Hold My Heart

Chapter 7

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A/N: MegannRosemary thanks for your encouragement, support and inspiration always. I couldn't do this without you. You are beyond incredible. :)

A/N2: Sorry for the delay, I had a bit of trouble putting this chapter together. I hope you guys like it.

The night went by uneventfully. Jane and Maura both slept through it, oblivious to the rest of the world and everything bad that had happened. They had each other, and that was all that mattered.

Jane was the first to wake up next morning. As she opened her eyes, the first thing that she noticed was the weight across her stomach. When she glanced down and saw Maura's arm wrapped protectively around her, and Maura still asleep next to her, all the events of the previous night came flooding back. A huge smile spread over Jane's face as she admired the gorgeous woman sleeping next to her. The love that she had for the honey blonde was beyond anything she could have ever imagined. She never thought love like that even existed, much less that it would happen to her. Just the thought of Maura brought butterflies to her stomach, made her weak in the knees, and all of those other love clichés she had heard through her life, but never believed were real. Maura made it all real to her.

While Jane was lost in her thoughts, Maura started stirring and finally opened her eyes to meet Jane's, watching her with adoration.

"Hi sleepyhead." Jane smiled at her.

"Jane. Oh my God, how long have I been sleeping for? Are you ok?" She asked, her voice distressed at having lost all track of time.

"It's ok, you needed it. I'm ok Maur, relax. Can I have a good morning kiss?" She said with a grin Maura had missed.

"You think you can handle it, Detective?" Maura dared, raising one eyebrow.

"Try me."

Maura leaned over cupping Jane's face tenderly with one hand. She moved close to the brunette, gazing lovingly into her eyes and grazed her lips over Jane's gently. Jane parted her lips allowing Maura to deepen the kiss, tongues meeting and slowly exploring, tasting what they had only dreamed of. The feeling was exhilarating and both women got lost in the sensations that were consuming them, never wanting for it to end.

It took every ounce of self control Maura had to make herself to pull back, concerned about her friend's health. Jane's eyes were still closed not wanting to let go of the feeling of Maura's lips against hers, her tongue softly tracing her lips, her warmth, her taste.

"Jane?" Maura asked, with a concerned tone.

Jane opened her eyes slowly, looking into hazel eyes with a smile that lit her whole face.

"I love you so much, Maura Isles." Jane whispered.

"I love you too, Jane. Are you feeling ok?"

"Never been better." The grin wouldn't leave her face.

"Jane, I'm serious." Maura sat up and got off the bed, her brows furrowed. "You need to rest."

"But I am resting" Jane whined, with a smile that made Maura melt instantly.

"You think punching a dummy is restful, Jane." Maura shook her head. Sometimes it was really difficult for her to understand the tough yet adorable Detective.

Jane laughed, regretting it immediately as pain shot through her upper chest.

"Ow." She grimaced.


"I'm ok, Maur. Just remind me not to laugh yet."

"Do you ever listen to me?"

"Sometimes I do… Maur… I really want to go home." Jane's lips formed the most precious pout. She really hated hospitals.

"Jane, I'm sure you'll be able to leave soon. But you know you won't be able to go home by yourself; you're going to need assistance for a while." Maura said, carefully. She knew how much the brunette hated to feel helpless and having to depend on others.

"No I won't, I'll be fine!" Jane's defenses shot up, she couldn't help it.

"Jane, please let me take care of you. Would you stay with me?"

"No way Maura, my mother will be up my a… butt 24/7. I'm staying at my place." She said, stubbornly, almost childishly.

"Alright, then I'm staying with you." Maura said, arms crossed around her chest.

"You really don't have to."

"I know I don't have to. I want to Jane. And I think the doctor may be more inclined to let you go home sooner, if he knows you'll have someone taking care of you. Would you rather have Angela stay with you?"

"Ok I'm sold." She replied with a smirk.

There was a knock on the door and Maura called, "Come in."

Frost and Korsak walked in the room, smiling as they saw the improvement in Jane's condition.

"Hey Jane!" Korsak bumped awkwardly into the bed rail.

"Hey partner! Hey Doc." Frost greeted cheerfully.

"Frost, Korsak! It's so good to see you guys." Jane had really missed them.

"It's so good to see you doing better." Korsak said. "Hey Doc."

"Hello Vince, Frost. I should probably give you some time alone with them, Jane."

"No Maur, stay, please."

"Ok, if you're sure." Maura moved back and sat on the couch, giving them a little privacy.

"I didn't get a chance to thank you both for finding us." Jane frowned, her thoughts drifting back to what had happened in that small farmhouse. She shuddered at the image of finding Maura handcuffed to a chair and at the very real possibility that she could have gotten badly hurt.

"Don't even mention it. We are just relieved to know that you'll be ok. Will you ever learn not to run off on your own?" Korsak asked, knowing all too well what the answer would be.

"I can't promise I won't if Maura is ever in danger…."

Korsak just shook his head. Jane would never change; she'd always put everyone's safety before her own.

"Did you guys find out who was the guy?" Jane wondered. She hadn't had the chance to ask anything about the man who took Maura.

"Yeah. Remember that case where you and Dr. Isles put away that man who had murdered 3 women? Brian Randall. Well this guy was his brother. He must have wanted revenge."

"Oh God. Is the brother still in prison?" Jane asked, on the verge of panic.

"Yeah, he is. It's over, Jane." Korsak reassured her.

