Title: Consummately Perfect by Jade eyes Disclaimer: Borrowing Jim and Audrey, although I can't tell she's not canon right down to the ground !! AN: Spin-off from RX's Into Darkness and Beyond ... consequences of choices and moving toward forever. ~~~~~!! Frank Conversation and Genuine Promises "To be honest," Audrey said coolly, "I don't know if the total non-emotional component with Carole makes me relieved or angry ..." "Audrey ..." "And you cannot even promise me you won't do it again, because it had an instinctual, reflexive feel to it, the whole incident!!" "I ... So much has happened, so much feels like it's been lost and spinning out of control, and then I go and demolish the best thing, the only true thing ... You are all that I have been able to count on through all of this." "Is that by way of an explanation, or what, exactly?" Audrey asked, honestly curious. "I'm not sure it could be enough of one. I also don't know what promises I can make that you'll believe, but ..." A pause. "There is one. When I feel the world is crashing in on me, and like I don't know how to stop it, before I go charging off after the first pretty face and pair of legs I see, I'll come and talk to you." "Yes, I think not talking, but stuffing your feelings into the darkest corner of the closet, that is part of the problem. And are you sure it's just the pair of legs that got you going?" "Well, the eyes are nice." He proffered a half-bantering reply, hoping she would reply in kind. "I was referring to a different part of the anatomy." Audrey replied, assaying a small tease, and they shared a gentle, tentative laugh. "This doesn't mean you're off the hook, merely on ... probation." "That's more than I deserve or would expect." He answered quietly. She smiled. "I can't turn my feelings for you off, nor do I want to. I also can feel your sincerity, and it's not just defendant's remorse." She winked. "You know, I'm sorry I was caught, only that, nothing more." "Oh, there's much more than that!" Jim exclaimed. He reached across to take her hand, and she let him do it. Then, leaning forward, she initiated a warm, encouraging kiss, not one of passion, but one of openness to the future, to healing. +++++ Melty!!! !!!!!