Dawn was breaking as Janine turned onto her street. All the way home, she had rehearsed what she was going to say.
If Corbet wouldn't agree to change and to forgive she'd be forced to admit that she'd lost the two men she'd loved with all her heart.
The thought scared her to death.
How would she explain to Corbet where she was all night? He was sure to freak out over this. She could feel her heart beating rapidly and the tears that she'd worked so hard to hold back began to surface.
As quietly as possible, she slipped the key into the lock and prepared herself for the worst.
When she turned the doorknob, it opened automatically.
She looked up to find her husband standing there; tear streaked face, arms outstretched.
She swallowed hard and took a deep breath.
"Corbet, I think we should talk. I-."
Before she could finish, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her passionately. The sensation was both familiar and new at the same time. She gave into the kiss, holding him as tightly as possible, her hands massaging every inch of his shoulders and back.
When the kiss ended, they stared at each other. He reached out and tenderly brushed a lock of hair from her face.
"I... thought I'd lost you forever. Where were you?"
She opened her mouth to speak, but no words came out.
"It doesn't matter. Whatever or whomever brought you back to me, I'm forever grateful to them." He said.
He held a finger to her lips. "Can I say something, please?"\
"Oh... okay." She said timidly.
She sat down on the sofa, offering him the seat next to her.
As they sat together, he took her hands, surprising her with the romantic gesture.
"God, Janine... When I woke up and found you gone... you have no idea how much I hurt, thinking I had lost you forever. I-I can't believe I was such a jackass. You don't deserve a guy like me. I mean, I thought that a ton of money and a high-profile career would make me happy."
"...But the truth is... the only thing that makes me happy is being with you." he continued.
She smiled through the tears that were running down her face.
"Corbet, I'm so sorry for writing that note. It's not true. I love you."
"And I love you. I want you to know that. Can you ever forgive me?"
At the words I love you; she took his face in her hands and kissed him fervently.
"I'll take that as a yes." He said, touching his forehead to hers.
They kissed again but suddenly he pulled away.
"Corbet? What's wrong?"
He looked at her seriously. "Um... there's something you should know."
Damn... here it comes...
Her body tensed, waiting for whatever he had to say.
"I-I quit my job. I told them that you were more important than a huge salary."
The relief was so great, she actually laughed.
"So you're not mad?" he asked with the innocence of his 17 year old self.
She kissed him again.
"No, but I know where you can work instead."
He raised his eyebrows at her comment. "Are you serious?"
"Yeah... I'll take you there tomorrow."
:"What kind of work is it?" He asked, skeptically.
She hesitated before speaking.
"Janine please. I'll take anything, as long as it doesn't require me being away from you."
She smiled at the compliment.
"Know anything about being a mechanic? I know the guy who works there. You owe him one."