A/N: I had different plans for this, I had every intention of having Jonesy come back, but I changed my mind. So this is the last chapter. I hope that's okay. I just have SO much going at once, it's hard to keep up with, and I HATE unfinished things. Lol =)
There was a long silence between Tess and Jack as he stood before her, waiting for an answer.
"She's my… she was going to be my foster daughter," she admitted.
"Your- your what?" he just about choked.
Tess smiled. She figured it would be slightly strange sounding coming from her. She hadn't exactly been a people person when he was around. But a lot had changed. She had changed. "My foster daughter. Her name is Hayley… she's… she's a really good kid. We had a lot in common."
"You…" Jack couldn't believe it.
Tess rolled her eyes.
"I'm sorry," Jack apologized. "I just… wow. It's a lot to take on."
"She wasn't any trouble," she smiled. "Okay, she was a royal pain in the butt… but she was MY royal pain in the butt. She really is a good kid, you'd like her."
"So what is she doing here?" Jack asked suspiciously.
"She's staying with me. Her home life wasn't, well… she had issues with her parents. I'll take her in, if she wants me to. I'll look after her."
Jack frowned watching her. "You're serious?"
"I am," she nodded firmly. She'd do anything for that kid.
"And where do I fit in?" Jack asked stunning her with his words.
"I don't know," she shrugged. "Could you raise a daughter?"
"I don't- I don't know, Tess."
Tess nodded. "If you want me now, Jack, I'm a package. She comes too, or its not deal."
"Tess, you're treating this like a business deal?"
She shrugged. "I'm sorry. I won't send her back to them… I won't."
… … … … … … …
Hayley had agreed to stay. As far as she was concerned, it was a done deal. Hayley belonged to her and her to Hayley. Mother and daughter… as it should have been years ago, and there wasn't anything Tess wouldn't have done for that girl.
Jack approached her one day, pulling her aside.
"I thought about you in jail," he confessed. "Every minute, every hour, your face was all I wanted to see. I won't ruin this. I want to be with you, and I see by the way you look at Hayley, that you see her as yours. I will too, I want to help you raise Hayley… I want to be her dad. I want to be your husband. Tess… let me?"
Tess nodded a small smile crossed her face. "Alright," she nodded.
"Yes?" he grinned.
She had spoken about the possibility of Jack in their lives, and Hayley had admitted, she thought he was a good guy. That was the only blessing Tess needed.
Jack bent down, and brushed his lips her hers, sealing the deal.
Hope it wasn't too disappointing… =) Thank you for having an interest in this story…