Well i was searching through old files and found this one...so i decided to post it...Em this is for you..good old fashioned Jonesy/Tess stuff lol...oh and PJ/Jo too!
Disclaimer: Emma, Thomas, Rusty, Sarah, Isabelle & Mat are mine! I'm working on a plan to get the others! Hehehe!
Summary: read and find out!
Jo sat in the front seat of her car thinking. She looked over at her four-year-old daughter who was sleeping in the seat next to her. Their pet dog, little "Rusty" the Jack Russel pup, was lying on the back seat. She looked around at the scenery as she drove past. Memories started coming back to her as she drove closer to the town she once called home, Mt Thomas. As she got nearer to the town, the roads became more familiar and she recognised several different things. As she arrived in Mt Thomas it started getting lighter. The sun was coming up. She drove further and further into town until finally she arrived at her destination. She pulled her car into the car park of The Imperial, and memories started flooding back to her. She even felt a tear run down her cheek, but she realised that there was no time for reminiscing. She was there for a purpose. Her daughter stirred as Jo turned the car off. The sound of the engine stopping woke her up.
"Morning Sweetie." Jo said to her and gave her a kiss on the forehead.
"Morning Mummy. Are we there yet?"
"Yes we are. What do you say we go inside and get some breakfast?" Jo suggested.
"Yeah. Eggs?" her daughter asked.
"Sure. If that's what you want."
"Can we bring Rusty?"
"Well I don't think he'll like eggs very much." Jo laughed. "And I'm pretty sure they don't allow pets in the hotel…but we can tie him up outside." Jo replied and she unbuckled the seatbelt and got out of the car.
"But Mummy…he'll be all by himself." Her daughter who was holding the tiny puppy, rather tightly, followed her.
"Well I'll tell you what. We'll put him in his little box, then bring him in…that way he wont be able to run off."
"Okay Mummy.' Satisfied with Jo's suggestion, Emma placed the puppy into the carrier, then they walked into the pub and Jo led her daughter over to the bar.
"Ok so why don't you go and find yourself a seat and I'll take Rusty and get us some breakfast." Jo suggested.
"Ok Mummy." The little girl replied. Jo gave her a kiss and she ran over and sat at a table.
"Hello?" Jo asked over the counter, placing the puppy onto the ground by her feet.
"I'll be there in a second." A voice came from the kitchen. Then a few seconds later a middle-aged woman with red hair came out.
"Can I help you?" She asked looking at a tea towel then she lifted up her head and screamed. "Jo! What are you doing here?" She asked.
"Hey Chrissie." Jo replied.
"If I'd have known you were coming I would have made you something special."
"Yeah well I didn't even know I was coming until the last minute. I see things have changed a little since I left."
"Yeah well five years is a long time." Chris replied. "Any way let me get you some breakfast. Anything you want. It's on the house."
"Thanks Chris. I'll have one serve of bacon and eggs and one serve of just eggs on toast." Jo told her.
"Wow. Eating big today."
"Well actually…" Jo started. Her daughter running up to her cut her off.
"Mummy, Mummy can I take Rusty out?"
"No sweetie I don't think that's a good idea."
"Well. Well. Well. What do we have here?" Chris asked.
"Can we please? I want to show him to the little boy."
"Well…I'm not sure if they allow pets in here." Jo told her daughter.
"What pet?" Chris asked, not being able to see the puppy.
Jo bent down and grabbed the puppy out of his box.
"Chris this is Rusty. And this little treasure here is Emma."
"Is she…?" Chris asked.
"Yep. All mine. Emma this is my old friend Chris. The one I was telling you about the other day." Jo told her. Emma grabbed hold of Jo's leg and hid behind her.
"Hey sweetie. It's ok." Jo said and she picked the little girl up and put her onto the bar.
"Down Mummy. Down." Emma cried. Jo put her on the ground and she ran off chasing the little dog. She was running past the stairs when she ran into a man who was coming down the stairs.
"Whoa there kiddo. Where'd you come from?" He asked.
"I came from Adelaide with my mummy and my puppy." Emma replied.
"Oh really. And where's your mummy now?" the man asked.
"She's over dere talking to Cwis." Emma replied. "What's your name?" Emma asked.
"My name's Evan. But you can call me Jonesy. What's your's?" The man replied.
"My name's Emma. Do you wive here?" Emma asked.
"Well no. Now how about we go and find your Mummy." Jonesy said. He grabbed the puppy that was sniffing at his leg and then he grabbed hold of Emma's hand with his free one. Emma led him over to the bar where Chris and Jo were 'catching up'.
"Mummy!" Emma cried and she let go of Jonesy's hand and ran up to Jo, who then picked her up.
"Hello Munchkin." Jo said and kissed her on the cheek.
"I'm not Munchkin. I'm Emma."
"Ok Emma. So where have you been?" Jo asked.
"Talking to the man who just came down the stairs." Emma told Jo as she put her onto the bar.
"Now Emma what have I told you about talking to strangers?" Jo warned her.
"Sowy Mummy. But he's really nice. He helped me to find Rusty." Emma replied.
"Did he. Well where is he now?" Jo asked.
"Behind you." Emma replied. Jo turned around and when Jonesy saw who it was he put the puppy down and pulled her into a hug.
"Jo!" He cried.
"Hey." Jo replied and she pulled away. Then when she realised who was hugging her she gasped.
"Wow. Jonesy look at you." She cried and she hugged him.
"You've changed." Jonesy told her.
