A/N: Here's chapter 2, more to come...

Fountains at Noon

Chapter 2


As they walked in the direction of Maggie's house, there was an odd silence between them. For a long while as they walked, the air was thick, as if something had happened. Finally, after the moments of
silence, Harvey questioned her, "What's wrong?"

She looked up at him, her eyes fluttering nervously, and shook her head. "Nothing, I'm just tired."

"Well, we don't have to go to your mother's tonight, there's always tomorrow."

"Tomorrow?" She questioned, her eyes looking into his questioningly. "What do you mean there's tomorrow?"

He smirked at her, "I'll be here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and-"

Kate stopped in the middle of the walkway so abruptly that Harvey took a few steps after her. "Yes, and what about after that?" She questioned harshly, "What about after all of the next days? After this

Harvey shrugged, "I'll be here."

"Yes, Harvey, you'll be here next week. But what about next month? Next year? Four years from now, where will you be?" She answered the question for him, "Chances are, not here."

He sighed, "What do I have to do to make you believe me?" He questioned her with a smile, "Hmm, Kate? Why won't you believe me?"

She shook her head, whispering, "There's nothing you can do."

He looked at her intensely for a minute or two before she raised her head to look at him. Silently, he stepped forward and cupped her cheek. "Harvey..."

"There's nothing I can do?" He repeated quietly, his eyes fixed on her lips.

"Harvey, please..." Kate tried to stop him, to get him to understand, but it was to no avail. She couldn't stop him, and she couldn't pull away.

"What about this?" He whispered, and his lips hesitantly brushed hers. But unlike their previous kiss, this one didn't end there. He firmly pressed his lips to hers, and at her sharp intake of breath, kissed her passionately. Faintly, she responded.

She pulled away, and they shared a look for a moment. She grabbed his arm, and they continued on their way. A few seconds down the path, she leaned over to him, "You have lipstick on your mouth."

Harvey had to admit, as they stood outside the door, he was a bit nervous. Kate noticed this and grabbed his hand, "Come along." She whispered, and she pulled him through the open door. "Mum?" Kate
called into the house.

"Kitchen." Was the reply, and that is where they entered. As soon as they did, Kate smiled at her mother, and then Maggie's eyes drifted immediately to their interlocked hands. "Hello."

Kate walked over to her mother, hugging her, and kissing her on the cheek. It didn't go unnoticed by Maggie that Kate's hand clasped Harvey's immediately after she finished her greeting. "Mum, this is Harvey Sine. Harvey, Maggie Walker."

Harvey smiled, and shook Maggie's hand. "Hello."

Maggie's eyes widened. "Kate, you didn't tell me he was an American."

Kate scolded her mother with her eyes, and squeezing Harvey's hand in reassurance, told her mother, "Yes, well, it must've slipped my mind."

Maggie nodded, looking over Harvey. "You have my daughter's lipstick on your own mouth, Mr. Shine." Maggie smirked, to let him know she was only joking.

"Mother!" Kate scolded, and turned toward Harvey. "I told you." She whispered.

Harvey shook his head, "I thought I took care of it!" He was extremely embarrassed.

Kate shook her head, and swiftly grabbed a napkin from the counter, licked it, and wiped off his mouth.

His face turned in disgust right before she reached his lips. "Excuse me!" He exclaimed, avoiding her napkin, "You just licked that."

Kate rolled her eyes, "Need I remind you whose lipstick I'm removing?" With raised eyebrows, she questioned. He stayed silent, and she removed the last of the lipstick.

Maggie watched the display with glee. Her daughter and Harvey had clearly just had what they assumed was a private conversation, and were in fact bickering back and forth in her kitchen, forgetting she was there. "I'm Maggie." She broke the silence, "But you can call me Mum if you wish." She winked, and Kate stared at her usually proper mother, her mouth agape.


"Katelyn Margaret Walker, you use that tone with me one more time..." She was merely joking, but Kate promptly shut her mouth.

"You didn't tell me your name was Katelyn." Harvey whispered in astonishment.

Kate rolled her eyes, "Well the reasons are obvious why I didn't! It sounds so juvenile..."

Harvey shook his head, "I think it's cute." They shared a moment of eye contact as Kate blushed.

Maggie nodded, "I do believe, though, that Katelyn Shine sounds better than Kate Shine."

Kate stared at her mother with wide eyes, but remembering her warning, said nothing. "Mum, we can't stay long, we need to get going, I'm just going to visit the restroom before we leave." And she promptly headed
up the stairs.

Maggie looked at Harvey, "You make her nervous."

Harvey's brow furrowed, "What do you mean?"

Maggie shrugged, "It a good way, but you make her nervous, giddy."

Harvey still looked very confused.

Maggie smiled, "It's a good thing, Harvey. And if it helps you any, I like you."

Harvey smiled just as Kate entered the room. "Why are you smiling?" She questioned. "I wasn't gone nearly long enough for childhood pictures, so what is it?"

Harvey shook his head as they walked to the door, "Nothing."

Kate shrugged it off, and kissed Maggie goodbye. Just as she was shutting the door, Maggie told her daughter, "You can always bring him back."

And Kate shut the door, a smile on her face.