"Oh crap. Oh, crap, crap, crap." Chris fought with car's battery, trying to hook it in properly. "This isn't the right one, is it? I suck at this. I should've brought it to a shop a week ago." He sighed and gave up on the vehicle before him. "I'm not going to make it to Claire's graduation!"

He made a frustrated sound and slammed the hood, three of his fingers being caught underneath. He swore again and dug his phone from his pocket. His first call was to Jill. She didn't answer. He then called Barry, followed by Forest, followed by Joeseph. All of them either couldn't drive him or didn't have access to a car.

He sighed again. "I'm not gonna make it then. Great. Claire's going to kill me."

He was just about to head inside to hide when his phone rang. He answered. "Hello?"

"Hey, Chris. You called?" Jill!

"Thank God you called back. Any chance you could give me a ride to Claire's graduation?" He crossed his fingers.

"Sure. Just let me throw on a nice shirt and I'll be right over. Did your car quit?"

The marksman nodded. "The battery is dead."

"Oh, well, I'm happy to drive you."

"Thanks, Jill! I owe you one."

"Just date me and we'll call it even!" She hung up before he could react. He didn't get to hear her giggle. She arrived within minutes, which wasn't long enough for Chris to knock the last statement she had made out of his head. He got into the passenger's seat. "The Raccoon City College, right?" she asked.

He nodded. "Yeah." He paused. "Jill?"


"Did you mean it?"

"Mean what?"

"That I could pay you back by dating you." He was blushing lightly, something Jill soley could make him do.

They made it to a stop sign and she turned to look at him. With little warning, she kissed him. The contact remained until a car behind them honked and she pulled away to continue driving. She laughed lightly. "What do you think?"

"Then go on a date with me."

"Okay. When?" She smiled.

"Whenever you're free." He was excited. He had just found himself in a realtionship with his partner, the beautiful Jill Valentine. Not that anyone knew, he had wanted that for a while. He never had the balls to ask her out, but she had made the first move, so... That worked out, somehow.

"Chris, I'm free most days, except we have work. Even then, we can do some kind of lunch date."

"How 'bout tonight?"

"You're not going to bring Claire to a celebration dinner?"

He shook his head no. "She's going out with friends tonight. I'm bringing her out tomorrow."

"Then tonight is perfect. We don't even have to go to dinner. We can go see a movie, or even stay home to eat."

"As long as we're together, right?"

She laughed. "You're so cheesy."

He kissed her cheek. "Just practicing for the future. Who knows how long we'll last?"

Jill smiled. A long while, she hoped. She could see it.

They were something great.