Here's the next bit!  these two poor souls… probably why love was discouraged by the Code. How sad… No this isn't juz a 'lovy-dovy' fic in case a few of you might be wondering! chuckles I am going by what I saw in one of the SW: Insiders that the actress who played Madam Nu in Attack of the Clones as she confirmed that Jocasta and Dooku did have a 'thing' for each other at one time. So this has been my version of their 'first time' and how they cope with it afterward. Above and beyond the deal with Qui-Gon 

How can I just let you walk away, just let you leave without a trace
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh
You're the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me,
when all I can do is watch you leave
Cos we've shared the laughter and the pain and even shared the tears
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now, oh there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face
Ooh take a look at me now, well there's just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against all odds and that's what I've got to face

I wish I could just make you turn around,
turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you,
so many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now, well there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me, just the memory of your face
Now take a look at me now, cos there's just an empty space

But to wait for you, is all I can do and that's what I've got to face
Take a good look at me now, cos I'll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It's the chance I've gotta take

Take a look at me now

"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

His first assumption was correct. As he stood outside the Map Room, he drew upon the Force and felt her signature inside. She was shielding herself, but with their dalliance last night he could sense past her strong defensive barriers. It must be due to the opening of our minds to each other last night. At that notion, he delved further into the Force and sent a comforting wave her direction. A startled and puzzled sensation filtered back to Dooku.

Jocasta had risen early this morning to put in an absence of leave of Temple duties for the next few days. She was relieved when the only Council member available at the time approved her request. Master Adi Gallia had been in the Council Room going over recent reports when she took the call.

With the absence approved, she had headed for the Map Room to meditate. She had felt his approach and she too, noticed the difference in the Force when he neared the door. Her breath caught as she felt the soothing feeling leak through her shields. She could not understand how this was possible. He got through my barrier! Jocasta had felt fear before, but had always pushed it away. This time though the fear was different; the fear of having her privacy invaded.

Dooku sensed the confusion mixing with fear. Guilt flowed through him and he lowered his head as he laid his hand against the door. I'm so sorry Jo. I had no idea you would react this way. I…I have no excuse… The regal man's shoulders slumped even further as shame penetrated his determination.

He activated the com section on the panel by the door. "Jo…please let me talk with you." He waited as the seconds passed ever so slowly by.

Jocasta didn't know what to do. Her mind screamed for her to refuse him, to never speak to him again…but her heart pleaded for release. The pressure was so strong that it felt like her chest weighed a ton as she got up from her kneeling position and walked to the door.

Dooku sighed with relief when the door slid open. "Jo…" He started but she raised her hand halting further words.

"I don't think we should talk right now. I…I need to think. I need to get my bearings again. Yan…what we did was wrong." She whispered the last few words as she eyed him searchingly.

Dooku's blood froze at her inclination. "No…it wasn't. How could something that we both felt and enjoyed be wrong? You felt it, I know. Remember? We opened ourselves to each…" His voice was beginning to take on a pleading tone.

She interrupted him by grabbing his arm and pulling him into the room. They could not allow the possibility of someone overhearing their conversation.

"No Yan, don't…please don't remind me." She let go of his arm then turned away from him once the door closed. Her voice was full of pain.

Dooku immediately noticed the constellations and planets of the Core Worlds. The stars shined and twinkled around them. He reached out and grasped her shoulder gently turning her around.

He looked down into her eyes and found himself drowning in those brown orbs. His breath caught as his heart rate quickened. How he longed to wrap his arms around her and comfort her, but he hesitated due to the conflict of emotions reflecting on her face.

Jocasta allowed him to turn her around and her heart leaped into her throat as she saw, let a lone felt the shame and guilt permeating from the taller Jedi. She reached up to cup his jaw as tears began to form in her eyes. "What have we done? Yan…what have we done?" Her breath was strained as she fought the trembling that threatened to crash through her being.

