Letting Go

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Author's note - Sorry it's taken so long to update, but hey, I'm trying. Another thing, MY GRAMMAR SUX, I try to pay attention, but it all goes in one ear and out the other. I'm sorry if I constantly switch from tense to tense, I'm a straight A student with a C in English. Plus, I'm trying the quotation thing, and when I use single quotations, it usually means what a person is thinking. I'm not sure how it'll go over, lemme know what you think. Ok, this chapter will mainly focus on many different points of view. Don't worry, it will be Jake/Penny, I just have to make it a little more exciting. Tell me what you think of it all.

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Disclaimer - USED JUST FOR MY HUMOR, I don't own anything, well, I guess I own Jess, and Kris, and their friends, plus the coffee place.

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Happiness Does Exist

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Penny woke up the next morning and didn't hit the snooze once. She just jumped out of bed and got in the shower. When she was finished getting ready, it was only 5:30. 'I really need to start setting my alarm for later.' She sat down on her couch remembering the events of the previous day. That day had started out so great, then went to utterly horrible, then became the best day she had had in a long time.

She remembered how Jess was the one who got her hooked on running. She'd never really liked it before him, she found it pointless, and it was why they invented the car. Jess had never taken the time to buy a car; he ran everywhere he needed to go. 'I wonder if he still goes out running?'

She decided the only way to find out was to go to that side of town and try to remember all the places they used to run. 'We used to stop at Geoff's for a cup of coffee.' She finally reached The Coffee Place at around 6:55, which was good time, considering she left at 6:25. She sat down for a cup of cappuccino. She had given up coffee for lent and ended up addicted to cappuccino. After 15 minutes, she decided to leave. As she was walking out, Jess was just about to walk in. "Hey Penny, Long time, no see" "Hey there Jess" "What are you doing here, don't you have a job?" "Ya, but we don't go in until 8, and, to answer your question, I was just out running." "Well, hey, lemme grab a cup of coffee and I'll go with you" "Ok, we just have to run in the general direction of the station."

After about two and a half minutes, Jess had finished his coffee. "Hey Jess" Penny said "What time do go to lunch?" "Huh, oh, I don't even work today, its new workers training or something this month. After Mr. Johansen went on his near rampage firing spree, we needed to get a lot of new guys. I only go in on Wednesday's to teach the guys about my part of the company" "Ok, no need to go into detail, I was just wondering if you wanted to go to lunch today" "Ok, well, today works for me" "Well, I'll show you where I work"

For around forty-five minutes the two just ran in the general direction of the station. Once they had reached it, they stopped and just stood there for a few minutes. "Well, this is where I work" Jess started to say something, but Penny cut him off quickly "Please don't say anything. It pays the rent" Jess just smiled at her "I wasn't going to say anything, just see you at noon." Penny glared at him "I know what you were thinking" She looked at her watch "Holy Geez, I'm late, I should be going" "Ya, well, I'll see you at noon" With that he hugged her.

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Penny had been 20 minutes late, and this time, Jake wasn't the one to lecture her. It was actually Dylan who gave her a lecture, even though today's story had been much more believable. 'Ugh, I can't believe she didn't fall for the "I had to stop to help the old lady across the street" it always worked before' She decided to just let it go. It wasn't worth dwelling on.

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Jake had seen Penny come in late, but he wasn't going to do anything about it, she'd been having some rough times and he was just going to let her get away with it. He sat staring at his laptop, not really sure of what to do. Penny was his best friend here in Miami, she'd been there through it all, and it seemed like something was wrong. He looked up to see Dylan yelling at Penny for being late. 'Wait a second now, isn't that my job?' Penny looked like she was just ignoring all of it.

Once Dylan had gone back to her desk, he called her into his office.

"Hey Jake, you wanted to see me?" "Ya actually, I saw you out there with Penny, and I just want to know why you felt the need to take control over the situation." "Well, I don't know, you seemed too busy to come out and talk to her, so I did it for you. She can't keep deciding when she wants to come in and when she wants to leave." "Dylan, I know you were only trying to do good here, but I wasn't going to do anything about it. I was just going to see if anything was wrong, she just hasn't been the same Penny we all know, and some of us love." "What is THAT supposed to mean" "Oh, no, not like that, it's just that, never mind, I just need to talk to Penny about what's been going on with her" Dylan eyes him suspiciously "Ok, whatever. I'm gonna go get back to work"

Jake sat there for a little while longer, yet again, just staring at his laptop. He finally called Penny into his office

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Penny had been sitting at her computer, emailing random people random things, when Jake called her into his office. She had seen Dylan come out only minutes before, looking quite angry. She walked in and closed the door. "Ya?" "Hey Penny, can we talk?" "Ya sure, what about?" "Well, I wanna talk about what's going on with you. What have you been doing this past week?" Penny looked at him "Are you implying that I've been doing drugs? Because I refuse to pee in a cup" "What, no, I don't think you've been doing drugs, I just want to know what's been going on in your life. You're all of a sudden a closed book" "Haven't I always been?" "Well, yes, technically, but more recently you've been off in your own little world." "Listen, Jake, I know you're trying to actually care about what's going on in your employees life's, but please just leave me alone. Go talk to Frank, maybe he'll tell you about all of his trips to the hospital and how they all know him by name over there" "Alright, listen, I'm worried about you Penny" "Well, don't be, I can take care of myself Jake"

