A/N: I know, I know. I've done it again. Made you guys wait forever for the next chapter. Sorry. Real life has been a pain, and that usually makes my muse take a vacation . . . anyway, hope you like this chapter. The weddings are next.

Adam held Emma's chair for her as she sat down, then took his chair. "It's been to long since we've done something like this," he noted.

"Yes, it has," she agreed. "But what matters is that we're doing it now."

Once they'd given the waiter their orders Adam held his hand out to Emma. With a smile she took it and they walked to the dance floor. Emma happily rested her head on his shoulder as they danced, thinking how wonderful it felt to be dancing with Adam. For his part Adam was happy to have Emma in his arms and know they had the evening alone together.

When the waiter brought their food they returned to their table to eat. They didn't talk much as they ate. Both were content to simply be together. After eating they returned to the dance floor. Adam saw more than a few men directing envious glances in his direction, they served to remind him, yet again, of how lucky he was to have Emma's love. Emma again rested her head on Adam's shoulder as they danced. She loved how it always felt as he'd been made just for her, and her just for him.

After leaving the restaurant they walked down the street a little ways to the park.

"So what kind of wedding would you like?" asked Adam as they walked along.

Emma thought for a moment before answering.

"Small. Lots of flowers. What about you? What do you want for the wedding?"

He smiled at her. "I'll let you in on a secret. The only thing most men care about in a wedding is the bride being there, being happy, and saying 'I do'."

Emma smiled up at him. "That you do not have to worry about."

"Good," he whispered against her lips as he kissed her.

Once they'd finished walking around the park they returned to Sanctuary. Once they were in his room Adam pulled Emma close for an intense open- mouthed kiss. A moment later Emma leaned back to breath and began undoing the buttons on Adam's shirt. He moved one hand from the small of her back to her neck and began to slowly unzip her dress.

Emma leaned forward and began to kiss Adam the exposed skin on Adam's chest. Moments later they were on his bed making love, it was a long while before they fell asleep still holding each other.

Across town Jesse and Lexa walked into the restaurant where they were planning to have dinner. Lexa immediately like the place. The smell of Italian food filled the air and there was enough light to easily see, but it wasn't bright.

A hostess greeted then and showed them to a table. Jesse held Lexa's chair and she gave him a grateful smile. She wasn't used to dealing with men who treated her like a lady rather than an Agent.

After giving the waiter their order Jesse looked at Lexa. "Will you tell me more about your brother?"

A rare, soft, smile crossed Lexa's lips at the thought of her brother. "You know Leo and I are twins. We did everything together growing up. We didn't have any secrets from each other. I think that's what I may miss the most. The way I could completely trust him. Working with the Dominion and Eckart I couldn't trust anyone. Well, I trusted Adam, mostly. But it wasn't the total trust I had with Leo."

"Yeah. We've all had out own issues with trusting Adam, especially Brennan," Jesse told her.

"Adam is a good man. I believe that."

"So do the rest of us. Even Brennan. But Adam does keep a lot of secrets."

"So do I, Jesse," she reminded him.

"I have my secrets, too. We all do. But I hope you know you can trust me."

"In my heart I know it. But it's been a while since my head listened to my heart." Before Jesse could reply she continued, "do you trust me?"

"Yeah, I do."

"Why, Jesse?"

"I'm not a telepath like Emma, but I am pretty good at reading people. You may try to hide it, but you are a good person."

"Thank you, Jesse."

Just then the waiter returned with their food.

After eating they decided to go to a club for some dancing.

Lexa again found herself content to dance only with Jesse. Part of her, her logical mind, was scared by that, or more truly, by what that meant. It meant that she was letting herself become emotionally involved. Another part of her, her heart, told her mind to trust Jesse and just enjoy being with him. Lexa listened to her heart.

Eventually they returned home.

"A great date like that deserves a good night kiss," Lexa said once they were outside her room.

When Jesse opened his mouth to say something he was silenced by her kissing him deeply. He was surprised, but by no means unhappy. He eagerly responded, tasting her mouth as much as he liked. Lexa moaned in response, then pulled back. "Night, Jess."

"Good night, Lexa."

That night Lexa dreamed of kissing Jesse, and making love with him. In the nest rooms Jesse's dreams were the same.

The next night Shalimar smiled as she and Brennan walked into one of their favorite restaurants, a steak house.

After they finished eating Brennan smiled at Shalimar. "I have a surprise for you."

"Oh really, what kind of surprise?" asked Shalimar, smiling back.

"You know I'm not going to tell you. Let's go and you can find out."

Shalimar gave him a half hearted scowl.

When they walked out the door Shalimar saw a horse drawn carriage waiting. She looked at Brennan to make sure that it was the surprise he had for her. His smile told her it was. She hugged him and kissed his cheek, "Thank you, Brennan."

The driver offered Shalimar his hand, and even though she didn't need it she accepted his help as she climbed into the carriage. As Brennan climbed in the driver took his seat.

For the next half hour they enjoyed themselves as they were driven around the city. Both of them were loving the chance to just act like a normal couple, with no other worries.

Once the ride was done Brennan got out of the carriage first, and extended his hand up to Shalimar. She took it and climbed gracefully from the carriage. She stepped close to Brennan and he automatically wrapped his arms around her.

"Thank you," She whispered before kissing him thoughly.

"I like the way you say thank you," he teased after the kiss ended. Shalimar grinned at him and placed a soft kiss on his cheek.

They returned to the Mustang and Brennan drove them home. Seeing a light on in the Recreation Room they went to se who was still up. Both smiled as they saw Conner asleep in front of the TV.

Shalimar turned the TV off as Brennan knelt beside Conner. "Hey. Time to go to bed," Brennan said, putting a hand on Conner's shoulder.

After a moment Conner's eyes opened. "Hey," he said, then yawned.

"Hey. Time for bed."

"Conner began to stand up. "You two have fun?"

"Yes, we did," Shalimar answered as she joined them.

They all went to the living area and Conner disappeared into his room as Brennan and Shalimar went to her room. "You know, once we're married we're gonna have to choose whether we want to stay in your room or mine," she pointed out.

"Why? Is there a reason we can't just use both rooms like we do now?"

Shalimar thought for a moment. "Well, I guess not. It is nice having all the room."

"Yeah. Either way, we'll figure it out."

"I'm gonna take a shower," Shalimar told him, while directing an inviting smile at the Elemental.

"Sounds good," Brennan agreed, giving Shalimar a seductive smile.

Half an hour, and all the hot water, later they turned off the shower and began getting ready for bed.

Once they were curled up together Brennan spoke. "Won't be much longer until we're married."


"About marrying you? No. About the wedding, a little," he admitted.

Shalimar chuckled, then kissed his bare shoulder. "It'll be fine."

"I know. Let's get some sleep."


Mfkngst: Thank you. I agree about Emma and Adam being a good couple.

Rena: Thanks! Sorry this update took so long.

Loveconquers: THANKS! The weddings are the next two chapters, so I hope you'll like them. Sorry to have made you wait so long.

Quatrantje: Thank you. I tried to add more Bren / Shal stuff this chapter. I'm not sure about Conner being a telepath. For now he's just really good at reading people.

K.C.: Thanks! Hope you liked the Adam /Emma stuff. Only one more chapter then the Adam Emma wedding!

Fiery Feral: Thank you!! Glad you liked it.

Mxfan: Glad you enjoyed the humor. Like you say, poor Lexa. And I don't think I'm done with her yet!