Well I know it has been forever since I updated this story so I thought I would at least give you all one more chapter and give you a chance to let me know if I should continue it or put all my time into my other Jimmy/Annie story…Please review and let me know what you all want! Thanks and happy reading! And hopefully there aren't too many mistakes…didn't have much of a chance to proof read!
Annie laid back on the bed while the doctor checked her eyes. The light still hurt her head but not as bad as before. She tried to push through the pain but the doctor noticed how she flinched when he shined the light to check her pupils.
"Your eyes are a little sluggish, and I can see they are very sensitive as well. Annie, you have aggravated your recovery and you will be lucky to be back to work by the end of the week. I want you to go home, lay down, watch television, and relax. No exercise, no video games, no computer, nothing that has anything to do with physical or mental activity. You need to give your brain a break and let it recover. You see, the brain is like anything else in the body. If you worked out the muscles in your arm, you would need to give them 48 to 72 hours to rebuild before working them again. Your brain needs time to rebuild its functions, and the more you work it, the longer it is going to take it to recover. This is serious Annie, if you don't listen you could really have some long term effects from this. Not to mention the likeliness of another concussion, which will most likely be more severe than the first…do you understand what I'm saying? How serious this really is?" the doctor asked, forcing Annie to look at him.
She took a deep breath. She hated this, not being able to do anything. Still, she nodded as she answered, "I understand. How long do you think before the side effects will go away?"
The doctor shook his head in uncertainty, "There is really no way to tell. Your head injury was minor, but that doesn't mean it wasn't very serious. There have been cases where side effects were still present up to a year after the injury."
Annie shook her head in disbelief, "You mean, a year from now I could still be like this?"
"It's not likely. Most of the time the headaches will become less painful but will still be present. I really hope you are back to your old self within a week, but you must rest and take time for your brain to heal if you want this to happen. Maybe today opened your eyes enough for you to see how serious this is," the doctor said.
When Ben finally got Annie back through her front door he told her to go straight to the couch and lay down. He ordered take out and they watched tv for a while. Finally Annie's cell rang and she grabbed it, expecting Daisy.
"This is Annie," she answered, not bothering to look at the ID.
"Hey, you up for a home visit?" Jimmy asked on the other end.
"Jimmy, hey. I…guess. Where are you?" she asked eyeing Ben.
"About a minute from your drive," he said.
"K, see ya in a minute," she said, quickly disconnecting. "You gotta go!" she told Ben. "Jimmy's almost here."
He smiled, "Damn Annie, you act like we are doing something terrible here."
She got up off the couch, mainly to put some space between herself and Ben, "In Jimmy's eyes, we are. And I am pretty sure I could get in serious trouble if my bosses ever found out!"
Ben rose from the couch and walked over to her, not stopping until they were nearly touching. He leaned in a placed a hungry kiss on her lips, "I guess I will see you later then. Call me when he leaves…promise?" Ben said as he lifted her chin and lightly kissed her again.
"Okay," she said with a soft smile.
Ben met Jimmy in the driveway. "She said you were on your way, so I'm gonna go check on Tom now. Be sure you make her tell you what the doctor said, cause if she don't, I will." With that, Ben got in his car and drove away.
Jimmy was still very confused on the situation between his partner and the bounty hunter. He was so sure she would never jeopardize her career with the likes of Ben Crowley, but in the back of his mind he was beginning to question his own judgment. Normally, he could read Annie like a book, but lately he had been so preoccupied with his own problems, such as his girlfriend kicking him out…again, that he had not paid much attention to anyone else.
Jimmy didn't bother knocking when he got to the front door. He found Annie sitting on the couch with a bottle of water and a bag of grapes. "Doctor says I need to let my brain heal," she said as she popped another grape in her mouth.
"Hmm, we may be waiting a lot longer than we thought," Jimmy joked.
"Ha ha, your so funny," she smiled. It felt good to joke with him again. It seemed like it had been so long since they had just laughed together.
"So, I saw the bounty hunter leave," Jimmy motioned to the door as he grabbed a grape from her with his other hand.
"Come on Jimmy, don't spoil the mood with that," she said seriously.
"Look Boots, what you do on your own time is your own business…but you can do a lot better than that guy. What the hell do you see in him anyways?" Jimmy asked.
Annie half smirked and rolled her eyes, "He is really not that bad Jimmy."
"That's it…that's all I get? Come on Annie, what's going on between you two?" Jimmy asked.
Annie looked away from him, knowing he would see right through her if she lied to him, "Jimmy, don't ask a question if you don't really want the answer."
"You just gave me the answer. How long?" he said staring at her.
"What?" she said confused.
"How long have you been screwin the bounty hunter?" Jimmy said, trying not to let his anger get the best of him.
"Why the hell do you care so much Jimmy? You just said what I done on my time was my business. It hasn't affected my work, so why do you care?" she asked angrily. She could feel tears building and looked away from him. There was no way she was going to let him see her cry.
