Chapter Thirteen

The yaht arrived back at the shore early the next morning. Everyone gathered their luggage together and loaded it into Leo's car, except Ron and Abbey. Leo, Jenny, Jed, and Amanda decided to walk Ron and Abbey to the train station so they could catch the next train to Boston. The walk with virtutally silent, as was the wait on the track. Finally, the train pulled up. Abbey turned to Leo, ruefully.

"Leo, I'm so sorry we had to cut the trip short, I know how much you were looking forward to…"

"It's ok, Abbey." Then he leaned in and whispered in her ear, "It wasn't your fault anyway."

She nodded.

"Thanks. Jenny, Amanda…"

The three women all hugged, tearfully.

"Leo, I'm sorry about this," Ron said, giving his friend a hug.

"Don't worry about it, all right"
"Yeah. Thanks."

When it came time for Abbey to turn to Jed, she could only give him an apologetic look, she could not speak, nor could he. Ron quickly interuppted their silent exchange.

"Jed. Good meeting you," Ron said, deepening his voice.

"Yeah, you too."

At least Jed was being honest. If it hadn't been for Ron, he would never have met Abbey.

"Come on, Abbey."

He took her bags and hopped on the train. Abbey followed slowly, regretfully, behind him. He helped her onto the train, then began loading their luggage above the seats. Abbey stood at the doorway of the train, her eyes locked with Jed's.

"Abbey." Ron's nagging voice.

She tried to move, tried to walk away, but she couldn't. Her legs were locked in place, as were her eyes. Ron shrugged it off and continued to fuss with the bags, his back to her. Leo, Jenny, and Amanda stood a few feet behind Jed, watching with intrigue. Abbey noticed the glimmer of determination that appeared in Jed's eyes, and began breathing faster, her heart pounding in her chest.

"Do something," she whispered, barely audibly. "Please do something."

When a smile appeared on his face, she knew everything was going to be all right. He had it under control.

"Abbey, I'm gonna go find seats," Ron called out to her.

"Mmm, ok," she replied, distractedly, her eyes not leaving Jed's.

In what seemed to Abbey like one fluid motion, Jed hopped onto the step by the door, just below her. She held her breath, waiting for his next move. With one hand gripping the railing, he placed an arm around her waist and pulled her into him, kissing her ardently. Leo, Jenny, and Amanda all gasped and stared at them with sheer astonishment. The kiss continued as the train began to move. If either of them was alarmed, they didn't show it. Keeping his arm tightly around her waist, he moved on foot down onto the track, then the other. He released the railing from his hand, and pulled her down with him, holding her above ground, his lips never leaving hers.
Noticing the train had started moving, Ron ran over to the door where Abbey had been standing. The sight on the track before him stopped his heart, his eyes widening. The train continued to move, further and further away from the couple, until finally, they were out of sight.

When the never-ending kiss finally broke, Jed was still holding her above ground. She smiled, breathlessly, and whispered against his lips, "What about my bags?"

Jed looked down and laughed.

"Damn. I hadn't worked those into my plan."

"So you had a plan all along, did you?"

He slowly let her fall, his arms still around her, until her feet touched the ground and she could stand on her own.

"Winning you over isn't easy, Abigail."

"You mean snatching me away from my boyfriend isn't easy."

"That too. And you mean ex-boyfriend," Jed said.

"Ex-boyfriend," Abbey agreed.

"Uh…guys?" Leo's voice was cautious.

Keeping their eyes only on each other, they both replied, "Yeah…"

"Are you ready to go now?"

Jed and Abbey both laughed, finally turning to look at him.
"That's all you have to say, McGarry?" Abbey said.

"That's all I want to say right now."

Jed smiled.

"Ok. Let's go."

They walked out of the train station, towards the car. Jed slipped his arm around Abbey's waist, and she grinned at him.

"You did good," she said.

"You think so?"

"I think so."

"You know what I think?" Jed questioned.

"What do you think?"

"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

THE END