A/N: Hey all, I actually have about 20 other fics on a different account, but I figured it was time to start over! So yeah…But this is my first GMM fic. This is sort of an angst-y Jake/Penny fic…Hope y'all like it! (And I'd like to apologize for the cliché-ness and the length…But hey, what can I say?! Hehe, r/r!)

Disclaimer: I don't own anything related to GMM. If I did, Gavin wouldn't be so mean to Jake…LOL…

Thanks to Eva Cassidy for this awesome song "Time After Time"!

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Time After Time

by KiNGz-Fan-16

It was another day…Another day in Miami, Florida…Another day in the U.S. of A…

But not another day in the offices of Good Morning, Miami.

Penny was sitting at her desk, flipping through a magazine. At least I don't have to pretend to work, she thought. Everyone knows I don't work. She looked around the office. Frank was bothering Gavin by the coffeepot, Dylan was just setting her stuff up. And Jake—Jake had gotten to work early and locked himself in his office. The door was closed and he was ignoring everyone who tried getting his attention.

Doesn't bother me, Penny thought. She glanced back at the closed door and sighed. It did bother her. She had totally turned Jake away the other day, but not because she didn't like him. She still loved him. But she didn't want to get hurt again. Not when she knew he still had strong feelings for Dylan, maybe even stronger feelings than for her herself. Actually, she knew for a fact that he had stronger feelings for Dylan. Why he even considered being with Penny was beyond her.

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick

And think of you

Turning in circles

Confusion is nothing new

Penny shook her head and tried to clear out her thoughts of Jake. She opened up her bottom desk drawer and pulled out the watch that she had never given Jake for his birthday. She always meant to give it to him. She was even going to give it to him when they got together! But something held her back. She didn't want to get too serious, just in case things didn't work out…

Flashback to warm nights

Almost left behind

Suitcase of memories

Time after

Inside his office, Jake lay on his couch, drowning in his thoughts. Thoughts of Penny, he mused silently. She turned him down. That's all he could think of. He went to her, confessing his feelings—with a rose even—and she had turned him away. She thinks I don't care about her. That I only act the way I do because people tend to want the things they cannot have, he thought sadly. Was she right?

Sometimes you picture me

I'm walking too far ahead

You're calling to me

I can't hear what you have said

Dylan…Jake thought suddenly. What about Dylan? He had loved her since he first got to Miami. He stayed here because of her. But now…Penny. He was so confused. He still had strong feelings for Dylan, but he didn't know if things were ever going to happen between them. But Penny was always there. Except for now. Now, she was off dating other guys, probably forgetting about him.

And you say

Go slow

I fall behind

The second hand unwinds

Dylan set her stuff down at her station blankly. She was lost in her own thoughts of confusion. Today was the day she wanted to sit down and talk with Gavin. To see where their relationship stood. She tried before to talk about it with him, but he always made it into a big deal. About her having feelings for Jake. Could that be true? she wondered. But what about her promise to Gavin? That she would be there for him? What about that?

If you're lost you can look

and you will find me

Time after time

She couldn't turn her back on him, but Jake…Jake was this sort of different. This quirky…

If you fall

I will catch you

I'll be waiting

Time after time

If you fall

I will catch you

I'll be waiting

But if Gavin thought that she liked Jake more—

Time after time

--Could it be true? Did she like him more?

Time after time

Jake got up and began pacing around his office. Should he go to Penny? Or confess to Dylan? He sat down at his desk confused. With his head in his hands and his eyes closed, he tried to clear his mind. He opened his eyes and looked down on the floor. There was a crumpled paper under his desk that he hadn't noticed.

It was the "Pro & Con" list he had made a couple of weeks ago about whether or not he should date Penny.

After your picture fades

and darkness has turned to gray

He stared at the one con: She's not Dylan. Had he meant that as a con, or was he fishing for something to distract him from his feelings for her? He stared out his office window and saw Penny's back. It was if she had really turned her back on him…

More a ways, he saw Dylan pacing around nervously in front of Gavin.

Watching through windows

I'm wondering if you're OK

"Gavin, how could you?"

Gavin sighed and looked at the ground.

"How long has it been going on?" Dylan asked stopping in front of him.

"Well…Just a week…" he said fidgeting.

"I can't believe it. After all I've done for you? You went and slept with some random girl you met at a bar?!" Dylan asked disbelievingly.

And you say

Go slow

I fall behind

"Well, it's not like you don't have feelings for Jake!" he said back.

The drum beats out of time

"That-That's different!" she stuttered. "I didn't sleep with him!"

If you're lost you can look

and you will find me

Time after time

Penny looked up from her desk. She saw Dylan and Gavin yelling. Actually, she heard them. "Wow…" she muttered.

If you fall

I will catch you

I'll be waiting

Time after time

Gavin shook his head. "Look, I know what I did was wrong, but—"

"Forget it," she said stopping him. "It's over."

If you fall

I will catch you

I'll be waiting

Time after time

"What?"

"I'm tired of your apologies!" Dylan said angry. "And this time, you've done something way worse than have feelings for someone else!" She softened her voice. "You've lost me." She turned and stormed out of the office, leaving Gavin standing there feeling idiotic. He finally went into his office and slammed the door dejectedly.

Time after time

Jake opened the door and came out of his office, staring at where Gavin and Dylan had stood.

Penny looked up, then back down at her magazine. "Look Jake—It's your chance. The door's wide open," she said with a hint of sarcasm and hurt.

Mmm…

Time after time

Jake nodded slowly. "Yeah, the door's opened…"

Oooh…

Time after time

Penny sighed heavily. No questions asked, she knew what Jake was going to do. She knew what he was thinking about.

Time after…

And those thoughts didn't involve her.

time…

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So what did y'all think? Please review!! I love feedback! =)

~KiNGz-Fan-16