"Annie, look at me," Jimmy said as he pulled her chin so she was facing him again. "I am concerned about you. I know you don't let many people close to you, and the last thing I want is for you to let someone like Ben Crowley break through your walls, and then break your heart," he said softly.
With that, a single tear slipped down Annie's cheek. "Too late," she said simply.
"What?" Jimmy said confused.
"I said too late…he's…he's already in Jimmy," she said as she bowed her head in shame.
"Annie, has he hurt you?" Jimmy asked, his anger showing again.
"No, no," she said quickly, trying to compose herself. "He has been nothing but good to me. Every time I expect him to turn and run, mostly because I'm scared to death to open up, to let him all the way in, every time…he surprises me. He stays. And every time, I open up a little more to him." She got up off the couch and started pacing the room, "My God, listen to me. I've lost my damn mind. What the hell was I thinking, getting involved with him in the first place. It wasn't suppose to end up like this you know. It was suppose to be no strings attached. No harm, no foul, you know? Just scratching an itch…"
"Annie…Annie, stop," Jimmy said as he stood in front of her. "Look at me," he waited for her to focus, "Is he good to you?" Annie looked down, not able to look in his eyes. He pulled her head back up, "Answer me."
"He's too good. I keep waitin for him to mess up, but he doesn't. I keep thinking he's going to get tired of hiding, but he's so patient. He…gets me." she said, breaking eye contact again.
Jimmy surprised her then. She was waiting on him to fly off the handle, but then she felt him wrap his arms around her, "Oh Boots…what've you got yourself into?"
She frantically wiped at the few tears that rolled down her cheeks, "I don't know Jimmy. What am I suppose to do?"
He pulled her to the couch and made her sit down, "I can't answer that, it's something that only you know. I'm not going to pretend that I like the guy, but I'm not gonna give you advice against him either. And I'm not going to promise not to ever get upset about this. You should have told me, even if you knew I would overreact."
She nodded, trying to suppress the rest of the tears that were threatening to fall. "So, anything new on the case?" she tried to change the subject.
"No no no, not so fast. How long?" Jimmy asked again, no anger in his voice this time.
Annie looked down again, "Been talkin for about five months…been together for three," she said nervously.
Jimmy shook his head, "Wow…so when he came into the office during the Rothschild case…and when you ordered Marco to jump into the boat…you two were…" he trailed off and looked at Annie shocked.
She just nodded and smiled nervously, "Yea, we fought over the boat thing until the bombing happened. He really pissed me off that day because he got in Marco's way, not just mine. I jumped Marco, and it was Ben's fault. I'm still not completely over that," she said as she felt a twinge of anger rise in her gut.
"And then the bombing? He stayed at the hospital with you didn't he?" Jimmy asked
Annie nodded again, "That text you got from me about Puckett going blind…Ben sent it for me."
"Wow, hard for me to believe he didn't strike out after Puckett himself. He must care about you, that bounty was what? Ten thousand?" Jimmy smiled.
"Fifteen, I checked," she smiled back.
"Still, it's likely that one day he will go after that bounty, and then what? What happens when he chooses his job over you…are you going to be able to handle that?" Jimmy asked.
Annie shrugged and looked away again, "I do that to him every day…I can't give you an answer Jimmy because you're absolutely right. Maybe I should just end this now…" she trailed off, surprised how much the thought of losing Ben made her gut twist.
Jimmy looked at her quizzically for a long moment, "Annie, you love him…don't you?" he said, more of a statement than a question.
Annie got up and started pacing again, laughing nervously, "What, Jimmy…you're crazy. I do not…that's insane!"
Jimmy just smiled, "Yea, you're right, completely insane," he mocked.
Annie just rolled her eyes, "Now your mocking me? Really? Let's talk about Natalie," she said, changing the subject over to Jimmy's love life.
"What do you want to know? I'm sleeping in the bunks until we work through our latest fight…I thought she was over the gun thing, but apparently not. I showed up late one night with my gun and badge and everything still on and…let's just say she's not over the gun thing," he shook his head.
"Wow, sounds like she's going a little overboard this time," Annie said.
"I think she's just trying to get her point across. It's getting kind of old though. She knew what I was when we met, what does she want me to do, change my profession just because I get to carry a gun?" Jimmy half joked.
"You know, you two really need to work this out. Have you tried just talking to her?" Annie asked.
Jimmy just looked at her like she was crazy, "Is that how you and Crowley solve your love quarrels?"
She reached over and hit him on the shoulder, "Screw you. I was just trying to help."
"I'm sorry…" he said between breaths of laughter, "talking just isn't my strong suit."
Annie smiled and was soon laughing with him, "Yea, mine either."
Well, there's chapter 4...sorry it's short and sorry it took like forever! I'm not sure how much longer I will continue this story…I was going to put all my time into my Jimmy/Annie story…let me know what you all think and I promise to listen! It is just getting a little harder to write about Annie and Ben when he isn't on the show anymore! If I don't get many requests to continue I will probably put my time in the other story…Let me know!