Jeff didn't come home for a month. He still went to work (god forbid he should miss work), but he never once tried to contact Morgan. The only reason she knew he was still alive was because she watched RAW every Monday and Matt told her. She begged him to bring his baby brother back home to her, but he always said "He'll come back when he's ready". So Morgan was left in Cameron by herself, slowly going mad. She'd lost her appetite when Jeff left, and so with that a lot of weight. She'd stopped sleeping so her eyes had dark circles around them. Her family tried to get her to eat or do something to tire her out in an effort to get her to sleep, but she just didn't care anymore. Nothing in her life mattered without Jeff. Then one day, out of the blue, he turned up on her front porch.

"What are you doing here?" She asked, trying to keep a neutral tone to her voice.

Jeff stepped forward and hugged her, but Morgan's arms stayed firmly by her sides.

"You look great," he commented, stepping back and running a hand through his hair.

"Don't lie," she snapped. "I know I look like shit, you don't have to deny it."

"Anyway," Jeff continued. "I was hoping we could talk for a while, maybe go somewhere and eat?"

"Sure, let me get changed. I've been wearing this for days."


Jeff took Morgan to a local diner and ordered them both burgers and sodas. When the food arrived, Jeff started munching hungrily, while Morgan barely looked at her's.

"So you wanted to talk? I'm listening." She crossed her arms over her chest.

"Umm, yeah," he nodded as he chewed. "You see, these last few weeks I've done a lot of thinking. About us, Jonathan, Beth. The whole thing."

"And what conclusion have you come to?" Morgan was in no mood to bullshit.

"I think I'm going to take a step back, at least for a while."

"I don't understand, a step back from what?"

"Everything." He stated.

"Including me, right?" She raised an eyebrow at him. "What was this last month if it wasn't a step back? I think you're just too afraid to face your problems. You can't handle it so you run away."

"It's not like that," he explained. "My time away was just to take me out of the situation so I could think clearly and I've done that. What I decided was that I love Jonathan,but I'm not his father and I won't ever be, so there's no reason to get involved. But you hurt me more than you'll ever know. That night I saw you differently and I don't know if I liked it. I still have to figure out whether or not we can move past this."

"So in the meantime I have to keep waiting right? Just sit by the phone and wait for your call?" Morgan spat sarcastically as she rose and threw some money on the table. "Newsflash Jeff. I won't wait forever. That's too long for me."

Without waiting for a reply, Morgan turned and walked out of the diner, leaving Jeff on his own.