I have absolutely loved everybody's stories that take place just after the Season Three finale. And even though I love them, I keep thinking "No! It happens like this!" So for the sake of my sanity, I have had to write my own version! But I still want to read all of your versions.
This may or may not be the beginning of something more.
"I'm glad we're having this talk." Annie said.
Auggie smiled and met her lips again, kissing more deeply. They turned in their embrace and Annie took a step. Her knees bent as she backed into her bed, but Auggie's arms held her up until they both pulled apart again. She sat on the bed, and Auggie sat next to her, holding her hand.
For a moment there was nothing but silence. Auggie wanted to take off his jacket and tie - the clothes were suddenly suffocating and overly restrictive. But he didn't want Annie to get the wrong idea. He took a deep breath.
"I thought I lost you," Auggie finally said.
"Which time?" Annie replied as she stared at him.
Auggie let out one breath of a laugh. "Amsterdam, most recently."
"I know the feeling." Annie replied as she moved her hand to the back of his head.
Auggie leaned into her touch, but didn't speak. Annie could see the thoughts brewing. "What are you thinking so hard about?" she asked.
He looked toward her. "Honestly?"
Annie moved her thumb slowly behind his ear. "Yeah," she replied, barely audible.
"I... was wondering if it would seem to presumptuous if I took off my jacket and tie. You must have the heat on eighty degrees in here!"
Annie laughed at his deflection and started pulling off his jacket. "What kind of hostess am I? Auggie, please, let me take your jacket." Her words had a teasing tone, but her closeness while she pulled the jacket off distracted Auggie from any further thoughts. As she stepped away to set the folded jacket on a chair, Auggie removed his tie.
"Auggie," Annie started. "Would you please stay here for tonight?" Annie asked as she straddled his legs and sat, facing him, in his lap.
"Well, if it wouldn't be too much of an inconvenience." Auggie replied, keeping with the lightheartedly formal tone as he wrapped his arms around her.
"Not at all," she replied their lips joined.
When they pulled back for air, she started unbuttoning his shirt. He ran his fingers through her hair and down her arms until he needed to let go for her to pull his arms through the fabric. While they were apart, Annie pulled off her necklace and pushed it into her pocket. Simon would not be between them tonight. She moved her hands to Auggie's chest, tracing his muscles while he pulled up the hem of her shirt. She let him remove her bra.
Everything felt like it was in slow motion. The two of them took in the view of the other. Annie watched Auggie's face while his fingers explored her skin. His fingers started at her hands, then moved up her arms, leaving a trail of goosebumps up to her shoulders. As his fingers moved to her neck, she wrapped her arms around his chest and moved her feet behind him. The expression on his face was unlike his other smiles, in fact, Annie wasn't sure if she would consider it a smile at all. It was as though he was concentrating on every detail.
His fingers moved from her neck to her collarbone. She reminded herself that there was no scar from where Eyal had stitched her up. He wouldn't be in the middle of this moment.
Auggie moved his fingers over her chest, and he gasped when he found the first scar. It hadn't healed well. She guided his other hand to the other wound, framing her left breast with his hands.
"I should have gotten that damn beer with you." Auggie said. He leaned his head forward, and Annie rested her forehead against his.
"You don't know if that would have changed anything." Annie replied.
"I definitely shouldn't have helped you out in the gym so early. These scars have barely healed."
"I'm ok." She moved forward for another kiss. Auggie ended his inspection and wrapped his arms around her as they laid back in the bed.
Auggie kicked off his shoes as Annie removed his belt. She pulled off his pants and threw them to the side before Auggie could protest. "Wait!"
Annie stopped. Everything had been going so well. She couldn't imagine why he was stopping.
"I need those."
"I... I thought we both had the same idea here." Annie replied.
"I wasn't planning to knock you up, Walker."
Annie laughed and rolled away.
"What's so funny?"
"Well, for starters, the fact that we are mostly naked in bed together, and you just referred to me all formal-like by my last name. But also," he heard a drawer open and close, "that you think you are the only one that doesn't want me pregnant. Protection is on the nightstand at your two o'clock Mister Anderson."
"Just looking out for you, Sugarplum."
Annie giggled. "Like always."
Auggie replied by moving his tongue on her body in a way that showed that he absolutely knew how to take care of her.
Completely relaxed, Annie laid with her head on Auggie's chest. His breathing was even and his eyes were closed. "You still awake?"
"Mmm hmm." Auggie replied. His only movement was his hand on Annie's back.
