Sue checked her watch again, 10:21 the mini clock read. She sighed as she realized she should probably be heading home. She'd been sitting at her desk for more than 2 hours trying to gather everything that had happened that week. Only 2 days ago could've been her last, if Jack hadn't forgot his phone or if Simon was just a little bit quicker, a little sooner, She wouldn't…
Levi jumped up and pawed at her thigh, shaking her from her thoughts
"what is it?" she asked softly, turning in the direction Levi was she saw Jack standing in the doorway with a soft, cautious smile gracing his lips and a questioning look in his eyes,
"What are you still doing here?" he asked walking over and sitting on the corner of Sue's desk.
"Just…thinking." She murmured.
Jack nodded and signed You okay?
"Yeah…I will be." Sue smiled at him.
"Good." He replied and they just sat there in the quiet.
"Have you eaten yet?" Jack asked after a while, to which Sue shook her head no "Me neither, come on we can go get pizza." And he stood up.
"Okay," Sue said smiling a little.
They made their way out of the building and began walking towards the pizza place on the corner, they walked in silence with their arms occasionally bumping together. They each got a slice of pizza, and Jack insisted on paying even though Sue protested the entire time he did so.
"Do you wanna take a walk around the park for a bit? Then I'll walk you home after." Jack questioned
"Actually, I'm pretty tired…Long week," She frowned deeply then, "…Rain check?" She replied apologetically.
"Yeah, Sure." Jack said, nodding.
Sue nodded and continued walking, repositioning her hand on Levi's leash.
"Sue!" Jack called for her, then remembering she couldn't hear him, ran up to her and tapped her on the shoulder. She looked up at him and waited for him to speak, obviously deep in thought, with her eyes glazed over with tears.
"Sue…I….Your not okay…" Jack sighed, "It's Simon isn't it?"
Sue nodded again, not trusting her voice this time.
"Sue, he can't hurt you anymore. I promise, he's gone." He whispered and pulled her into a tight, protective embrace.
"Yes, I know. It's the memory. I was so scared, Jack. I can't believe someone would actually do that, I don't ever want to feel like that again." She murmured into Jacks shoulder, "If you wouldn't have gotten there when you did…"
Jack pulled back so Sue could read his lips correctly, "Hey, don't think like that. What matters is that I got there and he didn't hurt you. I'm here, sweetheart, and no one will hurt you." By that time Sue had tears over flowing and he hugged her again, this time more gently and comforting.
Sue took a steadying breath and sighed, "Thank you." She whispered, feeling slightly better knowing Jack was there.
"No need to thank me." He said, grasping her hand and began walking again.
The rest of the walk was spent in silence other than a sigh or two from Levi. As they reached the doors to the complex, Jack slowly released Sue's hand after rubbing his thumb over it a couple more times. They stood there a moment to just stare in the others eyes, memorizing the connection of blue and brown. Sue was the first to break the silence.
"So…Thank you, for everything. Dinner, listening, saving me…" She bit her lip and tilted slightly onto her toes as a bit of a nervous habit she had picked up.
"Anytime. And I mean that, if you need to talk…Call me." Jakc replied
Thank you Sue signed and Jack looked at her for a moment before kneeling down to be on level with Levi.
"You take care of her, okay?" he told him, and Levi barked in reply.
Jack looked up at Sue, who was smiling down at them and he winked before he slowly stood up again.
"Why does it seem like we are always here?" he asked , referring to the Goodbyes that were about to come.
"Hmm…It does seem to be a frequent thing with us." Sue replied
"Well, I'll see you tomorrow?" Jack looked at her, with a cute puppy look.
"Yeah." She smiled, again.
"Good night." He murmured
In a boldmove, Sue stepped toward him leaning forward to kiss his cheek, only centimeters away from his lips but far enough away that he couldn't call her out on it.
"Good night, Jack." She said as she opened the door and Levi fallowed her into the building leaving a grinning and shocked Jack on the side walk. He took a deep breath and turned, making his way to his car.
"Your gonna drive me crazy, Sue Thomas." He breathed as he opened his door.