Author's Note: Well I was getting the next chapter of Baby Mine ready when I thought well I'm here why not post this one too. So here you go. I hope you like the ending.
Confession is good for the soul
Cassie sat right beside Jon as he drove, needing to feel close to him, she needed to feel alive after coming so close to losing her family. She didn't say anything as the truck climbed up Cheyenne Mountain, only stopping when they arrived at the meadow where Jon had taken her all those months ago.
Jon pulled the truck to a stop and waited. Neither of them spoke as they looked out over the carpet of wildflowers.
After a few moments Jon stepped out of the truck offering her his hand, "Come with me there's something I want to show you." Linking hands he lead her across the grassy clearing into the forest. Inside the trees, it was cool after the warmth of the open field. There was no path but Jon seemed to know where he was going.
Following the river, Jon led them to one of the most beautiful things Cassie had ever seen. There was a rough path that they descended until the reached the edge of the water once more. For a few moments the two of them just stood there together letting the spray from the waterfall wash over them. The river rushed off a short cliff, tumbling into a small pool below.
Jon wrapped his arm around him while she leaned back into him. "Jon, how did you find this place?" slipping her hand into his.
"After I brought you up here I came here by myself whenever I needed to think about something or someone." He looked at her to show her just who he meant, "It got to the point when I just started wandering through the woods. I stumbled upon the waterfall a while ago. I thought you'd like it but I was saving it for something special. I wanted to remind you that there was still beauty in the world. You just have to look for it. Remember that Cassie, even when the world is it's darkest. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to find it."
Cassie turned to face Jon and grabbed his face between her hands, "Jon, you're my light. I have never met anyone like you. As long as I know you're out there I can get through anything. I know that now."
Leaning forward Cassie let her lips brush against Jon's waiting to see if he would pull away but he didn't. Wrapping her arm around his neck she pushed, testing his boundaries to see how far he would let her go.
Far sooner that she liked he stepped back and offered her his hand, "Let's grab the blanket and you can tell me what you need to say. If we stay here too much longer we'll have to try and find our way back to the meadow in the dark."
Back in the meadow Jon spread out a blanket from his truck. Sitting down with his back against a tree, he bit into one of the apples as he offered the bag of Oreos to Cassie.
She took the bag, sitting down between his legs lying back against his chest, testing those limits once more. As her back made contact with his chest Cassie could feel his heart speed up and she smiled. She could almost feel the war within him raging. He wouldn't do anything she had to be the one to instigate anything that would happen between them, at least for now.
When the food was gone Cassie laid her head down on his chest wishing things could be different that she could tell him everything and he would do the same. Jon had secrets but so did she and they could never really be together until they shared them with each other. She knew that now and she could wait for him to be ready to share his life with her.
The sun slipped down behind the trees casting an orange glow across the sky. His fingers played with her hair as the afternoon light faded, they both knew that they should leave but neither could make themselves break the spell that they had created. It was nice to be together and not worry about the world for a few moments.
"Cassie?" Jon asked after a while.
"Hmm?" she answered sounding almost like she was falling asleep.
He swallowed, unsure if he should ask the question that was on his mind. "Where do you see yourself in the future? What is it you want to do with your life?" He didn't move as he waited to hear her answer.
Rolling over she looked into his eyes. "Med school. I'm going to be a doctor like Janet. I want to help people and to save lives. I see myself married someday with children." She linked her hands with his him as though telling him who she thought the groom and father should be. "I've been accepted to the Air Force Academy so I start in July. I thought about going the civilian route but when Janet died I decided to follow in her footsteps."
Jon's fingers stilled. "You've been accepted to the Academy?" His voice held a strange tone.
Turning her head she looked up at him, "Yes, I got my letter a few months ago. I wanted to tell you but I was waited until I could tell you in person. I thought this was too important to share in an email, a letter or on the phone." he still hadn't moved or spoken.
Cautiously, she reached up to touch his face. "Jon, what's wrong?"
He swallowed, "I need to tell you something. I'm going to be at the Academy too but my name won't be Sullivan, it'll be O'Neill."
Cassie pulled her hand away from his face, "O'Neill? What are you; Jack's long lost son or something? Was the animosity between you two a lie? Has this all been some sick joke?" she tried to get up but he caught her arm.
"No, he's my uncle sort of. It's all very complicated. Someday soon I will explain it all to you but for now believe me, Jack is not my father." Jon explained sort of. He wanted to tell her everything but he wasn't ready to tell her that he was a clone, that he had no place in this world.
Jack would be known and seen at the Academy especially if he did take command of the SGC. And it would be common knowledge that Jack was his uncle. That meant that Cassie needed to hear that much of the story, if not all before the term began.