Annie looked around. Auggie had hardly ever been in the guest house before and his cane was lying in the middle of the room. She rolled over, leaving him suddenly feeling very alone.
"Where ya going?" he asked.
"Bathroom," she replied.
"May I join you?" he asked with a playful tone as he sat up and swung his legs over the edge of the bed.
"I'm not usually one for bathroom sharing, but for you..." She touched the back of his arm. He followed her through a maze of furniture. "I even have a new toothbrush, if you want it."
When they headed back to her bed, Annie stopped to pick up his cane.
"I knew that was there," Auggie said as she bent over.
Annie placed the still fully-assembled cane in his open hand. "In case you forget by morning."
Auggie grinned and unassembled the cane as he walked to the bed. "Thank you. I may need your help finding all my clothes, though."
"That," Annie said settling on the bed and moving close to him, "we can worry about in the morning."
Auggie laughed, pulled her to his chest, and gave her a kiss on the forehead. With Annie wrapped in Auggie's arms, they fell asleep quickly.
Annie woke up before her alarm. Her arm was still draped over Auggie. She stared at him a moment, then quietly got out of bed. After starting a pot of coffee she gathered his clothes and sat them on the empty side of the bed before getting in the shower.
When she got out, Auggie was sitting in the chair by the lamp wearing only his boxers, with a cup of coffee in hand. "I see you found everything you needed?" Annie asked.
"This relationship just might work." Auggie said, with a grin, as he took a sip of coffee. "You even keep the sugar right next to the coffee pot. But I did accidentally knock this folder off the table." Auggie pointed at the folder Henry gave Annie the night before, sitting by the lamp.
"I would have taken more care if I knew you were coming over," Annie replied.
"No need for that," Auggie replied. He got up and walked toward her. "I wouldn't ever want to put you out of your way."
Annie gave him a quick kiss. "So, are we doing the walk of shame this morning, or would you like a ride home?"
"Since you have such an early start, how about you take me home? Why were you awake so early, by the way?"
"I don't know." Annie replied. "I think I slept better last night, in your arms, than I have for months."
Auggie smiled and drank more coffee.
While Annie got ready for work, Auggie pulled on his pants and shirt from the night before. "So," he talked while she tried to find the right blouse. "Want to change that date that we planned for tomorrow to tonight?"
"So that was a date?" Annie teased.
"I was even going to pay. But I know that you are a modern, self-made woman, so perhaps you would prefer..."
"Oh no - I'm not at all opposed to letting you pay."
"Fine. Set the feminist movement back with your cheap ways."
"I think that I've made rather significant efforts to support the feminist movement, if they weren't all classified."
"Do you think knocking a guy out with your shoe would set the movement forward, or back?" Auggie teased.
"How do you know about that?" Annie asked.
"You still think you can keep secrets from me?" Auggie replied. "Besides, Eyal and I had some time together and I had him catch me up on what went down in Luxembourg."
"You know I don't have feelings for him, right?" Annie said, teasingly.
Auggie grinned. "Are you ready yet?"
"Almost. Five more minutes."
"You've put on your clothes, what more could you need to do?"
"Hair and makeup."
"Oh." Auggie said. He got up to get more coffee.
"Just drop me off and head on in to work. I didn't think to cancel the car service for the day." Auggie explained on the way to his apartment.
"Can't you call and cancel it now?"
"I could, but then I wouldn't continue to be their favorite client."
"Fine. We're at your place now." The car slowed in front of his building.
When they stopped, Auggie unfastened his seatbelt and turned toward Annie. "Thank you."
"I should be thanking you. I'm glad you came over."
"Not as much as I am." he replied before leaning forward for a kiss.
When Auggie pulled away he said "I think if you came up to my place, we would never make it to work."
Annie laughed. "I'll see you in an hour?"
"Try not to start any rumors before I get there."
Annie laughed and he got out of the car. She watched until he was in the building.
Auggie shut the door to his apartment and booted up his computer while he took a quick shower. Fifteen minutes before his driver would arrive, he connected his iPhone to the computer and uploaded the images he took of the mysterious folder while Annie was in the shower.
The text recognition software on his home PC wasn't as sophisticated as what he had at work. The mechanical voice didn't read the text nearly as fast as Auggie wanted, but by the time Auggie's driver arrived he knew that their new relationship wasn't going to be full of sunshine and rainbows.
"Oh Annie. What have you gotten yourself into now?" Auggie asked the empty room.