Step One

by: Rhiannon

(Thank you AJ... the Mad Hatter has returned... I hope... :-))

Abbey shifted slightly to the side and groaned at the newly found... man... laying on top of her. She smiled, "You fell off the couch there, pumpkin."

"Yeah... noticed that myself." Jed blushed. "Sorry," Jed picked himself off of Abbey.

"It's okay," Abbey got up off the ground. "I'm going to go check on your clothes," Abbey took off. She had to. Before her thoughts controlled her. She didn't want Jed to move. She wanted him to stay right where he fell. She liked that feeling.

Jed remained where he stood when Abbey hurried out of the room. He rubbed his face with a hand, "You are such a moron," he muttered to himself. Shaking his head, he walked over to the window seat that looked out over the busy street below.

He sat down and propped his feet up in front of him and stared out into the night as he waited for Abbey to return.

Moments later, Abbey walked back into her living room. She looked over to the window seat and, without a sound, walked over to it. She stood directly behind him, "It's quite a view, isn't it?"

Startled, Jed jumped two inches in the air, "Whoa!"

Abbey put a hand on his shoulder, "Kinda jumpy there, aren't you?"

"Sorry," Jed ducked his head.

Abbey grinned at him, "It's okay, Jed."

Jed shook his head and made room for her on the seat, "This is not exactly what I had in mind for a first date..."

Abbey sat down beside him, touching his side with hers very slightly, "Oh? I'm sorry."

Jed looked over at her, "It's not your fault... and I'm not complaining! It's not everyday that I get to wear a beautiful girl's big, purple bathrobe."

Abbey grinned, scooting closer to him, "Well, you look most becoming in my bathrobe, I must say."

"Well," Jed replied, leaning further into her. "Thank you very much."

Abbey laughed, "You're welcome very much." She paused, "You're clothes should be done in 5 minutes or so."

"Okay," Jed smiled.

"Oh," Abbey had an epiphany. "I meant to thank you."

"For what?"

"I made an A," Abbey smiled. "On my Latin test the other day."

Jed grinned, "So you were listening to me after all."

"I'm always listening to you," Abbey said softly.

Jed gave her a quick glance but that glance soon turned into forever. Brushing a hand along side her cheek, he whispered, "I'll always help you, Abbey."

Abbey smiled at him and brought her hand up to his face, "Promise?"

"Promise." Jed responded, lightly kissing her fingers as they brushed across his lips. "May I kiss you?"

Abbey smiled, "Feel free."

"Well, in that case-" Jed's words were halted by Abbey's lips on his. After a moment, Jed lifted his lips from hers, "I'll kiss you often."

Abbey grinned as Jed brought his lips back to hers as he pushed her down on the cushions of the window seat.

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