Maura waited three days before calling Jane. She didn't want to interrupt her investigation, but when she heard on the news that morning a man had been arrested for murdering his wife, she figured she was in the clear. Maura had spent the last three days preparing for her audition and figured she deserved a day by the pool. She picked her phone up and dialed Jane's number.
"Hey Jennifer. I was beginning to think you weren't going to call."
Maura smiled, "I didn't want to bother you during an investigation."
"Oh, it was a pretty simple one. It's almost always the husband when he finds out about the boyfriend. Or vice versa. Open and closed case."
"Well, I'm glad you didn't have to work too hard or put yourself in danger to catch him. I will never understand how someone can take another's life. I couldn't have that on my conscience."
"Well, that's a good thing, or else I would have to arrest you and then I wouldn't be able to pay you back for the other day." Maura could hear the hopefulness in Jane's voice.
"Oh, you know you don't have to do that Jane." Maura replied. She knew it was the right thing to say, but truth be told she was looking forward to seeing the detective again.
"I want too though. Are you busy tonight?" Jane asked and Maura smiled.
"No, I'm free. What did you have in mind?"
"I was thinking since you bought breakfast, I could buy you dinner?"
"Well, Jane Rizzoli, are you asking me on a date?" Maura had said it jokingly, only thinking of it as a friendly invite.
"Well that depends Jennifer Grant, would you still go with me if I said yes?" Jane's hopeful tone was back.
Again, the use of the fake name brought Maura back to reality. She knew she ought to stop this before anything serious happened. She knew the detective would figure it out probably sooner than later, but she couldn't bring herself to say no. She craved companionship so deeply sometimes that she just couldn't help herself.
"Of course, I would love to." Maura accepted the invitation before she could talk herself out of it.
"Great! Can I pick you up at 7?" the detective asked and Maura panicked. She lived in a multimillion dollar mansion in a part of Beverly Hills that celebrities like Adele and Jennifer Aniston lived. She couldn't let Jane come pick her up and find out that Dr. Phil was basically her neighbor. Her house was covered in her awards or movie posters, and she didn't have near enough time to hide all of it. Plus she had to go retrieve her disguise from the city since the paparazzi knew what her car looked like. And Jane was expecting a redhead. This whole thing was starting to seem like a lot of trouble.
"Uhm, how about I meet you?"
"Oh okay. Well I guess you could come to my apartment and I'll take us to the restaurant then, how does that sound?"
"That sounds great Jane. Text me your address and I will be there at 7. What should I wear? Is it a fancy restaurant?" Maura inquired.
"Just wear whatever jeans you had on the other day. They looked great on you." Jane replied and Maura blushed at the compliment.
After they hung up, Maura went to get ready for her date. After her shower she did as Jane had suggested and pulled out the jeans she had worn the first time they had met. She spent almost an hour trying to decide what shirt to wear but ultimately settled with a simple sheer purple with a white tank top underneath. She had been told by many stylists that purple made her hazel eyes pop. She threw on a pair of Adidas and was heading out the door.
Once she reached the garage where her Camry was she frowned. Maura knew this was a bad idea. She knew she needed to tell Jane who she really was, but for some reason the words wouldn't form. Maura knew if she came clean now she might have a real chance with the detective, but she wasn't willing to test that theory just yet. She would tell Jane one day, but today was not that day she decided. With a huff, she put her wig on and her fake nose ring in and climbed into her car.
As Maura pulled up to Jane's apartment, she felt butterflies in her stomach. Instead of going up, she shot off a text letting her know she was waiting in the parking lot. A few short moments later Jane was walking up to Maura's car.
The sight of the detective nearly took Maura's breath away. Her long hair was a bit more tamed than their first meeting but was still wild as they cascaded over her shoulders. She wore a plain form fitting black tank top that let Maura know just how fit Jane actually was, she could barely take her eyes away. Jane had gone with a pair of jeans as well, and they fit her in all the right places.
"Wow you look amazing Jane."
"As do you, Jenn." Jane smiled. "Are you ready? We're going to one of my favorite restaurants, The Dirty Robber. They have the best burgers there!" She led Maura to her car and opened the passenger door for her.
"Oh! I don't remember the last time I had a burger." Maura replied, putting her seat belt on.
"Wait seriously? What do you eat then?! I have burgers like three times a week!"
"Well I grew up in Paris, so I'm more inclined to french food. My favorite is escargot."
"Ew snails? Really? And Paris? That's pretty cool. I've always wanted to go there. My ma went with a boyfriend a few years ago and said it was gorgeous." They had just pulled up to The Dirty Robber and Jane was rushing around to open the door for Maura.
"Yes snails. They're quite delicious if prepared correctly." They took their seats and ordered their drinks, a beer for Jane and a glass of red wine for Maura. "And yes paris. My mother is an artist, and she drew inspiration from the beauty of the city. I was homeschooled until my mother was too busy with galleries to continue my education and my father is a doctor and worked long hours. At 10, I went to a boarding school until I graduated."
"Wow, well, that's interesting. I couldn't do a boarding school though. As annoying as my siblings are, I couldn't live without them. Or my ma."
The waitress came over to take their orders and before Maura could order Jane informed her that she had to try the burger, especially since she hadn't had a burger in so long. Maura just laughed and agreed.
"What do your parents do?" Maura asked Jane, wanting to get to know more about the detective while waiting for their food.
Jane explained that for most of her life her mother was a stay at home mom and her father ran a plumbing business. Once they separated, her mom started working at the cafe in the police department building, which meant Jane was able to see her every day, much to Jane's annoyance. Maura just laughed, but wished she had that relationship with her mother. She craved a close family.
Their food arrived and Jane watched Maura excitedly as she tried her first bite and all but squealed when Maura admitted that it was indeed a delicious burger.
As their date went on, guilt started creeping up into Maura's stomach. This was wrong. She knew this was wrong and the more she talked to Jane, the more she knew she needed to come clean to her. If they had any real chance of anything, she needed to be completely open and honest.
After her third glass of wine, she decided she was going to tell Jane. Their date was going amazing, and she knew she was probably going to ruin it but that was a chance she was willing to take. "Hey, Jane, there's something I need to tell you."
Feeling the change in the atmosphere, Jane sat up straight and gave her full attention to Maura. "Oh, okay, what's up?"
"Jane, I'm-" Maura began before Jane's phone ringing interrupted her, causing an annoyed groan from the detective. Maura sighed with frustration, but also with relief. She knew this most likely meant she had to leave for work.
When Jane hung up the phone, she looked less than happy. "Duty calls. Somehow even on my day off. I have to go unfortunately. I can take you back to your car first." She told her while putting money on the table to cover their bill.
As Jane dropped Maura off back at her car, she called out to her. "Jenn! You had to tell me something, what was that?" She asked and Maura's stomach dropped.
"Oh… uh… nothing just that my interview is coming up and if I get the job I will be very busy for a while. I just didn't want you to think I was ignoring you, or ghosting you." She tried her best to keep her voice even. She wasn't lying, her audition was next week, but she felt terrible that her chance to tell Jane had passed.
She was going to tell her. It needed to come from her before the detective figured it out, but she didn't know how to say it. For the first time in two years she was regretting this stupid idea of a disguise.
What the hell was she supposed to do now?
A/N: Hey! I'm sorry this took so long. My brain hasn't been in the best state to write but I did my best. Thank you for all the positive reviews. It definitely made me feel better about deciding to share my writing.
Let me know how you think Jane is going to find out Maura's secret, or is she going to tell her first? ;)