A/N

Thanks to my beta for her help :)

and appologies for the long wait for this update.

Enjoy!

Lean on me

"Sarah?... how did.. where did you.. how did you?" Jenny stuttered, still looking incredulously into Sarah's light blue eyes.

"I recognized you and watched you sit down and start crying," Sarah explained gently, wiping the tears from Jenny's cheeks with her thumbs, trying to give a little comfort to her old friend.

"I've actually seen you here before with the dog," Sarah said pointing down towards Rusty.

Still surprised to see Sarah again, and a little disappointed that she hadn't come up to her when she had seen her earlier, Jenny asked, "You've seen me here before, why, why didn't you come up and say hi?" Jenny examined Sarah's features. Her blond hair had grown longer and she had lost a bit of weight. It suited her she thought to herself.

Looking everywhere but at Jenny, and suddenly feeling a little insecure, Sarah quietly murmured, "I don't know, I was a little shy and I didn't know if you wanted to talk."

"Why wouldn't I want to talk to you Sarah? You're my friend." Jenny softly queried.

"Well, you kind of disappeared on me all of a sudden. I just thought you got tired of me. I mean I would understand if you did. I'm not hip and cool like you and…" Sarah rambled, still not looking at Jenny.

"Stop, Sarah. I didn't get tired of you. You were my friend. Actually you were my only friend and I'm sorry for disappearing. I feel awful about it. My parents made me leave London to straighten up and get my life back on track," Jenny said, wondering if her parents would ever trust her again to make her own decisions about her life.

"But now I'm back and it seems like I'm back for forever. My parents want me to stay here now." Jenny looked down at Rusty who still lay next to her feet as if he was trying to comfort her with his presence. She leaned down and stroked his tousled fur.

"You sound upset that you're back, is that why you're crying Jenny?" Sarah finally looked at Jenny, admiring the brunette. She thought to herself that Jenny looked really pretty. Her year away had done her good, even though she looked very sad.

"Yeah, you could say that," Jenny huffed looking out at the park.

"Which one is yours?" Jenny asked, nodding towards the dogs running around, hoping to steer the conversation away from why she didn't like being back in London. She didn't think she had the strength to talk about Emma. Just the thought made her heart ache and a lump form in her throat. She swallowed hard. She didn't want to break down and cry again.

Sarah pointed toward a black dog running around playing tug war with another dog, "He's the black labradoodle over there"

"Awww, he looks cute!" Jenny smiled at the frolicking dog. Not really knowing what more to say, she just sat looking at the dogs play while still patting a more than accommodating Rusty.

For a moment, both girls just sat quietly looking at the dogs playing in the park, not saying anything to each other, both not really sure what to do next.

Sarah moved her focus to Jenny, studying her face. There was something so forlorn about her. She looked unhappy, and her blue eyes, which Sarah had always found so beautiful, seemed without life or spark in them. She felt a sudden urge to just take Jenny in her arms again and comfort her. Instead she reached out and took hold of Jenny's fidgeting hands. "Hey Jen, what's wrong?"

Jenny sighed and looked down at Sarah's hand, now holding hers. Somehow it felt good and comforting, so she let her hands stay in that position not to lose the feeling. "Nothing is wrong Sarah, I'm fine," Jenny lied. She didn't know if she was able to open up to Sarah and tell her.

"Come on Jen. You know I'm not stupid and I know that's not true. We may not have spoken in over a year, but I know you Jen. And you wouldn't cry without a reason. So tell me what's wrong. You do still remember what you learned in Rehab, right? It's not good to keep things bottled up. So please lean on me and tell me what's wrong. Or would you really have me sing our rehab song to you? You know I don't have the best singing voice, so I might scare off all the dogs in the park," Sarah laughed, the best thing was to lighten the mood a bit. She remembered all the fun times she and Jenny spent sitting and singing after she had finished her shift at the clinic, when she worked as a candy striper. One song had sort of become their song. First she had sung it as a joke, but it had quickly turned into a song they often sang to each other.

"Well perhaps you should sing that song," Jenny jokingly said while giggling at the memories. It had been one of the positive things at the clinic. Her friendship and singing with Sarah and getting clean were the only good things to come from her time there. She remembered that Sarah wasn't the best singer, but Sarah didn't care, which had impressed her a lot. She just did what she liked and enjoyed, not thinking of what other people thought of her.

"Sometimes in our lives

We all have pain

We all have sorrow"

Astonished, Jenny looked up at Sarah when she heard her starting to sing rather loudly. She saw Sarah smiling saucily at her, giving her a wink when their eyes met.

"But if we are wise

We know that there's

Always tomorrow"

"Lean on me, when you're not strong

And I'll be your friend

I'll help you carry on"

Sarah noticed a smile appear on Jenny's face. Satisfied that the song was working, she decided to sing a bit louder and try to get Jenny to sing along.

"For it won't be long

Till I'm gonna need

Somebody to lean on"

"Please swallow your pride

If I have things

You need to borrow"

Jenny couldn't help but smile bigger and laugh at Sarah and when she started to sing even louder she noticed that other people in the park were beginning to stare at them. Even some of the dogs stopped their play for a moment to figure out what the weird sounds were coming from their direction. She noticed Sarah's labradoodle had stopped playing and was heading towards them. She couldn't help feel a little embarrassed by the attention directed their way.

"For no one can fill

Those of your needs

That you won't let show"

"You just call on me brother

When you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on"

Sarah could see that Jenny was blushing and obviously a bit embarrassed. She actually thought that Jenny looked cute when she was blushing.

"I just might have a problem

That you'll understand

We all need somebody to lean on"

"Are you going to sing with me or do I have to start dancing around as well?" Sarah laughingly said before returning to her singing, signaling to Jenny that she actually would get up and dance around the bench.

