The old Lucien was indeed back but he was changed, for the better. He didn't feel the need to get involved in a new case. He told Jean he didn't want to continue with the private detective work. He resumed his practice and that seemed to be enough for him right now. To say Jean was pleased would be an understatement. For selfish reasons, of course. She loved having him near and he wasn't ready to let her out of his site. She knew they would have to at some point. Her life as a councilwoman was bound to get more taxing on her time since she had neglected it for some time. She anticipated he would be back as Police Surgeon rather soon, if Matthew has his way. He didn't mind working with Alice but she knew her current position was holding them back from really dating. He confided with Jean about Alice's reservations about how their relationship would look since he was essentially her boss. Making Lucien Police Surgeon again would alleviate that stress on their relationship. He would just need to convince Lucien. Something that she will leave entirely up to Matthew. Until then, she will take advantage of the time they do have together.

She lay on her side, elbow bent, head resting on her hand. She wore a content and satisfied look, and nothing else. She always loved this view of her husband. Usually, this was when he was most at peace. Satiated and lying next to his beloved. No worry on his face. He was still nursing the wounds left from Cooper Lewis. They would soon disappear though. She was thankful to have all that past them. The sheet was bunched at his waist. She was stroking his bare chest, playing with the fine colored hair there. She then raised her hand and gently traced her thumb over his lower lip, trying to keep from touching the cut. She remembered him wincing a few times during their lovemaking but he told her it was a good kind of hurt and continued kissing her. She sensed he was waking. He pursed his lips, kissing her thumb. The corners of his mouth went up, eyes still closed. She leaned forward and nuzzled his cheek with her nose. "Mmm, when is the first patient arriving?"

Looking at the clock, she answered him. "In about two hours."

He opened one eye, looking at her mischievously. "That should be enough time." His quick action of flipping them, so she was on her back and he was on top of her, had her giggling. Grinning ear to ear, he gently pushed a stray curl away from her face. "That giggle of yours, love, is infectious. I will never tire of it."

She put her hand on his cheek. "I love you so much, Lucien." They shared a deep passionate kiss that set the tempo for their next round of lovemaking.

Jean made breakfast while Lucien took his shower and got ready for the day. She wasn't sure where Amy was. Matthew joined her at the table though, eyeing her suspiciously. "So, you think it's about time I approach Lucien about resuming his role as Police Surgeon?"

Jean put her hand up. "Matthew, that is between you two."

"I know. I won't pull you in. I'm just asking your opinion of his mental state. He okay?"

She smiled. "He's good, Matthew. I think it might actually be good for him, but you didn't hear that from me. Incidentally, what does Alice think about all of this?"

Matthew tried to hide his smile. "She's good with it. She's been pressing me to ask Lucien."

"Ask Lucien what?"

Matthew stammered. "Lucien! Um, well. You, uh…"

"Oh, good grief, Matthew. Lucien, Matthew wants to know if you will come back as Police Surgeon." So much for not getting involved.

Stunned, Matthew stared at Jean. "I was getting to it!" They smiled at each other.

Lucien looked between the two of them. He really hadn't given it any thought. Mouth agape, he sat down at the table. "What about Alice?"

"She really doesn't care for the position."

They could see the wheels turning in his head and a bit of apprehension. Matthew tried to ease the pressure. "You don't have to give me an answer now. Just think about it, okay?" He got up and took his plate to the sink. "No pressure." He patted Lucien on the shoulder and left for the day. Lucien remained quiet, lost in his thoughts.

Jean sat next to him, taking his hand in hers. This snapped him out of his reverie. He gave her a slight smile. "What do you think?"

She sighed. "Lucien, it needs to be your decision."

"I know, but…"

There was no way around it. She needed to help him with this. "What are your thoughts? Let's talk it through."

Softly, he responded. "I like what we have now."

She gave him an affectionate smile. "I know. I do too. But you do realize that I'll be working again soon too? It's not going to stay exactly like this."

"I guess you're right."

She noticed there was still something else. "What else is there?"

He couldn't look her in the eye and it started her wondering what on earth it could be. "What if…what if I do something stupid again? I'm safe here. Not just from others, but from myself."

Her heart clenched. She rubbed his arm. "Oh, Lucien." She waited for him to meet her eyes. "Lucien, that's a valid fear, but you have so many people that will look out for you. You just have to listen to them." He nodded and she continued. "I wouldn't say you were stupid either. You're inquisitive by nature. You use it for good. That's how you've helped so many people and solved so many cases. I would love for you to take less chances. But, I accept you for who you are. I love you."

He reached for her and hugged her tight. "What would I have done without you? I love you too, Jean. So much." They stayed like that for a few minutes, just holding each other. He pulled back, raised a hand to her cheek, and kissed her softly on the lips. "Thank You."

"Of course. So?"

"Police Surgeon it is." She smiled knowingly and he added, "Not until you go back to work though. I want to soak in as much extra Jean time as I can." He finished with a wink.

-Finis-