Step One

by: Rhiannon

Jed looked up at her, "Hi."

Abbey gazed down at him without a word.

"I uh... I'm late." Jed stated, trying to rise from the ground. He looked at her, "Could you help me please?"

Abbey seemed to snap into reality as she jumped forward to help him. She helped him up from the ground and then leaned him against the hood of her car, "Are you okay?"

"I uh... I think I hit my head." Jed responded.

Abbey brought his head down to her eye level and ran her fingers across his scalp, looking for any kind of trauma. Jed closed his eyes at the touch, but his eyes flew open when she touched where his head hit the ground, "Ouch!"

"Does that hurt?"

Jed just looked at her.

Abbey pursed her lips, as if contemplating something. Then she grabbed his arm and began to lead him toward the passenger side of her car, "Come on."

"Where?"

"My car."

"Where are we going?"

"My apartment."

"Why? Uh... I mean-"

Abbey helped him settle into the passenger seat, "Because you have a head wound and you shouldn't be alone. Because we're both soaked to the bone and there's no way either of us is walking into any kind of establishment looking like this."

Abbey slammed the door and walked around to the drivers side. "Besides," she said, climbing in. "You can't even walk in the rain without almost getting hit by a car. There's no way I'm going to let you drive."

Jed looked at her, "Oh, so this is my fault?"

"You got it Gumdrop," she replied, pulling out of the parking lot.

"How did this become my fault?" Jed asked. "You were the one driving."

"You were the one that was late."

Jed sat back in his seat, "Oh yeah, that's right. Did you just call me Gumdrop?"

"Yeah."

"Is there any point to asking you why?"

"No."

"That's what I thought." Jed replied. "You're pretty pissed at me right now, aren't you?"

"Yes, I am."

"Okay."

"Okay."

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