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Chapter 24:

As Jo's tears began to subside John rubbed his hand up and down her back and kissed the top of her head lovingly. A sniffle later and Jo pulled back from John but still remained in a loose embrace with her hands on his chest.

"I'm sorry for barging in, blaming you and ruining your night," Jo said as she removed one hand to wipe the remaining tears on her face before resting it once again on John's chest.

"Don't be. You were rightly upset and you could never ruin my night," John said looking at Jo intently.

"Now your shirt is all wet," Jo said playing with the big tear stain on John's shirt.

"Doesn't matter," John replied "you're all that matters."

"John," Jo whispered but before either of them could say anything else John pulled Jo so their bodies were touching and leant in and kissed her passionately. Jo initially surprised by the contact reacted by deepening the kiss and moving her hands from being squished between their bodies to roaming up and down John's back. The kiss rapidly spiralled into another and another until John began to undo the first button on Jo's shirt, when she stilled his hand and pulled away slightly but was still in John's embrace.

"Jo," John whispered not sure what was going on.

"We can't," Jo reasoned.

"We can Jo and we both want to. I love you," John said tightening his grip on her.

"I know you do and you know that despite everything I will always love you," Jo said some what sadly.

"I know I don't deserve you Jo but I have changed give me the chance to show you," John begged.

"I know that you have changed John but because of that I can't be with you. I'm not going to be the other woman again and you changed to become the committed man to Nancy, not me. Who's to say that this one women way of life that you seem to have adapted to will stay if you are with me?" Jo said sadly breaking free of John's embrace but still standing close to him.

"I'll leave Nancy Jo. She means nothing compared to," John said taking a step forward towards Jo but she just took a step back.

"Don't hurt her John not after everything she has done for you. She loves you and wants to be with you, give her a chance," Jo said trying to keep her composure.

"I don't want to hurt her Jo but it will hurt less if it happens now rather than later. Plus you love me and want to be with me, don't you?"

Jo just smiled wistfully and said "I had my chance, we had our chance and we blew it numerous times. Maybe our time is finally over."

Grabbing Jo's arm John pulled her to him forcefully and kissed her again but this time it was hard and insistent. Jo shocked at the forcefulness tried to pull back but John just pulled her back until she was kissing him back.

As quickly as it started they parted for air and John said in a rough voice with dishevelled hair and darkened eyes "did that feel like we were over? Cause I know to me that definitely felt like we had only just begun."

Jo still trying to bring her breathing back to even just stared at John before replying "no it didn't feel like we were over but John I need to gather my thoughts and falling into bed with you now will not help either of us."

Nodding John quickly moved forward again and placed a tender and lingering kiss on Jo's lips which was full of promise. Reluctantly they both parted and Jo walked past John and out the door but they both wore matching expressions of joy at the love they had which had never died but which they had rekindled and given a new life.