Christine slowly opened her eyes. She had almost forgotten where she was until she looked and saw Harry asleep next to her. She looked at her watch and was very surprised to see that the time was nine-thirty. It was the most sleep she had had since she had moved. She watched him sleep for a bit to see if he woke up. Eventually, she gently nudged him awake. "Harry…"
Harry opened her eyes and smiled. "Hi."
She smiled back. "How'd you sleep?"
"Wonderfully, and you?"
They both sat up. After a couple minutes Harry stood up. "Want to go get some coffee or breakfast?"
"Sure… but first… I want to apologize for just all of a sudden showing up here and breaking down. I feel really bad about it."
He walked over to her, "Why do you feel bad? You know I'm always here for you."
Desperately trying not to cry again, she stood up and walked to other side of the room. "I know… but…"
Again, he walked over to her. "But?"
"I don't know… it just feels… weird I guess."
"How so?" he put his hand on her shoulder.
"Well… I used you see you every day for nearly eight years. We've been through almost everything. Then all of a sudden everything is totally different. And after- how long has it been? Maybe three-four months? And speaking only a couple times the first month, I find myself coming here looking for comfort." She turned away.
Harry moved to face her, "Look at me." She obeyed then he continued, "I know that everything's changed, but you have to know that no matter what, no matter how long it's been since we spoke, I will always be here for you."
Tears fell from her eyes, she couldn't help it. "Thanks Harry."
"Now let me see a smile." He winked.
"There ya' go!"
She laughed and hugged him. Slowly they backed away. They ended up looking into each other's eyes. They ended up looking into each other's eyes. The next thing they knew they were kissing. Once they parted, Christine covered her face her hands, walked over to the sofa and sat down. "Oh my gosh…"
Harry was pretty stunned himself, he couldn't move.
"Harry, I am so sorry! I have no idea what- I mean I- oh please say something."
It took a second for what Christine said to register. When it did Harry turned around. "Uh…" he started walking toward her but ended up sitting on the edge of his desk, "…wow."
Harry quickly stood up, "So… how about we go get some breakfast."
Christine was confused, "What?"
"You wanted to get some breakfast right?"
"Well… yeah, but we-"
"Yeah so we better hurry before they start serving lunch." He started rushing to the boor but Christine quickly stood up and stopped him. "Harry!" he stooped and slowly turned to look at her. "Yes."
She took a deep breath. "This can't be like the last time."
"The last time we kissed like we just did you started to act weird and avoided me."
"I'm not avoiding you now. I was just trying to get breakfast."
"Harry, we can't just pretend this didn't happen!"
He was about to say that he wasn't but he realized that that was what he was trying to do. Instead he sighed and said, "I know… I'm sorry."
They both stood awkwardly in silence until Christine spoke. "So…"
"So... I don't really know what to say."
She sighed, "Me either… it all happened so fast."
"It sure did."
She was about to ask if the offer to go back to D.C. with her for a bit was still valid but she was too afraid. She didn't want to make things more awkward. "…Never mind."
"It's nothing, really."
"Please tell me."
She took a deep breath, and took a few steps towards him, "Fine… I was just wondering… if you still wanted to fly back with me for a few days? I know this probably isn't the best time to bring it up."
Harry smiled, "I'd love too. But could it be more than a few days?"
"Um, yeah I guess if you want to. How long are you thinking? I mean you are welcome to stay as long as you want."
"Well… I was kind of thinking about moving there."
She gasped, "What?"
He took her hands, "Christine, it was hard watching you go the first time. I started to adjust bit by bit. But seeing you walk back through that door last night and being with you and hearing your voice changed all of that. I don't want to say goodbye again and I know, from what you said, that you don't either. It's a lot easier for me to go there than it is for you to come here."
Once again she was crying, "Oh Harry… I'd love it if came with me but I could never ask you to do something like that. Your whole life is here."
"My job is here. I can get another job in D.C.. What I don't have here is you. You're the most important person in my life. So what good is it having you hundreds of miles away?"
She was so touched. "I love you."
"I love you too. That's why I'm moving."
"I mean I love you."
He smiled and put his arms around her waist, "Me too." He kissed her, gently at first, but their passion grew. Once they parted Christine asked, "How come we didn't do this sooner?"
Harry smiled, "Because we were very dumb… or we just forgot."
Christine laughed and kissed him again. "I think it was both."
Harry laughed with her.
This was going to be a great new life.
And it was.