Author: Stacey Mclean
Disclaimer: Anyone's name that you recognise I don't own. Jade, Joss and CJ are minePlease don't sue I don't have much anyway.
Spoilers: Brian falls for CJ but CJ is related to The DT team. How is she related? What happens when the team have to come to California?
It was 7.30 AM Brian, Tej and Roman sat in the booth in Louie's that they always sat at and had ordered the same food they had every day, and were served by the same waitress.
"Thanks CJ" Roman said as she placed his pancakes and waffles on the table in front of him.
"Anything to get my boys started for the day" she said as she placed Tej's and Brian's food in front of then."you racing tonight?" Tej asked her.
"I'll be there don't know about racing though" CJ replied before she walked away from the table. Brian watched her walk away in to the kitchen then began to eat his food.
"Bro stop being such a fucking pussy and ask her out" Roman told Brian.
"What?" Brian asked
"We've known her what 10 years. And we have been coming in here everyday for like the past 6 months and we both know it ain't for the wonderful coffee they make" Roman told him holding up his coffee cup.
"I like the pancakes here" Brian lied to his friend putting a mouthful of pancakes in his mouth.
"Bullshit. You do nothing but search for her at the races too" Tej joined in with Roman.
"I like her car" Brian said beginning to blush.
"Yeah right, it's a clapped out Skyline" Tej said laughing.
"But she can drive it and whoop Suki's ass and your ass Rome" Brian said.
"You're such a chicken shit" Roman told his friend.
"Fine if she's at the races tonight I'll ask her out" Brian announced.
Brian stood outside of Louie's remembering the morning's conversation he had with Roman and Tej. He did like CJ she was a great girl, kind, sweet, funny, plus she could drive, that was a huge bonus. She was gorgeous too, naturally blonde curly hair to her shoulders, she was quite tall about 5'6-5'7.
He took a deep breathe then walked in to the diner. He looked around, it was empty except one old guy drinking some coffee and reading the paper. It was 1.30 Am though so it was understandable.
He walked to his booth and sat down. CJ was sat at the bar reading a magazine. "What you still doing here?" Brian called across the empty café.
"Hey you" she said turning around, she got off the barstool and walked over to him. "I'm pulling a double. Why you here? What happened to races?"
"Cops showed up we all had to split" he explained to her.
"So what can I get you?" she asked smiling as she took out her order pad. He wanted to ask her for a date but he lost his bottle and just ordered some coffee.
"You wanna join me?" he asked as she bought over his coffee.
"I'm finished now, I'm going home and Lou will be chucking you out shortly! But definitely some other time" she said walking out the back again. He shoots and he get shot down. He thought to himself. "See you later Brian" CJ said walking past him and out of the diner."Later" he called after her.
"Come on man time for you to leave and time for me to get some sleep" Lou told him walking out from the kitchen. He drank the last bit of his coffee then exited the diner.
He had parked next to CJ's Skyline, when he approached the car she was sat in her car trying to start it, but it was just ticking over then cutting out.
He tapped on her window. "Need a ride?" he asked.
"It's the last thing I need" CJ moaned sitting on the bonnet of Brian's car. He had asked her if she had some free time and he had drove them to the beach and parked in the sand. "I can't afford to have her fixed"
"Don't sweat it, I'll see what I can do with her tomorrow" Brian told her.
"So Brian what took you so long?" CJ asked him looking at him. They were lay on his bonnet staring at the stars.
"What?" he asked
"Asking me out, I've been giving you come on's from the moment you walked in to Louie's 6 months ago" she told him. He laughed at her.
"I'm a chicken" he said nodding his head. She laughed at him.
"I was in L.A studying law and I got the call that my mom had been killed in a car crash, so I came home to look after my little sister, I was 19 and now I'm 25 and still in the same dead end job" CJ explained to Brian. They had been talking for nearly 7 hours and had got on to the subject of family. Brian knew she looked after her little sister but never knew the reason why.
"What about your dad?" Brian inquired
"He took off when I was 10 with the babysitter when Jade was a few months old, so now it's just me, Jade, and Joss. Jade hates me a 15 year old girl who's discovered boys and her own body with an overprotective sister not a good mix". Joss was CJ's best friend, and had been since they were 5; they were inseparable so when CJ's mom died Joss moved in to help her out.
Brian chuckled "You should bring her to a race one time"
"Yeah she's been dying to come to one. She fancies some older kid who goes all the time with his brother and she wants to be there to show him she's cool…but don't look I will be racing for a while"
"How did you get in to racing?" Brian asked her.
"I needed to pay off a few debts while I was in University and it was quick easy cash till the Toretto's showed up, oh shit Bri I'm sorry" CJ realised what she had said to the ex cop and stopped herself from saying anymore.
"Don't worry about it" he said shaking his head "it's fine" the sun had risen a while ago. It had been almost two year since the Toretto shit and 9 months since the Carter Verone cover."What time is it?" CJ asked Brian.
"9.30" he told her looking at his wrist watch."oh shit, that's my cue to be tucked up in my bed" she said getting off the car and walking to the passenger side and opening the door. "I had fun, thank you"
"Yeah me too. We will have to do it again sometime" he said opening his door.
"Yeah I'd like that" she replied.
CJ opened the front door quietly even though Brian wheel spun his car making a screeching noise. Joss was asleep on the couch, the TV on some cheesy talk show. She creped across the living room and turned off the TV making Joss stir. She woke up and yawned. "Where you been?" Joss asked sitting up.
