Prompt: AU wherein Mac and Don are dating and when Will and Sloan find out, they scheme to try and break them up.
New Year’s Day, 2011: 6:56AM
Mackenzie had moved from the bathroom to the edge of the bed. She was still wearing Don’s shirt that swallowed her and a spare blanket across her lap. They hadn’t figured out where she left her clothes between the front door (she hoped) and the bedroom.
Don was sitting with distance between them so he did not crowd her. He couldn’t help but feel a little guilty that she felt so terrible and was horrified with the idea they had spent the last several hours together.
“I’m sorry,” he offered and she shook her head, waving her hand.
“No, no, it’s…” she trailed off and rubbed her eyes again. She inhaled a sharp breath and leaned back, afraid she would lose her insides again. “I mean, it’s not your fault. I was upset and you had just broken up with Maggie for the third time this week—”
“And the last time,” he interrupted and slid a few inches closer. Mackenzie didn’t seem fazed by it.
“That’s what you say. It shouldn’t have happened.”
“But it did. Why is that so wrong?”
“Because why? We were each other’s rebound? So? If not us, then who?” he retorted and his brows lifted in question. Mackenzie didn’t have an answer. She parted her lips to speak but Don didn’t let her. “Look. I had fun last night. At the bar, on the way back, here, but that doesn’t mean this has to be weird. I like you Mackenzie. I had a crush on you when I met you and you gave me my first position. Then… you left there and I just forgot about it. Since you’ve been back I haven’t been able to think about anything else.”
Mackenzie looked at him sideways, trying to register each word carefully.