Here's a shorter chapter to finish it off...enjoy!

Chapter 23

Morning came far too early, but when Jason saw the beautiful woman beside him he couldn't help but smile. He was madly in love with Maxie Jones and was no longer afraid to admit that. Maxie slowly started to stir and opened her eyes after a moment. She was greeted by Jason's piercing eyes and smiled at him.

"Morning…" She whispered and rolled over to get closer to him.

"Good morning…" He whispered back and wrapped her up in his arms. He closed his eyes and kissed her head softly.

Maxie pulled back after a moment and looked into his eyes. She was just about to speak when Jason gently pressed a finger to her lips.

"Can I say something?" He asked softly and sat up a little.

She looked at him weird and then nodded. "Yeah, sure."

"Okay…umm..." Jason paused for a moment, not sure how to put his thoughts and feelings into words. Then it hit him. There were three little words that would say it all. He smiled a little and looked down at her. "I love you."

She was speechless. 'Stone Cold' Jason Morgan had spoken those words she'd never thought she would hear from him.

When Maxie didn't respond, Jason turned away slightly, disappointed. He pulled back the covers and started to get out of bed.

"I love you too!" Maxie exclaimed quickly, reaching for him.

He turned, relief visible on his face. Maxie laughed a little. "I'm sorry, you surprised me." She grinned and pulled him closer. "I love you so much and I've been waiting for you to say those words to me…"

"I mean them." He whispered. "I never thought I would say them to you or to anyone for that matter. But I can't deny the truth. I love you, Maxie Jones."

Giddy and happy, Maxie grabbed him and kissed him passionately. Jason pulled back and smiled after a few long minutes. "What about morning breath?"

"Who gives a damn? You love me!" She grinned, kissing him again.

A few heated rounds of sex followed and both Jason and Maxie felt more fulfilled than they'd ever had. A knock on the door pulled them out of their haze.

"Uh, Stone Cold? Maximista?"

"Yes Spinelli?" Maxie asked with a smile and sat up a little, holding the blanket against her chest.

"Does Maximista's presence in the penthouse and in uh…the bed of Stone Cold mean that Stone Cold and Maximista are indeed a couple once again?" He asked, waiting impatiently for a reply.

Maxie laughed a little and got out of bed, as did Jason. "It does mean that, yeah." She answered happily as she put her clothes on and came over to the door.

She opened the door and came out in the hallway, shutting the door behind her so Jason could get dressed.

"Maximista looks very content." Spinelli observed as the two headed downstairs.

"I am content, Spinelli. Jason told me he loved me." She grinned and squealed.

Spinelli squealed as well and the two friends shared a hug.

"Does that mean Maximista will be residing in the Casa de Stone Cold with the Jackal?"

She nodded. "Yeah, it does."

A few weeks passed and Maxie moved in most of her things. The moving went surprisingly well and Jason even let her redecorate…slightly. It was a step in the right direction and for once in her life, she knew she was in a good place.

One night, the three of them were hanging out on the couch, Maxie sandwiched between the man she loved and the friend she cherished more than anything. She looked down at the glimmering ring on her finger and smiled. Everything was perfect.

The End.


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