"With Brian O'Connor" she said dreamingly.
"He finally asked you out!" Joss said waking up completely excited for her friend.
"Well my car broke down in Louie's parking lot and he gave me a ride home…" CJ began"he take the scenic route or what?" Joss asked looking at the clock.
"We went to the beach, sat on the bonnet of his car talking, he just dropped me off" CJ explained the evenings events.
"You going out again?" Joss asked.
"He asked me to go to the races tonight, he's gonna fix my car for me. I'm gonna take Jade"
"She got in to another fight at school" Joss began telling her friend of 20 years. "her principle called I had to go pick her up at like 2 o'clock said she's gonna be suspended if she's caught fighting again"
"What the hell is wrong with that girl?" CJ asked getting angry. "She's got a screw lose, doesn't she understand that she will be taken away if they think I'm not raising her right"
"She blamed it on that Melissa girl, said she was giving her grief about her mom" Joss explained.
"I'd love to get my hands on that little bitch, I'm sick of her picking on Jade" CJ expressed her anger. "She up yet?"
"She just got out the shower I think" Joss said "I heard someone walking around so it better be Jade"
"JADE GET YOUR BUTT DOWN HERE NOW!" CJ called walking to the bottom of the stairs."Go easy on her" Joss said.
"No she's gotta get it in to her thick skull that she can't punch everyone that upsets her" CJ said."WHAT!?" Jade began walking down the stairs her hair in a towel. Jade looked a lot like her sister, the same blue eyes and blonde curly hair, although Jade always wore it straight. She was a little smaller than her sister though at 5'2.
"What the hell are you playing at fighting again?" CJ asked trying not to be angry. Jade opened her mouth to speak but CJ interrupted "and don't tell me she started it! Even if she did you should know better to just walk away"
"She was talking about mom" Jade said sadly dropping her head and looking at her feet.
"I don't care what she was talking about you can't afford to get chucked out of school and that's what's gonna happen if you carry on the way you are" CJ told her younger sibling.
"IT WASN'T MY FAULT SHE SAID THAT MOM WAS…" Jade began
"Don't shout at me Jade" CJ interrupted "I'm here I can hear you just fine"
"you don't know how hard it is for me" Jade screamed at her sister.
"AND YOU THINK IT'S EASY FOR ME? I HAVE TO WORK A DEAD END JOB RISK MY ASS RACING AND YOU THINK I ENJOY IT? I HATE THIS SITUATION JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO, I WISH MOM WERE HERE TOO, BUT SHE AIN'T SO YOU'RE WITH STUCK ME! I PROMISED HER I'D TAKE CARE OF YOU AND THAT'S WHAT I'M GONNA DO WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!"
"YOU'RE NEVER HERE JOSS LOOKS AFTER ME. AND IF YOU HATE ME SO MUCH PUT ME UP FOR ADOPTION, I'D BE HAPPIER WITHOUT YOU ANYWAY!" Jade said angrily before running up the stairs."DON'T FUCKING TEMPT ME" CJ screamed back at her.
"That was harsh" Joss said as CJ slumped herself on the couch.
"I can't do it anymore Joss; she hates me I don't know what to do to make her like me." CJ sighed.
"She'll come around" Joss reassured her."it's been 6 years Joss, how much longer does she need?" CJ asked. "Take her to the races tonight, bond with her. She'll love it, especially if you hook her up with that guy she likes" Joss said
"She's 15 Joss I'm not hooking her up with anyone!""yeah but she's older than her years, sometimes I forget she's 15 and think she's our age" Joss said walking in to the kitchen.
Jade sat in her room reading a magazine with her music on, she hadn't left her room all day only to use the bathroom or to get food. CJ hadn't tried speaking to her either, leaving her alone to think about things and what she had said to her.
Jade smiled hearing the knock at her bedroom door knowing her sister had given in first. The door opened and CJ walked in.
"Babe?" she asked hopingly.
"What!" Jade snapped back at her. CJ sat at the end of her sister's bed and sighed loudly.
"I'm sorry for shouting at you" CJ said trying to clear the air. Jade didn't reply and just continued to read her magazine "I know it's hard for you without mom, but I'm doing my best" CJ told her to her back "I got picked on at high school everyday for wearing second hand clothes or last years shoes. I buy you all the latest fashions make sure you got the latest trainers. But they don't come cheap Angel, I know I work a lot and I'm never here but it's not for me. and I know you don't believe me but it's true, I go to work to put clothes on your back, food on the table, I mean come on when was the last time you saw me with something new on?" CJ asked. Jade turned over on the bed and looked sorry for her sister knowing what she said was true.
"I'm sorry too" Jade said crawling down the bed and hugging her sister.
"Now if you can be ready in an hour I hear there are some kind of street races going on tonight?" CJ asked acting as if she didn't know about them.
"Are you serious?" Jade asked coming out of the hug excitedly.
"If you can be ready otherwise I'm going without you" CJ told her. Jade hugged her again squealing happily then ran out of the room to shower again.
Jade stood at the front door checking her lip gloss in her tiny pocket mirror. "You're so vain" CJ stated to her younger sister.
"Yeah like you don't wanna look good for Brian!" Jade said laughing.
"Get lost." CJ laughed pushing her sister "Come on you we're already late" she added looking at her watch that read 8.17.