A/N: Here's a new one. I hope you like it. We really need more Jack and Audrey stories! Enjoy and Review.
"Babe, where's the tie I set out last night?" the handsome, well-built man asked pacing around the room.
Audrey was at the kitchen table drinking coffee. She took a sip having to think back to the night before. It was times like these that reminded her of the ordeal she'd been through. It was so hard to remember things from a day ago or a couple days ago. "I don't remember moving it. It was on the couch right?"
"Yeah, but it's not there now," the man said. Audrey stood up and walked over to the couch. She pulled one of the couch cushions off to reveal the tie that had obviously sunk into them. She picked it up and walked towards the man and draped the tie around his neck. She tied it for him and then kissed him.
"I love you, Audrey," the man said.
"Chris," Audrey said, sounding guilty.
"I know, I know. I just can't help myself," Chris said, sadly. He truly did love her. He had never been so happy in his entire life. But, he could tell Audrey didn't feel the same way. He tried to convince himself that things would change. Deep down, however, he knew they wouldn't.
Audrey had a tendency to keep her distance. It was obvious to Chris that she didn't trust many people. He didn't know why. Perhaps, some ass-hole had hurt her too badly before. He never asked. Whatever her secret was, he knew she would tell him when she was ready.
"I have to go to work. I'll see you for lunch?" He asked.
"Of course," Audrey said. She gave him a quick kiss before he left. Then, she sat down and cried. She wished that he would stop doing that. Telling her how much he loved her. She always felt bad when she couldn't say it back.
Truth be told, Audrey was happy. Incredibly happy. But, she always knew her heart would belong to someone else. Jack. She would never love Chris that way. But, maybe what she had with Chris would be the closest thing to the love she had for Jack.
She heard the phone ring and wiped her eyes. "Hello?"
"Hey," Chloe said from the other line. "I was wondering if you could come watch Prescott today. Morris and I both have to work."
"Of course," Audrey said. "I'll be there in twenty."
Audrey grabbed her purse and her cell phone and grabbed a cab. On her way, she called Chris to tell him that she wouldn't be able to meet him for lunch. When she got to Chloe's, she let herself inside. Chloe said a quick goodbye to Prescott and gave Audrey a small wave before leaving.
"So, what do you want to do today, Pres?" Audrey asked.
"Let's go look for worms!" Prescott suggested.
Audrey cringed, "I will never understand how that could be fun."
"It is," he insisted. "Especially when you dissect them."
Prescott ran to his bedroom and grabbed a plastic container with small holes at the top. He ran outside and Audrey followed him. Prescott stopped at the edge of the yard and picked up dirt in his hand. He put it in the container. Audrey helped him. Then Prescott lifted up a small rock to find a ton of earthworms trying to plow their way into the cool soil. Prescott picked them up as fast as he could and put them in the container.
They continued to find and dissect the worms until Audrey suggested they have lunch. Prescott agreed and followed Audrey inside. Audrey washed her hands and told Prescott to do the same. He did so as quickly as he could and Audrey sent him back into the bathroom to get all the dirt off. Audrey made mac n' cheese for them.
After lunch, Prescott took out his matchbox cars and had him and Audrey race them. Chloe and Morris ended up getting home at the same time.
"Hey," Morris said when he walked in. "How was your day?"
"Awesome!" Prescott said. "We caught worms."
"I'm sure that's exactly what Audrey wanted to do," Chloe said, sarcastically. Prescott was already outside with Morris showing him the worms. "I swear he is the most energetic kid ever. Thank god Morris can keep up with him. I certainly can't."
Audrey smiled. "I think all kids are like that."
Chloe nodded. She walked into the kitchen and Audrey followed. "Want something to drink?"
Chloe was already pouring herself a glass of wine and Audrey said she'd have the same. Chloe handed her a glass and they sat down.
"How was work?" Audrey asked. She missed work a lot. Her brain just didn't work fast enough for that kind of job anymore.
"Um," Chloe said. "We didn't have any big massacres. So, good I guess."
