Notes: I don't know exactly what happened with Sue and David and Jack and Ally, so this is my interpretation. It's my first STFBE fic, so let me know what you think! If you haven't seen Love Affair or An Affair to Remember, there are movie spoilers in here. If you choose one of them to watch, go with the latter. The songs featured are Valentine by Martina McBride and Jim Brickman, When You Say Nothing at All by Alison Krauss, and The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett.Chapter 1 :: Matchmaking
"Is it me or do we seem to be a few shy of our normal pack today? Or did I miss the memo about the three day weekend?" Bobby Manning asked as he made his way through the bullpen.
"You didn't miss anything. Lucy took a vacation day. She's going away for the weekend with her mother, earning a well deserved mini-vacation, if you ask me," Tara offered. "And Sue called in sick. She won't be in until Monday. Levi is home on caregiver duty."
Jack Hudson perked up at the mention of Sue's name. "Sue's sick?" he asked with concern in his voice.
Tara opened her mouth to respond by Myles jumped in first. "Awww, how cute. Jack is worried about his former missus. Tell me something, did you get a divorce or was the marriage annulled on account of false pretences?" Jack shot Miles a look that would have made anyone else duck for cover. But not Miles. "I think I struck a nerve."
"Lay off, Miles," Bobby said, throwing a stress ball at him.
"Geez. Doesn't anyone have a sense of humor around here anymore?" Miles sulked and threw the ball back at Bobby.
"Anyway…" Tara said, gathering everyone's attention. "It sounds like she has the flu or a really bad cold. She was actually considering coming in, but I told her no way. We don't need to infect the FBI." Tara smiled at Jack, who smiled back.
"Okay, people," Jack said, rubbing his hands together to focus his energy. "Let's get an update on everyone's casework."
Lunch didn't come fast enough for Jack. He had barely been able to concentrate on work for the last four hours, his thoughts straying to Sue. Even though he rationalized that she probably had the flu and was sleeping all morning long, he didn't like the idea that she was alone, with no one to take care of her. Well, not counting Levi, of course. He threw on his jacket and was heading out the door when Bobby stopped him.
"Where're you headed, mate?"
"Uh," Jack said, zipping his coat, "I'm just going to grab some lunch."
"Come on, man, you can be upfront with me. You're going to see Sue, aren't you?"
Jack eyed his best friend, before deciding to go with the truth. "Yeah. Do you think that's a bad idea?"
"No! I think it's a great idea. In fact, I think you should purposely catch the flu from her and then you can spend the weekend cuddling together." Bobby grinned widely.
"Not you, too," Jack sighed.
"Me, too? Jack… We all noticed how… close you and Sue were during your little marriage experiment and how close you've been since. Personally, I think it's nice."
"The Bureau…" Jack began, but Bobby interrupted.
"The Bureau doesn't have to know. Besides, all you're doing is visiting a sick friend during your lunch hour. And, if you happen to get stuck in terrible traffic and can't come back today, I don't think anyone will mind. It's not like we're working on any big cases right now, we're just doing some typical bad-guy house cleaning."
"I'm going," Jack said as he turned to leave.
"Good! I hope I don't see you until Monday!" Bobby called after him.
"What was that all about?" Tara asked from the doorway to the bullpen.
Bobby walked over to her and threw his arm around her shoulder companionably as they walked back to their desks. "Do you know what tomorrow is?" Tara thought for a moment and shook her head. "Valentine's Day. Lucy's gone for the weekend and Jack just left to play nursemaid to Sue."
Tara grinned. "And you're hoping…"
"For a spark, Tara. Just one tiny little spark." Smiling, they high-fived each other.
"What are you two so happy about?" Miles asked, still sulking in his chair.
"Nothing, Miles. I just thought I smelled a little smoke," Bobby responded, making Tara giggle.