Rating: T (just in case)
Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to ITV1. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time. The idea of the story as well as the story itself – including all possible pre- or sequels published afterwards – are mine.
AN: Okay, this is much longer than I intended it to be. I re-read the whole chapter about twenty times, intending to change it so that it became shorter. In the end, it always was longer than before. So I’ll stop changing it now. :)
As a matter of fact, I’m totally hooked by this couple now. Addicted even. I spent the last few days trying to find every lovely Becker/Jess moment out there – and there were so many (even though my impression is now that they had more lovely moments in season 4 than they had in season 5). So, it’s possible that there are more stories coming. I’d love to write my own follow-up to the scene with the chocolate… *giggles*
Becker might seem a bit out of character here when he’s trying to win Jess back, but I just couldn’t make it too easy for him. So unlike him, he’s talking his heart out (can you actually say that?! Anyway…) I just thought that after he broke Jess’s heart, there really was a lot he had to explain.
Now, I hope you enjoy the story. Like the first chapter, it’s not beta-read. So if you find any mistakes, I’d be grateful for you pointing them out.Oh, I forgot to mention that I’m not sure yet whether this will be the last chapter. I’d just love to write about their first date. But that could become a story of its own as well…
Of course, she should have known it right from the start. He simply wasn’t the kind of guy who stayed until the next morning. She’d been fooling herself believing that things would be different with her. Still, she couldn’t stop the tears from springing to her eyes.
Was it really that easy for him to dump her? Not even leaving her a simple note in the morning? She should have expected this, but after a night like the last one?!
Not being able to keep the hurt at bay any longer, she curled up on her kitchen floor and started to sob. She wasn’t sure how long she sat there crying her eyes out. But she was interrupted by the beeping of her cell phone. She was supposed to be at work – a meeting. This probably meant Lester was going to give them a piece of his mind.
She wiped her eyes, covered the traces of her breakdown with makeup as best as she could, and headed for work – hoping she wouldn’t see him that day.
She put on a dress with a red skirt and blue top, and a scarf to cover the bite on her neck.
When she arrived at the ARC, she headed straight for her computers, not really looking at anything or anyone on her way, and thus not greeting Abby who was preparing to head to the city with the others. She sat down, put in her ear piece and immediately started typing. She still had a few minutes before the meeting started, and she could spent them working.
“Beta-team, do you read? There is another anomaly occur a few hundred meters north of your position,” she told them. “Sending exact coordinates now.”
He didn’t want her, or at least not more than for this one night. And she needed to accept that, get over it and move on, which was much easier said than done. Why had he been so sweet and gentle? Why had he constantly told her how beautiful she was, and how much he wanted her? Had that really just been to soft-soap her and get her into bed?
“Jess?” Abby asked, frowning at her. Usually, she was blissful, greeting them exuberantly when she arrived at work. Maybe her behavior was just due to the aftermaths of the previous night. “Are you okay?”
“Sure,” she simply replied, not looking up from her work.
Okay. Something was definitely wrong here. Maybe she should have stayed at home today. Being attacked and bitten by a beetle was one thing, but having such a heavy allergic reaction to that… She surely just needed some rest.
On the other hand, she seemed unusually quiet today, even sad. Something must have happened. Something beyond the beetle attack.
“Are you sure?” Abby pressed her. “You… really don’t look okay.”
Jess let her head sink and sighed. As much as she didn’t want anyone to know what had happened the previous night, she felt like she needed to talk to someone. And she was glad Abby was asking.
“It’s about Becker,” she whispered.
Okay, now things were getting interesting. She hadn’t missed Becker’s reaction to Jess’s condition after the beetle bite. Smiling slightly to herself, Abby stepped next to Jess. “What about him?”
“He… He drove me home yesterday,” she explained quietly. “I was still a little dizzy and didn’t dare driving on my own. So he offered me to drive me home, and… well… somehow… we… you know…”
Abby’s eyes widened. She had expected Jess to admit her feelings for Becker, but not that they had actually already acted on them. “You mean… you and Becker?” she asked, trying hard not to grin from ear to ear.
“Yeah,” Jess sniffled.
“Oh,” Abby said, frowning slightly. “It… wasn’t good?”
“It was wonderful,” Jess told her, sniffling again. “It was perfect.”
The furrows on Abby’s forehead became deeper. “But?”
Jess sighed, and hesitated for a moment before replying. “He… When I woke up this morning, he was gone. He didn’t even leave me a note and… that was it, I guess.”
