Author's Note: This story was meant to be longer, but my muse left.

I'm sorry to end this story so quick, but I hope you guys enjoyed it.

Sorry if this seems rushed, but I was going to delete this and decided it was better if I just gave it a quick ending.

Thank you for all the reviews, alerts and ect.

JJ sighed, moving closer to Dave as they lay on the couch. "Was I too harsh?" she asked, the guilt evident on her face. The team had since left, and Henry was asleep in his bed.

"If anything, I think you could have been more harsh. I don't think you were harsh enough. She had it coming," Dave said trying to comfort her. He wrapped his arm around her, pulling her more onto his lap.

"Do you think she'll ever understand?" JJ asked pitifully, not understanding why her eyes were welling up.

"I don't know, but I hope so," Dave said. "Try not to think of it too much and don't you dare go apologizing." Dave added the last part on, having seen the expression on his girlfriend's face.


"No buts JJ. She had it coming. She treated everyone harshly. No one made her in charge," Dave said sternly.

JJ nodded in agreement. "But Christmas is coming up! I want her to be a part of Henry's life," JJ exclaimed in a panic, almost jumping up from the couch. She would have, had Dave not placed his arm around her midsection.

"If she's going to be like that, do you really want her a part of his life? If she really cares for him then she'll accept your terms and come around."

Sighing, JJ turned away. She knew Dave was right, but she still felt guilty. He kissed her on the forehead, causing her worries to be pushed to the side.

"This is impossible," JJ mumbled. She put her head in her hands. She had so many gifts to wrap, and she still wasn't finished shopping. Normally, this was her mother was the most help. And she'd still gotten her mother something, but she didn't know whether or not she should send it. Sighing, she knew she would. She didn't hate her mother. Quite the opposite. She loved her mother. It was important that her mother was a part of her life, but it was also important her mother respected her.

"Is grandma coming down for Christmas this year again?" Henry asked hopefully, wandering into the room.

"Close your eyes!" JJ said at once, quite surprised that Henry actually listened to her.

Her eyes glanced up to the clock. It was 1 in the morning, what was he doing in here? She stood up and wandered over to him, pushing him gently into the kitchen.

She heard Dave's snores from upstairs and a smile touched her lips.

"What are you doing up?" JJ asked in a lecturing tone.

"I'm thirsty," Henry said, his eyes still squeezed shut.

"You can open your eyes now," JJ told him, reaching up in the cupboard to grab a glass. "Milk okay?"

Henry nodded, still waiting for his question to be answered.

"I'm not sure if she's coming this year. I hope so," JJ admitted, handing her son his milk.

"Me too," said Henry.

Christmas eve came, and JJ heard nothing from her mom. Dave had stopped her twice from calling. It didn't look as if her mom was going to admit her wrongs.

Sighing, JJ tried to ignore the sadness she felt. She didn't just feel sad for herself, but for Henry as well. More so Henry than herself. She'd wanted her to be a part of his life.

But she'd spoken too soon when she heard the door bell ring. Her team was all there, so who would it be? Her heart jumped. Was it her mother? It had to be, right?

Her heart hammered in her chest, and Dave gave her a reassuring squeeze as he walked over to Emily.

She didn't bother to look through the peep hole but instead just threw the door open. And there she was.

"Mom," JJ said in shock. She didn't move to allow her mom to enter. She couldn't just arrive and expect JJ to forget all that happened.

"Jennifer," her mom said, trying not to look put off by her daughter's reaction.

"You didn't call," JJ said. If her mom had wanted to work things out, wouldn't she have called? Perhaps she thought by just showing up, JJ would feel guilty and let her in. and it was almost working.

"I didn't think my apology would mean as much over a phone call. It's much better in person."

"Apology?" JJ asked in surprise.

"Yes, apology. I did a lot of thinking, Jennifer, and I realized perhaps I could have been more careful with how I worded things but please understand I had the best intentions."

"I know, mom," JJ mumbled, shifting her weight. "But things can't be fixed just like that."

"I know. It'll take work, and not just from my end but for both our ends," Andrea said carefully. Apologizing was difficult. It involved swallowing her pride. And it had been hard to admit she was wrong.

The hard expression left JJ's face and she hugged her mother. It had been unexpected from both JJ and her mother but both were happy. Things weren't going to be better in one night. They weren't going to just go away. Her mother probably wouldn't be able to control every remark she wanted to say. But it was Christmas. And they were family. That was what mattered. It'd take a lot of work, but for now, they were happy.

Yes, corny ending I know.

Yes, forced ending I know.

Yes, unresolved ending, I know.

I really did lose inspiration for this story, and I'm sure some of you know how hard that can be to write with.

It was either delete the story, or end it like this. I'm sorry. I know this chapter was quick, forced and probably a disappointment.

Maybe if my inspiration comes back I'll come and finish the story properly. For now, this is the end.

Thank you to all that read, reviewed, alerted and favourited. I appreciate it all more than I can say.