"God, that took for-freaking-ever," Jane did a little endzone happy dance in the hallway.
"Hush, you'll alert them to our presence," Maura quietly scolded.
"Too late!" Ally called over the back of the sofa. "I saw you there five minutes ago. I was just busy doing something else, so I ignored you."
Maura's head turned quickly, and she let out a gasp, "Oh! I… well, we were just…"
"Eavesdropping, yes, we're aware," Janie offered, smirking as she did so.
"Wait, were you two putting us on? Because, if you were, I'm going to kill you," Jane started toward the couple on the couch, Maura at her heels.
"No! No, Ma! No, no, no, no, no!" Alessandra held her hands up, eyes growing large. "It was real. We just didn't care if you heard it. I swear to God, we are not putting you on. Please don't kill me."
The detective stopped in her tracks. "Really?"
"Yes, Alessandra is telling the truth, Detective Rizzoli. It was not for show." The young blonde nodded, looking to Maura for help.
"Thank you for letting us share that moment," Maura offered by way of trying to help the young couple. "We're sorry we interrupted such a personal moment. Aren't we, Jane?"
"No," Jane spit back.
"Jane!" Maura was clearly horrified by the response.
"What? I'm not sorry. I've been waiting for these two to get together since they were freshmen in college. It's about damned time if you ask me, and, for the record, you're both welcomed to stay here until you find a place on your own. You know that. But," she held a finger up to keep anyone for talking. "Take my advice for what it's worth, and go get yourself a hotel or stay at the vacation home the first time you have sex. I really don't want to walk in on that."
"Oh my God, Ma!" Ally turned deeply red. "I can't believe you just said that."
"What? I'm not offering tips, and don't ask me. I'm just saying I don't want to know by way of seeing it, okay? Hearing it I think I can deal with. After all, I'm pretty sure your mother and I have scarred you enough, and payback is only fair." Janie giggled. Maura coughed to hide her own. "Don't look at me that way, little one. I'm getting older, and I just don't have the time I used to for me to beat around the bush about this sort of thing."
"I'm going to crawl under the couch now," their daughter mumbled.
"You're too old for that now, Alessandra. Besides, Bass is under there, and you know how much I hate it when you disturb him," Maura winked at Janie. "Would you like some time to yourselves?"
"God, yes, please," Ally quickly answered.
"In that case, Jane's old apartment is vacant right now. Nonna has moved into the retirement community, as you know, and your uncles have homes of their own. Perhaps you and Janie would like to go there for the rest of your break?"
"Really, Maura?" Jane growled under her breath.
"Mother I… are you… what?" Alessandra stood as she tried to follow what was going on.
"We kept the apartment for emergencies. It's come in quite handy. I see no reason for you and Janie to not use it now or when you move back to Boston until you find a place of your own. It's fully furnished. You'd just need to buy groceries, if you'd like." Maura's smile broadened. "I'm sure you'll want things to snack on."
"Maura, stop trying to get our daughter laid. Ally, stop acting like you don't want to get laid. Janie, go pack. I'll call Guss and tell him to the utilities on. By the time you two pack and go buy groceries, the place will be ready for you." Jane stalked to the phone, picking it up, and dialing.
"Wow, I would not have predicted that this is how my vacation would go," Ally said, still stunned.
"Nor would I," Janie added as she started toward the guestroom. "However, I am not complaining."
"Yeah," Alessandra glanced up at Maura. "Mother, are you sure?"
"Yes, and, if you do need advice, come talk to me, Alessa. I know that you and Jane have always been close, but, there are things she's simply not good at discussing."
"Me either," the young Rizzoli admitted with a sigh. "You think this will work?"
"I think you two remind me very much of myself and Jane. What that means to you, I can't know, but I hope it means only positive things." Maura smiled gently.
"I hope so." Ally walked around the sofa. "Hug?"
"Yes," Maura agreed as she embraced her daughter. "Call us if you need anything."
"I will, Mother. Thank you."
Maura nodded. "No thanks needed. We're your mothers. It's what we're here to do."
"We're supposed to make it better," Jane said, a smile on her lips as she took her place by Maura's side. "Now go pack. You have four days to spend with her before you both have to leave. Make the minutes count, little one."
"Okay, Ma. I'm going." Ally leaned over. "Kiss?"
"Yeah," Jane chuckled as her daughter kissed her on the cheek. "Go!"
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