At her touch, a muffled groan escaped him. Taking a deep breath, his senses were once again assaulted by her perfume. The tears shimmering in her eyes were his downfall as he pulled her into his embrace. One arm holding her around the waist while the other around the shoulders. He buried his face into her hair, breathing deeply as he whispered soothing words into her ear.

Jocasta allowed the embrace as well and a sigh left her mouth. A feeling passed through her that she had never felt before; complete, for with him she felt whole. A sob caught in her throat as she turned her head into his tunic and robe. She did not want him to see her cry and was suddenly taken back by how well her body fit against his. Her head fit perfectly under his chin as he held her against his chest. She could not continue to fight what was fast becoming inevitable and with that dawning on her, she relaxed within his hold.

Dooku took pleasure of having his old friend in his arms again. He felt her tension and longed to ease her suffering, but not knowing how to ease his own how could he alleviate hers? His dark eyebrows knitted with confusion as he held her.

"The Force wills this; otherwise we would have sensed the wrongness. Jo…Jo I've never felt this way before. It's like a never-ending burning sensation that has consumed me. My nerves are on edge and…and I can't help myself." He rasped out after feeling her relax in his embrace. By the stars! What is this feeling! He swallowed heavily as he looked down at the woman in his arms. He was unnerved by how his control had been shattered by his friend.

Jocasta was startled by the intensity of his words and the feelings behind them. She looked up and was met with eyes burning with a passion she had seen only once before…last night. Her heart skipped a beat as she realized that she was responsible for this. Her mouth opened slightly but no sound was heard. Swallowing, she found out how dry her mouth had become. She tried to speak again. "Yan…we can't do this." Her voice was quiet and childlike as she felt cold one moment and then hot the next. A tremor went through her as her stomach clenched. Her body was betraying her even as her mind was losing control. Sensations that she had never felt before until last night began to creep through her consciousness. Her mind screamed no, but her body and heart were screaming yes once more.

Dooku heard the words, but what he felt through the Force emanating from her was the complete opposite. His eyes darken as he lowered his head, tilting it sideways a little to the left. "Yes we can and we will." His breath flittered across her lips as he whispered those words. Closing his eyes he found her mouth and kissed her gently at first. He felt lightheaded as their kiss deepened. Intoxicating…so addictive…so delicious. He moaned as he pulled her tighter against him and began to nibble her lower lip in order to get her to open her mouth.

Jocasta gave in to her feelings as they conquered her resolving efforts that had strove to maintain some control of the situation. With the sound that Dooku made and with him pulling her against the tightness of his body, her knees weakened and her breath caught. The coaxing of her lips caused her to emit a quiet whimper as she allowed him access to her mouth.

Her whimpering ignited his blood and spurred him to deepen their kiss further as he began to battle his tongue with hers.

By the time the two took a break to catch their breaths, they were both heaving under the turmoil of emotions.

Jocasta forced space between them as she weakly took several steps back out of his reach. The hurt that passed through his eyes was like daggers stabbing her heart. She shook her head roughly, trying to regain her calm, but the attempt proved to be futile as the tall man grasped her in his arms once more.

"Yan…wait." Fear was beginning to edge in her voice as she struggled in his grip.

Dooku could not quench the fires that raged throughout him for only she could and she was resisting him. He growled under his breath and narrowed his eyes at her. Setting his jaw, he pushed her away. "Fine…as you wish." He rasped out cold and unfeeling. The anger drowned out the desire as one fire was being replaced by a different shade of flames.

Jocasta stumbled back at the slight shove. The change over the Jedi took her by surprise as she watched his gentle features harden to steel.

He bowed at her then turned on his heel to key the door open.

"Yan…" She started as she reached out to him, but Dooku ignored her. His long strides led him out the door, down the hallway, and around a corner. She looked on as she realized that the state of things had just worsened considerably. The hiss from the door closing echoed inside her as she fell to her knees, once more confused and unsettled.