Stepping into the haven of her apartment, Megan Hunt let out a sigh of relief at the thought of having made it through another day of ignoring everything around her – as well as bonding with her colleagues because it was time she started doing that.
Surprise was an understatement to how she'd felt when Ethan had asked her to join him for lunch that afternoon. She had often assumed that Ethan was somewhat terrified of her because of the amount of times he started to stammer or fidget whenever she was around him. Megan suspected that eventually it would be Ethan who would be the one to stand toe-to-toe with her about a case but for now she enjoyed the relationship they had; that of a mentor and mentee.
Their lunch had been enjoyable. They had shared a light conversation, never once bringing up the office or the case even though she sometimes felt like she should have or even could have. She had walked away feeling as if they had been best friends for years rather than just colleagues newly venturing into the path of friendship. It had been great, and an event that she would make sure would happen again.
With a warm smile on her face, she left her bag by the front door in habit – one too many late night calls and dashing around trying to remember where she'd left it – and headed into the kitchen to get herself a drink.
Just as she was about to open the fridge there was a knock at her door and her smile widened. "Kate, this will be two nights in a row." She laughed as she unlocked the door. "People will start to think that we're..." the sentence died on her lips as she opened the door not to reveal the blonde medical chief but instead her blonde haired partner.
"I think you were going to say friends?" Peter supplied for her with one of his signature grins as he lazily leant against her door, as if he had no cares in the world. "Seriously they would but I'm sure it's about time you made some."
Deciding to ignore his comment, she demanded, "What are you doing here?" Crossing her arms over her chest, she glared at him for having thought that he could just arrive at her front door after the way he had been acting with her recently. It was one thing to get in her face about Todd but it was out of line stating that the only time she would ever leave the office with Ethan would be if they had a case. "Do we have a case?" She decided to throw his words back in his face.
Grinning, showing that her attitude did not deter him, he just nodded his head. "Why? Surely that's not the only time we can be together in a room, is it?"
"And yet it was the only reason for Ethan and me to be together," she pointed out to him, not wanting to cave to her anger but she knew that their attitudes were both childish and silly. They were acting like two high school children who had fallen out over a friend.
"Well yeah," he shrugged sheepishly before sighing. "Megan, you've got to understand that you aren't the easiest person to deal with and I thought that young Ethan was terrified of you so to see you leaving with Ethan wasn't something that I could comprehend but think that we had a case."
Rolling her eyes, she reached out for the door. "Goodnight Peter," she started to shut the door deciding that she had definitely heard enough of his rambles.
Slamming his hand on the door, he prevented it from shutting as he glared back with her – his eyes glinting with determination. "Fine," he ground out. "You want the truth? I was jealous."
She stared at him for a second before shaking her head. "You were jealous of Ethan?"
"Yes. And I was jealous of Todd too."
The confusion hit her at that statement. "Todd?" She mumbled as she stared at him, her brow knitted together with confusion. "Why the hell would you be jealous of Todd?"
"Because you were so wound up that he was sleeping with Kate," Peter explained as he took a step towards her. "I saw that fiery glint in your eye that only ever appears when you're really passionate about something and I assumed it was because you were still in love with your ex-husband!"
"You..." She opened and closed her mouth, struggling to form any coherent sentences at the accusations he was throwing at her. The idea of her being in love with Todd was ludicrous. She did not even think that she had been in love with him during the last year or so of their marriage so she definitely did not feel love towards him now. It was laughable. Actually, she thought if it was not for the fact that she was so shell shocked then she would have laughed at the idea. "And just why would it be any of your concern if I was in love with my ex-husband?"
"Megan," he whispered shaking his head as he cupped her cheek with his hand, stealing her breath away as she realised how close he had actually got to her. "It would be my concern because I want you to be in love with me."
Feeling herself gravitating towards him, she could not help but smile as she shook her head at him. "You can't want that, Peter. I do nothing but annoy you and you do nothing but tease and..."
"Haven't you ever heard that people tease each other when they're in the love?"
"Love is a strong word to label this with,"
"And it's the truth so stop trying to wriggle out of it. Don't be afraid for once, Megan. Leap." She looked up at him and for the first time since her relationship had patched up with Lacey she could fill her eyes filling with stinging tears. Leaping was easy to talk about but not something she thought she could do as easily as he predicted for her. She had been through all this before and she had been the one burnt at the end.
"I want to leap but..." She stopped talking and realised that Kate was right. It had been five years. Five long years since her divorce with Todd. She finally had a better relationship with her daughter so why was it not time to start working on her love life? "Will you be there to hold my hand through all the mess ups and forgotten lunch dates because I'm working?"
"Megan," he laughed, "I'll be working right there next to you so I think I can work with that." He smiled as he took hold of her hand. "Are we leaping?"
"Together." She promised with a smile before leaning into him, their lips pressing together in their first kiss and she could not help but smile into it as he wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her off the floor. They were too old for this kind of behaviour but she could not help but giggle as she broke the kiss and raked her hand through his blonde hair. Just as they were about to join lips again for a second kiss, their mobiles started to ring.
"It seems that we're about to experience our first moment being disturbed by a case," Peter grumbled before flipping his phone open. "Dunlop," he answered taking hold of her hand as she answered, "Hunt" into her mobile. She just smiled.
So is this a little rushed? I've been away from fanfiction for a good couple of months and now I'm terrified that my writing has literally got rusty! I'm hoping that writing again will get me back into the swing of things. Especially seeing as we're sixteen days away from NaNo (anyone doing that this year?). I'm not sure if this will be the end or if you'll get an epilogue (let me know what you think!). Hopefully I'll be back with more PeterxMegan soon!