Hello, Hello!!! So here is the final chapter!! I hope you have enjoyed this story as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Just to let you know, there is a question Cal asks that is intense.
I hope you enjoy! Please don't forget to review.
P.S. I think my next story will be called "To London with Love". Be on the look out!
Gillian walked up to the house slowly and hesitated to ring the door bell. She was about to leave when the door opened. She was expecting Cal but she saw Zoe looking at her. Zoe was grinning like a cat.
Gillian was shocked when she clumsily said, "Oh… ummmm… I'm sorry, I didn't mean to intrude. I mean…"
She was cut off by Emily running through the door and hugging her. Emily looked up and said, "Hi Gillian! I heard about Garry saving the day." She looked over her shoulder, "Where is Garry?"
Gillian looked at Emily and said, "He just left. He had to catch James' soccer game."
Zoe looked at Gillian and said, "I was able to get a deal for Junior. He will have to stay at a hospital until he is 18 but he can see his sister anytime. As for Callie, Cassandra and her fiancé have agreed to take her in. There is a good chance the judge will allow them to adopt both kids." Zoe felt someone hug her but she was surprised that it was Gillian doing it.
Gillian looked at Zoe with tears in her eyes and said, "Thank you so much. I don't know what else to say but thank you." She let go and took a step back.
Zoe straightened out her dress and said in a professional tone, "Well that is my job. That is why you pay me the big bucks!" She looked at Emily, then back at Gillian and softly said, "I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was you and Garry that I should be thanking. So… thank you."
"Oi, who is letting all of the air out? Emily, close the damn door." Cal stopped when he saw Gillian at the door. He just started at her.
Zoe turned to Cal and said, "Cal, stop being rude. Gillian is here." Then she turned back to Emily and said, "Honey are you ready to go?"
Emily nodded and left to go get her bags. The three adults were left into a comfortable silence. Emily came out, hugged and kissed her dad and said, "Happy Non-Birthday, dad! I hope you have a regular day."
Cal smiled, "I will, Em. Maybe we can go out to dinner later on." They hugged one more time.
Emily turned to Gillian and said, "Bye, Gillian. I hope we get to see more of Garry. He is pretty cool." Gillian just nodded.
Zoe turned to Cal, kissed him on the cheek and said, "I will talk to you later, darling." Then she turned to Gillian and held out her hand to shake. While shaking hands, Zoe said, "Gillian, it was a pleasure working with you. Take care." And with that Emily and Zoe left.
Cal looked at Gillian and said, "What are you waiting for? You want to come in?" Gillian nodded and she walked through the door. They both walked to the living room and sat down on the sofa.
Gillian took a deep breath and said, "I am so sorry Cal." She looked down concentrating on her hands.
Cal thought for a couple of seconds then he put his hands on hers and said, "Gillian, you have no reason to apologize. I was just worried about you, yeah. From the time you saw Callie, it looked like something was pulling you down. Then you saw Callie's room and you had a look of familiarity. Then everything made sense when Garry talked to Junior. You shouldn't be saying sorry, Luv. I should be the one saying that after all of the hell you went through." He let it sink in before he continued, "I guess the only thing I am upset with is that you never told me. You never came to me, even though you tell me to come to you if I have a problem. I was utterly surprised with every turn the case took."
Gillian was quiet but she kept holding Cal's hand. She took a deep breath, looked into Cal's eyes and said, "Well I am sorry I never told you but to tell the truth, I never want to relive that time in my past. Surely you can understand. It's the same for you when ever we take a suicide case." Gillian noticed Cal tensed up but he didn't let go. "It's that part of the past neither of us wants to talk about. Not even to our best friends. Do you understand?"
Cal looked at Gillian, almost studying her and bluntly asked, "Did your father rape you?"
Gillian tensed up, wanting to remove her hand and turn away. Cal wouldn't let her, so she looked down and whispered, "No he did not. But I am sure if my brother wasn't there…" She shook a little. "I don't even want to think about that."
It was Cal's turn to be quiet and then he smiled. He lifted her hand and brushed his lips against them. "I understand, Luv." Gillian blushed but she didn't hide it.
Gillian said quietly, "Thank you for understanding." And she kissed Cal on his cheek. She lingered there and then looked into his hazel eyes. She put her hands on his cheeks and whispered, "Really, Cal, thank you from the bottom of my heart."
They kept eye contact until Gillian closed her eyes and kissed his lips softly. She put her arms around Cal and deepened the kiss. Cal slid his arms around her and pulled her towards him. She brushed her tongue against his lips and he granted her access. At this point, their kisses became hungrier. Gillian pushed Cal back against the sofa. He slid his hands under her shirt and caressed her smooth skin. They continued to kiss for what seemed like forever. Then out of sheer need for oxygen, they let go.
They looked at each other but neither of them moved. She started kissing his neck. She whispered, "Happy Birthday, Cal." She kissed him some more. "I hope it is memorable for you." He moaned and kept moving his hands up her shirt. She sat up and said, "Oh, I have a present for you. It's in my purse." She got up to go retrieve her purse. He moaned when his body lost contact with hers. She came back to the sofa with a little box wrapped in Christmas paper. He looked confused. "I didn't have any birthday wrapping paper, okay. It isn't like you're going to keep it, right?"
He opened the little box anxiously, looked down at what was inside and let out a cheerful laugh. He picked up a blue keychain that was in a shape of a broken heart. In silver letters was "BE" and under that was "FRI".
Gillian dug into her purse and brought out her keychain. She had the other half of the broken heart which had the letters "ST" and under that "ENDS". She put the two halves together and it made a whole heart with the words, "BEST FRIENDS".
"Cal, you are my best friend." Tears were forming in her eyes. "You are my rock. So I got you this silly thing to remind both of us how close we really are. Maybe it will also remind us to trust each other when it comes to our past." She smiled at him.
He got up to get his keys and he put the keychain on. He turned to Gillian, kissed her lightly on her lips and said, "Thank you, Luv."
She glowed and said, "Well, like I said earlier, Garry and I ate your cake. But I know a great place where they have amazing chocolate cupcakes. We can get blue sprinkles if you want to, or maybe green."
He grinned and said, "We can take them back here and you can really show me your love of chocolate." He wiggled his eyebrows up and down.
Gillian got up and sarcastically said, "Yeah, sure Cal, in your dreams."
As they walked out of the door holding hands he said, "Well dreams can come true."
I really hope you enjoyed it!!!!!!
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