As much as Mark wanted to go home with his wife he couldn’t. There were probably a dozen different things that he needed to finish before tonight. He needed to approve budgets and log OR hours, that stack of paper on his desk needed to shrink before the nights end. “Lex, I would absolutely love to eat and go home with you but I can’t. I have to finish this stuff.” Mark was absolutely terrible about paperwork, he hated it. There was always something else that he could do to benefit his time and the patients. Except when he was chief the entire hospital kind of relief on him getting all of this stuff done. Now he felt like he actually had to do this stuff.
Moving up, Mark presses a very soft kiss to her lips. “As much as I love the three of you, I can’t Lex.” Mark wanted to just blow everything off and go home with her. But if he didn’t get the paperwork done he felt guilty, and if he didn’t go home with her he felt guilty. It was a lose-lose situation for him. He’s just glad that he still gets to operate. Derek and Richard had both complained about running out of time to operate but Mark had managed to squeeze in a couple of surgeries this morning when he first got in.
A quiet sigh escapes from her lips as she hears his words. He doesn’t have time for her. Lexie is not mad though, she’s more saddened by that fact. But she completely understands it. As Chief, he has so much more work to do. And he already tries his best to come home every night so she really doesn’t get to be bothered by one night of staying away. Yet she doesn’t like it. It’s not going to be long until she will give birth to their babies, until the twins are taking all the time both of them have. So she actually planned to spend as much time as possible with her husband, some time as a married couple. Because she loves him, and she already feels like something is going to happen. A feeling she doesn’t like, a feeling she thought would disappear as soon as they leave Seattle. But it hasn’t. And now she’s afraid something will happen to Nate and Ella.
Yet there is one possibility of spending time with Mark nevertheless.. Pushing her odd feeling away again, she lifts her head so she can look into those beautiful eyes of the man who is standing in front of her. “Of course you can. And you know why? Because I’m going to help you with this stupid paperwork.” Lexie smirks slightly. She has been helping him by filling out charts so often already because she knows how much he hates to sit behind a desk. Which is why she’s glad he isn’t stuck in his office all the time, even with his new job. A Mark without performing at least one surgery a day is not the Mark she knows, and the Mark he likes.
Lexie had helped Mark with paperwork before. Probably a dozen or so times in Seattle, when he would get insanely behind on his work and she would offer to help. “You don’t have to,” he probably had a solid hour of work on his own. If he pushed some of it off till another day then he could probably go home. “If you just want to help me finish this budget then we can probably go home in half an hour. This is the important thing that I need to do today. I have over two-thirds of it done. I just need to figuring out the nursing and technology budgets.” Mark says pointing to the sheet. He had figured and requirements. All sorts of things that required in order to stay up to date. It was difficult, that’s for sure. The nurses had all sorts of requirements in order to keep from going on strike. They needed to follow the rules carefully or mark would have created a huge mess.
It takes about forty minutes for them to finish. Finally signing off on the budget Mark looks at his wife with a smile on his face. “Where would you like to have dinner from tonight? I’m thinking we can get takeout and go home, and then we could watch some crappy movie in bed. How does that sound to you?” Mark asks with a smile on his face. He wanted to crawl into bed with his wife and eat and just spend the night with her.