A/N: So, this is my new story. It's going to start off very similar to season four with some slight changes. I'd love it if you would review! Chapter 1
"She wasnt exactly sure when it happened. Or even when it started. All she knew for sure was that right here and now, she was falling hard and she could only pray that he was feeling the same way."
― Nicholas Sparks
Audrey didn't know what to think. Why had she been so set on telling him? She cursed herself for thinking Jack would feel the same way. They had only been dating for six months. But, at least he knew now. She loved him. There was no denying it now like she had been for a couple weeks, afraid that telling him would only push him away. She went into the bathroom and put her hair up thinking of how awkward it would be today, cooped up in the limo with her father who was still oblivious to her relationship with Jack and Jack who she was in love with and he possibly didn't feel the same way.
Secretary Heller sat down next to Jack who was already in the lobby.
"Morning Jack," Heller greeted.
"Morning sir," Jack replied, still thinking about how Audrey had told him she loved him. He wasn't sure he was ready for that yet. It felt like just yesterday that Teri had died in his arms. She was the last person he loved. And, now he might feel the same way about Audrey and it scared him.
"How is it that Audrey manages to take so long to get ready?" Heller asked.
Jack smiled. "One of the things guys will never understand."
Heller's phone rang. It was DOD calling about a train bombing that happened this morning. Heller asked questions about it as Audrey walked out of the elevator towards them. Jack and Heller stood up and followed Audrey who was already walking out the door. Heller hung up his phone when they got to the limo.
"Train bombing," Heller said. "Thirty-two dead."
"What's the initial assessment?" Jack asked.
"An act of terrorism," Heller answered. The three of us got into the limo. Heller sat facing backwards and Jack and Audrey sat next to each other facing forward across from Heller.
"Vandenberg's office is going to call soon and they're going to want to know how far we'll be pushed back today," Audrey told Heller.
"Don't change anything," Heller answered. "I don't want anyone knowing about this meeting with Richard besides the two of you."
"Of course," Audrey answered.
"Have you talked with your brother at all?" Heller asked Audrey.
"No," she answered. "The thing that bothers me is that he doesn't know anything about the politics of this rally. He's just going to spite you."
"When did I become the bad guy?" Heller asked.
"Well in his defense you have always liked me more," Audrey joked.
"I do not," Heller protested.
"Right," Audrey said sarcastically. Audrey's phone rang. It was Vandenberg's office and Audrey told them to stick to the regular schedule then hung up.
"You've been quiet, Jack," Heller said.
"When is he not?" Audrey asked, thinking about when he left the room this morning saying only a quick goodbye. Not even acknowledging the fact that she had told him that she was falling for him.
Jack tried to hold back a smile, knowing full well what Audrey was referring to. "I guess I just don't have anything to say."
Heller wondered what was going on as Audrey muttered "mhm" under her breath.
"What are you going to say to Richard?" Audrey asked her father.
"I'm not sure yet," Heller said.
"Just don't be so hard on him," Audrey said. "It's not the end of the world if he goes to the protest tomorrow and it'll just make him resent you more."
The car came to a stop. "Wish me luck."
Heller got out leaving Jack and Audrey alone in the limo. Neither Jack nor Audrey said anything for a minute.
"I'm sorry," Audrey said.
"Why are you sorry?" Jack asked, shifting in his seat so he could face her.
Audrey looked down at her hands. "I thought maybe you were ready, but I was wrong. And, I don't want you to break up with me."
Jack put his hand to Audrey's face and made her look up at him. "I didn't say anything upstairs because you told me not to. And, I'm definitely not breaking up with you."
"Oh Jack," Audrey said, shaking her head at how stupid he could be. "Just because I told you not to say anything doesn't mean I didn't want you to."
"Then why did you say it?" Jack asked.
"So you could have an out," Audrey said. "But, I didn't think I'd be so upset if you took it."
Jack stared into Audrey's eyes wondering if he would ever understand women. "I'm falling in love with you too."
They kissed quickly not knowing when Heller would be back.
Audrey's phone rang.
"Ms. Raines, this is CTU," said a woman on the other line. "We need to speak with Secretary Heller immediately."
"I'm sorry he's in a meeting," Audrey said.
"Ms. Raines, this is an emergency. We need to speak with him now!"
Audrey got out of the car and Jack followed hearing pieces of the conversation. They walked into Richard's house but Jack followed Heller out when he took the call.
"Richard, why are you doing this?" Audrey asked.
"How can you stand to work with that man?" Richard asked.
"Why do you hate him so much?" she asked.
"He treats me like a child," Richard said.
"Well you act like a child," Audrey said.
"Sorry I can't be the perfect child who agrees with everything he says like you can," Richard said.
"You don't have to agree with him, Richard. You just can't go to protests against him when you don't even understand the politics behind them. You're just going to rebel against him."
He didn't get a chance to argue as Jack came through the door. "Audrey, we need to go. Now!"
Jack grabbed her hand and pulled her out of Richard's house.
"What's going on?" Audrey asked.
"CTU has evidence to suggest that there will be an attack on your father," Jack explained. Just as they met up with Heller, there was a loud whistle sound from above. Jack pulled them to the ground as the limo they had been sitting in only a minute before blew up. Then the sound of gunshots rang out. Before Jack could move Heller and Audrey to safety, a group of gunmen surrounded them. They were tied up. Naturally, Jack fought the men off until one hit him in the back of the head with the butt of his gun. They were tied up and gagged and thrown into the back of a truck.