Okay, I am SOOOO sorry for not updating sooner. I know this is a very short chapter but I will get the next one up soon, I promise. I had a request for updates which I promised to be tonight. So this isn't much but it's something...

I have also started another short 1 shot for the Unusuals that I am almost done with. That should be up tomorrow and more of this story and my What Helps Me over the weekend at the latest.

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Chapter 5

"It was a kiss." Jason replied, "Which you seemed to have been enjoying for a second before I obviously did something wrong and you pushed me away." Jason looked down at Casey, confused at what he had done.

"No, I know what it was, just why did you do it?" Casey looked scared and on the verge of losing it. Her previously cherry-colored lips were now a softer red and seemed swollen from Jason's use of them and her once perfect curls were now lose and appeared disorderly.

"I thought…."he trailed off. "I thought that you wanted me to. I thought we had something Casey. I'm sorry. I guess I just saw more into it than was there." Jason stepped closer and ran his fingers gently over her cheek. "Am I wrong?" Jason's voice cracked as he whispered the last words.

Casey looked up to see the hurt in his eyes. Of course he wasn't wrong. She wanted him. She wanted him so badly that it hurt when she had seen him and Beaumont together. She had wanted him for so long that she didn't really remember of thinking of him just as her partner or friend even though she had to remind herself that that was all he was everyday.

"No, of course you aren't wrong." Casey shook her head, "but don't you get why we can't do this? We are partners. There is no way we can stay partners if we become more. I don't want another partner. I don't want to go back to Vice. I don't want to have to pretend to be a hooker on the street just to get the bag guy. That's what would happen Walsh. They'd split us up and I don't think I could handle that."

"Case… I know you're scared about what would happen. Believe me, I am too. Our partnership is so important to me that I wouldn't want to mess it up. If I honestly believed that this would screw everything up, I would walk away. I know I didn't plan on this happening tonight but suddenly everything makes sense. Beaumont dumping me, me throwing myself into work, the way I have been acting lately. It's all because of these feelings I didn't even realize I had. I don't see how our work can change all that much if I have had these feelings for so long and we've worked fine up until now. Can you honestly say that we have just been partners this whole time?"

Casey shook her head, "I haven't felt like I was just your partner in a long time Walsh."

"See. So look, the way I see it we only have 3 options. One, we can walk away from this right now and pretend that nothing ever happened. Two, we can be together in our personal life but cops on tha job. Or three, we can go tell Brown that we want to try this thing and being partners and see what he says." Jason grabbed Casey's hands in his own and looked into her eyes. "And I really don't want number one to be an option, but that's your call."

Casey took a deep breath, "okay. I need to figure this out though. Can I have some time?"

"I got nothing but time. But maybe this will help your decision." Walsh circled his arms around her waist again and pulled her snug against his body. He looked at her for any signs of hesitation but when he saw none, he captured her lips with his own.

This time, Casey knew exactly what she was doing and didn't pull away. She leaned into his body and explored his mouth with her own. She had dreamed of being in Jason's arms just like this and while she didn't know what she was going to do just yet, she knew that there was no way they could go back to being just friends or partners. She sighed and decided to enjoy the moment while it lasted.

She knew that there would be consequences and that she would have to figure out where they would go from here but for right now she was content right where she was.


So yeah...short and sweet...what'd ya think? Please review... I will update soon this time....I promise :)