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Jack sits at a table near the door, sipping a cup of coffee and trying not to look nervous, though it's nearly impossible to do. While he's trying to look around the bar and keep an eye on things, his eyes keep straying back to the door. He'd left a note for Chris on Michelle's fridge, letting her know where he was, and though he knows it might be a while before she comes in, he can't help but keep looking for her.

Every once in a while, his hand goes to his right pocket, as though he's checking that something's still there.

Date: 2007-10-30 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Entering the house, Chris shuts the door behind her and kicks off her shoes. It's quieter than she expected and it takes her a minute to remember that she made plans with Jack to meet him at work. The house appeared to be empty and she wondered if Michelle was at the bar with him or if she was still at work.

Upstairs, she changes out of the skirt and blouse she'd worn to work and slips into a t-shirt, jeans and light gray cardigan. Washing her face, she wonders if Jack has anything planned for today. Her birthday had passed, both in there and outside. No anniversaries. His birthday was still a while away. She shakes the thought off and, instead of reapplying her makeup, just puts on some moisturizer and lip balm. Her hair stays up in the plastic clip she put it in to wash her face, she's too tired to try to do anything more with it.

Walking downstairs, she jots off a note to Michelle just in case she's still at work, then slips into her gym shoes and steps through the hall closet and into Milliways.

Date: 2007-10-30 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Movement by the door makes him look up, and he spots her as she comes in. Just seeing her puts a smile on his face, and he stands, walking over to her. "Hey, sweetheart," he says, touching her arm briefly as he leans in for a quick hello kiss. "How was work?"

Date: 2007-10-30 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Tiring," she sighs, leaning on him for a moment she casts a glance at the bar. Alcohol sounded good about now. "And you? Is Michelle here?"

Date: 2007-10-30 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Not that I know of; I haven't seen her at least. Hungry?" he asks, noticing her look toward the bar.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Food would be good. A drink would be better." Though she knows she should ideally have both so she doesn't wind up drunk. "And how was work for you?"

Date: 2007-10-30 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Busy, we've got a couple more clients interested in having us look over their security setup. I'm not sure whether the fact we were CTU agents counts for us or against us," he says, walking over to the bar. "What do you want?"

Date: 2007-10-30 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Steak and mashed potatoes," she answers without thinking. "And wine."

Right now, all she needed was some food that would stick to her ribs and a nice drink. Or three.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He stifles a grin, nodding. "Okay. You find us a table, I'll get a waitrat to bring the food over." Within a couple minutes, he's making his way through the crowd, a bottle of wine and two wineglasses in his hand.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not wanting to take much time to decide (and too tired for that much thinking besides) she grabs the nearest corner booth. Leaning back and closing her eyes for a moment, hoping it doesn't take too long for the food to arrive. She's famished.

At the sound of someone approaching, she opens her eyes and spots Jack. Smiling, Chris asks, "How was your day?"

Date: 2007-10-30 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack puts the glasses down, standing as he pulls the loosened cork out of the bottle and pours. "All right. I've got a site inspection tomorrow for a software company that designs software for law enforcement agencies; today I was mainly looking over the blueprints of the building and the specs for their security system, when I wasn't answering the phone."

Date: 2007-10-30 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sounds like business is doing well," she says without surprise. After all, it made sense that a security firm would do well in a post-nuclear bomb world.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah, though it's the kind of success I could do without. Considering Michelle won't be able to do as much with the baby coming soon, I was thinking of asking her if we could hire Kim, at least for a little while."

Date: 2007-10-30 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"So Kim's leaving CTU for good?" Chris had wondered if this was temporary or not, though she had a feeling it was the latter. With a young child at home, it made sense that she and Chase were rethinking a few things.

Sometimes, Chris wonders why she's still at CTU. The only answers she's found are habit and duty.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I think so. She said she was looking into teaching, but the most she could do is substitute teaching at the moment. She's probably not the only one leaving CTU, I take it," he says.

Date: 2007-10-30 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No." She falls quiet for moment, staring down at her hands. Four people had left already and Chris wouldn't be surprised if a few more followed. Their job wasn't supposed to be like this. The long hours and the dangerous work were expected, accepted and even prized. Failing wasn't. "It's not quite an exodus yet and we'll get lots of new applicants soon. Always do, after something like this."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack's saved from replying with the arrival of a waitrat with steak for her and chicken parmesan for himself. For a while eating takes precedence over conversation, though as the plates get increasingly bare and they both start getting more and more full, they start talking about other thingsl happier things than recent events.

