I have loved the relationship between Aaron & Hazel and I don't like that they are now growing apart in the show, I had to write this to make me feel better.

Set 2 weeks after the court case and Aaron has been found not guilty

Aaron was working in the garage, it was his first full week back at work since court and he was happy to be working again. He was doing what he had promised Jackson, he was getting on with his life and also keeping an eye on Hazel, although he didn't have to do that too much as he knew she had Bob, who was always on hand. It was Friday and he hadn't seen Hazel since Wednesday but Bob would tell him if anything was wrong. As he worked he occasionally looked at Dale Head and his mind would wander back to happier times with Jackson, the love of his life, he would remember the times he had snuck up on Jackson while he was working and wrapped his arms around him and kissed his neck, Jackson would jump and pretend to be annoyed until Aaron would turn him round and capture his lips in a deep and loving kiss. Aaron was so glad he could think about all the good times they had shared and smile.

Meanwhile in Dale Head, Hazel had just had a visit from Declan and now she couldn't think straight. Her life was just falling down all around her and there was nothing she could do. She had not only lost her son but she was about to lose the home that they had shared. She had to get out and get some fresh air, she had to visit Jackson's grave, that always calmed her down. She went out the front door and picked some flowers from the garden to take to Jackson.

Hearing footsteps Aaron looked up from the bonnet of the car and saw Hazel walking by garage entrance.

"Hazel!" he shouted, but he got no response, "Hazel", he shouted louder this time but still no response, it looked to Aaron as if she was in a world of her own. He knew he had to go check on her or he wouldn't be able to concentrate on his work.

Cain was in the workshop. "Cain, I'm just nipping off for a minute, I won't be long," he said as he dropped the spanner he had in his hand and took off after Hazel, by the time Cain looked up Aaron was already going round the corner.

tbc