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Promises (or lack thereof) - Pt. 15/25

Challenge:  love_bingo   
Rating:  PG to PG-13
Words:  580
Prompt:  LN1 - Candlelit Dinner
Warnings:  Nothing too explicit but will warn for violence/implied torture in a couple of the later parts (I'll post a specific warning on those posts). Everything in the series and comics is fair game, so spoilers ahoy!  

Disclaimer:   I do not own, nor am I affiliated with, CBS or Jericho or...whoever else may actually own this show.  I just like to take the characters out to play.  I put them back, mostly unharmed...although not always...this is for fun, not profit and no copyright infringement is intended.

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"You know, this used to be considered romantic."

Emily frowned at Heather's comment, then she looked around the dining room at the candles set out on the table and started to laugh. "Yeah, it did. Now it's more out of necessity than romance."

"Well, the power supply's usually pretty stable - if the population would stop increasing, that would help."

"Hey, we're the place to be now. If someone had told me three years ago that Jericho would be the centre of the country -" Emily shook her head.

"Jericho is the country," Heather said, "especially now the President's arrived on our doorstep two days ago. And if she stays, then that's only the beginning. I'm not sure our power supply can keep up - and when it comes to food -"

Emily walked over to her and put her hands on her shoulders. "You worry too much. Now, try to relax, and think of the fact that - tonight - these candles are for romantic purposes, and you're going to have your first official date with Beck."

"I know. A date - now I'm really worried. I mean, what if we have nothing to talk about?"

Emily laughed. "Heather, I love you like a sister - I really do. But you're an idiot sometimes. You'll have something to talk about - and if you don't - well..." she walked to the door. "Then just kiss the man and let nature do the talking for you."

Emily winked at her, and left the house, laughing at her blush.

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Beck was looking forward to tonight. All he'd been able to do yesterday was eat and sleep, and hold her and kiss her. She'd carefully explored his scarred and emaciated body this morning in the shower but that hadn't been about sex. In fact, they hadn't made love at all since his return.

No, this morning in the shower had been about comfort and caring, warmth and healing. The promise that he was home now, and as safe as she could make him. Her hands had soothed his soul even more than they had soothed his body.

She'd washed him, then she'd fed him - again - and then she'd taken him to see the President, and kissed him good-bye.

Now she was feeding him again, the candles she used to conserve power casting a soft, shimmering light over everything. He found himself thinking about the food on the table, the water they'd used this morning, the resources they'd need for him and his men, the President's security detail and the refugees who would soon follow. Could Jericho sustain itself now that they had brought the east - what was left of it - to their doorstep?

"Beck?" Heather said softly, her eyes luminous in the candlelight.

He blinked and then smiled wryly, shamefaced. "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm not being very good company."

"You're still exhausted - and underfed," Heather said, "and you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. And you're worrying." She got up and came around the table. With a smile and shining eyes, she held out her hand. He put his hand in hers and she pulled him to his feet.

"Tomorrow, all your worries will still be there, and I'll help you all you can. For tonight, though - just for tonight - nothing exists outside this house. Okay?"

He smiled at her and nodded.

"Now, Emily gave me some good advice earlier - and I think I'm going to follow it," she said - and kissed him.
 




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