Disclaimer: I don't own EUReKA, well, except for my DVD's. But you know what I mean. No money is made out of this, bla bla bla …
A/N: This is set in the 'Right or Wrong' universe, before the first chapter. It's kind of background information.
Thanks to Midnight Angel414 for beta-reading!
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Jo laid on the bed in her room at S.A.R.A.H. She still couldn't believe he had kissed her! And she had kissed him back! Like it was the most normal thing to do. Well…it was. She used to kiss him back for two years. But not here. Here she hated him. Here they never had kissed. Here it wasn't normal. Here he was with Zoe. Here the kiss was an experiment and Zane just tried to come behind her secret because it was a puzzle, not because he cared about her and wanted to know everything about her.
"Thank God Zoe came in and stopped him from asking more and giving me an excuse not to answer his questions!" Jo thought. This was the first time she felt somewhat happy that Zoe was with him.
The woman tried to think about something else, work she had to do, or why Beverly was still alive in this timeline. But her mind instantly wandered back to him. Both of them. She thought about their differences and their similarities. Her hand absently trailed down her neck, to where the ring had rested until yesterday. This gesture had become a habit of hers in the past few months. When the ring wasn't where it belonged, she looked down. "Right, he has it now. That's why he kissed me. Stupid hallucinations!" Still lost in thoughts, she eventually felt asleep.
The next day she woke up early. Jo dressed for the day and left, not speaking much with S.A.R.A.H. She decided not to stop at Café Diem because Zane could be there and she wanted to avoid him as long as possible. Cowardly, she knew, but she just had no idea what to tell him if he asked her again.
"Here I have the security-cameras. I can check where he is and avoid him," she thought when she entered GD. The facility was still mostly empty, the risk of running into Zane was pretty small. But still, it was there. So she hurried towards her office. Jo typed in her code and the door slid open. She entered the room and stopped in her tracks. There he stood, leaning against her desk.
"Morning Jojo." The door closed behind her. She took a deep breath and asked
"What do you want, Zane?" The smile on his mouth faded a bit.
"The same thing as yesterday. I want some answers!"
"Did you get them yesterday? No! Why do you think you'll get them today?"
"I don't think I'll get them today. But I asked. And I'll ask again. Everyday."
Now Jo moved for the first time since she saw him. "Annoyance won't be help you." She walked past him and sat down behind her desk. He turned to face her again and sat down in front of her.
"Maybe it will." His mischievous smirk appeared on his lips. "But seriously. Yesterday night, when we kissed. It felt so familiar, so right. And I want to know if you felt the same."
Jo laughed without humor. "You want to know how I felt. Since when? For you this is only a puzzle that needs to be solved!"
"No! It's not! At least not anymore. But come on, wouldn't you try to find out why the woman who always had you thrown into jail is wearing your grandmother's engagement ring around her neck?"
"That's not the point!"
"And what is the point?"
"It's … I'm not having this conversation!" Jo stood up and tried to leave, but Zane grabbed her wrist and pulled her back.
"Jo, please!" Jo faced him."Okay, I know there's something you don't want to tell me. And this something is about us, and that's okay! But this," he held up the ring. "Means there was something between us. And I want to know what I meant to you!"
"Why?" she asked desperately.
"Because … because you're special. And since I'm here … I can't stop thinking about you." Jo was stunned.
"Why the hell do you think I screwed up all the time?"
"But … but you're with Zoe."
"Zoe is just a friend."
"Does she know that?"
"Yes! I clarified it yesterday after you left." Jo breathed out. It felt like minutes until she said, "Okay, come with me."
"I'm not gonna tell you here. And I swear to you, if this is a joke to you or you tell anyone you'll wish you never met me!" she answered while leaving the office. On the way to the parking lot they walked in silence, Jo always several steps ahead of Zane. At her car they both got in and Zane asked, "Where do we go?"
"Somewhere we can talk without footage."