RATING: PG
DISCLAIMER: See Part 1, "Thank You For Loving Me" is not mine, but the
property of Bon Jovi, off the album "Crush" :) Truly a great, sweet song.
Highly recommended.
NOTES: See part 1, just reminding you that "Blessed" belongs to Elton John
and not me. :) Comments are always welcome. In fact they're wonderful
motivation.
SUMMARY: KD and Toby deal with possibilities, Leo finds that he has to start
taking steps to stay happy and keep the women he loves happy at the same time.

The party room of Michael's restaurant was closed for the evening. It had
been rented by a young woman who looked like she had faced a lot in the past
few days. Michael, the owner and manager of the restaurant, watched her as
she stood in the back edge of the room looking nervous. He shook his head and
moved to the main room. A young man with short brown hair and striking blue
eyes was talking softly to the Maitre 'D.
"Mr. Seaborn?" Michael asked as he walked up to the man and his employee.
The man nodded and looked around. "Right this way. Your party is back here in
the Venetian room." Sam nodded and followed the man into the room. Once
there, Michael left Sam alone in the room. It wasn't a large room, more like
a private eating hall. There was a table in the middle of the room, elegantly
decorated with a white tablecloth and two lit candles. Sam moved towards the
table as the flames flickered softly in the dim light cast by the chandelier.
There was a soft noise to Sam's left, and when he looked, his eyes rested on
Mallory's slender form which was encased in a form-fitting pearl white
evening gown. His breath caught in his throat as she moved towards him, her
hips swaying with each step and causing his heart to beat faster.
"Mal..." He whispered.
"Sam, I'm glad you came." She said softly as she stopped in front of him.
"I thought maybe it was too late, that you wouldn't show."
"Well, you said please." Sam said weakly. She smiled and nodded.
"Sam, I know I made a very serious mistake, and I want you to know that I
didn't come here expecting anything. I just wanted to tell you that I'm
sorry, I'm getting help and that I love you very much." Mallory started
slowly. "I've never loved anyone like I love you and it scared me, I admit
it. It scared me into doing something so stupid, I still cry about it. Sam,
I'm so sorry, and if things can't be the way they were, can we at least be
friends?"
"No." Sam said softly. Mal bit her lip, tears brimming. "We can't be
friends, Mal, because I want so much more." He added softly as he slipped his
hands around her cheeks. She smiled at him before he kissed her gently. Her
arms slipped around him as the kiss deepened. Sam pulled her close in joy,
kissing her passionately as he felt the presence of the woman he loved. She
was back; Not all the way quite yet, but she was on her way. Mallory pulled
away from him for a moment and moved to a small stereo that she'd set up in
the side of the room. As the music began to play, she took him in her arms
and they danced by the candlelight, eyes focused on each other as they
thought of nothing else in the world.

It's hard for me to say the things
I want to say sometimes
There's no one here but you and me
And that broken old street light
Lock the doors
We'll leave the world outside

"Toby?" Katy's soft voice called. The frustrated speech writer looked up
and blinked. She was leaning against his doorway in slim blue jeans and a
white t-shirt, her black leather jacket covering part of the figure he'd come
to know and love so well.
"Were you wearing that when we left the house this morning?" He asked.
"No, I changed just now." She informed him. "It's a quarter after seven.
What are we doing still here?" She asked playfully as she moved in and closed
the door behind her. He shrugged and looked at his computer, noticing as she
moved across the room. When he looked up again, she'd reached him and was in
the process of swinging his chair towards her. He smiled as she made herself
comfortable in his lap and began tickling his ear.
"Are you trying to tell me something?" He asked softly before accepting a
gentle kiss. She smiled and nodded before kissing him again. He slipped his
arms around her and deepened the kiss, holding her close. As his hands
explored her body, she slipped her arms around his neck. Finally, they pulled
apart for air, but not for long as he began to gently kiss her neck.
"We have to go home." She whispered.
"Do we?" He asked playfully. She laughed and kissed him again.
"I love you, Mr. Ziegler." She murmured.
"And I love you, Mrs. Ziegler." He replied before they kissed again.

All I've got to give to you
Are these five words when I
Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn't see
For parting my lips
When I couldn't breathe
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for loving me

"Leo, what are you doing?" Jeri called as she moved into her boyfriend's
living room. Leo muttered something and put a book back in its place on the
shelf. He began searching the shelves again and stopped only when he felt
Jeri's arms slip around his neck.
"I'm sorry." He murmured as he kissed her wrist and started looking
again. He smiled a little wider as he felt her lips gently brush against his
neck.
"What are you looking for?" She asked softly. He smiled as he pulled out
the book and turned to take her in his arms.
"This is a journal I kept when I went to Tucson." He replied as he showed
her the brown leather-bound book. "I was going out of my head, staying off of
all the things I'd grown addicted to, and I wrote down my rants in this
thing. What happened with Mal just made me think of fishing it out."
"That sounds interesting." Jeri murmured and kissed his neck again. "You
going to show it to Mal?"
"I was thinking about it." He admitted. There was a silent pause as they
kissed gently. "You know, I talked to her and she said that someone came to
talk to her and helped her see the light. I couldn't figure out who it was.
KD and Sam had already talked to her."
"Really? They didn't have any luck?" She asked innocently.
"No, but you did." Leo said softly. She looked at him. "Thank you, Jeri.
I'm not sure how you did it. I didn't think she would listen to anyone-"
"Least of all me." She whispered.
"To be honest, yeah." He admitted.
"I know." She said. "But I saw how miserable you were, how hurt Sam and
KD were, and how wasteful Mal was being, and I couldn't let that happen. I
couldn't let four lives disappear like that. I'm only glad I could help."
"I am too." Leo whispered gratefully before gathering her in his arms and
kissing her deeply. She kissed back, holding him close. Together they rocked
in the sway of lovers.

