Bloomington

Story right after Jackie Kirk left for LA and Catherine Stark was asked to leave campus.

A/N: I don't own anything simply borrowing the characters for my pleasure in a weird way.

Catherine's POV

It's been 6 months since Jackie decided to leave Bloomington. It's taken literally every ounce of energy not to call the 323 number that I have for her. I miss her; miss how I felt when she was next to me. I never once thought I'd get caught and I can't blame her nor would I try to. I did this to myself. I had others, the rumors flew around and I had heard of them but I didn't really care. With Jackie, it was different; I don't think she really believed me when I told her the answer in the bathroom that one day. She was different through and through. She made me smile more, and laugh. It was like I was whole.

Remembering when she told me about the part, I didn't want to stop her when she brought up the idea that she had to read for the part of Neptune 26 again. I didn't want to cause a fight. I could see the light shine in her eyes. She was more than interested. I could read her very well. I finished my dinner in silence. I knew then that things between us were shifting, and from then went downhill.

Jackie's POV

It's been 6 months since I've had any contact with Catherine Stark, the intimidating Psychology Professor. The movie came and went, wrapped it up in about 5 months, if I need to do any last minute shoots they'll call me. I've been doing press releases and interviews with hosts who had interests in the TV show. I figure I won't be needed as much since I did everything they've asked. With all those interviews I felt like something was missing and I didn't know what until it slapped me in the face. It was her, my heart was empty, and I knew I was in love with her the moment she filled in for Professor Newberry.

I do miss her I've been pondering the idea of calling her, but I don't know what to say, we left things so strenuous. I miss the way she made me smile; I miss the lazy days we spent on the couch with Ethan in my lap.

I finally find myself giving in, grabbing the phone. Oh, what the hell, I say to myself. Not even bothering to check the time, If you don't do it now, you will never you pansy… do it…

I sigh deeply, "Hello? Catherine?" I feel my hands begin to shake, I'm so nervous. I hear breathing on the other end. "Catherine?" I say again. I'm getting the feeling like she doesn't want to talk, that or we're playing phone tag all over again.

"Jackie? Is that you? Why are you calling at 5:00am? Is everything all right?" I chuckle as she has word vomit confusion for a few minutes.

"Oh, I totally forgot about the time difference. It's 3:00am here, and I called because I miss you and I think we should talk. Everything is all right I suppose; I can call back at a later time if you would like me too?"

I hear her take a deep breath in and hold it for a few minutes, probably contemplating on whether or not to slam the phone down and never to talk to me again. I hope she doesn't, I think to myself. I missed hearing her voice… even if it's over the phone.

"No, Jackie, it's okay, I wasn't asleep anyway. What is it that's on your mind at this hour?"

"I called because I wanted to apologize. I'm sorry, the way we left things and there were/are so many things that need to be said. I can't let go, I don't want to let go. It's been 6 months, and you're all I think about. I blame myself for you getting asked to leave the campus. It was my fault, and I needed you to know that…"

"Wait…Wait a minute, first off, I don't blame you, it was not your fault, I should've been more careful with you, and I didn't care. You were/are more important. I said some things that night of the party that I didn't mean, you are worth it, you are very much worth it…"

"You didn't let me finish what I was going to say. That wasn't fair, you know right?" I say as I flirt into the phone. I hear her chuckle and my heart swoons.


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