Do you hear what I hear?

I recently found my portfolio from high school creative writing, and needless to say I was entertained. I went through each piece, with my teacher’s glowing comments, and couldn’t help but laugh at the themes. Therefore, I will begin sharing my wise words through the eyes of 17-year-old me.

My first piece is a riveting episode of none other than medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Before I actually realized my calling in life, I idealized a medical profession. I was eager to help others, and felt drawn to the intriguing and fast-paced life of a doctor or nurse.  However, I soon realized that I could not handle other’s blood, vomit or other bodily fluids which left me to pursue less nauseating paths. Sometimes I actually still consider going back to school to be a nurse, unsure if I could actually do it and more drawn to being real-life Meredith Grey.

Keep in mind I have no idea at which point I decided to write this episode, nor am I sure of the accuracy of the detailed context. I’ll post it in sections, because it’s a doozey. This fits in somewhere to the 292-episode saga that is our favorite show.

“Do you hear what I hear?”when-he-all-impresed

TEASER

FADE IN

Ext. Seattle Grace hospital morning

Meredith and Christina are reminiscing in an old intern hangout. Their pagers both sound and they race off into the emergency room. There, they find five sixth graders who were stabbed during a lock down at a school nearby. One, a little boy, recently visited the hospital to receive new ears due to a rare genetic disorder.

Int. back in the intern room – evening

CHRISTINA

So, rough afternoon huh? I feel really bad for those kids, especially that little boy. First, he has a really cool, rare genetic disorder where he has no ears. Then, he gets his ears and he’s stabbed six times. What a world we live in…

MEREDITH

Tell me about it. That boy is only 10 years old – he’s just a kid! Who on Earth is compelled to stab helpless sixth graders?

(There is a knock at the door. Dr. Derek Shepherd walks in.)

DR. SHEPHERD

Meredith, we need to talk.

FADE OUT

End of Teaser

FADE IN

Ext. outside on a snowy night

MEREDITH

‘Tis the season to be jolly, they say. But for some people it’s not that easy. At the happiest and so-called joyous of times, like Christmas, some people are literally at their worst. Take yesterday, small children recovering from multiple stab wounds. Or putting up with family you just can’t stand with every fiber of your being during the holidays. Or just figuring out what the heck to do with a new person in your life.

CHRISTINA

So, what did McDreamy have to say? Are wedding bells in your future?

MEREDITH

First, his name is Derek, and no. He told me he hasn’t decided if he’s willing to take a chance on me again. And I get it, I’m literally a walking disaster. I guess I should have jumped at the chance when he gave it to me. And apparently he kissed some nurse named Rose. But, but….it’s okay. It was a “thank-you” kiss, whatever that means.

CHRISTINA

Rose? Ok, what kind of name is that? Like ring-around-the? No, that’s not acceptable. You laid down the law. You said you didn’t want him seeing anyone else, and I believe that includes kissing. And what is a “thank-you” kiss?

MEREDITH

Your guess is as good as mine.

CHRISTINA

I bet Miss Tulip was “thanking” McDreamy for him being on this planet, his flowing mane and captivating soul windows…

MEREDITH

Ha, ha very funny. Not the kind of sarcasm I need right now.

CHRISTINA

Just saying. And I’m sure asking about your so-called sister will just be the delicious cherry on top of your amazing mood.

MEREDITH

Complicated to say the least. That night when you invited her over kind of changed things.

CHRISTINA

Now what did I do?

MEREDITH

Well, I think there’s a wall that’s been broken down. There’s less awkwardness now – I mean I’m still 100 percent awkward – but that night at the dance party at our house when we were drunk, we talked.

CHRISTINA

Continue…

MEREDITH

Stuff…work stuff, family stuff, the stuff you blab on about after six tequila shots before the night goes hazy. This isn’t very me to say, but she’s actually a very deep, caring human being. TBD on what to do about Dad – he keeps drinking and going out so we’re going to first steal all his booze while he’s away. A little sisterly bonding if you will.

CHRISTINA

Well, sounds like it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Grey sisters. Maybe now she’ll be a little less annoying in rounds.

MEREDITH

It’s okay, she’s my half sister not full.

End of Scene I

Ext. in the hospital exam room visiting a patient – morning

MEREDITH

Well, after several lab tests it looks like you have hemolytic anemia, meaning there aren’t enough red blood cells in your body. It was probably caused because your bone marrow was unable to make up for the destruction of the red blood cells which then meant it tried to create more, but couldn’t create enough. It’s not life-threatening, but you’ll need just a few medications. The nurses will take you through all the details, but really Mr. Robinson, you need to let your wife know if you’re not feeling well, okay? If you need anything, you know where to find me.

