See part 1 for disclaimers.

Author's Note: So this is the end. Well it is except you will probably be getting an epilogue to this story in the next couple of days.

One Week Later.

She was starting to develop a pattern when she came to visit him. She would stand outside of the room for a while just staring inside. Once she had stayed there for twenty minutes. She had come by every night after she had left work, each night wondering if she would finally get to talk to him. He was asleep each night when she got there. CJ would sit at Toby's bedside and just hold his hand throughout the night. It didn't really bother her that he slept. The sleep was helping to heal him. She knew he was getting stronger, she could hear the strength returning to his voice when they talked on the phone. He wouldn't stay on the phone for long, he was afraid of someone knowing they were more than friends. CJ had not told him that everyone knew, partially because she wanted to see the look on his face when she did, and partially because she was certain he wouldn't believe her. She sat down quietly in the chair, and reached for his hand.

"I'm beginning to think you don't want to see me." She said softly.

"What would give you that idea?" Toby said as he squeezed her hand. He opened his eyes and looked at her. "You don't know how good it is to see you."

"Because you're always asleep when I'm here!" CJ could feel the tears starting to form in her eyes. She had promised herself days ago that she would not cry in front of him, but she didn't think she would be able to keep that promise. "It's good to see you awake."

"CJ, I've been awake before."

"You haven't been while I've been here."

"When have you been here?"

"Every night."

"All night?"


"CJ you should watch it, someone may start to believe we are involved." Toby laughed.

"Those that matter already know."

"What do you mean?"

"You remember New Years?"


"They figured it out then."


"The way we were kissing."


"Yeah." CJ said as she got up. She bent over him and gently kissed him. "I've been wanting to do that for awhile."

"You could do it again."

"I could?"


CJ bent and kissed him again. She sat down on the bed beside him. "You've heard an old saying that you don't know what you have until you lose it?"

"No, I haven't."

CJ rolled her eyes at him. "What I'm trying to say is that I didn't know how much I loved you until I almost lost you." She reached up to wipe her eyes because she had started to cry. "I swore I wouldn't cry in front of you." She laughed.

"You are." Toby laughed.

"I know that."

"I love you."

CJ smiled and held his hand tighter.

"They are talking about letting me out of here tomorrow or the next day."

"Yes, I know that."


"You're staying with me."

"I am?"


"You sound like you are expecting me not to like the idea."

"I'm expecting to hear that you think you can take care of yourself." CJ said.

"I don't mind staying with you."

"Good, but it's not like you had a choice in the matter."

"I didn't?"



"You're getting tired aren't you?"

"How did you know?"

"Your voice has changed." CJ smiled. "Go to sleep. I'll be here for awhile."

"How long is that?"

"All night."

"Okay." Toby murmured as he closed his eyes.

CJ sat on the bed for awhile, then she went to get the blanket the nurses had left in the closet for her. She sat down on the chair and pulled it around her and went to sleep.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving - 5




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