Her hand on the door handle, Jude exhaled. Even though there was no final words or decisions, Jude felt like a load was off of her shoulders. She was finally letting herself warm up to her dad, and it was right. She let herself into the studio with a lighter disposition.

"Hey!" Georgia greeted Jude as she walked into the conference room. "You're early."

Jude nodded as she grabbed herself a cup of coffee. "My dad drove me," she stated. She took her usual seat, to Georgia's side.

Georgia looked at Jude with a touch of shock. She didn't expect Jude to be speaking to her father after hearing about Jude's father's affair. Georgia knew everything about Jude these days. "So you're good with your dad now?"

Almost immediately, Jude shook her head. "No… But I'm working on it."

"Just what I like to hear," Tommy stated as he entered the room. He took the seat next to Jude and kissed her hand softly. He brought a hand to the back of her head and stroked her hair. "I'm proud of you."

"Thanks," Jude replied softly.

With a giant grin on his face, Kwest entered the room and sat across from them. "The happy couple, together at last."

"And without public recognition," EJ added as she sat in her spot.

"Alright, alright," Georgia stated, calming the room. "Let's get to work."

With every laid out before her, Jude never felt better. Everything in her life seemed to be so hard and difficult. But in these past few days, Jude realized that was just life. Sometimes, the hand you're dealt seems like a lot to handle, but it what you have to do to live. Each day, you have to wake up and take what they throw at you, and if you're lucky enough, you get to this point. Jude Harrison was at her point. Even though the recent hardships seemed to be over, there are more to come. Now she's just prepared with a better understanding of the world.

Her fingers interlocked with Tommy's, she was happy.

The End.