*One month later*

"She doesn't want to see you!" Jackson snarled. My eyes twitched slightly. This was it! I was waking up for the first time in a month. 

"She's in a freaking coma! You don't know for sure!" I heard Alex snap back. Alex was fighting with Jackson? Alex wanted to see me? I was definitely in a hospital bed, it was so uncomfortable. My eyes couldn't yet open, but I was awake. I could hear their voices.

"I know her! Where have you been for her recently, huh?" Jackson yelled, and then I heard some sort of scuffling noise. Someone took a seat by my bedside, and took my hand in his own. I knew straight away that it was Alex, just by the feeling and warmth of his hand. I heard Jackson storming away, slamming the door behind him. 

"Maia? I don't know if you can hear me but, I love you. I've been such an idiot, what with breaking up with you and marrying Izzie. That was one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made, I did it mostly out of the guilt of her cancer. The biggest mistake I ever made though, was letting you go. I love you so much, and I know you're with Avery now, and he's way better than me, but I just want you to know that I love you, so so much. If you're there, please wake up, they're gonna turn your life support off soon, so please wake up," his voice kept cracking, and I could tell that he was crying. 

My eyes slowly fluttered open, and my eyes swivelled around the room. I was in the ICU, and I was hooked up to loads of monitors and machines. My eyes finally landed on Alex, who didn't notice I was awake since his head was now in his hands. 

"I-I love you too," I said quietly, and his eyes snapped up and connected with mine, and he let out a gasp. 

"You're awake?" he exclaimed incredulously, and I nodded my head slowly to give him my answer.

"Kiss me," I said instantly, not wanting anything more. He obeyed, and he stood up and bent down, and pressed his lips gently to mine. The kiss was soft, and didn't last long, but it was one of the best kisses I'd ever had. 

"Oh my God, I can't believe you're actually awake. I should go get everyone," he said, and then before I could say anything else, he'd dashed out of the room. 

I grunted to myself, then shifted around a little in my bed. I noticed someone had braided my hair into my two signature French braids, and on a table beside me was a cluster of get-well-soon cards, and a bouquet of flowers. My chest hurt slightly from my bullet wound, and well, my head felt like a hammer was repeatedly being whacked onto it. 

The first people to arrive at my room were Mark, Callie and Arizona. 

"Maia! You're awake!" Mark exclaimed, and he dashed over to my bedside. 

"I'm so happy you're back! I missed you so much!" Callie said excitedly, a huge grin on her face.

"I missed you too, Maia, it's been so quiet without you," Arizona joked, and just the sight of my three best friends made me smile. I let them fawn over me for a while, and they hurried to fill me in on all of the gossip I'd missed. Mark had always been a sucker for juicy gossip. 

Ten minutes later, Meredith, Cristina and Lexie showed up. Mark, Callie and Arizona left the room so I could talk to them, and I smiled at the three. 

"I'm so glad you're back, I had no-one to bitch to," Cristina sighed, and I grinned at my cynical friend. 

"Yeah, it actually has been really boring without you, it's great to have you back," Meredith admitted, and I smiled and thanked her. I was suffocated by kind words.

"Yeah, and there were no good residents with you gone," Lexie said, and then she froze when Meredith and Cristina glared at her. 

"I mean, apart from you guys, obviously," she added quickly, making me chuckle. Everyone had wanted to hate Lexie Grey when she popped up a few years ago, but she was so easily liked. She was just one of those charismatic people. 

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