A/N - Jack and Sam weren't together for very long when they had their affair, but I like to believe that they shared a really close affection for each other during this time. I would like to thank Diane again for her help and support with this story. Disclaimer - The lyrics used in this chapter were written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and performed by The Carpenters. No copyright infringement is intended

Chapter 5

They stopped for something to eat at a roadside diner, which had been adequate, but they hadn't lingered any more than necessary. Jack was eager to get to the cabin and he was also conscious of keeping the owner waiting.

After setting off once more, it hadn't been long into the journey before Sam had fallen asleep. But as Jack reached their destination, he had to drive up a dirt track to get to the cabin. The uneven surface made his car jump and roll and it quickly woke Sam from her slumber.

After rubbing her eyes, she saw the cabin in front of them.

"Oh my God," she said in disbelief. "This is where we're staying?"

"Pretty neat, huh… d'ya like it?" Jack smiled.

She leaned across and kissed Jack on the lips. "Does that answer your question?"

"Guess so," he laughed. "Oh, that must be the guy that owns this place; you wait here a minute."

Jack hurried over to Bob Jackson. "Thanks for waiting around for us."

"No problem, Mr. Malone. I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of setting up the fire for you. It's gonna be a chilly night and you want to be as snug as you can in there."

"That's great, thanks - and the hot tub?" asked Jack.

"Just round the back on the deck, overlooking the lake, and that's all fired up for you too."

"Couldn't be better," said Jack as he accepted the keys from the owner.

"Enjoy your weekend," said Bob Jackson. As he turned to leave, he winked at Jack while nodding towards Sam, who was still sitting in the car and looking decidedly fidgety.

Sam waved politely to Bob Jackson as he passed by. Then she hurriedly got out and joined Jack beside the cabin.

The cabin nestled in the woods on the shores of the lake. It was surrounded by huge rhododendron bushes that would burst into a profusion of color in the springtime.

A fair amount of land also surrounded it, so it was most definitely what you would call secluded.

She put her arms around his neck and kissed him. "It's beautiful, Jack."

"Not as beautiful as you," he replied as he scooped her up and carried her towards the cabin door.

"Whoa, watch your knee," said a concerned Sam.

"Right at this moment, I think I'm fit enough for anything."

"Good to know," she whispered in his ear.

For the first time during their relationship Jack felt free, like there was no one else in the world except for them. No responsibilities, no worries… nothing to come between them.

The cabin door creaked open and the warmth of the leaping and crackling flames in the stone fireplace welcomed them. On the floor was a large, thick and sumptuous looking rug and huge windows overlooked the lake.

Jack allowed Sam's legs to drop to the floor and she stood there in amazement. "I have to be dreaming."

"There's something I've got to do outside. Do you think you can unpack the things if I bring it all in?" asked Jack.

"Sure, but isn't there anything I can help you with out there?"

"Not right now, no… maybe later though," Jack grinned.

As soon as Sam was safely tucked away in the bedroom sorting out their stuff, Jack set about preparing his surprise.

xxxxx

After a short while Sam heard the door slam shut and she went through to see if Jack had returned.

He stood there rubbing his hands together to warm himself. "It's a bit cold out there now; think we need to do something to warm ourselves up."

Joining Sam in the bedroom, he took a look around and saw the huge four-poster bed.

Sam put her arms around his waist, "You certainly know what impressive means."

"Well, technically they usually rent this cabin out to newlyweds, so it doesn't get any better than this."

"Hmm, I could certainly get used to it," said Sam, who was now slowly unbuttoning Jack's coat.

One by one they peeled their layers of clothing away. It had been a few days since they had been able to be so intimate with each other and Jack became aroused very quickly.

He stared at Sam's naked body, savoring her beautiful curves. Taking her hand, he led her to the bed.

Sitting on the edge, he spread his legs and positioned her so that she was standing right between them. Jack put his hands on her waist and he pulled her slowly towards him. His hands moved round to her buttocks and then carefully down the backs of her thighs to her calves. They repeated their journey back up the front of her legs until his hands rested once more at her waist.

Sam put her hands on the top of Jack's shoulders and then knelt on the bed so that she was straddling his lap. He slipped his arms around her back, his hands caressing her as they made their way towards her shoulder blades.

