Elaine was strangely comforted by Kramer's presence, but she couldn't stay here a minute longer.
Thanks, Kramer, but I need to get out of here."
"Elaine, wait! Don't leave!" Kramer pleaded.
She rose from the booth. "I don't know why I even bothered to-."
Gasping, she looked up to find George and Jerry standing before her.
"Hey Jer-." Kramer said.
"Cosmo." Jerry replied with a nod.
"Um...look. We should go." George said, motioning to Kramer.
"Yeah. Well, see you later, Elaine. Jerry."
"Bye Cosmo." Jerry said, as Elaine looked worriedly at her friends.
"Take care, Elaine." George said.
Elaine watched as George and Kramer headed for the door, and then turned to Jerry, at a loss for what to say.
"I-I'll be right back." She said, refusing to let herself break down in front of him. She'd done enough crying for three lifetimes.
"Sure, take your time." Jerry said, causing Elaine to look away from him. To see the expression on his face would surely send her emotions reeling.
However, she couldn't resist watching him as he sat down in the booth and began to stare out of the window.
When she turned around, she felt a sense of panic... Kramer and George were gone.
"Wait!" She yelled, running out of the restaurant.
Breathless, she caught up with them, just across the street.
"Elaine, what's wrong?" George asked. "I thought you wanted to talk to Jerry."
"I-I do, but..."
"But what?" Kramer asked. "Elaine, he loves you, whether he admits it or not!"
Elaine smiled at Kramer's comment.
To her amazement, she reached out and hugged Kramer and then hugged George as well.
"Someone's waiting for you." George said, nodding toward Jerry, who was watching them from the front door.
Elaine looked at Jerry and then nervously at George and Kramer.
"Go on." George urged with a smile.
"Thank you." She said, hugging him again.
Her heart beat quickened as she returned to the restaurant, smiling when Jerry held the door open for her.
They stood face to face, neither of them sure of what to say.
Jerry spoke first;
"Jerry, I don't care what my father says or that bitchy Sue Ellen thinks. I love you!" Elaine blurted out.
Jerry stared at her, trying to hide the smile on his face. "Go on..."
She laughed, grateful for his humor, and took his hand in hers.
"I-I love you, and I'm so sorry... I-I didn't mean to hurt you."
"Lainey, you don't have to-."
"Please.. I'll never get through this if I stop." Elaine said. The tears that she'd worked so hard to keep at bay began falling down her cheeks. Her heart caught in her chest as Jerry took her face in his hands, brushing them away.
Her voice quivered when she spoke. "I-I'm so sorry, and-."
Before she could finish, he took her in his arms, kissing her over and over.
"I love you, too." He said when the kisses ended.
Elaine wrapped her arms around him, smiling as she leaned into his chest.
Finally she was happy again.
"Come on, Lainey." Jerry said. "Let's get out of here."
Their arms around each other, they walked out of the restaurant, stopping to share a few more kisses.
When the kisses ended, Elaine and Jerry looked across the street to find George and Kramer watching their public display of affection...
With smiles on their faces.
Author's note... I realize that this story is VERY Un-Seinfeld-like, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! Thank you for reading! Even though this is something that George, Kramer, Elaine and Jerry would never do, I like to think that they were better people after their year in jail...
Not that there's anything wrong with that! =)