Abby frowned. From Becker’s behavior the previous night it seemed pretty obvious that he had some profound feelings for Jess. Dumping her the next morning just didn’t sound like him. On the other hand, running away when it came to feelings sounded very much like him.
“Have you talked to him?” Abby wanted to know.
Jess shook her head, and sniffled. “I can’t. I don’t… want to.”
“You should at least try,” Abby recommended. “This might clarify a lot.”
“I can’t,” Jess repeated. “Don’t get me wrong, I understand him. I mean, I… I don’t blame him or anything. I understand if he… regrets what happened. But… I really don’t want to actually hear it from him.”
Gently placing her hand on Jess’s shoulder, Abby opened her mouth to say something.
“If the ladies are done sharing the newest gossip, I’d be pleased to see you in my office,” Lester said from the door.
Abby swore silently. “I’m sorry, but we have to go,” she told Jess. “We’ll talk later.”
Maybe it had been the meeting with Lester why Becker had been gone. He had been called into the office to fill him in on everything that had happened during the beetle attack.
When Jess walked into the office, she quietly mumbled a hello and sat down in one corner.
Becker didn’t dare looking at her, either. Maybe he was afraid that anyone might notice the change between them. Or maybe he was afraid to see the hurt in Jess’s eyes because he had been gone this morning.
He had been called to Lester pretty early and hadn’t wanted to wake her up. Partly because he knew she needed to rest. But he had also been relieved to have an excuse to disappear this morning. He just didn’t do this ‘morning after’ thing.
But with Jess everything had been different. And he should have had the guts to tell her instead of just leaving. Now he might have ruined the only good thing in his life he’d had in years.
Abby frowned at the two of them. Something was wrong here. Becker seemed rather… nervous when Jess entered the room. Not really the behavior she would expect if he regretted the last night.
She would talk to Becker once she had the opportunity; maybe after the meeting. He needed to know what was going on here. He certainly needed to know a little more about Jess to understand her reaction to him being gone the next morning – no matter why.
They were dismissed when Philip interrupted the meeting. But Abby didn’t have time to get Becker alone. He rushed to a phone. Probably again some ‘security stuff’ he had to do. However, he seemed to be watching Jess, who did her best to ignore him.
Abby sighed. This would be much harder than she thought it would.
“Is something wrong?” Connor asked, sensing the worry radiating from Abby.
“I’m sorry, I can’t tell you,” she replied.
“But, we’re good, right?” he pressed her.
Abby turned to smile at him. It was cute how he was worried about that. He still cared a lot about her and their relationship – and he took neither for granted. “Yeah, we’re good,” she assured him.
“Good,” Connor sighed with relief. Then he frowned. “What is wrong then?”
“I’m sorry,” she said with a smile. “But I really can’t tell you.”
Then, suddenly, the alarm went off. It didn’t escape Abby’s notice how Becker used the opportunity to get close to Jess, asking her about the location of the anomaly. But again, Jess ignored him. Well, she answered his question, but she didn’t even turn to look at him.
When the alarm went off, he immediately rushed over to Jess, even though his head told him not to. The rest of him just wanted to be close to her again. He smelled her perfume, and had to try hard not to sniff her hair just to get more of her scent.
She didn’t even react to his presence. Her eyes never left the computer screen in front of her. She didn’t dart the slightest hint of a smile in his direction.
Damn, why did he have to be so emotionally inept? Why did he have to be such an ass leaving her the next morning?! He’d ruined it. He’d ruined everything – once again.
He opened his mouth to say something, but Jess had already picked up the phone to call Lester, and then turned on the TV for them to see the news about a T-Rex in the city center. He leaned forward in an attempt to get closer to her, but she leaned away ever so slightly, her eyes fixed on the screen.
Lester immediately sent them away, Matt to shut down New Dawn and the rest of them to capture the T-Rex; except for Connor who was supposed to keep Philip away from New Dawn.
Becker handed out the communication devices. He looked at Jess again, but again she didn’t turn around to look back at him. Sighing, he headed for the SUV with the others. There was no goodbye, no good luck – things she usually said when they went to capture creatures.
There was no way Abby was going to address the matter with Emily in the SUV. It certainly wasn’t a matter Becker would feel comfortable to talk about with her – let alone with Emily witnessing the whole talk.
It was hard enough to capture the T-Rex – even though Matt did most of the work. At least, Jess talked to Becker over the com, providing them with the coordinates of the T-Rex. That was a start, wasn’t it?
