Epilogue

"Can I just spend the night with you?" Jane groaned as she finished carrying all of their suitcases inside. "We don't have to go to work tomorrow, I'm tired, and …" She was stopped by Maura's lips on her own.

"You never have to ask, Jane. You're always welcome in my home, and," the honey brunette added in a quieter, more seductive tone, "in my bed."

Jane gulped down the sudden lump in her throat. "You're going to kill me, you know that?"

Maura chuckled. "I doubt it. Do you want to get ready for bed, tiger? I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. We can unpack tomorrow. Just leave your clothes here, and I'll wash everything."

"You just don't want me messing up my new, fancy clothes," Jane teased as she began carrying suitcases to Maura's bedroom.

"I'd be lying if I said that wasn't part of my motivation," Maura admitted sheepishly.

Abruptly, Jane stopped just outside the master bedroom. "I… uh… I've only been in there three times."

"I hope we can increase that count," Maura purred into Jane's ear. "In fact, I was hoping to introduce you to my tub tonight."

The detective licked suddenly dry lips as she let out a breath slowly. "If we're too loud, Ma will hear us."

"Well," Maura chuckled as she stepped around Jane to walk into the bedroom, "that would be one way of telling her about the change in our relationship."

Jane groaned but followed Maura into the bedroom, closing and locking the door behind them. "And then I would flee the country and live in a cave for the rest of my life."

"What is it with you and caves? Is there something I should know?" The smaller woman teased as she began to undress.

"No, I don't think so." With a happy hum, Jane watched the slow striptease, waiting to speak again until Maura was completely undressed. "What were we talking about?"

"We weren't," Maura purred before beginning to pull Jane into the bathroom. "Start undressing while I run the water."

Numbly nodding in the affirmative, Jane followed orders while the tub filled with bubbly water. As the two slowly sank down into the inviting warmth, the detective put everything out her mind but the feel of the other woman's arms wrapped around her.

Everything else – dealing with her mother, going back to work, coming out to everyone – could wait until tomorrow. Tonight was just for them. They were home. They were safe. They were finally together, and that's all that matter in the moment. As her body began to arc from the delicate touches of the other woman's skillful hands, she decided to let tomorrow be a new day and tonight be all for them.


Done! Finished! Completed, even! *does a little dance of happiness*

To those of you who have been reading along as I posted this, thank you for following with me. To those of you who waited to read it all once it was completed, I'm sorry it's so long! To all of you, I very much hope you enjoyed it, and I thank you for taking time to read this.

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For those wondering, I'm debating a series on this, but I'm going to have to take a break. With the convention for the show upcoming, I'm afraid my time is thin.