Carefully he took one of her nipples between his teeth and traced circles with his tongue until it was nice and hard. Reaching up, he captured her lips with his. It was a deep, hungry kiss, which left them both breathless.

Sam now gently pushed against Jack's shoulders and he flopped down onto the bed. He took her breasts in his hands and rubbed his thumbs roughly against her nipples. She reached down between her legs and she could feel Jack, warm and hard. Raising herself off the bed a little, she guided him and then eased herself down onto him.

Jack slid into her in one fluid movement. "God," he gasped, "you're amazing."

She started to rock on her knees, putting her hands on her heels behind her for balance.

As the momentum built up, Sam's head began to tip backwards and she closed her eyes, overcome by the exquisite feel of Jack deep inside of her. She was biting her bottom lip, and Jack could see the look of pure pleasure etched on her face.

Eager to take control, Jack sat up and coaxed Sam to put her legs out behind him. He then maneuvered them so that Sam was now the one lying on the bed.

"My turn," he whispered in her ear. He could hear her soft moans of enjoyment as he kissed and nipped her neck. His lips then travelled down towards her collarbone.

All he wanted to do was to pleasure her and ensure that she was fully satisfied by their lovemaking. He could tell from the goose bumps that she was enjoying his attention.

Sam stopped him continuing by lifting his chin and whispering hungrily, "I want us to do this now."

Jack entered her again, just as seamlessly as the first time. Her nails scraped down his chest and quickly he was in his stride. He pushed, harder and harder and she responded by pushing against him so that he penetrated her deeply.

He didn't want to stop, but Jack could feel the blood surging through his tingling body. He could feel the pressure building within him and as he looked at Sam, who was shuddering and jerking, it tipped him over the edge and he came with such a force that he almost collapsed onto her.

"Jesus, Sam," he gasped as he rolled over to her side and pulled her tightly to him.

"You okay?" she asked, a little worried by the rapid rise and fall of his chest.

"Oh, yeah… more than okay."

They lay together, arms and legs entwined for several minutes until Jack leaned over and after placing a soft kiss on her forehead, he said, "How about some fresh air?"

Sam snuggled into him, "Isn't it a bit cold out there, especially when it's so warm in here?"

Jack coaxed her up from the bed and said, "I think you'll find it'll be pretty cozy out there too."

They freshened up in the bathroom and after putting on their robes he took her by the hand and led her out of the cabin.

The chill of the air hit them. Jack wrapped his arm around her and Sam pulled her robe tightly round herself

"Close your eyes," he said, and he led her onto the deck area at the back of the cabin. It was a clear night and the moon's reflection bathed the surface of the lake in what seemed like a magical glow.

After lighting the candles, he turned to Sam and said, "Okay, you can open them now."

The first thing she noticed was the steam rising up into the night, and then she saw the bright red rose petals around the hot tub. The scent of ylang-ylang drifted in the air, and the flames from the candles danced and flickered in the light breeze. Two large glasses of red wine stood on the edge of the tub.

He held the collar of her robe as she slipped out of it. He then took her hand and helped her into the tub. After removing his own robe, he joined her in the soothingly warm water. She settled between his legs with her back resting against his chest.

After pressing a button on the remote control, his plans were complete. Soft music began to drift out of the cabin window.

Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near, just like me they long to be, close to you…

"Err, oh my God," she said, and for a second Sam was stunned. "You're playing The Carpenters?"

She spun herself so that she was now sitting on his knee, her arms draped around his neck.

"This is the song I want you to think of when you think about us, not the depressing one that got you all worked up the last time we were together."

Why do stars fall down from the sky every time you walk by, just like me they long to be close to you…

"This says it all. I couldn't even try and explain how I feel about you any better than this song does." Jack's eyes were heavy with emotion, "Being with you is one of the most important things in my life right now, apart from the girls; you are my life, Sam."

On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true. So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue…

Sam rested her forehead against his as they listened to the words drifting out across the tranquil lake. "I love you, Jack. I know that I shouldn't, but I just can't stop myself."

"Love you too," and as he said it, Sam snuggled into his neck and he rested his chin on her head.

