Disclaimer: I do not own Crossing Jordan. Nor have I ever owned it or the characters associated with it….it sucks, I know. The only character that is solely mine, is Liz.

Last time…

"I think I should know who you're going to be with."

"That's so funny," Liz said laughing. "Because I don't."

"You're not having sex in my apartment," Bug said.

"Then, I'll be just like you," Liz said. "Have a good time tonight." She waved to him and walked out of the room.

"I hate women," Bug said.

"Men suck!" Liz exclaimed.

"Yes, the do," Emmy said. She took a swig of her beer. "Bastards!"

"Oh, come on, they're not that bad," Lily said in defense of the male gender.

"No, they're worse. They're two-timing, scum-sucking letches, who shouldn't be allowed to roam the streets let alone have contact with other human beings," Jordan ranted.

She took a gulp of her beer and signaled to a passing waitress. "I need another one over here."

"Me too!" Emmy said.

"I hate men. Especially detectives," Jordan said.

"Trouble with Woody?" Lily surmised.

"Do you know what he did?" Jordan began. "I told him that I would consider starting something up with him. I asked him to give me a little time, until we got back to Boston, to figure things out."

Jordan took a long swig of her beer before continuing. "I thought he was happy about it, excited even, but I guess I was wrong because when I went to his hotel room to see if he wanted to go for a drink, I saw her coming out of his room with her shirt undone."

"Who?" Liz asked curiously, feeling very much out of the loop.

"The Prosecutor."

"The one who Woody gave his Kinks tickets to?" Lily asked in disbelief.

"The one and only," Jordan said bitterly.

"I guess there really is no such thing as a good guy." Lily couldn't believe it. Even Woody, a truly good guy, is an ass.

"Men suck!" Liz exclaimed.

"Amen to that sister!" Emmy said drunkenly. She finished her drink. "Excuse me?" Emmy signaled a passing waitress. "Can I have two of these?" Emmy asked holding up her glass.

Jordan and Lily laughed. "Are sure you're okay, though?" Lily asked in concern for her friend.

"I'm fine," Jordan said in a neutral tone of voice. "I just can't believe that I was thinking of sleeping with him."

"You're pissed as Hell," Liz said knowing that Jordan was lying. "You're not the type of person who trusts easily or for that matter lets people in. You finally make the decision to allow someone to become a major part of your life and he screws you over. You're pissed and hurt. You feel betrayed ad you're wondering why you ever decided to let him in, in the first place."

Lily and Jordan looked at each other, surprised at the accuracy of Liz's analysis of the situation.

"What?" Liz asked bewildered. "It was just a guess."

"God, men really do suck," Lily said.

Jordan put her arm around Lily's shoulder. "You've come into the light, my friend."

"Yes, they do!" Emmy said a little behind everyone else.

Liz laughed, "So Emmy, what did your guy do to you?"

"We've been talking about going out for years, right? Well, we finally made plans to go out on an official date instead of those unofficial ones that he's always taking me out on."

"That's great, Em!" Liz said.

"I'm not finished," Emmy said. "We made plans to go out on the date, but he failed to mention that he was going on vacation to another country and wasn't going to be able to make our date."

"Oh, Emmy, I'm sorry," Lily said sincerely.

"Wait, it gets better. You know how I found out? I went to work to ask him what time he was going to pick me up that night and he wasn't there. I had to find out form Dr. Macy that Nigel had gone on vacation to 'some foreign country,' his words not mine and wasn't going to be back for a while."

"Nigel didn't even have the decency to tell me himself." Emmy buried her head in her hands, "Why did I think that it was actually work this time?"

"It's always something though, isn't it?" Lily said sipping her drink. "I mean they're always commitment phobes, serial-cheaters, homosexual, or have a strange and disturbing connection to their mother."

"Emmy, Nigel isn't like that," Liz said defending her brother. "He's been looking foreword to this trip for a long time. He probably got a really good offer on the tickets and had to take it."

"Liz, I know that he's your brother and you're going to stand up for him, but he was wrong. He should have called, written a note; he should have done something other than stand up and leave me hanging."

"Emmy, you're right. He should have said something, but he didn't. He's a man and men don't always use their brains. You have every right to be angry with him. Just give him a chance to make it up to you," Liz said.

Emmy opened her mouth to respond, but was cut off by Jordan.

"Okay, okay," Jordan said holding her hands up. "We've spent enough time on Emmy. It's Lily's turn."

"We all know what Lily's problem with men is," Liz teased.

"And what is my problem with me?" Lily asked putting her ands on her hips.

"You're in love with Dr. Macy," Liz said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"I'm not in love with Garret," Lily said unconvincingly.

"Yeah, and the Pope is not Catholic," Jordan laughed.

"Look, it does not matter whether or not I'm in love with Garret. It takes two people to be in a relationship and Garret does not want to be one of those people."

"Don't you hate that?" Liz asked finishing off her drink. "I mean why is it that men have such problems with relationships? All I want is a guy who I'm crazy in love with and loves me back. Why is that so hard to find?"

"Love wasn't a problem for you and Bug," Lily said.

"Then, that would make it worse," Liz frowned. "He was in love with me, but not enough to live with me or to spend the rest of his life with me or even to have a relationship with me."

"Liz, that's not true and you know it," Jordan said.

"Then, what is? Was I not good enough for him? Is he gay? What would be wrong with me that could make him not want to be with me?" Liz ranted.

"Liz, we've been over this. It's not you. It's him. He was the one who made the mistake, not you. Why can't you believe that?" Jordan asked.

"Because every apparently, every other man in my life has felt the same way as Bug does: my father, my brother…I have never had a man stay in my life longer than to make me feel like shit. After, they leave and go on like nothing happened and I have to pick up the pieces of whatever mess they made. It's always been that way. My father has pretty much been absent and my brother hates me."

Liz put her head in her hands, "I'm starting to think that I have a sign, 'Men with severe emotional problems, please come to me.'

Lily didn't know whether to laugh or pity her friend. She's been through her share so sympathy won out.

"God, men really do suck," she said shaking her head.

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