Jane opened the café door for Maura and stepped in behind her. After taking a deep breath, she stopped beside the blonde and wrapped an arm around the other woman's waist.
She could feel Maura straighten at the unexpected contact. "Jane?"
"Looks like we can sit anywhere. You want to go to our normal table?" She started to guide them both to the table in question. Stunned, Maura simply nodded yes. At the table, Jane slid into the booth next to Maura as opposed to the opposite side. She only blushed slightly when she told the waitress they weren't waiting for anyone, and she didn't remove her hand from its resting place on Maura's thigh when the waitress replied with a curt, "I see."
"Are you feeling alright, Jane?" The doctor turned a concerned eye to the smirking brunette. "You're acting…"
"Like I'm your girlfriend?" The smirk widened slightly, and the blush deepened more.
Maura paused for a moment. She was caught up in her thoughts when the waitress interrupted them to set their drinks on the table and take their order.
"I… are you sure you'll be okay with this? Public displays of affection are considered in most societies to be a sign of ownership to each other stemming from…"
Jane kissed her. "I know, but I think I'm within my rights to claim you." She kissed the astonished blonde again. "Don't you?"
"Yes," Maura swallowed, "Of course."
"Good… are you okay with this?" Jane made a small motion with her head to indicate she was referring to their current situation.
"Yes," the blonde smiled, "I'm very okay with this." She scooted over, closer to Jane. Jane moved her arm to wrap it around Maura's shoulders. Maura took it as an invitation and laid her head on Jane's shoulder. "You do realize this means I also reserve the right to 'claim' you in public as well?"
Jane gave a low, raspy chuckle. "Yeah, the thought had crossed my mind."
"Jane Rizzoli!" They both knew that voice. They both winced as they heard the footsteps coming up behind them. "That had better not be anyone else other than," Angela Rizzoli walked around the booth to look her daughter in the eye. "Maura! It's good to see you."
"Hello, Mrs. Rizzoli." Maura looked as though she was caught between wanting to pull away from Jane and wanting to hide from Jane's mother.
"Angela, please. I've already told you." The older woman slid into the seat across the way. "What are you two doing here?"
"Ma, we're getting breakfast," Jane gave her mother a look that clearly said that was a stupid question.
"Breakfast? It's nearly 1 in the afternoon. You two are just getting up?" Angela shot Maura a sly smile. "What have you been up to that kept you up so late last night?"
"Really?" Jane rolled her eyes. "What are you… you know what? I don't want to know. Maura, you don't have to answer that. In fact, don't." Maura smiled and buried her red face in Jane's shoulder.
"Oh, come on sweetie, it's not that big of a deal. Two people in a committed relationship are expected to have late nights every now and then." She winked at them. "If you ask me, it's about time you two did! You know, your father and I…"
"No, Ma. Whatever you're about to say, I really don't want to hear." Jane held her hand up as if to ward off the upcoming commentary from her mother.
"Okay, fine. But, if you ever want to talk about…"
"Not going to happen." Jane closed her eyes and shook her head. "No way, not if you were the last person on earth besides Maura. I'd talk to a sock puppet first."
"A sock puppet?" Maura sat up and pulled away from Jane. "Wouldn't that essentially mean you were talking to yourself?"
"Yeah, my point exactly. There are just some things you don't talk to your parents about, and," the brunette made a vague motion with her hand, "Relations are one of them. No, not going to happen."
With a slight smirk, the blonde quirked her head to the side. "Did you just admit out loud what I believe you to have admitted out loud?"
Jane froze for a moment, her eyes growing large. She looked from the still smirking blond to her equally smirking mother and back again. She groaned as she put her head in her hands. "Is nothing sacred anymore?"
"I'm your mother, Jane. You know you don't have to keep secrets from me." She reached over and gave her daughter a gentle pat on the arm. "You know that your father and I approve of Maura," she smiled brightly at the doctor. "Besides, I don't see what the big deal is."
"Oh, Jane, the food is coming. Angela, did you want something to eat?" Maura began to clear the table in preparation for the plates.
"No, sweetie, I was actually about to leave." The older woman stood. "But, you'll both be at dinner on Sunday night, right?"
"Of course, Angela! What should I bring?"
"Bring my daughter on time, for a change, and that'll be enough." She bent over and kissed Jane on the cheek. "I'll see both of you later. Enjoy your breakfast!"
They watched her leave as the waitress set the plates down.
"Oh man," Jane shook her head. "That was not what I had in mind for the morning at all. Leave it to my mother to make me say something before I have a chance to stop myself."
"Is it so bad?" Maura gave a side glance in the brunette's direction.
"No, not really." Jane smiled again. "I'm okay with it, you know?" She turned to the blonde. "It's nice to not go through this alone. I'm glad you're here."
Maura set her fork down and turned to Jane. "I'm glad you're allowing me to be here with you. If you ever change your mind…"
"I won't." Jane pushed a strand of hair away from Maura's face. "I don't want to lose what this is. I know that it's not always going to be easy, and I don't want to mess this up. Some things are going to take me some time. But, I think this will work, Maura. I really do." She made a face. "Do you?"
Maura captured Jane's hand in her own. "Yes, I do."
"Okay then… let's eat before it gets cold. Cold eggs are like eating rubber. Besides, we have a lot to do today. That bed isn't going to lay on itself." Jane turned back to her plate with a smile playing on her lips.
"Then, I suppose we should eat so we can help it out."
"My thoughts exactly."
The end! Whew... that one took a while to finish, didn't it? Hope you enjoyed it. ^_^ I'm begging you peeps to review this and let me know what you think now that it's completed. Reviews are like crack to ff writers, honest! It keeps us going. :-D