A/N: From my own prompt after this ep released: [Annie leaves her room and runs into Jeff as he’s
leaving, they spend the night “on the town” instead of at Jeff’s house.] and for kiki’s post ep fic fest and thanks to thecloseryoulook-thelessyousee for the beta.
word count: 1,493.
Sort of a sequel to my previous fic “Where the Night Takes Us”
Jeff is standing forlornly outside of Apartment 303;
idly listening to the merriment inside, reluctant to leave. He’s just turning to exit the apartment complex
when a sound gives him pause.
The door shudders open and Annie emerges hastily
into the corridor. She seemingly doesn’t notice his presence until almost
colliding into his chest.
“Whoa there, slow down, Tiger,” Jeff jokes. His hand
is resting comfortably around her rib cage, and he likes it. He lets his touch
linger until Annie manages a small smile.
Her expression slides into one of frustration as she
shoots an annoyed glance back at the sounds of partying echoing from Casa
Anbedrita. Sensing the unrest within her, Jeff asks,
“Are you okay, Annie?”
“Oh, I’m fine,” Annie replies, but her voice has
lost its usual perk. “I mean, it’s just so great to have all this partying going
on, at my house, when I need to study, and Britta is such a rebellious teenager
who doesn’t listen…”
Jeff holds her gaze as she continues:
“But you know what? It’s all right. Britta is gonna
learn, and school isn’t everything, and maybe I should really just relax.”
“I missed you,” Jeff murmurs under his breath, just
vaguely enough that Annie shouldn’t have been able to hear, but it’s too late. Her
blue eyes jerk towards his face and he’s cornered like a deer in the headlights. He shrugs it off, secretly a bit disappointed
that she doesn’t have much of a reaction to his statement.
“I was just in my room,” Annie teases, bumping up
against his chest playfully. “There was no reason to miss me, I was still
“But you weren’t with us,” me, Jeff can fill the word on the tip of his tongue but he can’t
formulate it. “And so the party was boring, so I was trying to
cut and run but you found me. Busted.”
Annie’s face broadens into a real grin. Her
happiness is so palpable from hearing those words it warms him up, deep down
inside. He can’t verbalise to her yet how he truly feels or tell her about the
revelation in Borchert’s lab, but this is one step to getting there.
“Well, I have an idea,” Annie says, rising her
eyebrows at him with that little quirk that only he sees, “since neither of us
want to be here, why don’t we go ‘party like there’s no tomorrow’ on the town
“That’s actually preferable to the alternative,
which is me going home alone to my apartment and you ignoring Britta’s party by
staying in your room,” Jeff says, finding himself smiling at her. He extends
his left arm to her.
Annie’s face blooms in a wide grin from hearing that
word again. She’s missed it as much as I have,
Jeff considers, again, staring at the happiness brightening her eyes and the
roses on her cheeks.
“Milord,” Annie finally answers, taking his arm.
They walk together down to his Lexus in
companionable silence, neither really needing to say anything, just treasuring
the time with each other.
Once they reach the Lexus, Jeff holds open the car
door for Annie to let her slip in before joining her in his own place at the
“So, where do you want to go?” Jeff asks.
Annie leans back against her seat with a sigh,
tilting her head to look at him as he puts the car in reverse.
“Well, I guess we could go see a movie, or do
window-shopping, try out a new bar, maybe some window-shopping, something like
that.” There’s a short pause and then Annie says, “Ooh, we could go to a
Jeff chuckles, encouraged by her happiness,
“We can do anything you want,” he says.