A/N: This is based off of the preview from the season finale of season three. The preview is the confrontation of Julia and Zoe. Taking my own spin on things.

Valse Triste, Chapter 1

The first thing she notices is the tired expression that she has on her face. The second thing she notices is that despite the heartbreak, she cannot hate this girl... This sarcastic, bright, beautiful girl... no, woman that stood in front of her. A billion questions rise within, and it feels like she's about to explode, but she quells herself, waiting for Zoe to say something, anything.

"Is that your mom?" Ice breaker. Something, anything, to break the mind-numbing silence.

Zoe looks back at the vehicle carrying her precious cargo, slightly nervous about coming face to face with someone that she loves, and betrayed. A weak smile, "Yeah..."

She bites her lip, trying to hold back from unleashing herself onto Zoe. A torrent - a violent hurricane of emotions threaten to overcome her. "That's good..." Tears threaten to fall, so she looks down for a moment, trying to keep her composure. "She's helping."

She asks the next big question. "Troy?"

"No Troy..." Julia can't help but let out a small sigh of relief. At least that bastard is out of the little boy's life.

"Good." She doesn't know what else to say, trying to hold back from yelling at her, trying to hold back from hugging her to death, being a parent to her. She makes a motion to speak -

"I didn't know..." Julia sees the tears forming in Zoe's eyes. "I... swear to you, I didn't even know until he was born." Her voice breaks a little, and Julia's heart yearns to comfort her, but then again, she did take away who was supposed to be her son. "I'm... so sorry." Zoe's small voice breaks, her voice flooded with emotions"

Julia swallows, trying to regain her composure. "How is he?" Asking because of concern first, curiosity second, and courtesy third.

She whispers back, "He's beautiful..." Her heart breaks, begging to hold him once more, begging for a chance to be his mother, just begging for someone to fill that void. Tears form in her eyes, but she tries her damn hardest not to show how much this hurts to Zoe.

"Julia... You've changed my life." voice crack, tears streaming down her face. Regardless of the situation, she still feels the deep, kindred love she has for this new mother - but she cannot forgive her for the heartbreak that she caused this family.

Wordlessly, she gives the watch back to her, one last memento, and pivots back into the house, wiping the tears left astray, and her fragile heart breaks once again. She runs to what was supposed to be his room, and she grabs the giraffe as she sobs once more.