Summary: Sequel to The Cat and The Iceman. Julie and Dean are dealing with putting their relationship back together, and Connie and Rick are dealing with the trials and uncertainties of a new relationship. Neither task is easy.

Author's Note: Hooray for sequels! Yes, here I go again, writing all these sequels and crap. What can I say, I love continuing my stories, why I just don't end them is beyond me, but hey, whatever. This chapter sort of just sets things up, not a lot happens, but oh, trust me, I have BIG plans (haha Big) for all of them, including our favorite gay bff of our beloved girl ducks.

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Ducks. Wish I did, sadly don't. Sucks!

Chapter 1: It's for real

"I love you, you idiot," she said, "why else would I end it?" He picked her up in a hug and kissed her and spun her around. She laughed.

"So I get to stay?" He laughed.

"If you leave again, Connie will kill you!" Julie smiled wrapped her legs around him and kissed him. "I probably wouldn't go so easy on you either."

"That's good incentive to stay." He nodded. "I love you."

"I love you," she smiled and kissed him again.

Julie woke up a stretched, what a weird and wonderful dream, except that, she turned over and saw Dean Portman laying sleeping next to her. It wasn't a dream, no, it was actually happening. It had been three days and he was still there. He hadn't woken up the next morning and left saying he'd be back later, then sent her flowers and card. He stayed with her. She rolled over and kissed him, waking him up.

"Hey," he smiled, "you look happy."

"I am happy," she laughed, "but I need a favor."

"Anything," he nodded, and kissed her, "you name it."

"You need to leave," she said, getting out of bed.

"Excuse me," he said, "What happened to having to stay on the pain of death?"

"Not like, leave leave," she rolled her eyes, "Just for the morning. Gary and Connie are getting back."

"So I have to go?" He said. "What are you just going to not tell them?"

"No, I'm going to tell them," she sighed, "I just think maybe I should make them omelets first."

"You cook now?" He laughed, "That's new."

"I can do all kinds of things that I couldn't do before," she walked over and straddled him. "Just you wait and see."

"Mm," He said kissing her, "That sounds fun."

"It will be," she smiled and stood up, "But get out!" He laughed and got out of bed.

"You are going to tell them right Julie?" He said. "If we're going to do this, we have to do this."

"Yes," she said, "I am going to tell them. But Dean, let's be real here, they don't like you very much. So it's just probably better that you're not here when I tell them."

"Fine," he nodded, "I'll leave. But I'm coming back."

"You better come back." She kissed him. "I love you."

"I love you too," he smiled, "I'll see you later."

"Bye," she smiled. She watched him leave. She hated that he had to leave, but she knew that it was much better than having Connie and Gary come home and find him there.

"Wow," Rick said, still reeling as they took a cab, "I just can't believe it. Conway can hold a grudge."

"That was way worse than I thought it would be," Connie nodded, "Way worse. Wow, he really flipped out."

"Yeah," Rick nodded, "you said he knew I was coming right?"

"Uh huh," Connie said, "We definitely told him. I mean, you'd think he'd be happy, or at least polite, because I mean, I love you so,"

"Wait what?" He looked at her, a smirk on his face.

"Well, I mean," she said, "normally when your friend is seeing someone,"

"No, you said you loved me," he smiled.

"Well that's because I do," she said, quietly "I mean, I think I do."

"I love you too," he laughed, "does that make up your mind for you?"

"I love you," she said definitively and kissing him.

"Haha," he smiled, "Take that Conway!" She laughed. "So when does the great room mate search begin?"

"We put in a few ads," she sighed, "We start doing interviews tomorrow. It will be nice to have that extra money, you know, with someone actually paying that other fourth of the rent. But it just won't be the same. I mean, Carla was just always there, what with not having a real job and everything."

"I'm sure you'll learn to love your new room mate," He smiled, "This is it." He said as the cab stopped. They got out, pulling their bags after them. When they walked up to the loft, Julie was behind the stove making eggs.

"Hi guys!" She said, "How was Minnesota? Is Carla all settled in?"

"Julie," Connie said warily, "What's wrong? Why are you cooking?"

"Just got bored that's all." She shrugged, "Sit down."

"Something is definitely wrong," Gary said as he walked in, "Julie is cooking."

"It's just eggs," she rolled her eyes, "sit down, I have news."

"You ran into Tammy Duncan and she wants to live with us?" Connie said, this had been her joke dream scenario, she was really dreading the room mate search. "Please tell me that's what it is."

"No," Julie said, "and please stop saying that, it's never going to happen, since last we heard she was living in France."

"So what's the news?" Gary said, as she shoveled scrambled eggs onto his plate.

"So after you guys left on Friday, I uh, well I settled in and I watched Sex and the City," She started,

"Again?" Gary rolled his eyes, "I love SJP too, Julie, but there comes a time when it just needs to stop."

"Anyway," she glared at him, "Mr. Big had just rescued Carrie from Paris when Dean showed up." She closed her eyes, "We're back together." She opened them and saw them pause for a moment and then keep eating. "OK, did you hear me?"

"Yes," Connie nodded, "so where is he?"

"Well, he left," Julie said.

"Uh huh," Gary nodded.

"It's different this time!" She said, "He's coming back, he said he was."

"He always says he is," Connie shrugged, "But hey, good for you Julie."

"Did I miss something?" Rick said looking around.

"Oh well, you'll have to get used to this," Connie said, "See, Julie and Portman broke up three years ago, but for some reason can't stop sleeping together. In a couple of hours a very lovely flower arrangement will show up here, with a note saying that he loves her, but can't be with her."

"He's coming back," she said, "he didn't even want to leave, I made him go so that you people wouldn't freak out at him."

"Whatever," Gary said.

"Hey," Dean walked in, "I know I'm supposed to be gone, but I forgot my wallet." He saw them turn around. "Am I too early?"

"Oh my God you're back together!" Connie squealed and ran over and hugged him.

"Did the whole world go crazy while I was gone?" He said as she squeezed him. "Is that Rick Reilly?"

"Yes, I love him, be nice," Connie said.

"You love him?" Julie said, "she loves you? Oh that's great!"

"Yeah," Rick nodded. "She loves me, I love her, its wonderful."

"I have a boyfriend," Gary said.

"That's good Gar," Dean nodded.

"Sorry, I felt left out." He said, "It's good to have you back."

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