Can't Believe My Ears

Jack & Madison

Jack

When Jack woke up from his coma he was completely changed. Throughout his coma he had been fearful, so he expected to be happy that Grace was right by his side, kissing him, hugging him, and telling him that she loved him, but something ripped at his insides. There was something he had to tell her before she got hurt, "Grace," he breathed as he grabbed her hand. She looked at him with all the happiness in the world, "Jack you're awake! I knew that God would let you live!"

"Grace we need to talk," he said and took notice of how it hurt to breath.

"Of course we do but maybe you should get some rest."

"No it's fine."

"Ok then Jack. I just want you to know that I love you so much. It took me lying here for me to finally realize how much I love you," she smiled as tears fell down her eyes and from that moment he knew that this was going to be the hardest thing he ever had to do.

"Grace I love you too," he breathed, "But I don't want to be in a relationship with you."

Grace pulled her arm back in shock. He watched as she blinked back tears and he felt like the biggest jerk in the world, "Grace...when I was in that coma everything was so scary. Then I saw Him...God I mean. And God told me that I was going to get a second chance at life, but that I had a decision to make on love. I didn't understand it at first but now I do. I heard her voice and I saw her face during my coma and I knew that all I wanted was for her to be right here with me."

She pinched her lips together as the tears fell down her face, "So it's another girl?"

He stayed silent.

"Who is it Jack?" she pushed, "Is it Clementine?"

He shook his head. Although Clementine was beautiful and smart, he was never interested in getting to know her, just her body.

"Jack I can't walk away without knowing the girl who took you from me."

He exhaled, "You'll be mad."

He turned away from her.

"I don't care I need to know," she repeated.

He stared into her eyes and said, "It's...Madison.. Grace I'm-"

"T-That slut!" she shrieked, "You're trying to tell me that God told you to be with a slut! What the hell kind of game is this Jack! How is she better than me, is it because she puts out!"

"Grace please," he said as he tried to grab her hand but she pulled away, "It has nothing to do with sex, and the next time we do have sex I want the two of us to be married. God showed me that I'm in love with her."

"I thought you were in love with me," she cried.

He sighed, "Grace let's face it. The two of us aren't good for each other. I know we've been back and forth and I hate to hurt you but it's the truth. We care about each other but I want Madison to be my wife."

"Fine then Jack go live happily ever after with Madison. Merry Christmas," she said, as she stormed off.

Jack began taking physical therapy shortly after everyone found out that he was alive and well. He was just about to start his class when he saw the girl that had been on his mind for the longest time, "Madison."

Madison smiled and made her way over to Jack, she was back to being a redhead and Jack was glad. She pulled him into a hug. He groaned in pain and she let go, quickly apologizing, "Sorry! Eek! I'm just so happy that you're alive Jack! I've spread the news to everybody."

Jack laughed at Madison's perkiness, "Madison there's something I need to tell you."

Madison felt the nerves inside her as she took a step back, "What is it?"

"Madison," he said, taking in a second to repeat the name in his head, he would never get tired of hearing that name for as long as he lived, "I love you."

The reaction Madison gave him was not one that he was quite expecting. She laughed. Jack looked at her surprised, "Why are you laughing? I just told you I love you."

"It's so...unlike you," she said, unable to control her laughter this time.

"What do you mean? I've told you I love you before."

"But you didn't really mean it...I mean, not like the way you said it now. Are you sure you really love me?" she questioned, "Because I'm not interested in sex, at least not right now anyway."

"It's not about sex Madison," he said, stunning himself with the words he had chosen. He fumbled over his words, "What I mean is...I-I want to be with you. Not Grace, not anyone else, but you. I want us to get married and have kids and be just be together."

Madison stared into his eyes, and she knew that he was telling the truth. A smile melted through her confused face and she grabbed his arm gently, "I want to be with you too Jack."

He smiled at this, "Well good."

"But why do you want to be with me?" she asked, and he thought about it for a moment, "You're the only one that really gets me. I admit, when I first went out with you it was so that I could get over Grace, but after spending so much time with you I learned a lot about you. You're funny, pretty, helpful, and nice. You put others needs before yourself, and even if you spread a lot of rumors, you're a good friend, to Amy and to Lauren. We've both made a lot of mistakes in the past Madison, and I don't think we should have had sex so soon, but I wouldn't take back any minute I spent with you as a couple. I don't know why it took being in a coma to realize that, but it did."

Madison was overwhelmed with the words that were coming out of Jack's mouth. She had never heard him speak so sincerely before. She stood on her tiptoes and planted a soft kiss on his lips, "Let's try this out again, us I mean. Let's just see where things go."

Jack smiled, "I like the sound of that."

And she kissed him again.