she's serious. It makes her heart ache in a strange way, though, a way that she's never ached for Boston but only ever New York, the one place where she's sure she was meant to be.

She doesn't let herself think about it too much, doesn't let herself dwell on how much she misses it and the fact she may never see those streets again. The fact she might not get proposed to at the Empire State Building after all. She can't afford to make herself that sad.

So while the nostalgia for the past is undeniable, she forces herself to be grateful for this small taste of home, and Danny. Fight as they might, having him in Darrow with her has been of immeasurable worth.

Date: 2014-10-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Mindy thinks the whole thing is pretty amazing, but she goes with him without putting up a fight for once. And he's right. This blows everything out of the water.

Whether it's the view or his touch that gives her chills, she can't be sure, but she blinks back tears before she turns to him, trying to find something to say. And trying to figure out when, exactly, she started wanting to kiss him so much. Maybe it's just the charm of New York.

"Danny," she starts, and she's never been speechless, but this comes awful close. "Thank you."

Date: 2014-10-16 06:08 pm (UTC)
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"I love it," Mindy confirms, glancing at the cityscape once more before pulling Danny into a hug. She's emotional, yeah, but that's the surest sign she's truly impressed. She doesn't need to squeal or clap her hands when something is as incredible, as thoughtful, as this. Pulling back, she kisses his cheek.

Date: 2014-10-17 12:43 am (UTC)
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In truth, Mindy hasn't really thought about the date itself. She's just been too busy getting ready for Kate's party. But she's aware of the month, aware that it's been almost a year since she saw her parents, since she saw Rishi, since she saw everyone from her old life but Danny.

It's why she's all the more grateful that he's here, and she can't stop smiling, glancing over at the table that's set up for two. Part of her wants the whole thing to be romantic, because it really is, but a bigger part of her doesn't want to push Danny into something he doesn't want. It turns out, maybe, she respects him too much. "A friendship cake?" she asks, not bringing herself to move away from him too far just yet.

Date: 2014-10-17 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Mindy doesn't know about offensively, she thinks the cake is perfect in its pink and sparkle, but she grins and takes a long moment to wonder what to wish for.

For a long time, if not forever, she's wished for the perfect guy for her birthday. Save for Tom, she was almost always single on her birthday, as if all of the men of New York knew better than to commit themselves to that.

So she thinks of wishing for the perfect guy, but then she looks over at Danny and wonders what that's even supposed to mean. No guy is going to put up with her Kardashian obsession and pretend to like it, too, no guy is going to act like every Nora Ephron film is better than Rocky or the Terminator and agree with every inane thing she says about how she's totally the Indian Meg Ryan of OB/GYNs.

But one guy has been there through every dumb breakup for a long time. One guy found New York for her at a time he knew she'd be missing it most.

So she closes her eyes, blows out the candle and dammit, here goes nothing, she turns and kisses him.

Date: 2014-10-18 02:43 am (UTC)
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The romance of it all is dashed pretty quickly, and Mindy has to sigh because there's so much more comedy in this than she'd hoped for. Though she's hardly laughing.

It's not the first time she's burned her hair but it is the first time she's felt this mortified. She pulls back and refuses to meet his eyes, reaching up and patting at the singed hair to ensure it doesn't suddenly go alight. For moments like these, she keeps emergency scissors in her purse, and she searches for them so she can snip off the offensive piece.

And she still really, really can't look him in the eyes. Because her chest hurts too much at the thought of how stupid she's been, the idea of anything actually romantic happening to her too infantile a dream. Because maybe it's just the smoke, but she thinks she might actually cry.

Date: 2014-10-18 03:12 am (UTC)
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"I'm great," she says, though there are cracks in her voice and she's never been a very good liar. Which, whatever, this is all of Danny's fault for planning something so romantic when it was clearly never meant to be to begin with. Maybe she's just as doomed in Darrow as she was back home. It's been a year since she's even gotten laid, so nothing seems to be boding well.

Sitting down at the table she stares at the cake. "What about your hand?"

Date: 2014-10-18 11:12 pm (UTC)
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"What? No," Mindy shakes her head, because she can think of few things as depressing as being abandoned on her anniversary, just because she did something so spontaneous and dumb. "I want you to take a seat so that we can eat this friendship cake," she says, gesturing at it.

It's awkward, yeah, but she's sure his leaving will make things even more awkward in the future. And she's tired of walking on eggshells with Danny. This is not how friends are supposed to be.

Date: 2014-10-19 04:21 am (UTC)
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Mindy doesn't think that she could stomach dinner right now, and the piece of cake that she asks him to cut is pretty small, too. Well, for her. "That's fine," she says. "When. That's perfect, thanks."

She helps him ease the wedge onto a plate and she pokes at it with a fork for a few seconds, looking up at him every so often to see if he's still watching her.

Date: 2014-10-20 01:12 am (UTC)
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"Yeah, I was just caught up in the moment," Mindy agrees, both grateful and annoyed for the reprieve. Part of her wants to forget the whole thing, the rest of her hates how easily he lets things slide. Still, she softens, starting at the cake in earnest because he'll never believe she's okay if she's not eating. "Really, it's fine. All of this is amazing. Thank you, Danny."

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