They waited for the clean-up team to take care of the T-Rex – as well as the mess and the injured. And then all hell broke loose. Anomalies were opening all over the world, and they simply didn’t have enough men to take care of all of them.
At least after that, Abby was able to talk to Becker alone when they got into the SUV to head for the next anomaly. Alas, she wasn’t sure how to address the matter.
She could feel the tension radiating from his body, though, while he was driving.
“Are you all right?” she asked quietly.
“Yup,” was the simple answer.
“So, you’re not thinking about a certain field coordinator?” she pressed him.
Becker frowned at her. That meant Jess had talked to her about the previous night. If she had told Abby, she didn’t want to keep it a secret. That meant she didn’t regret it, didn’t it? Or maybe she had just asked for Abby’s advice how to politely blow him off.
Face the truth, she’s upset so she needed to talk to someone.
“No, I’m not,” he lied.
“Becker, you really should talk to her when this is over,” she advised, turning her head to look out of the window.
“I don’t think that’s your business,” he grumbled, even though he just wanted to press her about whatever Jess might have told her. He was such an idiot.
Sighing, Abby turned back to him. She could read the unasked question all over his face. He certainly needed some advice how to apologize to Jess. “She’s upset,” she told him. “Because you were gone this morning.”
“I know,” he said, and Abby could see his hands clutching tighter around the steering wheel. “I was called to brief Lester about the beetle incident.”
“Well,” Abby said with a sigh. “After she didn’t find any note, she was sure this was it. I suppose she thinks that you think this was a mistake, that you regret last night.”
“I don’t, I just… don’t do this morning after thing.” Great, he had really spoiled it this time.
Abby bit her lip. She knew she shouldn’t tell him that, but there was no other way he’d understand. She opened her mouth, but was interrupted by the com telling them to get to the next anomaly. “We’ll talk later,” she simply said.
Becker wasn’t really able to concentrate on the creatures. He had spoiled everything, he knew it. He should have just woken her up. He should have completely opened up to her. The truth was he had been scared.
His whole life long he had always tried not to get too close to people, not to get involved too much. He had lost so many friends over the years. He had lost his parents, in the end he always lost the people he loved. If he cared too much about people, he was only going to end up hurt.
So he had decided it was better to hurt other people and push them away. But he had never wanted to hurt Jess. She was special to him. There was no denying it. If he hadn’t been such a damn coward, he might be a very happy man right now. This way, he was just a bloody idiot.
Of course, he could try and explain himself. He could woo her, she deserved being wooed, not being seduced and then left alone in the morning. He could try and make it all right. But it was too late for all that, wasn’t it?
“Do you think she’ll even talk to me?” Becker whispered as they walked through the corridors. “I mean, she ignored me most of the time this morning.” For a good reason…
Abby sighed once more. “This is not a good moment for that,” she replied.
“I know… but…” He just needed to know. He wanted to understand. No, actually, all he wanted at the moment was to head back to the ARC and talk to Jess. For the first time, he didn’t really care about dinosaurs on the loose.
“Just try when we get back,” she repeated.
He cursed silently. Of course, taking care of the anomalies was most important at the moment – but not to him. He had made her think he’d just wanted to get into her pants. Did she really think so little of him? Well, you gave her every reason to…
Or did she just believe that he couldn’t really love her? He had made every effort to make her aware of his feelings, but apparently he had failed. He really should have woken her up!
After they’d managed to close the anomaly, they were forced to split up – which meant that there was no way he could grill Abby about Jess any more.
And then it was Lester’s voice coming over the com instead of Jess’s. So, now she didn’t want to talk to him anymore? She had talked to him this morning, even though it had been merely work-related and she hadn’t looked at him. Not once. Damn!
They were attacked by the creature and Becker lost his com – and his co-worker. What now? Was he going to end up dinosaur-food when he hadn’t even had the chance to sort things out with Jess?!
Jess was glad that Lester was talking to Becker now. Not that she bothered hearing his voice. She’d always loved talking to him. But right now, whenever she heard his voice saying something completely work-related, she felt dangerously close to a nervous breakdown.
And then Becker wasn’t answering anymore. She felt her heart beat faster. What if something had happened to him? What if he was hurt and needed help? Tears wanted to find their way into her eyes, but she fought them down. He was fine. He would survive, as he always did. She knew it. And if he didn’t? She wasn’t sure she would survive losing him.
