"I?" He asked looking at the sheet of paper in front of them.
"Nope." She drew a line. The defence barrister they were meant to be meeting was nearly an hour late and they'd soon got bored and had resorted in playing hangman.
"Nope." She drew another line.
"Can I ask if its actually something in this room?" He raised his eyebrows. Knowing her she'd probably picked something stupid like a Zebra or something.
"Yes, it's in this room."
His eyes scanned the room before looking back at the sheet counting how many letters the word was.
"Do you give up?" She tilted her head slightly and smiled knowing she was winning.
Just as he was about to say something the barrister they'd been waiting for walked in, not apologising for being late they started firing off all sorts which they both ignored knowing it was all crap and the man they were prosecuting was guilty.
"If you're not accepting the plea, then we'll be seeing you in court." They smiled smugly before getting up and leaving.
Kate glared annoyed at the back of their head as they left making Jake hold back any laughter. They both knew that it was going to be a difficult trial. Gathering their stuff they got up to leave.
"So what was it?" Jake asked her as they walked into their office.
"Oh." She sat down at her desk. "Photograph. How did you not guess that?"
" I don't know." He sighed shaking his head before sitting down at his own desk. He watched her get annoyed at her computer for a few minutes before getting on with his own work; best he could anyway with Henry interrupting them every ten or so minutes saying how 'they had to accept the plea to manslaughter. Though he and Kate both agreed to ignore his advice and go to trial.
It was late when Jake got home. Tired he went up stairs, got changed and almost crawled into bed. He pulled the already sleeping blonde closer to him.
"How did he take it?" She asked half asleep. She hadn't stuck around to see what Henry thought of them not accepting the plea.
"Sorry, did I wake you?" He asked stroking her skin.
"No..." She shook her head slightly. "Couldn't sleep anyway."
He kissed the back of her neck. "Try."
She rolled over to face him. "I did."
He laughed slightly. "Why don't I believe you?" He tucked a lock of blonde hair behind her ear.
"Dunno." She smiled and he kissed her lips.
"I love you..." He whispered.
"Always." She then rested her head on his chest and slowly drifted off into a light sleep; Jake not even closing his eyes till she'd nodded off. Then he went to sleep himself, listening to the sound of her breathe, knowing she was safe. The feeling he loved. Her in his arms. Knowing the demons in her mind were tame when he was around, when she was happy. He wanted her to always be happy. After everything she'd been through god knows she deserved it.
She was so peaceful. It had been a hell of a last 6 or so months. Beth. Her parents. Silverman. There were times when he'd look at her and just seemed so lost but the amount of times he looked at her and shed be smiling or laughing at something he or her cousin or well anyone said outnumbered it by a mile.
Sometimes life hurts. It's not something that you should hide. Think of your problems as a glass of water. If you hold it too long you go numb as things feel heavier...remember to put the glass down. Kate knew this now. And...it didn't hurt so bad anymore.