LOVE

Tonight was the night and he had everything planned. He had picked out the flowers, the music, the wine, and even the menu for breakfast, if the night really turned out the way that he wanted it. He and Chris have been dating for six month now and he decided that tonight would be the night that he told her that he loves her. TC had been in love before but nothing like this. Chris awakened something in him that he never felt before and he didn't ever want it to stop. When she gets here they will share a candlelight dinner, followed by slow dancing, on and off the dance floor. He heard her car pull up in the driveway and he felt his heartbeat speed up. He took one last look at the house before he started for the door. When the door bell ranged, he recomposed himself before he opened it. They greeted each other with a soft kiss on the lips.

"Chris you look incredible." TC said as she entered.

"Good enough to eat, Mr. Callaway?" Chris responded.

"Well if you insist, Ms. Kelly." TC replied as he walked up to her to land another kiss on her lips.

"Wow TC, the place looks great," she said as looked around the house at all the decorations TC has set up. "I thought that you said that we were going out to get a bite to eat." Chris said.

"Well I figured that everything that they can cook at those expensive restaurants, I can cook right here in my kitchen. Besides I don't really want to share you with anyone tonight." TC said wrapping her in his arms.

"I see. So what do you have planned for me tonight?" Chris asked.

"In due time everything will be revealed," he replied as he led Chris into the dining room. They feasted on the meal that TC had prepared while talking about the happenings of the day.

"Can you believe that we have been dating for six months today?" TC said. Chris stopped in mid bite to look at TC.

"Has it really been six months already? Time really goes by fast." Chris said as she stuffed the next bite in her mouth. TC looked at Chris a bit confused before he spoke.

"You…You didn't know that today was our sixth month anniversary?" TC asked. Chris thought about the question and the way that it sounded when TC said it before she responded.

"Well…I didn't know that we were keeping track…I thought that we were pretty much just going to see how things turned out and then we would get serious with each other." Chris said, as she watched TC's facial expressions shift.

"What does that mean exactly Chris? That you weren't planning on this to work. I mean you have been saying that whole line about us 'seeing how things worked out before we got serious' from day one, as if you expect this relationship to fail." TC said, with agitation in his voice.

"No. What I mean is that I didn't…I don't know how to respond to this without hurting you TC." Chris responded.

"Well just say what you have to say. I mean it can't possibly be any worse." TC said.

"It's just that I didn't expect things to move so fast for us." Chris replied, thinking that might have gotten her off the hook. WRONG!

"How can we take things any slower Chris? We haven't even slept together yet and we have been dating for six months. We are moving at a snail's pace in this relationship. There is no way that we can move any slower." TC said, just above a shout.

"So you're saying that you're only in this relationship to sleep with me," replied Chris.

"Don't be silly. You know damn well that I'm not in this for that. I mean it would be nice, but I am willing to wait as long as you are, and you know that Chris. Why are you trying to turn this on me?" TC responded.

"I'm not trying to turn this on you TC…" before she could finish her sentence, TC cut her off.

"I love you." TC said. Chris looked at TC for all of ten seconds, then at her plate. TC looked at Chris anticipating a response, but got nothing.

"Are you going to say something?" TC asked.

"Thank you," was all Chris could conjure up. TC looked at Chris with disbelief before he responded.

"Thank you…THANK YOU…thank you. That is honestly the best that you can say?" TC waited on a response, but again got nothing. "Well this is good to know. I'm glad I found this out now and not later before…before I put everything into this and got nothing in return." TC said, while getting up from the table. Chris opted not to go after him because she knew that nothing that she said would make the situation any better. Instead she left as quickly as she came. She didn't want it to be over, especially not like this but she realized that she wasn't what TC needed or even wanted right now. When she got home, her roommate Cory was no help either.

"Wow, you are back earlier. I assumed you and TC would be celebrating your six month anniversary." Cory said when Chris entered their apartment.

"You knew that it was our six month anniversary?! Thanks for letting me know that." Chris shouted.

"You didn't know that. What happened over there?" Cory asked.

"TC brought up the whole anniversary thing and got mad that I didn't know and I said that I want to take things slow and he yelled at me for that and then I tried to turn the tables on him by saying that he was only with me so he could get me in bed and then he said he loved me and then I said thank you and then…" before Chris could finish her ramblings Cory cut her off.

"WAIT! TC said that he loved you." Cory said excitedly.

"Yes." Chris said very unenthusiastically.

"That is awesome Chris, but did I hear you right. Did you really just say thank you? Cory asked.

"Yes," replied Chris. "I didn't know what to say. He took me by surprise."

"Well you could have tried saying it back. I can't believe that poor guy told you that he loves you and you said thank you." Cory replied.

"Thanks for not choosing sides on this one Cory. I mean I care for TC, but I can't honestly say that I love him. I know that I don't want to lose him. He is too good of a man," Chris said, almost in tears.

"Yeah, and he doesn't deserve the way that you're treating him. TC has been taking all the initiative in your relationship Chris and that's not fair," responded Cory.

"I know, I know. What am I going to do? How can I possibly fix this? It's too late for me to say it now because he knows that I won't mean it. I definitely don't want to say it until I know for sure that I mean it." Chris said.

"I don't know how you're going to fix this Chris, but you're right. You shouldn't say it unless you really mean it. By the way, I wasn't taking sides; I just understand what TC is going through right now. Let's just say that I've been there before. I am going to bed and you should get some sleep yourself." Cory said, as she walked into her bedroom.

"I'm right behind you." Chris said, getting up from the couch. She would try to get some sleep but she knew that would be the last thing that she would be getting. She had to figure out a way to fix this and she knew that it wasn't going to be easy. The next day at work was complete torture for Chris. TC had pretty much avoided her the whole day and when he did acknowledge her it was on a completely professional level. She finally caught him by himself and pulled him off to the side to talk to him.

"How can I help you Officer Kelly?" TC asked.

"So it's going to be like that TC?" Chris asked. "I really don't want us to end this ugly if we're going to end it at all. I mean I do care for you and I would hate to lose your friendship." Chris replied.