"You wouldn't tell me even if there was," Audrey said. She and Chloe had never been close before the Chinese kidnapped Jack. But, their attempts to find him had brought them closer together. Audrey considered Chloe as her only friend. She hadn't really talked much to the friends she had before China.
And after China, Chloe helped her get back on her feet. Audrey thought Chloe only helped her because she felt bad for her and felt guilty for not stopping her from leaving. Chloe however found Audrey to be one the least annoying people in the world.
"I'm just protecting you," Chloe said.
"I don't need people to protect me. And, how exactly does not telling me when something big is going on protect me?" Audrey pointed out.
"I know you. If I tell you what's going on, you'll want to work again. And, nothing seems to go your way when it comes to CTU," Chloe said.
"But, this is CTU New York, not Los Angeles. Maybe it's supposed to bring me good luck," Audrey said.
"You have good luck. Right now without CTU screwing things up for you," Chloe said. She knew the only reason Audrey wanted to go to CTU was in hopes that she might see Jack. Jack was retired now so there wasn't a chance of that happening but Chloe didn't think Audrey should go back anyways. She had been through so much and things always seemed to go wrong at CTU. Now that Chloe thought about it she figured she should start thinking about getting out of there.
"Yeah? Name one thing in my life that's really good," Audrey dared.
"What about Chris?" Chloe said seeming like that was an obvious answer.
"Oh yeah," Audrey said. She felt guilty for forgetting about him. She bit her lower lip trying to think of something she could say as to why he didn't immediately come to mind.
"I'm going to go," Audrey said. "Chris will be home in an hour. I'm going to make him a nice dinner."
"Okay," Chloe said walking Audrey to the door, "here's some money for watching Prescott. Don't even try to give it back."
Chloe shut the door before Audrey could give her the money back. Audrey sighed and walked out to the street. Audrey walked home instead of taking a cab. She stopped at a grocery store and picked up some steaks for dinner.
She got home around five and started cooking. Chris came home about thirty minutes later. He went behind Audrey and put his hands on her hips and put his head down to kiss her shoulder. Audrey smiled and turned around placing her arms around his neck.
"How was work today?" Audrey asked.
"Just like every other day," he said. Audrey kissed him passionately. When she finally pulled away, Chris was smiling slightly. He indicated towards the food. "What's all this for?"
"I thought I'd cook for you since you cook all the time," Audrey said.
"I honestly didn't even know you could cook," Chris said.
"There's a lot you don't know about me," Audrey said, mysteriously.
"Maybe you should fill me in," Chris said, completely serious. Audrey ignored him and told him to sit down and relax. He sat down at the table and watched as Audrey finished cooking. When the food was ready they sat down to eat.
"How was Prescott today?" Chris asked.
"He's so adorable. Except, he likes catching worms. That's just too gross for me," Audrey said.
Chris laughed, "You're such a girl."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Audrey asked, pretending to be offended. Chris just leaned towards her and kissed her.
After pulling away, they ate the next couple bites in silence. "Audrey," Chris said breaking the silence first.
"Yeah," Audrey replied.
"How come you and your husband never had kids?" Chris asked.
"I don't know," Audrey said. "He was away a lot for work and I just worked a lot."
"Do you wish that you'd had kids?" Chris asked.
"I don't know. I don't really like thinking about it," Audrey said. "Thinking about it doesn't change anything."
"Sorry," Chris said.
"Speaking of kids," Audrey started. "How's yours?"
"Actually Steve called today," Chris said. "He wants to know if we can go over on Saturday."
"We?" Audrey asked. "As in you're taking me?"
"Well we have been dating for almost a year now," Chris pointed out. "You should meet him at some point."
"What if he doesn't like me?" Audrey asked.
"He's twenty-eight years old, not an annoying little kid. He has a wife and a daughter," Chris said. "And, besides, nobody could possibly hate you."
"You're so sweet," Audrey said. "Okay. We'll go on Saturday."
"Thanks," Chris said. He leaned over to kiss Audrey. "I love you."