It was getting late and Kate and Jake were still in the office. Jake was sat at his desk going over some files whilst Kate was sat on the sofa in the corner her head propped up on her elbow and her knees tucked into her slightly. Jake got up and walked over to her before sitting on the other sofa across from her. He waited a second seeing she had her eyes shut before speaking. "You asleep?"
She gave a small laugh "no chance." She opened her eyes stretching slightly. " I kept thinking about Bracken." She referred to the case. "I keep getting the feeling we're making a mistake. He wanted Ayesha to be happy, he wanted to protect her, there was no violence there...why would he kill her? He loved her..."
"Love can make us do stupid things." He said quietly.
She smiled. "When did you become a sentimental?"
"When did you start doubting your instincts?"
"Touché." She yawned. She looked at her watch. "I better be going, Ash is singing somewhere..." She rubbed her eyes getting to her feet. She grabbed her coat before walking back over to him. She wrapped her arms around him from behind. "You coming."
"Just need to brief his lordship on what we've got first." He replied. "Ok." She kissed the side of his face. "See ya." He watched her go before getting to his feet collecting the files and knocking on the door of Henry's office.
"#Thats enough for now. I would've never left you broken, I would've held you. Things your father never told. That's enough for. He never wanted to leave you broken, he would've held you. Things your father never could do...#" Kate clapped from the bar as Ashleigh finished her song and turned to her friends to get ready for the next one. It always made her smile when the teenager sung or danced.
"Hey." A voice said quietly as arms were wrapped around her waist.
"Hey." She smiled. He kissed her neck. "What have I missed?"
"Not much." She turned in his arms. "You escaped Henry then?"
He laughed. "Ugh. He does like to drone on..."
"And on." He kissed her lips and she smiled, it only recently hit her just how much had happened in such a short amount of time, so many things going through her mind and through it all, Jake had been there.
She thought a second. "Standing by me...after..."
"Always." He kissed her again stroking her cheek before pulling her into his arms. They both looked to where Ashleigh was as the intro to the next song started playing.
"#Every time our eyes meet. This feeling inside me. Is almost more than I can take. Baby when you touch me, I can feel how much you love me And it just blows me away I've never been this close to anyone or anything I can hear your thoughts I can see your dreams…
I don't know how you do what you do I'm so in love with you It just keeps getting better I wanna spend the rest of my life With you by my side Forever and ever Every little thing that you do Baby I'm amazed by you#."
Jake kissed the top of Kate's head as he held her in his arms. He wouldn't let her go. Not after everything. When he looked at her he saw someone who had fought so hard for so long. Someone who's battles were almost over. Her recovery, almost over.
Ashleigh, despite the lighting that was blinding her, looked over to where they were, smiling to herself. She'd chosen that song as much for them as herself. It was what her dad had sung to her when she was little...but maybe now it had a different meaning. In her mind anyway. She'd seen Kate do so much, but never once in all her life had Kate willingly let her see her cry. There was only the times when Ash lived with their Nan and Kate was there too. Kate would have a nightmare about something. Her dad. Beth. Silverman. Death. Something that would scare her. Then she would crawl into bed beside her cousin. The feeling that she wasn't alone helping her go back to sleep. Once her performance was done she half walked half skipped over to them.
"Nice work, baby girl." Kate smiled.
"Well done." Jake nodded, his arm still around Kate.
"Thanks..." Ash smiled, she knew just how much Jake cared for her cousin. Kate went to get herself a drink leaving Ash and Jake stood together. "Jake, can I say something?"
"Sure, what is it?"
"Nothing, just I hope you know that if you hurt my cousin in anyway..." Her eyes narrowed "Just remember that, that Chica tells me everything. I hear something I don't like and we'll be having..." She punched the palm of her hand with her fist. "Words."
Neither noticed Kate come back ad Jake laughed slightly. "I'm not going to hurt her, Ashleigh. I love her..."
Kate cleared her throat. "Words?" She questioned. "How did you get an A level in psychology?"
"Same way you did law, Kathy. Answered yes to everything on the exam." She joked. Kate rolled her eyes taking a sip from her drink as Jake put his arm around her. The fact Jake had looked honestly scared almost made her want to laugh, but she contained herself as they all started talking about other things.