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Off Guard
By carpesomediem


Callie only closed her eyes shortly, because she didn't know what else to do. She really wasn't good at this, she really didn't know what Arizona wanted. All she did know was she was cornered in the bathroom at Joe's with a beautiful blonde she'd just met and she was spouting off about what she'd heard in the halls of Seattle Grace. That can't be the best way to get off on the right foot, she thought. Because she definitely wanted to get to know the blonde – Arizona, she smiled – better.

A lot better.

It was the first time since Erica walked out of her life that she'd felt that way about anyone, let alone another woman. There was something about Arizona that caught Callie off guard; she wasn't ready to feel her stomach fill with butterflies or her breath catch in the back of her throat. But here she was, and all she could think was that Arizona was still rambling about her and what she knew about her and how people talked. How people talked a lot.

Well, wasn't that the understatement of the year.

Callie wanted to say something – say anything, really – but the words didn't come. Instead, she waited with hitched breath as Arizona confirmed what Callie was hoping would be true. She leaned forward, she kissed her and as quickly as the confrontation started, it was over with a lingering promise from Arizona. I think you'll know.

She kept playing the scenario in the bathroom over and over again in her head. That promise; those few words. Callie wanted to get to know Arizona better, that's when she got it into her head she was going to ask her on a date. Because even if Erica left her alone, Callie was certain of at least one thing: She wouldn't let Arizona walk away, not without a fight and not without the courage to move forward. The courage she lacked with Erica.

The End

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