Author's Note: I don't own any part of The L Word. This is my first L Word Fic, so I hope y'all love it and review!

Shane was walking upstairs from her bachelor party, with all intentions of using what her beautiful bride had given her as a present. She stood outside Carmen's door and tapped her fingers against it, hoping she would open up. Soon she did and before Carmen could get a word in Shane pulled her close, kissing her on her voluptuous lips, not caring that anyone could walk by and Carmen was just wearing one of Shane's button-down shirts.

Earlier that day her dad had surprised her, by showing up with his wife. It was one of the few moments she was able to see Carmen, having to explain to Carmen's mom that she needed to spend some time to meet Shane's dad and step-mom. Those few moments had made the day even more special for Shane, and now she was in the mood to show Carmen just how important this day had been for her, and how excited she was for the next one.

"I really liked my present" she told Carmen, in between kisses on her neckline, "And I want to show you exactly what they taught me." She joked.

"No, you can't come in" Carmen half protested, "It's against the rules."

"Come on, it's not against the rules" Shane pleaded, unbuttoning Carmen's top button and kissing her collarbone.

"Hmmm. Shane, no." Carmen said, the conviction completely lost in her voice.

"You know it's not against the rules."

"Okay." Carmen said, as Shane sucked on a spot on her neck that made her completely lose resolve, wanting Shane more than she could even imagine. "Mmmm. Oh."

Shane kissed her on the lips, deeply and turned around to enter her room when she saw her dad, walking down the hallway towards them with a small blonde under his arm. She stopped dead in her tracks.

"What's wrong?" Carmen said, instantly sensing the change. She turned around to see the sight of Gabriel McCutchen with a young blond bimbo looking girl under his arm. He walked up to them, not the slightest bit of withdrawal.

Shane gave him her dirtiest look, "Who is she?"

Gabriel just stared at her, "Who Is She?" She demanded.

"What's your name, babe?" He asked, acting like it wasn't at all a big deal.

"Patty." The girl responded.

"Her name is Patty," he said toward Shane, "This is Shane my daughter, and this here is Carmen, the girl she has somehow convinced she is going to stay with."

Shane scowled at him in disbelief and Carmen held her hand tightly, frustration building in her chest. "Will you excuse us for a minute?" Gabriel said to the blonde.

As she walked away he said, "I'm sorry. I'm not proud of this. It's just who I am, Ok?" Then he leaned into Shane and said, "I know you know what I'm talking about."

It was obvious that Carmen wasn't supposed to hear that last part, but she did, and she was furious.

"That, Sir, is bullshit." She said. Gabriel appeared shocked. "You don't have a fucking clue what Shane is like now. You don't even know what she was like a year ago, two years ago, hell fifteen years ago. You don't have a right to come into her life and convince her that there is no hope for a stable relationship. That she can't do anything about it, it's just in her nature. You know what, fuck you. Go to hell and don't come back." Carmen ranted. Shane didn't look fazed, just thoughtful about what Gabriel said. He looked at Carmen, then at Shane again and walked away with the blonde.

It seemed like a year passed that Carmen and Shane stood outside her door, still holding hands like their lives depended on it, staring down the hallway that Shane's father had gone down.

"He could be right" Shane whispered, more to herself than to Carmen.

"Hey, Shane. Look at me" Carmen touched Shane's cheek and pulled it so she faced her. "You are nothing like him. Not at all. You have the choice to stay, and you make that choice, there is no predisposition. You are not destined to end up like him. You are your own person, and that is the person I love and want to spend the rest of my life with. You, only you." Carmen said, trying to get Shane's eye contact the whole time.

Shane stared at her, she wasn't sure. She was sure she wanted to be with Carmen, but could she put her through the trouble it was to be with her? "You deserve better than me. You deserve someone who knows they can stay. Someone who won't end up like him." She said, quietly.

"That's bullshit." Carmen said loudly, breaking Shane out of her self-imposed walls. "You won't end up like him, and nobody knows if they can stay, nobody is sure-fire, never-will-cheat, most loyal person, before you test it out. You say you love me, then that's enough for me. You promised to stay with me and be loyal to me, then there you go. It's work, but we can do it Shane." Carmen said with all the conviction in the world.

Shane realized that she was right. Carmen believed what she was saying, and that doubt about her abilities to be married started to diminish. She cracked a slight smile. "I love you too." She said.

"Well, isn't that a little presumptuous?" Carmen teased.

"If you think I can do it, I'll do it. It's going to be you forever." Shane whispered.

That hit Carmen like a ton of bricks. Forever. Shane had just promised to be hers, and only hers, forever. She leaned in and kissed her passionately. Leaning her body against Shane's, entrusting her with every ounce of her emotions. She cradled Shane's torso in her arms, moved her hands up her sides and into her hair. Shane reciprocated, resting her hands on Carmen's lower back and then letting them slowly reach under her shirt and slide up her back.

"But I can't let you in, it's against the rules." Carmen said, as they broke their kiss.

"Well, we could just stay right out here for a while." Shane said, kissing Carmen's neck and bringing her hands around to her stomach, feeling under her breasts, cupping them and rubbing against them like they were the most precious things in the world. Carmen completely lost her resolve, but also forgot to move inside. She brushed her hands around Shane's face, moving it so she could kiss her deeply on the lips. Shane moved one hand down Carmen's stomach, and as she did so she heard something loud behind her.

Thump. Thump. Someone was pounding on the wall and stomping on the floor down the hall. Then they heard a shrill voice, that only could be Alice, yelling, "I hear you down there and I am giving you a heads up that I am coming your way to get Shane to go to her own bed." As she said it the couple slowly broke apart and stopped touching as much, but still holding hands and touching each other's waists. Alice came around the corner and rolled her eyes. "Jeez, you would think you hadn't seen each other in a month the way you act." She commented. "I was sent here to make sure that you abide by the rules, tomorrow night you get to jump each other's bones as much as you want." The couple smiled.

"Ok, I better leave then, huh?" Shane said to Carmen, turning so their faces were mere inches apart. She then leaned in and kissed her, then Carmen deepened the kiss. Alice guffawed, "Geez guys, lets go." She said, pulling Shane's arm to get her to move. As she did so Shane relinquished the kiss and whispered, "I can't wait until tomorrow," in her husky voice. Carmen bit her lip and caressed Shane's face, "Te Amo," she said quietly as Alice pulled Shane away.

"Your repulsive." Alice commented as they walked down the hallway to the elevator.

"Alice, you've been there." Shane replied.

"Well, I wasn't sure that you could do it, I wasn't sure Shane McCutcheon could fall in love. But you surprised me, well, you surprised us all." Alice said when they were walking on the elevator.

"I surprised myself." Shane replied, still starry eyed.