They sat there in silence enjoying the music and sipping at the now rather cool wine. It didn't matter, though, as the soothing warmth of the water and the closeness of their bodies soon had them tired but contented.

"Time to take advantage of that fire, I think," said Jack to a very sleepy Sam.

As they both got out of the tub, they quickly put their robes back on. After blowing out the candles, they made their way back into the cabin and settled down on the rug in front of the fire for what was left of the evening.

xxxxx

The following morning Jack woke first. Snow was falling heavily as he looked out of the window.

Sam was still sleeping soundly and so he took the opportunity to just enjoy lying next to her, knowing that he didn't have to rush to get dressed and get back to his apartment.

Jack had fallen asleep in front of the open fire the previous night, and he had woken a little stiff and cold to find Sam with her arms wrapped round him, also blissfully asleep.

As he stretched his aching legs, she had woken and they both made their way to the four-poster bed where they lay, holding each other for the rest of the night in a deep, restful sleep.

"Are we still here or was it all a dream and we're back in New York?" asked a groggy Sam.

"Still here, and look, it's even snowing outside."

Sam moved closer to Jack, and turning on her side, she put her left leg over his and draped her arm across his chest. "I'll take your word for it."

"Ah - ah, don't go back to sleep, time for breakfast," said Jack as he moved Sam's arm and started to get out of bed.

Sam grabbed him and groaned, "Ugh… hang on - I was hoping we might get a repeat of last night - what's the rush?"

"Plenty of time for that. Let's go and have some fun in the snow; it's a shame to waste it."

With that, Jack got out of bed and headed towards the bathroom.

Not wanting him to get away with it that easily, Sam followed him into the shower and they had a lot of fun making sure that they were clean and refreshed, ready for the day ahead.

Jack prepared breakfast while Sam got dressed and dried her hair.

As they ate, Sam kept reaching over the table to touch his hand. Jack smiled to himself. He loved the intimacy that they were being able to show each other and he hoped that he had proved to Sam that he was serious about their relationship.

"So, what surprises do you have waiting for me today?" laughed Sam.

"We-ell, I thought we could maybe go snowboarding. I know that there are facilities nearby."

Sam glared at him, "You're joking… right?"

He couldn't help but laugh when he saw the look on her face. "Yeah, I'm joking," he nodded, still trying to compose himself.

"Well, you know, you've really surprised me. I didn't realize that Jack Malone could be such an old romantic," she teased.

"Hey, less of the old, and actually I have been known to make the odd romantic gesture." As soon as he said it, he knew that it was a mistake.

"Lucky Maria," Sam sighed and finishing her breakfast she left the table, and walked back into the bedroom.

You stupid fucking idiot he thought. It was the worst thing he could have said. His life with Maria was the last thing that Sam had wanted to be reminded of.

He thought it best to give her some space, so he cleared the breakfast things away and then followed her through to the bedroom.

Sam was sitting beside the window staring out at the snow, which was still falling heavily and making quite an impression on the ground below.

"Hey… I'm sorry," whispered Jack as he knelt down between her legs, resting his forearms on her knees. "I didn't mean to upset you; that's the last thing I want to do."

"I know, it's just we can't even escape it here. You're married Jack, so what future is there for us?"

"I can't make you any promises, Sam. I wish I could, but I do have another life back in New York," he said, taking her hands in his. "But… I wish that it were you that I woke up to every morning, and you that I came home to every night. I wish…" Sighing deeply, he looked into Sam's eyes.

Shaking his head sadly, he continued, "I don't know where we'll be in a few months time, but I need you to know that whatever happens, Sam… I'll always be there for you…always."

She cupped his face in her hands and silenced his words with a kiss. "I know you will be. I've never been more certain about anything in my life, Jack."

They stared into each other's eyes for what seemed like forever, silent words telling them that for the moment they were okay, more than okay.

"Come on, let's not waste this snow. I think I'll be quite good at snowboarding," laughed Sam, as she pulled him up from the floor.

As they got their jackets on and made their way out of the cabin door, Jack had no idea what the following months would bring, but he knew that no matter what, they would always have a connection. Maybe it was destiny, although he didn't really believe in that stuff, but he knew that the feelings that they had for each other were so strong that they would never truly disappear.