AN: So welcome to the midquel to Catch Me When I Fall, Catch and Release! This short fic takes place after Anna was rescued from the Paladins and reunited with Griffin, and before the epilogue of chapter 9. I became inspired to write for them again as I realized that a LOT of stuff had happened in that 10-year time frame.
So yeah, there will some skipping around as I will only highlight the important stuff. This chapter is mainly just Anna and Griffin trying to come to terms with their blossoming relationship. I hope Griffin isn't too OOC as I tried to keep him in character as much as I could, but hey, love changes even anti-social characters like Griffin. Enjoy!
Plus, the theme song for this story is Taylor Swift's "Safe and Sound". I know it's for the Hunger Games movie (which I am totally psyched for, who isn't?) but considering all that's ahead, it fits.
Anna had stayed with Griffin in the cabin (or lair, as he liked to call it) for the entire weekend after she was rescued. Nothing really happened between them, just some halo here, a bad romantic comedy and pizza or takeout there, and a LOT of making out.
Anna also put some of her medical skills to use by tending to Griffin's injuries. And, yes, Anna tried to consider that it wasn't awkward when Griffin had to sit on the loveseat shirtless while she cleaned his wounds. Yes, not awkward at all….
However, Anna knew that she had to return to New York, and Griffin wasn't too happy about it.
"Don't they have the thing where you can take classes online and whatnot?" Griffin asked.
Anna sighed, "Griffin, I'm studying to be a doctor. I have to go to school. What is up with you?"
"Sorry to be a spoilsport, but I just don't want you to get hurt, like last time. Paladins are fast, and when you chop off one head, two more grow back."
Anna raised her eyebrows. This was the first time Griffin ever admitted to actually caring about her. At least verbally. It was…very touching to say the least.
Smirking, Anna replied, "Oh, does the infamous, anti-social Griffin O'Connor actually care for my well-being?" Anna fluttered her eyelids and put her hand to her heart in a teasing manner.
Griffin snorted, "Okay, Anna, nobody likes a smart-ass."
Anna chuckled and rolled her eyes at him. "Well, it seems that we are at an impasse."
"An impasse. A standstill. I need to go back to school, and yet you don't want me to because you don't want the Paladins to find me again. I understand, but I can I ask you something?"
Griffin shrugged. It's not liked he wanted or could keep her from doing what she wanted, but he just wanted her safe. In many ways, she brought back a part of his humanity that he thought he had lost years ago when his family died, and he didn't want to lose that. Not again.
When she left him the first time, he realized how lonely he actually was, and how much he missed the sound of her voice, her light blue eyes that could see right through him, the irresistible taste of her tongue….
"Griffin! Are you even listening to me?" Anna broke through his thoughts.
"What did you say?"
"I wanted to ask you to come back with me. To New York. That way I could go to school, and you could be there, and we could be…you know…together…"
Anna bit her lip in hesitation. Did she actually think that she and Griffin were a couple now? I mean, he sort of acted like her boyfriend, in his own Griffin way of course, and she really liked him.
But she also knew it was dangerous to date a jumper, seeing as both she and Millie had been captured by Paladins due to their connection to David and Griffin. Plus, Griffin had said it himself that relatives and partners of Jumpers didn't live very long anyways.
She knew that he was considering all of this, so she didn't even stay to hear his answer. Anna looked away from Griffin, whose mind was lost deep in thought, grabbed the remote off of the kitchen counter, and jumped back to her apartment in New York.
Griffin didn't even notice that she had even left until he opened his mouth.
What was she thinking? Considering a relationship with him? "He probably would just stay on long enough to get into my pants and then leave anyways", Anna mumbled to herself.
She had left Griffin's place about 10 minutes ago, and was now plopped down on the couch, eating ice cream and watching Never Been Kissed.
Anna sighed, and then she heard a noise. Then, her heart almost leapt out of her chest when she heard him say, "Really, Anna? You're sitting on the couch, eating ice cream and watching a movie? So typical.
Anna smiled and turned her head. Griffin had his arms crossed, and was leaning on the doorframe that led to the den, a smirk on his face.
Then, her recent memories of him flooded back to her, and she frowned. "What are you doing here? I thought you didn't want to be here."
Griffin scowled and shook his head. "No, Anna, don't go putting words in my mouth. I never said that. I was just thinking about the risk involved if we got involved. Plus, I'm not a romantic kind of guy. I kill people, remember?"
Anna nodded and stared at the tv. Then, she looked back at him, hopeful. "So did you come back because you're staying?"
"What I'm saying is that it will be hard for us to be, you know, a normal couple. We can't go out in public a lot, and I can't be around you all the time. The last girl I was with ended up losing her family because of me, and then, she broke up with me. But I considered that it was for the best. But if David can have his girl, then, I guess I can have you."
Griffin had never told anyone about his ex, E.V., the only girl he had ever really been with. He thought he loved her, but of course, Paladins came and ruined that for him. So he shut himself out from the world and fought back; for his family, for E.V., for himself, and now for Anna.
He promised himself a long time ago that he wouldn't forgive himself if something happened to her because of him. But of course, Anna was too smart to care. Plus, she had proven on numerous occasions that she could handle herself quite well.
Anna stood up from the couch, walked over to him, and kissed him lightly on the lips. She knew he wanted more, but she wouldn't give him satisfaction, not yet. Then, she took his hand and led him to the couch.
When he sat down, Anna shifted herself into his lap and rested her head on his chest. Griffin looked down at her and smiled. Huh, he seemed to be doing a lot of that lately.
Then, it hit her like a ton of bricks. Oh, god, what am I going to tell David?
AN: The part about E.V. is from the book, Jumper: Griffin'sStory, and I decided to use it. She was a girl that Griffin dated when he was a teenager. I hope you guys like Chapter One, and please review!
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