Chapter 51

Writer Notes: Phew…The Gang’s back!

Warnings: bad mood turned good, awkwardness, blushing, bedhogger, formal get together, cousins, pixelated water, woohoo, and stupid little numbers in corners of pictures…grr boolprop…

Jack was not himself when he came through Sally’s door.  She could see in his bright eyes, the set of his shoulders that he was angry.  She knew he wasn’t mad at her, but something had differently gotten on his last nerve.  Or someone.

“So I’m guessing Toulouse.” Sally said gently.  She didn’t want to start Jack on a rant, but she knew he needed to get out whatever it was.

“What ever gave you that clue?” he snickered.  “Drake, Twister, and I were…”

“Bullshitting?”

“Yeah, we were hanging out, talking…he sorta stormed in and ruined the day.” Jack sighed.

“He has that effect.” Sally replied.

“I’m sorry,” Jack began.  “I know you and Toulouse grew up together and that…”

“We are totally not as close as we use to be.” she interrupted.  “He’s made a lot of bad decisions and hurt my best friend a lot so it’s hard to consider us on good terms.”

“I hope that my thoughts about him haven’t influenced what you think about him.”

Sally smiled.  “No, it hasn’t. He does it all by himself.”

Jack was silent for a moment as he gazed at Sally.  It made her realise that he was this close to her, on her bed.  She didn’t mean to get embarrassed or tense, but it happened.  She was still coming to terms that Jack was actually her boyfriend so why was she acting like a fifth grader around him?

“Why are you so amazing?” he then asked.

At first Sally just blinked at him. 

“I was just thinking that myself.” she smiled.

He chuckled.

“No, no, about you, not me!” she squealed.

“Suuuuuuuuuuuurrre.”

“But you are amazing.” he insisted.  “Here I was in a terrible mood and you just…made it all go away.”

“Well, I’m glad I bring you such great service.” she smiled.

 

“Hopefully I can return the favor.” he smiled.

“You don’t have to do anything, but be you, Jack.” she said.  “That’s all I want.”

He shook his head while smiling.  “See, you’re amazing.” he said.  “I love that about you.”

“Aww, I love…”

Sally cut herself off quickly.  She didn’t want to ruin this by saying something silly.

“What is it?” he asked.  “You just suddenly froze up.”

“Jack…I need to talk to you about something and it’s just…” she sighed.  “Really embarrassing.”

He raised an eyebrow.  “Oh, and what would that be?”

“Well,” she began.  “Ya know that Shane and me were a couple before. He was my first boyfriend, but we never…people assume we…”

“What are you trying to tell me?” he asked.

“I’ve never done this…it…ya know, woohoo…before.”

“Ok.” he smiled.  “It’s fine.”

“Really?” she couldn’t help, but be a little suspicious.  “It’s fine?”

“Yes, it is.” he replied.  “I didn’t get in this relationship for the possible physical rewards.”

“Really?” Again she had to be suspicious.

“Really.” his smile held strong.

“So it doesn’t bother you that I’ve never…”

He shook his head.  “Why should it?”

“Most guys don’t want the responsibility to be a girl’s first.” she said. 

“Well, if some guy wasn’t the girl’s first then mankind would have never survived from the beginning.” he snickered.

“We’re not Human…but I get what you mean.” she smiled.  Though Sally had to admit, she forgot that Jack was Android sometimes by how carefree he seemed.

“So you’re ok with this?” she asked.

He nodded.  “I understand why this important and I’m not in a hurry and I am certainly not going anywhere.”

“Are you sure I’m the amazing one in this relationship because you sound a little…unbelievable.”

“I’m unbelievable and you’re amazing.” he chuckled.  “How is this going to get any better?”

“Well,” Sally blushed.  “Do you…wanna stay tonight?”

***

***

He didn’t know about this.  It was such a formal gathering.  All these rich people in the one thousand dollar suits and dresses.  He knew he’d stick out, but then again, he didn’t care what people thought.  He was here for her.

“That’s what the council wants and if Sasha doesn’t follow through she could get into all kinds of charges.” Jade sighed.  “My sister just does not think.”

“Well, how about I talk to her?” Branden asked.  “She always listens to me.”

“You need ta stay far away from her.” Shane interrupted Jade.

“Well, look who it is.” Branden smiled.  “Gangster boy, you lost?”

“I’ve never seen a tie on you before.” Jade said.  “You look…rather nice tonight. With anyone special?”

“Just a friend.” Shane replied even though he knew they would make their own decision on what the definition of “friend” was.

“By-da-way, Branden, I owe ya a beat down for what ya did ta Sasha.”

Branden snickered.  “I didn’t do anything she didn’t like.”

“Oh right, forceful entry and a battered face are dings she likes.” Shane rolled his eyes.

Branden was quick to change the subject before Jade, Sasha’s sister, caught on as to what Shane was referring to.

“Have you met my cousin, Dr. Cassie Ask?” he motioned to the crowd.  “She’s one of the brilliant minds behind closing the Android War and the top medical official in this region.”

Shane locked his jaw.  He didn’t know about that stuff, especially that Cassie was Branden’s cousin, but he did know she was an amazing doctor.  “Yeah, I know her.” he replied.  “She’s da one dat invited me.”

“Excuse me.” Shane smiled at Branden’s wide eyes as he pushed passed him to great Cassie.

“And what is this about my sister?” Jade asked.

“Oh wow, you clean up rather nicely, Mr. Zones.” Cassie smiled.

Wow ya-self.” he replied.

“Thank you for coming.” she said.  “But I’ll be honest, I thought you would get cold feet.”

“And dere’s my vote of confidence.” he smirked, but couldn’t help uneasily eying the people around them.

“They’re not going to bite.” she said.

He waved his hands. “It’s fine. So since when are ya a closer of wars?” 

She tilted her head, but didn’t reply.

“Branden, ya little bratty cousin over there, told me.” Shane said.  “Ya helped close the Android War?”

She wrinkled her nose and close her eyes with a sigh.  “Yes, I did help them end the war…” she looked beyond Shane at Branden.  “And as far as being his cousin, that’s a secret you take to the grave.”

Cassie smiled. “See, my older brother claims him, but there rest of us…”

“I understand.” he interrupted.  “He’s one rotten apple.”

She nodded.  “Shane, I…” 

A scream distracted them.

“How dare you!” the lady shrieked, throwing the water from her glass at the man.

“How bout we get outta here?” Shane asked.

***

***

“You’re not running away this time?” she asked.

He shook his head.  “Or gettin’ shot.” he smiled.

“I…didn’t ever apologize for dat, did I?”

“It’s fine.” she said. 

He shook his head.

“Iz a fool for running out on ya…”

“Shane, don’t ruin this good thing.” Cassie insisted.  “It only lasts for this short time and then it’s gone forever.”

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