Jenny looked at Sarah with horror and took a firmer grip on Sarah's hands so she couldn't get up and dance. She knew her well enough to know that she would actually do it. Shaking her head at Sarah's silliness, she started singing along:

"Lean on me, when you're not strong

And I'll be your friend

I'll help you carry on"

"For it won't be long

Till I'm gonna need

Somebody to lean on"

"You just call on me brother

When you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on"

Together, they sat singing loudly. Jenny quickly got lost in the song and forgot all about the people around them, and both dogs now sitting at their feet looking at them.

"I just might have a problem

That you'll understand

We all need somebody to lean on"

"If there is a load

You have to bear

That you can't carry"

Jenny couldn't help but smile. Somehow Sarah always knew what to do to cheer her up and lighten the mood. It was just like old times.

"I'm right up the road

I'll share your load

If you just call me"

"Call me

If you need a friend

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

If you need a friend

(Call me)

If you ever need a friend

(Call me)"

"Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)"

"If you need a friend

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)

Call me

(Call me)"

The girls trailed off, and sat just smiling at each other until they both noticed the clapping around them. Sarah immediately stood up and took her bows. Jenny giggled at the silliness.

Laughing, Sarah sat down on the bench next to Jenny again. They sat in silence. Sarah noticed Jenny's sad, pained expression return to her face. She reached for her arm and started to gently stroke it. "Jen what is it? Please tell me. Did you relapse, Jenny?"

"What? No!… No, it's nothing like that. I'm still clean." Jenny looked stricken that Sarah would think that she was using again.

"Then tell me Jen. I can see you're struggling and it's corny, but like the song said, you can lean on me." Sarah moved her right arm behind Jenny and started rubbing her back.

"It's… It's just that I miss my girlfriend so much. And my parents won't let me go live with her, and I haven't heard from her in over a day and it's tearing me apart. What if she's tired of this long distance relationship and wants out, and that's why she's not answering my calls or texts anymore?" Jenny couldn't fight the tears starting to well up in her eyes so she just let them fall down her cheek.

"Oh Jen, I'm so sorry to hear that, but I'm sure she's not tired of you. Perhaps something just came up or something happen to her phone. I'm sure everything is fine. And I could imagine that it isn't easy to have a long distance relationship. But you're a strong girl Jen, and when you set your mind on something, you do it." Sarah hugged Jenny and let her cry while she continued stroking her back. Inwardly, she was feeling sad that Jenny had a girlfriend and that she was in such pain from her relationship problems. But at the same time, it gave her a flicker of hope. Perhaps there still was a chance she thought to herself.

They silently sat on the bench for a while longer. Sarah held Jenny, giving her comfort and time to cry and let it all out. Jenny cried and felt secure in Sarah's embrace.

After some time, Jenny stopped crying, sat up and wiped away her tears. "Thank you Sarah," she said quietly, not looking at her but at the ground where the two dogs had been sitting. They were now running around the park, playing and chasing each other as if they had known each other all their lives.

"There's no need to thank me Jenny. You know I'm here for you if you ever need to talk."

Jenny looked at Sarah, giving her a small smile and nodding before looking back out at the dogs playing.

Pulling out her phone from her black leather jacket, Sarah said, "I tell you what… How about I give you my phone number, and then you can always call or text me if you want to talk or meet up here at the park with the dogs. I can text you my number if you give me yours." Sarah was hoping that Jenny would agree and give her her number. She would really hate to lose contact again.

"Sure, that would be nice," Jenny replied with a smile that didn't reach her eyes. The sadness was still evident in those blue eyes. She took out her phone to find her number; she still hadn't learned the new number by heart. For a minute she got lost in the picture of her and Emma on the screen.

Sighing she put the phone back in her pocket and looked up, "my number is 7740 136975. You can just text me yours, then I'll save it into my contacts. It would be nice to meet up again and talk."

Smiling, Sarah saved the number before putting it away. "I hope you mean that. I really would like to see you again." In truth, she hoped that she would be seeing Jenny a lot more.

"I do mean it. It was nice to talk to you today, and even singing with you again," Jenny chuckled. This time her eyes sparkled at the thought of the silly song Sarah had performed in the park to cheer her up.

"Any time Jenny." Sarah giggled at the thought of how Jenny first looked when she started singing.

"Look I have to go home, but call me whenever you need to talk. Lean on me Jenny." Sarah stood up, whistling to get the attention of her dog.

"Yeah sure, I'd better get home with Rusty too before Mrs. Woodward becomes concerned about us. And I would call you if I had your number," Jenny said with a smirk before turning to call Rusty to put him at the leash.

"Ohh, right! I'll text you the number in a minute!" Sarah smiled, shaking her head at the way Jenny had said it. But she was also pleased that Jenny seemed a bit happier and was able to joke a bit.

Both girls stood with their dogs on their leashes, looking at each other shyly, not knowing how to say goodbye. "Right, I'd better get going," Sarah said before giving Jenny a quick hug.

"Yeah, me too. Thank you for everything, Sarah," Jenny mumbled shyly, hugging Sarah back.

They parted, and started to walk home in opposite directions. Jenny was still upset about not having heard anything from Emma. She missed her terribly and was starting to get worried. However, seeing Sarah had made her mood a bit better. It was nice talking to her again, and she was really happy that Sarah wanted to hang out with her. It felt good to have a friend her own age in London, someone she could talk to. She put her earphones in and pressed play to listen to music on her walk home.

As she walked home, she wondered if she should call Emma's parents and ask if everything was okay, however, she knew that if something had happened to Emma, they would have called her straight away.

Turning around the corner onto her and Rusty's street, her phone beeped. She took it out of her pocket and looked at the screen. Smiling she read the text, hit reply and started to write.