She walked out of Jake's office to find Dylan sitting at her desk going through her stuff. "What on earth do you think you're doing missy" "I uh, uh, I gotta run, see ya Penny" Penny sat down at her desk and looked at all the misplaced things. Lucky for her, she didn't keep personal things at the office, like letters, or her writings. She always kept them at home. She sat there organizing all of her things when all of a sudden she saw Jess standing in front of her. "Jess, what are you doing here?" "I thought we were going to lunch today, were we not?" "Oh, ya we are, is it noon already?" "Yep, so, are we going" "Ya, let me just grab my coat"

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Penny had been sitting in what had been Gavin's dressing room. Ever since he had left it had been empty. They were still looking for new on air talent, yet they hadn't found any actual talent. She had been watching the rest of the office working. She was the hairdresser, and unless they were filming something, she wasn't really needed. All anyone was doing was getting ready for Monday.

While she was watching them, a strange man had come up to her. "Umm, can I help you?" "Ya actually, I'm looking for Penny." "Oh, umm, she's at her desk, right through that open door right there" "Thanks." "Dylan, my name's Dylan" "Thanks Dylan" "Ya, no problem" 'Holy, why on earth is he looking for Penny. I didn't think she had any friends, huh' She saw Penny look up at him and in that second she saw a look in Penny's eyes that she had never seen before. It was a look of pure happiness. She was utterly surprised, she had always seen Penny as someone who had no life.

They stopped before the reached the door and she whispered something in his ear. He let out a little laugh and leaned over and kissed her. She was shocked. She was almost positive Penny had a crush on Jake. Not the Penny had a chance with Jake in her opinion, now she didn't feel so insecure. She had Jake all to herself.

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Penny and Jess were on their way out of the office when Penny saw Dylan out of the corner of her eye. She had this look on her face of pure confusion. 'Ha, she doesn't believe that I actually have friends.' She leaned over and whispered something into Jess's ear before they left the building. "Do me a favor and kiss me, we have someone watching us" Jess looked at her and laughed. He leaned in and kissed her and she almost wanted to keep it going, but she looked back to see that Dylan had closed the door. 'I really hope she saw at least some of that' "Come on Jess, lets go eat"

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Dylan closed the door before Penny and the person she was with walked out of the building. "Oh my gosh" Dylan was shocked to the very core. She decided she should go talk to Jake. She practically ran to his office and closed the door. "Jake, we need to talk"

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Jake was sitting at his desk working on something for Monday's piece. All of a sudden Dylan came darting in, and closed the door behind her. "Jake, we really need to talk" "Ok, shoot" "Ok, look Jake, I really like you, and it was one of the reason's Gavin broke up with me, and all this time I thought there was something going on with you and Penny, which is why I never said anything, but now I know there isn't anything, so ya." Dylan begins to breathe once again. "Ok, wow, a lot to take in in 20 seconds. Look, Dylan, I really like you too, in fact, you're the reason I stayed in Miami. I just have a few things to work out before anything can happen." "Look, Jake, if you're worried about Penny, you shouldn't be, she has a boyfriend. I saw them earlier, he picked her up for lunch, and he's probably the reason she left early yesterday and got her late today." Jake has a very stunned look on his face.

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Jess had been thinking about where to take Penny all day. He finally decided on a casual French place near the station. He wasn't sure if she had time to just walk there, so he had borrowed Kris's car. It took a lot of talking and promises. She absolutely loved her car. Penny was the one who chose it out. A navy blue Jeep Wrangler. Kris had treated it like it was her baby. 'The day the girl gets in a wreck is the day she kills herself' Penny had loved the meal. She was laughing the entire time. 'I never thought I was that funny' He didn't want to take her back to work, but he knew she didn't want to go back either. When they got there she just sat there in the Jeep. "I loved this car from the moment I picked it out. I had planned on getting it, but I never had the money" He just chuckled to himself "What time can I pick you up" Penny looked surprised. "Umm, well, I get off at 4, but sometimes I stay until 5, so anytime between then." "Ok, I'll see you then."

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Penny had almost refused to get out of the Jeep. She knew Jess had done some sweet-talking to get it for a bit. It was Kris's child, she was the only one who could drive it. Well, her and Penny, since she had helped pick out the car. They had been like sisters at one point, but she didn't like thinking about that. She walked back into the station and sat at her desk. She saw Jake's door closed and could her Dylan's voice inside. She couldn't make out what she was saying though. She just went to work, she figured if she actually did something, the afternoon would pass much quicker.

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Ok, well, that's chapter 3, tell me what you think PLEASE. Flames are welcomed.

Randi