So this is the second place my mind went when Niall said shower scene although I am pretty sure it's going to go more like the first chapter. Also this is not the reunion Fargo referred to at the end of that chapter because that would be uber creepy.
The hot water from the shower stung the cuts and abrasions that covered Zane's body. It had been over 36 hours since the crew had managed to get the Astraeus ship home, crashing it in the process. 36 hours of debriefings and medical assessments and of Jo starting at him from across the room.
All he had wanted, all he craved was a few minutes alone with her, but he could understand why they hadn't had any yet. While the crew itself was being hailed as heroes by the DOD, the ground crew, Carter and Jo had been raked over the coals. Jo and Henry had taken the brunt of the scrutiny. Both had barely made it out with their jobs and now that the crew was back the spot light was once again on them. So for now he would take the staring from across the room because I guess on some level that meant that she cared. Right?
The shower curtain was ripped open and Zane almost slipped as he turned around rapidly. "Hey!" He shrieked.
"Nice to see you too" Jo was standing arms now crossed in his bathroom. "You sure left GD in hurry. I thought you might want to talk."
"Jo, I do I really do. But I haven't slept in almost two days and I really needed to take a shower and go to bed." He defended himself. "Could you either come in or wait in the other room but either way please close the curtain. It's getting a little cold in here."
She grumbled and yanked the curtain closed. Zane tried hard to hide his disappointment as he turned back under the spray. A few moments later he felt another draft of air and her heard Jo enter the shower. Zane sighed as she wrapped her arms around his back and planted a kiss on his shoulder.
"Things didn't go really well between us before you left and then I thought I lost you again." He could hear the catch in her voice. "I'm sorry."
Zane turned to face her. "Hey, but you didn't lose me." Reaching behind her Zane pulled the band out of her hair; letting is cascade over her shoulders. "Are you sticking around now? Or do you still have things to figure out?" Those questions determined everything. Running his fingers through her hair and down her back his hand coming to rest on her hip.
"I'm not leaving again. Zane it was never about you. I know how I feel about you, I love you. I left because I didn't know who I was anymore. But when the ship disappeared I had to face some cold hard facts." She paused to see if he would respond but he just waited patiently for her to finish.
Licking her lips she continued. "I have always tried to please the people who mean the most to me and to make them proud. There have only been four times that I have ever done anything for myself and I ended up disappointing one of the two most important men in my life. But those were some of the best decisions I have ever made, even if they didn't seem like it at the time."
"Do you want to tell me what they were?" He asked cautiously, wondering if one of those disappointments was his own.
Jo nodded. "The two times I disappointed my dad. First when I took the job in Eureka, mostly because he didn't understand the job and thought it was beneath me. This place is my home now. Secondly," she smirked at him "was the first time I started dating you."
"Well dads tend not to like their only daughters dating felons." He smirked right back at her, "and the last two?"
Jo closed her eyes. "I disappointed you or at least a version of you. You, you I disappointed when I backed out of the mission. It meant so much to me that you believed that I could do it, that I was smart enough to be chosen. Once again though, I was just trying to win your approval and when I realized that, I couldn't take it away from someone who really wanted it. I'm sorry I hurt you but I'm not sorry I backed out."
"The only reason I could think straight up there was because I knew you were safe. We didn't know if anyone who had stayed in Eureka were safe but Allison told me you left before the launch. So I knew you were safe." He tangled a hand in her hair rubbing a thumb along her jaw line. "When did you disappoint the other me?"
"When I hesitated at his proposal, it sounds crazy I know. But there was a reason I hesitated and a reason that he and I didn't fit. We acted like teenagers, only living in the moment. One of us just hurting the other, it's not that we didn't love each other. I think it's that at times we didn't respect each other. And if I hadn't hesitated, he wouldn't have taken off and I wouldn't have been trying to call him when everyone was pulled into 1947. They would have changed the timeline without me and I would now be the enforcer. I don't want a life without you in it."
Zane crushed his mouth into hers. "I love you too." He whispered against her lips.
Jo traced the lines of his back muscles with her fingers and she heard him moan.
The hand he had on her hip found its way to the swell of her breast and his fingers ghosted her nipple. A low moan escaped her throat. Zane smiled loving that his touched did that to her. "I missed you Jo-Jo. I never want to be apart again."
Jo pressed into him "OK"
He lifted her and pushed her into the wall and her legs hooked around his waist. Her hands gripped his shoulders tightly as they found their rhythm. Their lips dueled and their bodies became one.
"Forever Josefina. Say it, promise me." His breath tickled her ear.
"Forever Zane, I promise forever," she breathed back.
"That's my girl." He pushed her over the edge and soon followed himself.
Several long moments later Jo slid down the wall to stand again. She giggled, man he loved it when she giggled. "Can we continue this in the bedroom. I think we used all the hot water."
Zane couldn't contain his own laughter as he opened the curtain and grabbed towels.
"When do you have to be back at work?" He asked as they stepped into the bedroom.
"Oh I'm free until tomorrow." She turned and kissed him again. 'But I thought you needed sleep."
He nipped at her neck, "Oh I do but we have time for another round before then, and then I get to wake up with you in my arms." Zane pulled her down on the bed.
"I like the way you think."