Only shortly afterwards all hell was let loose. Philip opened the anomaly, neither Connor nor Abby or Matt or Emily were answering their coms – and there was an electrical surge shutting down everything that depended on electricity, making it impossible for her to reach anyone out in the field.
Then her cell phone rang and she saw Becker’s ID. Knowing that she would cry out of relief once she heard his voice again, she handed the phone over to Lester.
Great, now she wasn’t even answering his calls on her phone. She handed the phone to Lester. Becker wanted to head back to the ARC and talk to her, immediately. But Lester sent him to New Dawn, so there was no way he was going to be at the ARC anytime soon. So making up with Jess had to wait until they had finally shut the damn anomaly down.
And if they couldn’t? He needed to talk to Jess before all life on earth was destroyed. He didn’t want to leave this world without confessing his true feelings to her, and making up for hurting her.
When he arrived at the scene, he was glad to see the rest of the team alive. The next second he realized that New Dawn was destroyed – vanished, to be precise. But the anomaly was still there. That wasn’t good.
Only shortly after that, he got the text that nearly made his heart stop. There were predators in the ARC. Jess and Lester were alone there practically without weapons – and it was the two of them against who knew how many predators.
His first impulse was to head back to the ARC to help them. But he knew he had to get to New Dawn to make sure the rest of the team was still there to shut down the damn anomaly.
It didn’t escape Abby’s notice how stressed Becker’s voice sounded when he talked about the predators. Connor’s prototype having re-opened the anomaly in the ARC was the only explanation for that – and it meant that there could be more predators coming through while they were here talking.
When they finally got into the truck, Becker sped down the road towards the ARC. Even though he wanted to run into the building, calling out for Jess, he knew better than doing it. They needed to be careful, the predators could be anywhere.
As a matter of fact, Jess and Lester could already be dead. For the first time in years, Becker found himself praying for something, for Jess’s safety.
His heart was racing and he had trouble concentrating, his thoughts only revolving around one scenario. Jess against a predator. She wasn’t trained for this, and the predators were much faster than anything she had ever met – and much more dangerous.
She sat behind one of the metal pillars, her face covered with tears and traces of blood, a weapon in her hands. His heart skipped a beat, until he realized that it wasn’t her blood but Lester’s.
He was talking to her, but again she barely looked at him. Maybe it was due to the shock. Carefully, he touched her cheek, but she let her head sink making him let go. He squeezed her shoulder in an attempt to comfort her. If he hadn’t been such a bum, she would have let him comfort her now, hold her in his arms as he wanted to.
But again he had to leave her alone. They sealed Lester in the medical bay and then took care of the rest of the predators before they drove back to New Dawn to finally close the anomaly for good.
They almost lost Matt on the way – and they lost Becker’s truck. While they were walking back to the ARC, Becker fell back a little. He considered buying flowers for Jess, but unfortunately, there was not a single flower shop open in the city.
“You think this will propitiate her?” Abby asked.
Becker jumped slightly. He hadn’t even realized he had stopped in front of the flower shop. “I don’t know,” he replied honestly. “I really spoiled it, haven’t I?”
“Becker, leaving a girl after having sex with her usually means you don’t want more,” she told him. “That’s how Jess understood your actions, and it broke her heart.”
“I know,” he said, running a hand over his head. “I was a jerk, I know that, and I regretted having sneaked out on her the moment I had closed the door. But…”
“You couldn’t just chime and tell her when she opened the door,” Abby finished the sentence for him, nodding in understanding. Why did men have to be so complicated, anyway?
“So… What do I do?” he asked quietly.
Abby sighed. “You know, it will be hard to make her listen to you, and even harder to make her believe you. But if you really care about her, you should give it a try.”
“You don’t think it’s going to work, do you?” he remarked, frowning at her.
Taking a deep breath, she replied, “You know, I’ll certainly get myself killed by telling you this, but… you do know that… you were… her first, don’t you?”
Backer’s eyes widened. How was that possible? Wouldn’t he have noticed? He ran a hand over his face. He hadn’t only spoiled it, he had really screwed up. He couldn’t have been a greater jerk. “Crap!”
“You broke her heart,” Abby repeated. “Keep that in mind when you talk to her.”
When they got back to the ARC, Jess was smiling widely, telling them with relief that Lester was back to his old self.
This was his chance, maybe the only one he’d ever get. She was too glad to see Lester recover to be mad at him at the moment. So Becker quickly rushed after her.