"Yeah this time… What about the next person who wants revenge. I don't want Maura to be involved in this kind of stuff." Jane ran her hand through her hair, her chest tightening.

"Jane… it's my job too, you can't help that." Maura interrupted.

"Jane, try not to get worked up over this right now, ok?" Korsak said, placing a reassuring hand on Jane's shoulder.

"Yeah partner. Try to get some rest, you'll be out of here in no time."

"Thanks. I can't wait."

"Take care, we'll see you soon." Frost said, as the two men headed out the door.

Maura went over and held Jane's hand. "Hey…"

"Hey." Jane attempted a smile, but failed.

"Try not to get agitated Jane. It's not good, especially right now."

"I know, I'm fine Maur. Thanks. I just can't stand the thought of anything happening to you. I don´t know what I would do…" Jane trailed off.

Another knock on the door interrupted them, and Frankie walked in. Maura moved away from Jane's side, allowing the siblings some space.

"Frankie!" Jane's face lit up again. She had missed her little brother.

"Hey sis! Hey Maura." Frankie was so glad to see his sister doing better.

"Hi Frankie." Maura replied. She loved watching Jane and Frankie interact; she never knew what having a sibling was like, but watching them warmed her heart.

"Can I hug you, Janie? I don't want to hurt you." Frankie asked.

"Get your butt over here and give me a hug!"

"I'm sorry I couldn't be here sooner sis." He leaned over and hugged his sister carefully.

"It's ok. Ma said you've had a bunch of long shifts."

Frankie sat next to her and held her hand. "Janie… don't ever leave on your own like that again. Please. I was so scared." He said seriously.

"I'm sorry Frankie. I wasn't thinking clearly. All I knew is that I had to get to Maura…"

"I know sis. Everything is ok right now. So don't worry, ok?"

"Yeah. Thanks Frankie. I love you."

"Love you too sis. I gotta go, we were told not to stay too long because you need to rest." He got up and kissed her forehead. "Get better soon so you can go home, ok?"

"That's the plan. Bye Frankie." She smiled.

"Goodbye Frankie." Maura echoed.

Frankie waved as he was leaving, and the Doctor came in the room to check up on Jane.

"Is my patient overdoing things today?" He asked.

"Nah Doc. When can I go home?"

"Let me check your file. Are you in a lot of pain?" He asked, while checking her stats and test results.

"Only when I laugh."

"How about we do this, I'll take off the cannula and if your oxygen levels are ok and you're not in too much pain, I'll release you tomorrow. On the condition that you'll have someone with you at all times, for at least a few more days."

"Really? That sounds great Doc." She replied, her voice laced with exhaustion.

"Ok, let me take that off for you then. You'll have to do some breathing exercises too."

Jane nodded.

"Get some rest now. I hear you've had quite a few visitors today."

"Thank you Doctor. I hope it's ok for me to stay with her tonight." Maura asked.

"Of course Doctor Isles." He smiled, walking out of the room and leaving them alone again. Finally.

Maura walked back to Jane, who was exhausted and had her eyes closed. She held Jane's hand up to her lips, and kissed it lightly. "Get some rest love, I'll be here. Do you need anything?" The term had slipped before Maura registered it.

Jane opened her eyes half way and her lips curved up in a smile. "Just you."

"I never knew you'd be such a romantic."

"You bring it out of me…. Maur, come sleep with me." Jane patted the side of the bed softly.

"Sweetheart, you'll sleep much better without me taking up half of your bed. I'll be fine over there."

"I won't, I sleep much better with you by my side. Please?"

"You have me wrapped around your little finger, you know that right?"

"And you have me wrapped around yours." Jane smiled at her and Maura lay in bed next to her, placing a soft kiss on her lips.

"I love you." Jane mumbled, her eyelids felt so heavy as she tried to keep them open, but finally gave into her body's need for rest.

"I love you too. More than you can imagine, Jane." Maura whispered, as she cuddled next to the woman she loved more than she thought was possible, and she knew Jane loved her back. But they hadn't had the chance to really talk about things. As Jane slept, Maura's mind was in overdrive. She'd never dreamed that Jane would love her back. She felt lucky enough that Jane thought of her as her best friend. But to have Jane love her in the same way she did was more than she could ever hope for. She watched Jane's face as she slept, so perfect and beautiful, and placed her hand over the brunette's heart, the feeling of her heartbeat reassuring her.

Maura saw the door open quietly, and Angela peeked in. Maura was going to get up, but Angela gestured for her to stay.

"Hi honey, don't worry I know Jane needs to rest, just wanted to stop by for a minute and see how she's doing." Angela whispered.

"Hello Angela. She's doing much better; she probably will be allowed to go home tomorrow. I'll stay with her until she's feeling better." Maura replied, feeling a little uncomfortable of having a conversation with Jane's mother, while lying in bed next to her.

"That's good Maura, thank you for taking care of my baby. I'll see you both tomorrow and bring some fresh clothes. You get some rest too honey."

"I will. Thank you Angela."

After Angela left, Maura checked the machines to see how Jane's oxygen levels were doing. She smiled when she realized they were good. Jane would be able to go home the next day. Maura was finally able to relax, and draped her arm around Jane holding her close. Tomorrow would be a busy day getting Jane settled back at home. But they'd be home again. Together. The rhythm of Jane's heartbeat lulled her to sleep, her lips curling up in a smile.

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