With dinner finished, Jack wipes his mouth and puts the napkin down on the table. "Want to take the rest of this outside?" he asks, raising the bottle of wine. His smile might appear just a little...nervous?

Date: 2007-10-30 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After the food and the wine, she wants a nap more than anything else. Still, Chris quirks an eyebrow but smiles and agrees all the same, hoping it's not too cold outside. Walking beside Jack as they headed towards the exit, she curls her arm around his, wanting to be close.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack wraps his arm around her waist as they walk out of the bar. Outside it's cool and crisp, but not too cold; not when there's a warm body curled up next to you.

He points them toward the lake and one of the trees by its shore. "Are you cold?"

Date: 2007-10-30 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No, not really," she answers lazily. Not as long as Jack kept his arm around her. "It's nice out tonight."

She liked the sound of leaves crunching underfoot and smiles at the thought that her favorite holiday - Halloween, was approaching. Better still was the day that followed, when all the Halloween candy went on sale. Between her angst at work and the last trimester of Michelle's pregnancy, stocking up on chocolate seemed like the best idea she'd had in a long time.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"How about we take a seat over there?" he says, gesturing to the ground under a nearby, familiar tree. "It seems to be our favourite spot."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"All right." There's something curious about all this and a few possibilities run through her mind. She takes a seat on the bench, looking at him with a small smile and wondering if he's up to something.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They take a seat, and Jack pours them each a half glass of wine. "Do you remember what day it is?" he asks, trying not to grin as widely as his mouth would like.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thinking for a moment - and drawing a blank - she gives him a sheepish smile. "Mid-Octoberish? Before Halloween, right?"

If it was after Halloween it might be his birthday and she'd still feel bad about not knowing that even if she always thought Milliways birthdays didn't count as "real" birthdays.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah, sorry. It's October 29th in here," he says with a smile. He'd forgotten that she might not have noticed, and it was almost never the same day inside the bar as outside it.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"So, I was right about the 'before Halloween' part at least?" she asks with crooked grin, holding the glass of wine between her hands.

If it had been Halloween she'd know because she'd be sitting here dressed as Little Bo Peep with Jack as one of her sheep. Or something else equally bizarre.

Though Jack had made a cute musketeer.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah, you were. But do you remember what's special about today?" he asks, his smile growing wider.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A thought comes to her and the more she thinks about it, it's the only real possibility. Still, she hesitates a bit, not wanting to jump the gun and be completely wrong.

"Well, it's hard to remember," she says, glancing down at the wine, "but this time last year, weren't we on something that made us act like lovesick teenagers and getting married in the bar?"

Date: 2007-10-30 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah," he says, grinning. "Technically today's our first anniversary."

He looks down, finding her hand and taking it in his. "What would you say to...making it official?"

Date: 2007-10-30 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She gives him a searching look, knowing she understands exactly what he's saying but still not expecting this.

And laughs.

A bright, surprised sound because this is exactly how it would happen. "Uh, yeah. Okay, I mean, yes."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
His heart leaps at her answer, and even though he's the one who asked the question, he can hardly believe he heard the answer correctly. "That's a yes, you'll marry me?" he asks, pulling a velvet box out of his pocket.

Date: 2007-10-30 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yes, it's a yes," she laughs, feeling nervous and happy and excited all at once. She still can't believe this is happening but if it's a joke, she just might hurt him. "Of course! I love you. Of course, I'll marry you."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He opens the box, revealing a ring (; a simple white gold band with a single, circular diamond in a simple setting. Pulling the ring out of the box, he reaches for her left hand and slides the ring on her finger. "I love you. You've made me happier than I've been in a long time."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hands trembling, she sets the wine down, not trusting herself not to spill it. Part of her still doesn't believe this moment is real, not until he slides the ring on her finger. Smiling, and on the verge of tears, Chris pulls him close and kisses him.

"I love you so much."

Date: 2007-10-30 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack wraps his arms around her, kissing her eagerly. All the times he'd nearly lost her, all the time they'd spent apart...if it had to happen for this moment to occur, then it was worth it.

There are a hundred things that could happen in the future; a ring and a promise aren't a guarantee that they won't be parted. But he knows it won't happen by choice, and none of that matters at the moment.

This moment, and knowing that she's going to be with him from now on is the only thing he cares about, and that thought makes him the happiest man in the world.

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