Between Friends

"We're friends, sort of, right Daniel?"

Juliet took his moment's hesitation as permission to sit next to him in the sand.

He thought about her unexpected question.

"Well, friends of sorts. I mean, more so that Jack and Miles. More so than Charlotte and Kate. Dismissing the fact that you had a plan to shoot me and Charlotte the other evening," he replied slowly.

"Yeah, I guess you're right."

There was a beat of silence before Juliet spoke again, tentatively. "Can I tell you a secret? Between friends?"

"Oh, um, yeah. Go ahead." Daniel tried to hide how perplexed he was by observing the excited groups of 815 survivors clustered around the beach. He would bring the first group to the freighter soon.

"I think…I'm in love with Jack. And… I don't think he loves me back. I think he loves Ka-… someone else."

"I'm…I'm sorry about, uh, you're relationship complications, but why…why are you telling me this?"

Juliet smiled that small, sad smile that Daniel had learned only women can truly master. "I…just needed to get it off of my chest. That's what friends are for, right?"

Daniel wavered. "Yeah, I guess so."

"And don't worry. She likes you."

Daniel's head snapped around so quickly he almost obtained a crick in his neck. "What? Who? What are you talking about?"

Juliet smiled softly and tilted her head slightly to one side, gesturing with her eyes for him to look where she was pointing.

Charlotte stomped across the sand further down the beach, turning around to argue heatedly with Miles. He was smirking, clearly enjoying antagonising her.

"What? Charlotte?" Daniel decided to drop the surprised act. "How do you know?"

"I'm a woman, I can tell these things. So don't worry about it. She does like you."

"I…I highly doubt that."

"Trust me, Dan. A smart guy like you? She'd be crazy not to. Well… she is a little nuts, actually. But she'd have to be mental home kind of crazy.

Daniel didn't speak for a moment. Charlotte looked as though she was fighting back the urge to punch Miles.

"So. You don't tell anyone what I just told you, and I won't tell anyone what I just forced out of you. Deal?"

"Deal."


A/N: Okay, I've just realized that I haven't put any author's notes in this fic yet!

A big thank you to the reviewers so far.

As you can tell by this chapter, the oneshots aren't going in any particular order.

I always noticed how quickly Juliet took a liking to Dan. It's really sweet and very platonic.