This Is Me Conflicted

"Neal," Peter called and waved him over to the side of the building.

"What is it Peter?" Neal asked looking back at Sara who was screaming at Jane.

"It seems that you've caused a bit of a situation," Peter crossed his arms glaring at him.

"Hey I didn't do anything," Neal held his hands up.

"You've obviously done something to set Alex so on edge."

"You want to know what happened Peter?" Neal lowered his voice.

"That'd be good," Peter waited expectantly.

Neal ran a hand through his hair. "Alex told me she loves me, three times now. I don't know how to respond to that Peter."

"Well do you love her?"

"I don't know, I might, but I'm dating Sara."

"Do you love Sara?"

"No Peter we've only been dating a few months," Neal looked at him like he was crazy.

"So if you might love Alex isn't it worth seeing?"

"But what about Sara?"

"It's your choice Neal but I think that you'll have a more fulfilling relationship with Alex. That's just my opinion though."

"Wow," Neal said running his hands through his hair again. "You must really think that too because I know you like Sara more than Alex."

"Hey I'm just thinking about you," Peter said. "Tell me when you decide. Right now though we need to go to our case." Peter ushered Neal towards the car and he climbed in and Sara scooted closer to him.

"Thank you for saying something," Sara whispered as Peter pulled away from the sidewalk.

"You're welcome," Neal said and contemplated saying something else. "Sara," he turned to look at her. "I know that what Alex said was ridiculous and unnecessary but she's one of my best friends and one of the few people who has consistently stood by me. Please don't be mean to my friends, I know that Alex is trying and I'd appreciate it if you could both try to like each other maybe just a little bit more."

Sara looked at him with her mouth open and then turned her gaze out the window. Neal sighed and ran his hands through his hair again he was very stressed.

01-07-01

Alex was sitting on the fountain waiting for Charles to pull up. "Hey you," she heard a voice call. She looked up and saw him standing outside his car. She stood and waved before rushing over.

"Hi thank you for coming and getting me."

"Of course," he smiled. "Couldn't leave a lady stranded," he opened the passenger door for her.

"Wouldn't be the best option," she smiled sliding in.

01-07-02

"Here we are again," Charles welcomed as he opened the door for Alex to walk into the exhibit.

"Just as lovely as last time," Alex smiled observing some of the pieces.

"Oh hello we've been waiting out there awhile," Sara said letting herself in.

"We've only been here two minutes," Jane said clearly annoyed by the other woman. "Alex good to see you made it." Alex offered a small smile to Jane. "Sir we need to take some prints."

"Sure do whatever you need," Charles said. Jane and Alex went to work.

01-07-03

"Alex here," Jane steered Alex from the back seat of the car to the front. "I'll sit in the back."

Alex offered Jane a grateful smile and slid in beside Peter, her feet thanking her for the break. "It's been a long day," Alex muttered to herself.

"Yours too?" Peter asked looking over.

"Ya we had to sort through dozens of different prints to try and get our guy."

"Anything look promising?"

"We have a few good ones," Jane answered from the back.

"Here you two go," Peter stopped in front of June's.

"Thanks Peter," Alex said while letting herself out. She didn't bother waiting for Neal. She headed up the stairs and landed on her bed. Her eyes fluttered closed and she wished whoever was yelling would just stop already.

When the yelling did stop Alex grabbed a pillow and hugged it tightly preparing for the blessing of sleep. She was just about there when the door closed louder than she would have preferred and she jolted up.

"Oh Neal it's just you," she laid her head back down.

"Ya sorry," he said harshly. "I'm going to have some wine do you want any?"

"No thanks I want some sleep. Did you hear who was yelling?" she mumbled in her sleep.

"Ya that would be Sara, sorry if it kept you awake."

"That's ok," she whispered. "What happened?" even as she asked the dream world was choking her consciousness and dragging her under.

"I broke up with her," Neal said but Alex was sure it was the beginning of her dream.

01-07-04

AN: So it finally happened! Sara and Neal are done! Yay for me! Well just because they're done doesn't mean that Neal and Alex are a sure thing. Oops did I just say that :) You'll have to read to find out what happens. Reviews make me smile.