Meredith leads the patient out the door to see Dr. Shepherd walking by; she stops him.

MEREDITH

So, how’s your day going? Has it been a great day to save lives?

DEREK

I know you’re not actually asking about my day, but yes it has been. And no, I haven’t made any decisions.

MEREDITH

Meaning?

DEREK

Meaning I haven’t decided anything yet. Let me take my time. Not to sound harsh, but I waited a long time for you. Now it’s your turn to wait.

He leaves Meredith in confusion.

End of Scene II.

MEREDITH (V/O)

Christmas is full of joy as it is sadness. We remember times from long ago with family and friends, gathered around the tree opening presents with pure joy and delight. As we grow older, we realize times aren’t the same, and we realize not everyone we love is still with us.

Ext. hospital – evening.

MEREDITH

Uh….hey. So, what are your plans for Christmas?

LEXIE

I’m not sure yet. Dad’s thinking about going somewhere warm where there’s bottomless mimosas, so TBD for me.

MEREDITH

Well, I’m not sure about mine either. But, I mean in the spirit of Christmas, you can hang with us…if you want. Christina and I are doing a thing for Christmas at our place. If you want.

LEXIE

Thanks, I think I might just do that.

MEREDITH

Okay, well, cool.

Meredith exits, Lexie is left with a bemused smile.

End of Act I.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

Ext. Sixth grader’s hospital room – evening.

MEREDITH

Hey, Charlie! How ya doin’?

CHARLIE (patient who recently received new ears, stabbed in lock down)

Just fine. My sides only hurt a little bit now. At least I have these cool scars to show my friends!

MEREDITH

You always see the glass half full, don’t you?

CHARLIE

I’m not sure what that means, but sure!

MEREDITH

It means you always see the bright side of the problem.

CHARLIE

Then yes, I do. Well most of the time I try to. But sometimes it’s hard, especially during Christmas. My dad died last year around this time and it makes me sad to think about it.

MEREDITH

It’s alright to be sad sometimes – you don’t always have to be happy.

CHARLIE

I know, but it’s kind of embarrassing to tell people you’re sad, and it’s definitely not cool to cry. Are you ever sad?

MEREDITH

Lucky for you, you are talking to the queen of emotional roller coasters. Of course I’m sad sometimes. You and I are kind of alike you know, I lost my mom awhile ago and sometimes that makes me feel….well, we’ll call it sad.

CHARLIE

I’m really sorry. (takes Meredith’s hand)

MEREDITH

Thanks, me too. But instead of being sad, sometimes I think of…the good times (while few and far between).

FLASHBACK: Shows Meredith, Mom and Dad opening presents together. They sip hot chocolate after watching “White Christmas.”

End of Scene II

Ext. in operating room preparing for surgery – morning

DEREK

So, how’s it going Rose?

ROSE

Is this really the time you should be asking that? You know you’re about to go exploring in someone’s brains, right?

DEREK

Just asking!

ROSE

Okay then, I’m fine I suppose. How are you?

DEREK

Yet to be decided….

ROSE

How cryptic. Care to explain further?

DEREK

Alright, well first I wanted to talk to you about something that happened between us….maybe a few days ago….outside the OR.

ROSE

Ah, the elusive “kiss.”

DEREK

Precisely. What did that mean to you?

ROSE

Well, I think it was the heat-of-the-moment type of thing. Now I know we don’t know each other THAT well, but I’m a very passionate person. When I feel something, I really feel it.

DEREK

Yes, I could definitely feel your feeling (smiling).

ROSE

So now that we’ve got that cleared up, how are you feeling?

DEREK

Well, I really like this amazing girl…wow, that sounded so high school.

ROSE

Hmmm…this couldn’t possibly be none other than superstar intern Meredith Grey perhaps?

DEREK

Is it really that obvious? But here’s the dilemma: I had been waiting for her to figure out what she wanted, for us to be together. Now that she knows, I’m not so sure I do.

ROSE

Complex, man. Okay so here’s what I would do. First, be a man and go talk to her, let her know what’s up. Then, consider your options. The question that really needs to be answered, is “is she really worth it?”

DEREK

Rose, I never knew you were so….

ROSE

Intuitive? Amazing?

DEREK

(Smiles) Yes, those and so relationship-savvy. You’re no stranger to love, are you? Thanks for your help. I’ll see how that goes, if not I know who to blame.

End of Act II

Stay tuned for more! Closing with a memorable quote from our favorite television Meredith:

“Just because we can live without something, it doesn’t mean we have to.”

I’m sure referring to the massive amounts of Christmas cookies I couldn’t live without eating this weekend.

Peace, love and Grey’s Anatomy ❤

 

 

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