I never knew I had a dream
Until that dream was you
When I look into your eyes
The sky's a different blue
Cross my heart I wear no disguise
If I tried, you'd make believe
That you believed my lies

Jed moved into the bedroom and started to remove his tie. It had been a
long day. He didn't notice his wife on the couch reading a book, nor did he
notice when she looked up and watched him move wearily to the bed and start
to take off his shoes. She just stood up and walked over to him with a smile
on her face. He smiled at her, finally sensing her presence.
"Hey, beautiful." He whispered.
"Hi, handsome." She whispered back as she sat in his lap. He smiled and
moved his hands down her sides before hugging her closely.
"I love you." He whispered.
"I love you too." She whispered back.
"You know what?" He asked.
"What?"
"I think I need to have my temperature taken."
"I think so too." She replied before kissing him and pushing him down on
to the bed. He kissed back, thankful for a bit of recreation after a day of
stresses. And he always knew he could count on Abbey to make him feel better,
even if she didn't "take his temperature".

Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn't see
For parting my lips
When I couldn't breathe
Thank you for loving me

Donna moved into the dining room of the apartment she shared with Josh
and found that he was snoozing on the couch. She smiled and sat down on the
coffee table, watching him sleep. She reached out and ruffled his hair
lightly. He smiled in his sleep.
"Do you know how much I love you, Joshua Lyman?" She whispered. "So much
has happened over the past year, and I've never thanked you for it. Thank
you, Josh, for letting me see that it was okay to love you. I know that our
wedding, God, our wedding... It's going to be beautiful, Josh. It's going
to be perfect, just like you and me."
"I know." Josh whispered and opened his eyes slightly.
"You sneak." She giggled. He sat up and pulled her into his lap.
"That's me." He replied before kissing her neck.
"I love you, Josh."
"I heard." He whispered. "And I love you, Donatella Moss." He added
before kissing her deeply.

You pick me up when I fall down
You ring the bell before they count me out
If I was drowning you would part the sea
And risk your own life to rescue me

"You know, one of these days, I wonder if you're going to regret this."
Danny admitted as he sat next to CJ on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. "I
mean, you said no to me for so long."
"Danny, shut up and watch the movie." CJ teased.
"I'm serious, CJ. What made you change your mind?" He asked. She paused
and looked at him.
"To be honest, I looked at the people around me and saw two different
things. I saw how happy they were with their lives and I saw how sad they
were with the chances they'd passed up. Then I looked at you and I wondered,
do I want to be somewhere in the future without you, regretting not saying
yes, or do I want to be somewhere in the future with you, relishing the fact
that I did? The answer is that I want to be with you, Danny, and I really
don't care what anybody has to say about it." She added softly. He smiled and
kissed her gently.
"CJ?"
"Yeah, Danny?"
"Can we skip the movie?" He asked playfully before kissing her neck. CJ
murmured and leaned against him.
"No." She teased and pressed play.
"Fair enough." Danny replied but didn't stop kissing.

Lock the doors
We'll leave the world outside
All I've got to give to you
Are these five words when I
Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn't see
You parted my lips
When I couldn't breathe
Thank you for loving me

Sam looked at the woman who slept against his chest and smiled in
content. His arm clutched her closer as he tried to breathe regularly, but
his fast heartbeat stopped that. He couldn't sleep, not with this woman in
his arms, back where she belonged. Slowly, he slipped out of the bed and
walked to his desk in the other room. Opening the drawer, he saw the box
sitting nestled in a pile of receipts and other things that he'd put away
until he could find a better time to deal with them.
He gingerly picked the box up and carried it back to their room. He
opened the box and placed it on the nightstand by Mallory's side, directly
under the lamp. He made sure it looked okay and then went back to his place
in the bed. As he moved in, Mallory move to cling to his side. He slipped his
arms around her again and held her close to his body.
"Welcome home, Mal." He whispered.
"Thank you, Sam." She murmured in her sleep.

When I couldn't fly
Oh, you gave me wings
You parted my lips
When I couldn't breathe
Thank you for loving me

Toby held KD's hand as the doctor moved into the room. Toby watched as a
scratchy image appeared on the screen, and then smiled at KD. This was their
child. He kissed her gently and then looked at the doctor who was frowning
slightly. KD looked worriedly at him and then at Toby.
"Doctor?" Toby asked softly.
"I'm not sure." The doctor murmured. "It might be too early to tell."
"To tell what?" KD asked in fear. The doctor looked at her.
"Well, it seems that you're now about six weeks in, roughly. But the
picture here," He started, tracing an image. "Isn't concurrent with normal
pictures we get. We're going to have to do another ultrasound in about two
weeks. We'd need to see what this is."
"If you could venture a guess?" Toby asked softly.
"I really don't want to, this early in, but if I had to?" The doctor
asked.
"Yes?" KD asked weakly. The doctor paused and then ran his finger over a
tiny curve in the grain.
"This is your child." He said softly before moving his finger to another
small curve in the grain. "From what I can tell, this is your child too. I'm
not positive, it may be too early to tell, but I think you two might be the
proud parents of twins."

And you, you'll be blessed
You'll have the best
I promise you that
I'll pick a star from the sky
Pull your name from a hat
I promise you that,
promise you that, promise you that
You'll be blessed

The End... .

 

 

 

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