"So have you." She replied noting the goatee he had grown.
"Yeah well five years is a long time." Jonesy replied.
"Tell me about it." Jo muttered.
"So I see you've extended your family." He said and they both took seats at the bar, Jo pulling Emma onto her lap as she did so.
"Yeah. This is my little baby girl." Jo replied.
"I am not a baby. I'll be five in two days."
"Sorry Em." Jo said using her nickname.
"That's ok. I fogive you." Emma replied and she kissed her mum on the cheek.
"So what brings you back to Mt Thomas?" Jonesy asked.
"Well actually I've come to see if I could get my old job back. It didn't work out for me back in Adelaide." Jo replied with a frown.
"Oh. Well do you have a place to stay?"
"Actually no I don't." Jo replied.
"Well I have a spare room at my place." Jonesy replied.
"Oh yeah. I thought you lived here." Jo looked shocked.
"Nah I've got a place just around the corner. I came in to check something out for Chris."
"Oh. So does that mean you've found yourself a flat mate?" Jo asked curiously.
"Daddy!" a little boy about the same age as Emma ran up to Jonesy.
"Hey squirt." Jonesy said.
"Who are you?" The little boy asked Jo.
"Thomas, this is Jo and her daughter Emma. Jo, Emma, this is Thomas. My son." Jonesy introduced them.
"Thomas why don't you and Emma go and play." Jonesy suggested.
"Yeah." Thomas replied. "I'll show you my secret place." Thomas cried and he grabbed hold of Emma's hand and led her out of the room.
"Since when did you have a son?" Jo asked.
"Well you see…" He was cut off again. Only this time it was by a woman a few years older than Jo who walked in wheeling a pram.
"Hey Jonesy have you seen…" She stopped when she saw Jo.
"Jo?" The woman asked.
"Tess!" Jo cried. She stood up and gave Tess a hug.
"I haven't seen you for a long time."
"Five years." Jo corrected her.
"Oh that long. Hey Honey." Tess said and she gave Jonesy a kiss on the cheek.
"Hey did you two…?"
"Yep. Two years ago." Tess replied and she showed Jo the ring.
"Wow it's gorgeous. And who's this little one?" Jo asked when she saw the baby in the pram.
"This is Isabelle Rose." Jonesy replied and he lifted a baby out of the pram.
"She's so cute. How old is she?" Jo asked.
"8 months." Tess replied and she took her from Jonesy.
"She's pretty big for 8 months. When Emma was 8 months she was tiny." Jo told Tess.
"Who's Emma?" Tess asked. And a few seconds after a little girl came running into the room followed closely by Thomas.
Jo picked Emma up and placed her on her lap. Jonesy did the same with Thomas.
"This is Emma. Emma this is one of my other friends Tess."
"Nice to meet you." Emma said and she stuck out her hand. Tess took the tiny hand in hers and shook it.
"Nice to meet you too." Tess replied. "So what brings you two to Mt Thomas?" Tess asked.
"Well actually I was hoping that I could get my old Job back." Jo replied.
"Well I'll have to see what I can do. Come down to the station later and I'll have a word to the Inspector for you." Tess replied.
"Oh. Does that mean…?" Jo searched Tess's police uniform for the nametag. "Senior Sergeant. Nice going." She added.
"Yeah well when Tom left they decided it would be best if I could take his place instead of getting someone new in." Tess explained. "So I got the job, and we've got two new Constables."
"Oh and who else is there?" Jo asked.
"Well we've got Ben still, he refuses to leave. Mainly because if he did he wouldn't have been promoted to Sergeant." Tess told her and the three of them laughed. It felt good for Jo to be back where she belonged. With her old friends and colleagues.
"And well we've got in Sarah Kennedy. She's the new Prob. who took your place. But I suppose we could get her transferred to Melbourne. I mean she isn't really a country girl anyway. Then we've got Matthew Roberts. He's one of the Constables. And then there's PJ. He's well… he's still with us."
"Just." Jonesy added.
"Yeah but we're surviving. Why don't you pop down to the station this arvo and we'll sort things out then? But for now I have to get Thomas to school and Isabelle to Day care. Bye Honey." Tess said and she gave Jonesy a kiss on the cheek. The she put Isabelle back into her pram and took hold of Thomas's hand.
"See you this arvo." Jo said to her as she walked out of the pub.
"Bye Thomas." Emma yelled.
"Well I guess I had better get going now too." Jo said. "I've still got to organise a place to stay and there's someone I want Em to meet." Jo told Jonesy.
"Well like I said. We've got a spare room at our place for you and Em. Just come with me down to the station and I'll organise something. But for now I have to get to work."
"Ok well I'll see you this arvo. Em and me still have to eat brekkie. Say goodbye to Jonesy Em."
"Bye, bye Jonesy." Emma said and she hugged his legs.
"I'll see you later. Ah you might be wanting this back." He handed Emma the puppy.
"Fankyou." Emma said and she cuddled the puppy.
"That's ok. Bye guys." Jonesy called as he walked out of the pub.
"He seems like a nice guy." Emma said.
"Em. Where did you get that from?" Jo asked.
"Gees I'd better stop watching day time soaps. If that's what it's doing to you." Jo laughed.
"What's funny Mummy?" Emma asked.
"Never mind. It's nothing for you to worry about. Now how about those eggs?" Jo asked and she and Emma headed for the bar.
Not a very great ending I know but I need some more ideas. I'll finish it off later. Hope you like it. Jess!