Title: Remember Me? Word Count: 1,000! Inspiration: I don't know if this was a midnight Ah-Ha! story, or just a random blurb. I was listening to Someone Like You by Adele, and it reminded me so much of Alex's position with Neal and Sara. The first line or so the "I heard that you're settled down, that you found a girl and your married now. I heard that your dreams came true, Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you." reminded me of Miran-Anders Present Tense:Future Perfect story and of how Sara and Neal got married. Spoilers: Nothing!
Disclaimer: I own nothing! except for Jubilee.
"Alex? Is that you?"
A shudder traveled down her spine as Alex looked up from her laptop and onto the woman who had called out her name. She had been typing away, making plans for a meet with one of her more secretive business associates. When she heard the voice, she had hoped, no wished, that it wasn't true. That the owner of the voice was just a figment of her imagination. But no. It was her all right. With her blonde hair and her turquoise blue eyes…. It made Alex's stomach clench uneasily.
She put on a confused expression and asked, "I'm sorry, do I know you?"
She hoped that if she lied and said that she didn't recognize the woman standing in front of her then maybe she would leave and never come back again.
The woman put a hand on her chest as a huge smile appeared on her face. She answered back, "It's me, Jubilee Jackson! From back home?"
Alex frowned and said, "It isn't ringing any bells."
"It has too! Don't you remember our Movie Nights? Or that one night where Nick and Sam were hiding in your closet because your mom didn't want them around? Come on Al, you have to remember." Jubilee was practically oozing happiness as she continued to rock back and forth on her heels.
Alex bit back a scowl and said nothing. She did remember those nights though… she remembered them like they were yesterday. But that's not the only thing Alex remembered about Jubilee Jackson. She also remembered how when she needed her most, Jubilee was gone. She had been too busy at her boyfriend's house, doing god knows what. Even in her past, Alex was still hanging on to things that weren't hers to begin with.
"I'm sorry but you have the wrong person. I don't know you." Alex said after a few minutes of comfortable silence. She really hoped that Jubilee would leave, because if someone she knew came along... well it wouldn't be good. Alex had left behind her past for a reason, and she definitely didn't want it to come back now.
Jubilee frowned and said, "I guess you're right… It's just that ever since she disappeared that one summer, I've been traveling the world, looking for her. Wondering how she is… and if she ever settled down."
A sad smile appeared on her face and Alex was almost tempted to believe in her sincere concern. Almost. She knew deep in her heart that it wasn't concern she was hearing; it was guilt. Jubilee felt guilty for her disappearance, felt that it was she who drove Alex away from her life. She wasn't the main reason for Alex's decision, but she had definitely played a part in it.
"I'm sure that wherever your friend is, she's safe. She's probably in Europe, living her life to the fullest. You don't have anything to worry about." Alex said, her eyes taking on a melancholy look to them. She didn't know why she was comforting Jubilee, but it felt like it was the right thing to do.
Jubilee smiled softly and put her hands in her pockets. She said, "I'm sorry for dumping all of this on you, you don't want to know about my life story… I probably interrupted something important. I'm sorry."
Alex just smiled and said nothing. Jubilee apologized once more before walking past the café that Alex was sitting in front of. She was on her laptop, tapping away details for a meet that was supposed to happen later on in the week.
She looked up when the chair that was next to hers got pulled out, making a somewhat screeching noise. A man sat down, two coffee cups in his hand. He handed her one and asked with a charming smile on his face, "Who was she?"
"No one important, she thought I was someone she knew." Alex says, not bothering to explain it to her partner in crime. She didn't want to go down that lane, not now when they were planning a job together.
"And were you?" He asks, his blue eyes taking an alluring expression in them. She had always loved when that look came into his eyes, it was one of the many things that she loved about him. But he belonged to someone else, he always belonged to someone else.
Alex gave him a look and a smirk appeared on her face. She had let her guard down for a moment, just a moment, and he took the opportunity to read her like a book. It was mildly frustrating, but she didn't take it personally.
When he didn't break his gaze, Alex sighed. She didn't want to satisfy him with an answer, but it looked like he wouldn't be leaving without one. So she said, "It was a long time ago, but yeah, we were friends."
He nodded slowly and reached for his coffee cup that was sitting near hers. He sipped at it quietly and soon said, "I guess some things aren't meant to last."
She glanced at him, wondering if he was talking about her past friendship with Jubilee, or the fact that their relationship as lovers never lasted as long as she would have liked.
"I guess so." Alex says softly, and focuses back onto the computer screen in front of her. He scoots closer, and reads over the information that Alex has gathered so far. He smiles a mischief-filled smile that makes Alex's heart melt.
As a smirk appears on her face, she says, "Let's get cracking Neal, we don't have all day."
Neal continues to smile, enjoying the thrill of planning a heist that will most likely get them enough riches to last a lifetime. Riches that would last them a lifetime. Kate hadn't been exactly willing to work with Alex, but she was one of the best fences out there, almost as good as Hale.
He continued to smile and said, "Let's."