He caught up with Jess a few steps before they reached the medical bay. “Jess,” he called out, gently tugging at her elbow to get her attention. “I need to talk to you.”
Her face fell almost instantly. She looked at him blankly and much too stern for her pretty face. “There’s nothing to talk about.”
“There is a lot to talk about,” Becker objected. “Please, Jess, just let me explain.”
“You just wanted sex,” she hissed. “I got that. No need to explain yourself any further, Captain Becker.” She turned to head for the medical bay.
“No, I… please.” He grabbed her arm to keep her from running away from him. “I was called to Lester pretty early this morning,” he started to explain. “I know I should have woken you up, but I… I wanted to let you rest and… To be honest, I was just scared.”
This, however, got her attention, and she turned back around to frown at him.
“When you had the allergic shock, I thought I was going to lose you,” he admitted. “And that… I… You know, I have some issues letting people in.”
“You don’t say,” she snorted.
Becker sighed. He should have known that she would react this way. This was why he had always been trying not to get too close to her. He had lost too many people, too many friends to allow himself to get involved with anyone.
But the truth was he couldn’t seem to get close enough to Jess no matter how hard he tried to push her away; especially not after the last night. Even if he ignored his feelings or tried to repress them, they weren’t just going to disappear. He already was close to her, he was involved. He had learned the hard way that there was nothing he could do about it – and he wasn’t sure anymore that he wanted to.
He took a deep breath. “Look, I… I know I shouldn’t have sneaked out on you just like that, not after that night, and I’m sorry I did. But the last night was… incredible, amazing. I… I can’t find a proper word to describe how you made me feel. I’ve never felt this way for anyone before and that… scared me off. I just couldn’t handle how much you mean to me.”
She crossed her arms in front of her chest, raising her head – and trying to hide the fact that she had trouble fighting back the tears that wanted to spring to her eyes.
“It’s true,” Becker assured her. “And I… I would really like to make up for everything I did wrong. I’m so sorry. I never wanted to hurt you, Jess. I know, I was a jerk, and you have every reason to hate me and to never talk to me again. But I assure you this was never meant to be a one night stand; and I’m sorry for making you feel as if it was.
“I never wanted you to think this was all about sex. I never wanted to rush you. You deserved so much more than what I was ready to give to you. I should have wooed you, made you aware of what you mean to me.”
Jess just snorted. “As if you would woo someone.”
“Not someone,” he softly corrected her. “You. I’m certainly not good at that, but if you can ever forgive me and give it a second try, I’d like to have the chance to make it right. I… I would have brought flowers, but I couldn’t find a single open shop on the way here.”
This couldn’t be true. He was just asking for her forgiveness so that no one would notice anything and ask him about it. Trying hard not to start crying and not to throw herself in his arms, she whispered, “Becker, you really don’t have to do this. I understand if you don’t want… more. Really.”
Becker sighed. He’d known it wouldn’t be easy to make her believe him. “I know you have every reason to doubt me. And I know that I’m not in the position to ask for your forgiveness. But I… I’m so sorry for… everything,” he said quietly, reaching out to stroke her cheek. “I know I should have woken you up to properly say goodbye.
“I was such a jerk, and I… You were vulnerable,” he added, cursing himself once again. “And I took advantage of that. All I can say is I’m sorry. I know I should have stopped, we should have waited. And I definitely shouldn’t have left you without notice. I know, it was a mistake, but I think somehow I was afraid that you… that you would regret last night.”
He had been afraid that she might regret last night?! How could she ever regret that? “I don’t regret a single second,” she replied honestly, a tear running down her cheek. “You were absolutely wonderful. But now I know why everyone’s afraid of the ‘morning after’. When you were gone this morning, I knew that was it. I knew you could never fall in love with me.”
Becker ran a hand over his head again. “I’m sorry for screwing up like I did. I lost so many people I cared about that I thought it was easier for me to build a wall around me and keep people out. I don’t know how or when it happened, but you managed to get behind that wall, and that scared me. But I realized that no matter how hard I try to push you away, I can’t stop caring about you. I’ll only hurt you, and I swear I never wanted to break your heart.”
She turned away from him, not able to keep the tears at bay any longer. If he really hadn’t wanted to hurt her, why had he done it?