She sat back down but not as close as before. "Had you been to the cabin before I took you there?" there was something in her voice that told Jon he was on shaky ground.
"Yes, I had, but never as I have seen it through your eyes. Seeing it with you it was like I was experiencing it again for the first time. I had never noticed those things that you showed me. You still see the beauty and wonder in the world. Being with you made me what to see them too."
With is words she seemed to relax a little bit but she still looked at him warily. "Why doesn't Jack talk about you?"
Jon sighed he should have known this would lead to more questions, "We didn't get along at all. So we agreed to just ignore each other. It seemed to be the best choice for both of us. I was surprised when he invited me to stay."
She studied him for a moment and then nodded, "Alright Jon O'Neill." Then her brows creased, "Is Jon short for anything or is it just Jon?"
"Nope, my full name is Jonathan James O'Neill." 'Take Two,' he added cynically in his mind.
Holding out her hand she said, "Well it's nice to meet you. I'm Cassandra."
"Nice to meet you Cassandra." Jon took her hand thinking that it couldn't be that simple.
Cassie looked up at him. Maybe it was time for her to tell him one of her secrets. "I have something to share with you too. I wasn't born on this planet. I'm from a planet called Hanka. I was brought here by Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c after everyone on my planet died except me. There is a lot more to the story but that is all can tell you. I talked to Sam, she said I can tell you that much. That I can trust you with that information." Cassie studied his face for a moment waiting to see if he would share some of his secrets before she turned away.
It was then he knew he'd have to tell her everything right now or he would lose her, maybe not today but someday she would leave him if he didn't tell her the whole truth right now.
Sighing she got up to leave, at least they had made some progress. "We should go now. Sam and the others are probably wondering where we are and what we are doing." as she headed back to the truck.
Jon caught her hand, stopping her, "Wait Cassie. There is something I need to tell you. You need to know something about me-" he stopped speaking, dropping her hand as he got to his feet. He didn't look at her as he spoke, "I've never told anyone but I need you to know. In fact I think you are the only person who might understand."
Cassie stopped waiting to here what he had to say. He faltered for a moment as he tried to collect his thoughts. Seeing how hard this was for him she said, "Jon, you-"
Turning suddenly he cut her off, "I need to say this, I need you to know. When I told you Jack wasn't my father it was the truth but I am his clone." He waited for some reaction from Cassie but she just stood there not moving. "I was born Jonathan James O'Neill October 20, 1952 but I was cloned on June 20, 2003 so I have all of Jack's memories but I'm not Jack not anymore. I'm more like a much younger twin."
All Cassie said was "I know." She stepped closer, pulling him into her arms, "I knew who you were when we said goodbye at the cabin. You said some things about Daniel and there were a few other things. I didn't know what exactly what you were but I knew that there were things that you weren't telling me."
Reaching out she touched his face, "Jon, I don't care who you were but right now you are the man I love. Other than that I don't care. You know about me, and now I know about you. Let's leave the past in the past and find our future together."
Taking his hand Cassie started toward the truck but Jon didn't move. "Cassie there is one more thing I need to tell you before we leave." turning around she waited to hear what he had to say, "I love you. I couldn't say those words until you knew the truth but I can say them now. I Love You."
Cassie's smile was enormous as she turned back to him throwing herself into his arms. He managed to catch her. He held back as he studied her face. "Are you sure about this? I mean Cassie, I have nightmares, I get grumpy, most of all I'm not easy lips to live with. I'm Jack just younger. Are you sure that is what you want?"
Cassie didn't waver as she said, "Jon, I have wanted you from the first moment I met you. You seemed to call to me. I knew that you were special, I just didn't know why. I don't know what the future holds for us but I want it to be with you."
A smile crossed Jon's face as he bent his head to kiss her for the first time. His lips brushed hers tentatively and then deepened the kiss. The kiss was long; by the time Jon found the will to pull away, both of them were breathing hard.
Resting her forehead against Jon's Cassie said, "I didn't think I'd ever hear the words from you. I was so afraid that you didn't really feel that way."
Smiling back, he tucked her hair behind her ear. "Oh no, I love you Cassandra Frasier, but it's time we headed home. I don't want Jack coming after me with a shotgun for something we haven't even done yet."
Nodding, she pressed another kiss to his lips before slipping out of his arms and heading to his truck, her fingers tangled with his as they drove away, re-entering the real world, but knowing they would face it together.
So that is the end for now. I'm working quickly trying to get another story ready to post. Faith and Hope is all written but it does need some more editing. I'm hoping to get it done and all off to my beta before I go.
If you wan to know else is in the works take a look at my profile the list is there. I have about seven or eight stories fighting for space in my brain demanding to be writen. So I does feel good to get rid of one or two.