Hi y'all! I hope that everyone is doing well. This time, other than the obvious that it is a Jate story, it take place after the episode where the group just came back from their trip to get Michael but then finds Kate instead. The only thing that is the same is one line! You'll get where it is in the show when you read it.Oh and Claire and Charlie are magically together! Okay here we go!...

"Jack please, just talk to me." Kate pleaded almost to a brick wall as he pressed onward, not even wanting to acknowledge that she spoke at all. They had finally reached the beach after what seemed like a long nightmare. Kate stopped in her tracks which made Sawyer almost bump into her.

"Don't worry Freckles, if I were you I would have done the same damn thing."

His words barely sunk in as she continued to look longingly in Jack's direction. After he was out of sight, she slowly turned and went to her tent.

Morning came, as Charlie came back from the hatch with water for Claire. "Here you go."Charlie said handing her the bottle."Thank you Charlie." she took it smiling. He loved the way she said his name. He couldn't help but return the same grin.

"Have you seen Kate?" she asked after checking on Aaron.

"No. Why?"

"She's having a hard time right now I geuss. She didn't sleep last night--"

"Why?" he interuppted confused.

"Why do you think?" she replied taking a sip of water.

"Oh. Right. I heard about Jack and Kate's little spat." he answered looking back at the cradle every so often to see if Aaron was still sleeping peacefully.

Claire smiled at his action " I'm worried about her. Do you think she ate anything yet?"

Charlie shrugged.

"I'm going to go find her." she stood up and Charlie did the same.

"Do you want me to go with you? I could--"

"No. Thanks anyway but, this might result in some well overdue girl talk."

Kate watched as the waves crashed against the nearby rocks. Her knees were brought up to her chest almost protectively. She was so deep in thought that she didn't hear Claire approaching slowly.

"Hey Kate" Claire said softly. Kate jumped slightly, unaware of who it was as she turned her attention back to the sea.

"Hey" she answered simply. Claire could hear in her voice that she would rather to talk that one person, or no one at all, But she sat down anyway.

"I brought you some food. Its just a mango but you should eat something." Claire set down the orange mango next to her. The two sat in silence for a minute or so, when Claire spoke up again. "How are you?" she asked in a concerned tone.

"Fine." Kate answered her eyes misty but still concentrated on the waves in front of her. More silence came after that.

"Kate is--"

"Have you talked to Jack today?" Kate asked, now with a glint in her eyes.

"He's been at the hatch all day. I haven't actually got a chance to speak to him." she answered truthfully.

Kate nodded.

"I want to talk to you about Jack." Claire said suddenly.

Kate immediately looked at her, the same fear Claire had seen before had come upon her face "Their's nothing to talk about." she answered dodging the subject.

"I think their is Kate." Claire pushed.

"I went on the hike. Jack didn't want me to, now he's mad at me. That's it." Kate said frustrated.

"I don't think its that simple." Claire replied and just as Kate opened her mouth to speak, she quickly continued " Did you ever stop to think why he is so mad just because you went along with him on the hike? Don't you think he cares for you more than he lets on?"

Kate didn't meet her gaze and replied "What are you saying?"

Claire sighed "I think your falling for him."

Kate let out a surprised laugh "I'm not. Trust me."

"When your ready to admit it, you know where to find me." Claire stood up, dusted off, and walked back to her tent.

Kate remained there, racking her brain and replaying the events that her and Jack had experienced together. She wondered if what Claire said was true if she had fallen for someone even after she swore to herself that she wouldn't again. She convinced herself that it wasn't true. That when her heart skipped another beat when he said her name it was just a normal reaction. She sighed, stood up and walked back over to the group. On the sand still could be seen, was the mango uneaten.

"She hasn't come out of her tent for days" Those words were circling around throughout camp. It was nightfall, and the many stars were starting to shine. A week had passed since Claire had talked to Kate, and it had come to her understanding that she still hasn't eaten. So Claire went to the one person who could bring her out of it.

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