Disclaimer: Spooks is owned by Kudos and the BBC.
A/N: This is it folks. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support.
Ruth walked out of the gallery and down the stairs. Not finding who she was looking for, she sat on one of the steps off to the side to wait. She pulled out her phone to ensure she hadn't missed a message when she heard someone say her name.
"Ruth? Ruth Evershed, wasn't it?"
The voice was vaguely familiar but it wasn't until she looked up that she recognized who was speaking to her.
"John, hello. How are you?" she asked as she stood from her seat.
"Good, I'm good. And you? Funny running into you here," he noted with a slight smile.
She returned the smile as she nodded. "Yes, a bit coincidental. I'm doing well. I'm supposed to be meeting someone here. Actually haven't been here since we ran into one another here all those years ago. Are you meeting someone?" she asked, having noticed that he wasn't wearing a wedding ring.
"Yes, my fiancée. We're having our wedding reception here at the Gallery, so we're meeting to work out some of those details," he said as he glanced at his watch.
"Congratulations, John. I'm happy to hear that. What a beautiful venue for a reception as well," she noted genuinely.
"Thank you. I'm a lucky man," John said before hearing someone calling his name. He glanced to the top of the stairs and Ruth followed his gaze. A woman was waving and called his name once again. "That's my fiancée, so I guess I should go. It was nice to see you again, Ruth, and I hope… I hope you're happy," he added with sincerity.
Ruth smiled in response. "I'm very happy, John, and I hope you and your fiancée will be as well."
John returned the smile and gave her a wave as he bounded up the stairs and greeted the woman with a quick kiss and a hug.
Ruth felt a presence behind her and she turned quickly to find Harry standing close.
"You disappeared on me," she said, giving him a quick kiss.
"Well, little miss Cora here wasn't interested in standing still so we went for a quick walk around the fountains in the square," he said as he handed his daughter back to her mother, who placed her in the baby carrier.
"Did she enjoy the view or were you too busy boring her with the history of the Battle of Trafalgar?" Ruth teased.
"If she can stay awake through your discussion of The Iliad she'll be just fine listening to me talk about military history," Harry replied, causing Ruth to laugh.
They were in London visiting family and friends while Ruth was on break from teaching classics part-time at Oxford. Harry was mostly retired, though he taught a class now and again on military history at Oxford as well. They'd just finished a visit to the National Gallery when Ruth hung back to explore the gift shop while Harry took Cora from the baby carrier Ruth was wearing and headed outside.
"Who were you talking to just now?" Harry asked.
Ruth smiled as she thought about all that had changed in the past five years. "Believe it or not, that was John Fortescue. Do you remember him?" she asked.
Harry nodded. "Of course I do. He broke your heart."
Ruth smiled at the sentiment in her husband's voice. "Well yes, and as much as I hate to admit it you were right."
Harry looked surprised. "I was? About what?"
"You told me in the days after John dumped me that someday I'd be able to look back and know that John wasn't the right man for me. Of course, I didn't expect that the right man would be you, though there were many times, including before I dated John that I fantasized about you being the right one for me." Now that Cora was securely in the baby carrier, Ruth linked her arm through Harry's and they strolled into Trafalgar Square.
"Well, you know that's when I realized I felt something for you, but that it led to this was something I never expected." He reached over and kissed his wife's cheek. "Let's grab a taxi and head back to Catherine's. Cora could use a nap and so could we," he said, winking at his wife.
Ruth laughed and gripped Harry's arm tighter. "I like how you think, dear husband," she said.
A/N: While I am a Downton Abbey fan, I used the name Cora for Ruth and Harry's daughter because it was the name I chose eight years ago for my second child, until I learned I was having a boy. I still love the name and was happy to have a chance to finally use it, even if it's only for a fictional child.