“You mean so much to me, Jess,” he whispered, ready to kick himself for hurting her like that. He knew she had every reason to hate him now. But even if she’d never forgive him, he needed to finally open up to her. “You… I…” Damn, just say it! “I love you.” There, he’d said it – and the world hadn’t stopped revolving.
She stared at him almost in shock. This couldn’t be true. He hadn’t really just said the three words she’d been longing to hear from him since the day she started working here.
“I love you,” he repeated, slowly taking a step closer to her and taking her hands in his. “And I wish I could turn back the time to unhurt you. I should have taken things slow instead of letting my want take over control. If I had known this was your first…”
“Abby told you,” she interrupted him, almost shouting, and broke free from his touch. She felt like crying, and wished the earth would just open and swallow her.
“Yes,” Becker affirmed, reaching out to grab her arms and make her look at him again. “And I’m glad she did. It helped me understand. I just wish you had told me beforehand.”
“Told you what?” she sniffled. “That no one wanted me so far? That’s not exactly something you like to spill.”
He lifted her chin again, searching her eyes with his. “I doubt that is the truth.”
She just shrugged, not responding to that. But he had a point. “You know, I… As a matter of fact, I happen to have some trust issues myself. And you were the first man I really fell in love with for… well, for as long as I can remember.”
“I feel honored,” he whispered. “Honored that you love me, and honored that you chose me and trusted me.”
“Well, actually… I’m glad that I waited… for you,” she whispered. “It was so perfect.”
Hearing her words, Becker felt a sudden jealousy rising in his chest. He wanted to be the only one who ever touched her. “I promise I will never do anything to hurt you again. I love you.”
“I love you, too,” she whispered, giving him an insecure smile. “I always have.”
“Can you forgive me?” he asked in all seriousness.
Taking a deep breath, Jess replied, “I’m willing to try.”
He smiled with relief, stroking her cheek again, wiping away the stains of tears with the movement. “You know… I’d like to ask you out, on a real date, like I should have done months ago. So… How about dinner… tonight?”
She just shrugged. Something inside of her was still refusing to believe that this was real.
He smiled, letting his hand play with a strand of her hair. “You can choose the location.”
She looked up at him again. “Are you sure about that?”
“Tonight I’m all yours,” he replied, smirking. “I’m going to do whatever you want me to do.”
“Really?” Her face lit up considerably and he was sure she had something in mind he would never have done. But he didn’t care. He would do anything for her.
“There’s a lot I have to make up for,” he mumbled. “And I’m glad you’re willing to give me a second chance. I promise, I’ll never do anything to hurt you or make you doubt my feelings for you ever again,” he whispered, once again stroking her cheek. “I love you, Jessica Parker.”
A radiant smile spread across her face, but the next second, she frowned. “You know, you never told me your first name,” she stated.
Smirking, he leaned down to whisper something in her ear.
“Seriously?” she exclaimed, frowning at him.
He just nodded.
Grimacing, Jess stepped forward, wrapped her arms around him and leaned her head against his chest. God, it felt good to be so close to him again. “I’ll stick to calling you Becker.”
Smiling, he returned the embrace, leaning down to kiss her hair. “Does that mean I’m allowed to kiss you now?” he whispered.
She raised her head, tilting it slightly, and smiled. “It certainly means you can try.”
Slowly, Becker leaned down to capture her lips with his in a soft, lingering kiss.
“And there I thought you were coming for me and not to make out with your girl,” Lester said from behind them, making them both jump apart.
Becker smirked slightly. “I’m sorry, Sir, but there’s no way I would ever choose you over my girlfriend.”
“I sure am glad about that,” Lester said, his face showing no emotion whatsoever.
Girlfriend. He had called her his girlfriend, in front of Lester. Jess tried her best not to blush. “What are you doing up?” she asked, basically to draw everyone’s attention from the fact that Lester had caught her being so intimate with Becker. The latter didn’t seem to care much about it, though.
“Mr. Lester refused to take the wheelchair,” one of the nurses told them.
“Sit down,” Becker ordered.
“I don’t need a wheelchair,” Lester objected.
But there was no way of talking Becker out of it. So he made Lester sit down in the wheelchair pushing him forward.
Grabbing his shirt, Lester pulled Becker down to him. “I really don’t care about anyone’s personal life around here, and I’m surely not her father,” he said in a low voice. “But if you ever hurt her again, I’m going to kill you.”
“Yeah, I know,” Becker said with a smile. He didn’t even wonder how Lester knew, he just knew everything. But there was no way Becker would ever hurt his woman again.