Hello! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the support! Here is the last chapter. It is grouped by couples. Enjoy!
Gillian and Alec:
Gillian woke up in an empty bed. She was cold despite being wrapped in her covers. She got out of bed, noticing that her clothes were still damp. She took an extra long hot shower. She wanted to wash everything away; Alec, Cal, those stupid drinks, that kiss…
She stepped out and dressed in her robe. She walked out into the kitchen, surprised to find Alec there drinking coffee. She must have looked confused because he explained, "When I got home, the bed was wet. So I slept on the couch in the living room. Did you go to sleep with wet clothes?"
She knew she should have answered his question, but her guilt made her say something else. "I kissed Cal... on the lips."
Her statement hung heavily in the air until Alec asked, "Why?"
She looked down, tears overtaking her emotions. "We just did. We got very drunk last night and well it just happened." She walked up to him and placed her hand on his arm. He pulled his arm away and walked across the kitchen. She looked at him, pleading with him. "I am so sorry, Alec. I promise it won't ever happen."
He crossed his arms over his chest, "I should hope not, I want you to quit your job with him. You have a lot of recommendations; you can restart your own business or work for another agency."
She shook her head, "No, I love what I do now. Please don't ask me to leave my job. The accomplishment I feel is greater than what I would get at my own practice."
"At what price, Gillian?" He yelled throwing his hands by his side. He pinched the bridge of his nose. "Did you sleep with him?"
She thought about how she almost wanted to. "No, I would have never done that."
He sighed, "Okay, Gillian, we can talk about this later. I have to go to work." He was almost out the door when he turned around and said, "Umm, I'll be a little late tonight. I have a big case load." He walked out.
She knew that he was lying, but for this one time she would have to let it go.
Cal and Zoe:
Cal sleepily walked into the office. Zoe was folding up a blanket. She turned and practically yelled, "What the hell happened last night? At first you didn't even let me know that you came in and then you went to sleep in our bed all wet. Did you get drunk last night?"
He was hoping that the office was empty. He turned around and walked into the kitchen. Zoe came running after him. She grabbed his shoulder and pulled him around. "Answer my damn questions!"
"YES! Are you happy? Yes, I was drunk last night. I didn't want to disturb your precious work so I went up and fell asleep. Now get your damn hands off of me." He shrugged her off and opened the fridge. He got out some orange juice and poured himself a glass.
Zoe crossed her hands over her chest and quietly asked, "So have you banged her yet?"
He almost spit out his juice and yelled, "What the hell did you say?"
She walked up and got in his face. "I asked, did you bang her yet? You know, little Miss Perfect, your dear little Gillian."
For once he didn't yell back. "No, we didn't have sex."
She lowered her voice to a menacing level, "But?"
Cal closed his eyes and took a deep breath, "We did kiss. But that was it. We didn't do anything else."
Zoe's glare soon turned into deep sadness, "Why? Just tell me why."
Cal shook his head and looked away. "I can honestly say, I don't know why, it just happened. I am sorry, Zo. This was not my intention to hurt you or Emily. It just happened."
She went back to glaring, "So the spouse that was accused of cheating wasn't the cheater at all." She took a deep breath and softened her voice. "We have been fighting for a long time, Cal. I think it's time…"
He walked up to her, "No, Zo, don't do this, don't leave me. We can make it work, I promise you, it can happen."
She sadly shook her head. "I can't do this anymore Cal. I can assure you it wasn't the kiss that helped me make my decision." She angrily wiped away a tear. "We just don't gel well together. We can't go a day without fighting. It is not healthy for us and it is certainly not healthy for Emily." She looked down, she was having a hard time talking. "I have a suitcase for you next to the front door. Please, just leave."
He looked over her face. "You didn't stay home because of work; you stayed home because you packed my bags." He closed his eyes tight, not letting any tear fall. His marriage is over. "Please, I beg of you don't take Emily away from me."
Zoe shook her head, "Never in a million years. Goodbye Cal."
She walked with him to the door. Emily, who was listening to everything from the stairs, ran up to Cal. "Daddy, please don't leave."
He was starting to choke up from his threatening tears. He picked her up and hugged her tightly. "I will only be down the street. While I am gone, you need to listen to your mommy, okay?" He felt her nodding. "I promise we will be seeing each other very soon. I love you very much." He put her back down. He briefly looked at Zoe. He wanted to apologize. He was about to when she shook her head. She didn't need one. He grabbed his suitcase and walked out the door.
Cal and Gillian:
Gillian walked down the path to the park area. Cal had called her after Alec left and told her to meet her there. She saw him sitting at one of the benches looking at a picture. When she walked up, he put the picture in his pocket. He looked up and said, "Morning, Foster. Why don't you sit down? I brought coffee for you. I bet your hangover is as worse than mine."
She sat down and immediately said, "Cal, about last night… it was… it…"
He finished her sentence. "It was not the smartest thing we did."
She shook her head, "No it wasn't." They drank their coffee in silence. "I told Alec what happened. He wanted me to leave this job. I told him that I was staying."
Cal waited a couple minutes wondering if he should tell her. "I told Zoe. The funny thing is that last night she wasn't working, she was packing my bags. This morning she told me that she wanted a divorce and kicked me out."
She didn't know what to say, so she did what she normally did in times like these. She placed her hand on his and squeezed it. "I'm sorry Cal. It looks like we both didn't have good morning, eh?"
He looked down at her hand and quietly said, "No we didn't." After a couple of minutes he asked, "So what do we do now?"
"Well, I got a call from Senator Richardson asking for our help about an aids allegation. Or we can leave this park and never see each other again." She hoped he would pick the first one.
He hoped she wanted the first one, because that's the one he wanted to pick. "What does this aid said he did?"
Gillian sighed into her coffee cup, "She claims that he solicited sex from her."
He smelled the air, "I love the smell of lying politicians in the morning." When he got up, he brought her up with their clasped hands.
Before he stepped forward, she stopped him. "Cal, this can't happen again." She looked down and saw that there was a crack from the sidewalk between them. "There should be a line in place before we leave here."
He too looked down at this crack. "Fine, we never cross it by kissing or making goo-goo eyes at each other, happy? Now let's go."
She grabbed his wrist with her other hand. "Cal, it's much more than goo-goo eyes and kisses. You don't read me and I don't read you. No matter what we always keep that line between us. If one of us steps over, then our whole company could fall apart."
"That's a little to dramatic, isn't it?"
Her eyes started to water up, "Cal, my marriage could fall apart. Please… I don't want that to happen."
The last thing he wanted was for her to go through what he is about to go through. He started to caress her cheek, "I promise from here on out, the line is in place." He let go of her cheek and her hand. They stood with a line between them for a couple of minutes. In a way, they wanted to get used to it before moving on.
Gillian wiped away her tears and looked up. "Senator Richardson should be in his office by now." They started to walk toward their cars.
Cal looked up and asked, "Hey, isn't Senator Richardson in charge of the Senate Ethics Committee?"
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